Here are highlights from the action in the 2014 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final between 2nd seeded Newark East Side and top seeded St. Josephâ€™s on Monday night at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.
Behind the efforts of 10 first half points from Breein Tyree, St. Joeâ€™s jumped out to a 27-10 lead late in the first half before Newark East Side woke up with an 11-1 spurt to end the second quarter and close the gap to 28-21 at the break. The Falcons then took advantage of some Red Raider foul trouble early in the third to raise its lead back up to double digits at 34-23.
However, led by the efforts of Jamar Gilbert (16 points), the Red Raiders rallied with a 24-12 surge over a span of 9:09 to take a 47-46 lead. Gilbert and reserve guard, Jibreel Ahmed connected on threes to help give East Side the one point lead. The Falcons would prevail though as Marques Townes (11 points) went 3 of 4 from the line down the stretch to give Joes its first ever T of C crown.
Wade Baldwin, Tyree, and Raven Owen each chipped in for the Falcons with 10 points while Karl Towns added 8 in the win. Ahmad Harrison scored 10 points in a losing cause for Newark East Side. Both teams concluded their season at 30-2.