Here is a slideshow of photos from the last three quarters of action in 14th seeded J.P. Stevens win over 19th seeded New Brunswick in the 2017 GMCT Preliminary Round.
GMC Hoops traveled over to J.P. Stevens High School to take in the nightcap of its Preliminary Round doubleheader between the 14th seeded Hawks and 19th seeded New Brunswick.
Arriving with under a minute to go in the first quarter, GMC Hoops saw that Stevens had taken a 7-4 lead. Then, the Hawks added a layup by Elijah Smith as he was fouled at the buzzer for a 9-4 lead going into the second.
New Brunswick rallied to tie the game at 11-11 at the 33.1 second mark of the second with a 7-2 spurt over the first 7:27 of the period including a three from the right wing by Aaron Hayler at the 5:47 mark, a Wenzel Dunlap layup with 56.2 seconds to go in the half, and a baseline jumper by Kenny Lebron.
Smith then gave the Hawks a 13-11 advantage going into the locker room at halftime by sinking a foul line jumper with 15 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Smith led Stevens with 6 points at the half while Dunlap led New Brunswick with 4 points at the intermission.
The Zebras started the second half by scoring 5 of the first 7 points of the third including a steal for a layup by Lebron at the 3:21 mark for a 16-15 lead. After a Stevens score to retake the lead, New Brunswick went back out in front on a steal for a layup by Nymir Belk at the end of the third for an 18-17 edge heading into the fourth.
Ahyan Brown then gave New Brunswick a three point lead at 20-17 with 6:30 remaining in regulation on a coast to coast layup from the right side. J.P. Stevens would rally though with a 7-4 run over the next 1:17 including a three pointer from the left wing by Smith with 5:13 remaining to tie the score at 24-24.
Belk then put New Brunswick back in front at 26-24 with another steal for a layup at the 3:34 mark that was almost identical to one he had earlier. The Hawks then finished the game on an 8-0 run that included a Javon Scott putback at the 1:17 mark, a free throw by Tyrese Conover, and two free throws by Rohan Rao in the closing seconds for the 32-26 victory.
Smith led Stevens with a game high 11 points while Conover chipped in with 7 points. Ahyan Brown led New Brunswick with 9 points. The Hawks advanced to face third seeded Sayreville in the GMCT Round of 16 on Thursday.