City of Light Trophy Game

J.P. Stevens



City of Light Trophy Game Venues

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Frank Cangelosi Gym @ Edison HS50 Boulevard of the Eagles
Edison, NJ 08817
J.P. Stevens HS Gym855 Grove Ave
Edison, NJ 08820

City of Light Trophy Game History

Edison currently leads series (3-2).  Eagles had won last three until J.P. Stevens won the last meeting on February 25, 2022 (47-42).

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City of Light Trophy Game Capsules

January 9, 2018—J.P. Stevens 47—Edison 33

It the first ever City of Light Trophy Game, GMC Hoops was in the house at J.P. Stevens in North Edison to see these crosstown rivals in action against each other for the first time ever in the history of the website.

At this point in the season, Edison was struggling. Despite having a talented junior class led by the likes of Christian Wantong, Jaymin Vakharia, Thomas Johnson, and Christian Biolsi, the Eagles entered the game with 6 losses in their first 8 games including a stunning upset at South Plainfield (76-71) just several days earlier.

J.P. Stevens, too, was off to a bit of a shaky start with four losses on its first 6 games, but then defeated Cranford on the road, and turned up the defensive pressure over the first 11 minutes of the second half to turn a 21-20 halftime deficit into a 47-33 victory.

Edison did not have a point in the entire third quarter, and was held without a field goal until Biolsi, a baseball standout at EHS, got a bucket with 5:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. Stevens, led by the trio of Tyrese Conover (12 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals), Kasi Hazzard (12 points and 6 rebounds), and Elisha Smith (11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal) would use this win as a springboard for 4 wins in a 5 game stretch.

However, the Eagles would rebound from a 2-7 start with 10 wins over their next 13 games to land the 9th seed in the 2018 GMCT over the likes of Perth Amboy, East Brunswick, and Stevens even though Stevens not only won the head to head match-up, but also defeated GMC White Division winner, Sayreville by double digits. Edison would reach the 2018 GMCT quarterfinals for the first time in 22 years, and battled back from a 15 point third quarter deficit to give eventual champion, St. Joseph’s all it could handle before falling.

Edison finished the season with 13 wins in its last 18 games for a 15-12 overall record. Stevens went 8-9 in its last 17 games to finish the season at 12-13. Both teams also qualified for the state playoffs, but were eliminated in the first round.

2017-18 Edison Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Alkeim RainesGuard5'10"160Senior
1Abu KaikaiCenter6'4"180Senior
2Manny DavilaGuard5'7"145Sophomore
3Paul RagoGuard5'11"165Senior
4Natan MesfinForward6'0"170Senior
5Franklyn MartinezGuard5'8"140Junior
10Christian BiolsiForward/Guard6'0"175Junior
11Malachi WhiteGuard6'1"165Sophomore
12Jayden WoodsForward5'10"165Junior
21Alex AdkinsForward/Center6'4"175Junior
23Christian WantongForward6'1'175Junior
24Thomas JohnsonGuard6'1"165Junior
30Jaymin VakhariaGuard5'10"150Junior

2017-18 J.P. Stevens Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
2Tyrese ConoverGuard5'6"130Senior
3Jared BaptistGuard6'1"160Senior
4Kasi HazzardForward5'11"160Junior
5Elisha SmithGuard5'10"165Senior
10Solomon SmithGuard5'9"155Junior
11Naysean BurchGuard5'10"165Junior
12Justice WilliamsGuard5'5"115Sophomore
13Jesse ShiluliGuard6'0"155Senior
14Sidate MbawheCenter6'3"170Junior
15Rohan RaoGuard5'11"170Senior
20Will ThompsonCenter6'5"220Junior
22Frank DiserioCenter6'1"175Senior
23Jamar WilliamsonForward5'11"160Junior
24Dylan ZamoraForward6'1"220Senior
25Mark StanikForward6'2"185Senior

January 14, 2019—Edison 40—J.P. Stevens 38

Coming off the controversy that ended the 2017-18 season where Edison received a higher seed in the 2018 GMCT despite losing to Stevens earlier that season, the 2018 match-up between these two crosstown rivals was perhaps the most anticipated one in many years. Entering the contest, J.P. Stevens and Edison were ranked in or near the GMC Hoops Top Ten.

Stevens had started the season with seven straight victories including upsets of St. Thomas Aquinas (then Bishop Ahr) and eventual GMCT Champ St. Joseph’s. It was the first time the Hawks had defeated the Falcons since December 2007.

Meanwhile, Edison had begun the season on a bit of a roller coaster with several ups and downs. The Eagles lost their first three games of the 2017-18 season, and five of their first six. EHS would right the ship though by going on a four game winning streak entering the contest. In front of a packed crowd at Cangelosi Gymnasium, the Eagles weathered numerous storms from the Hawks, and eventually came from behind to win its fifth straight game. In a nip and tuck battle that went down to the very end, Edison held a 28-24 lead with 2:01 left in the 3rd after a three from the left corner by Thomas Johnson (11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 assists).

The Hawks battled back with a 14-9 surge over the next 9:38 to take a 38-37 lead. Edison would emerge victorious though as Johnson struck again from beyond the top of the key with a three pointer with 23.3 seconds remaining, and the Eagles prevented the Hawks from scoring as time ran out. Both teams would never really be the same again after the game though.

Stevens, which had dropped its fourth game in five outings would lose another 8 of 11 games and finish just 13-13 while Edison would defeat Sayreville for its sixth straight win, would finish the year with 8 losses in its last 12 games to end up 11-13. Both teams still managed to qualify for the state tournament, but were both knocked out in the first round.

2018-19 Edison Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Emanuel DavilaGuard5'7"150Junior
1Jayden WoodsForward6'0"170Senior
2Nasir McLeanForward6'2"170Junior
3Jalen FerrellGuard5'7"140Sophomore
4Alex AdkinsForward/Center6'4"180Senior
5Franklyn MartinezGuard5'8"140Senior
10Shane DohertyGuard6'3"170Junior
11Malachi WhiteForward6'3"170Junior
12Sebastian AbreuGuard5'11"165Sophomore
21Nicholas BarnesGuard6'0"160Freshman
24Thomas JohnsonGuard6'1"170Senior
30Jaymin VakhariaGuard5'10"150Senior

2018-19 J.P. Stevens Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
2Devon FowlkesGuard6'0"190Senior
3Nas MajiedGuard/Forward6'1"170Sophomore
4Kasi HazardForward5'11"170Senior
5Marcus TerryGuard5'9"150Sophomore
10Solomon SmithGuard5'10"160Senior
11Naysean BurchGuard/Forward6'1"170Senior
12Arjun VarmaGuard5'10"160Junior
13Willie MoorerGuard5'9"150Junior
14Sidate MbwaheCenter6'3"175Senior
15Jamar WilliamsonForward6'1"180Senior
20Will ThompsonForward6'5"220Senior
22Avery DentGuard5'10"160Sophomore
23Ky'zeon MaysForward6'3"170Junior
24Abbas HamadeForward6'2"170Senior

January 13, 2020—Edison 50—J.P. Stevens 27

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In the most lopsided game of the series to date, Edison broke away for an 11-11 first quarter tie by outscoring Stevens in each of the final three periods by a combined total of 39-16 for the 50-27 victory in North Edison.

Twelve different players saw action in the game for the Eagles with eight of those players getting into the scorebook. Senior Nasir McLean led all scorers with a game high 12 points along with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal. Classmate Manny Davila chipped in with 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.

Malachi White also contributed with 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists while sophomore Niko Barnes added 7 points, 3 boards, and a block. J.P. Stevens, which had six different players score in the contest, was led by senior Willie Moorer, who had a team high 8 points in defeat. Meanwhile, Junior Nas Majied chipped in with 6 points and 8 rebounds and sophomore Quacier Cuebas added 6 points and 7 boards for the Hawks.

The game reflected the direction that the two programs were going at this point. Edison, which had now won the last two meetings, was on its way to getting a share of its first division title in school history while also reaching a county/conference Final Four for the first time since 1966.

On the other hand, J.P. Stevens, which was decimated by graduation from the year before, was rebuilding again. Edison would finish 19-7 on the season while Stevens ended up at 4-20.

2019-20 Edison Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Teron SpearsGuard5'11"170Junior
1Tyee MartinForward6'3"175Senior
2Nasir McLeanForward6'2"175Senior
3Malachi WhiteForward6'4"175Senior
4Jalen FerrellGuard5'7"145Junior
5Manny DavilaGuard5'10"160Senior
10Shane DohertyGuard6'4"170Senior
11Niko BarnesGuard/Forward6'1"165Sophomore
12William SchwarzGuard5'11"165Junior
21Sebastian AbreuGuard/Forward6'0"170Junior
24Alex Bochenko-NannaCenter6'4"170Junior
30Dan ArabGuard5'7"150Junior
32Jacob TorresForward6'0"170Sophomore

2019-20 J.P. Stevens Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
2Keyshawn WinchesterGuard5'9"145Freshman
3Willie MoorerGuard5'10"160Senior
4Nas MajiedGuard/Forward6'3"175Junior
5Avery DentGuard5'11"165Junior
10Quacier CuebasGuard6'3"175Junior
11Jordan ShiluliGuard6'0"165Junior
12Tavel HillForward6'4"175Junior
13Kyle WittenbauerGuard6'0"170Senior
14Shane PetangaGuard5'11"165Junior
15Arjun VarmaGuard/Forward6'1"165Senior
20Jordan RobinsonGuard5'10"150Freshman
22Justin SmithGuard5'10"170Senior
23Ky'zeon MaysForward6'4"180Senior
24Aruko SakarGuard5'10"155Freshman
25Eli ScottForward/Guarad6'2"165Sophomore

March 3, 2021—Edison 49—J.P. Stevens 39

Deciding to opt out of the GMC Pods to play in this annual tradition, both Edison and J.P. Stevens continued their rivalry with a match-up at Cangelosi Gymnasium in the final week of the COVID-19 shortened season.

The Eagles jumped out to a 17-8 first quarter lead, and extended the advantage to double digits at the intermission. Stevens did manage to rally and pull within four at 37-33 in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles finished the game on a 12-6 spurt to wrap up the victory.

Junior Niko Barnes led all scorers with a game high 12 points while also collecting 6 assists and 4 steals. Joseph Greer chipped in with 10 points and 8 rebounds while Adam Schonberger added 9 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds.

Elisha White also contributed with 8 points and 5 rebounds for the winners while sophomore Jordan Robinson led the Hawks in a losing cause with 11 points. After losing the initial game in January 2018, Edison has won the last three meetings to hold a 3-1 lead in the series. Both teams would finish in the Final 2020-21 GMC Hoops Top Ten.

2020-21 Edison Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Brian HobsonGuard5'10"160Junior
1Adam SchonbergerGuard5'10"160Junior
2Jacob TorresCenter/Forward6'4"180Junior
3Teron SpearsGuard5'10"165Senior
4Jalen FerrellGuard5'8"150Senior
5Will SchwarzGuard5'10"165Senior
10Elisha WhiteForward6'3"175Junior
11Justyn BrittonGuard5'10"160Junior
12Joseph MontesanoGuard5'8"145Junior
23Joseph GreerCenter6'6'195Junior
24Niko BarnesGuard6'2"170Junior

2020-21 J.P. Stevens Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Jordan RobinsonGuard5'11"155Sophomore
1Nas MajiedGuard/Forward6'3"180Senior
2Keyshawn WinchesterGuard5'10"150Sophomore
3Jordan ShiluliGuard6'0"170Senior
4Aruko SakarGuard5'11"160Sophomore
5Avery DentGuard5'11"170Senior
10Quacier CuebasGuard6'3"180Senior
11Tavel HillForward6'4"175Senior
12Isaiah RamirezGuard5'9"155Junior
15Marcus TerryGuard5'10"150Senior
20Eli ScottForward/Guard6'2"170Junior
22Shane PatagnaGuard6'0"170Senior
23Aditiya ThewarkerForward6'1"170Sophomore

February 25, 2022—J.P. Stevens 47–Edison 42

Orginally scheduled to be played in North Edison on January 29th, the 2022 City of Light Game was postponed to February 25th. Played on the same day of the 2022 GMCT Final, the contest was played early at 4:00 PM.

Trailing 30-16 at the half, the Hawks rallied with a 31-12 surge over the final two periods including a 16-7 showing in the fourth to defeat the Eagles for the first time in four years, 47-42. Junior guard, Aurko Sarkar led the charge for Stevens with a game high 18 points while senior forward, Eli Scott chipped in with 17. Sophomore Elijah Peters added 8.

Senior Niko Barnes led Edison in defeat with a team high 14 points along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, a block, and a steal. Teammate Brian Hobson chipped in with 13 points and 5 boards while senior forward Elisha White added 9 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

Edison outscored Stevens by a margin of 28-18 from within the arc, but the Hawks outscored the Eagles by margins of 15-9 from long distance, and 14-5 from the foul line. As a team, Edison also collected 38 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.

The Eagles finished the season at 19-9 while the Hawks ended the season at 13-11. Both qualified in North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 with Edison reaching the quarterfinals. Barnes became Edison’s all time leading scorer with 1,017 points in a 59-43 loss to Westfield on March 2, 2022.

2021-22 Edison Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Brian HobsonGuard5'11"170Senior
1Niko BarnesGuard6'3"180Senior
3Elisha WhiteForward6'4"190Senior
4Joseph GreerCenter6'5"200Senior
5Joseph MontesanoGuard5'10"170Senior
10Matt YasckoGuard5'10"183Junior
11Justyn BrittonGuard5'10"160Senior
12Jonathan BaioGuard5'10"165Junior
21Selbin SabioGuard5'9"172Junior
24Michael StrachanForward6'2"188Junior
30Ermin KapoForward6'2"175Junior

2021-22 J.P. Stevens Roster

Jersey No. Player Name PositionHeightWeightYear
0Jeremy WagaGuard5'9160Senior
1Aurko SarkarGuard5'11165Junior
2Kevin KshatriyaGuard5'11170Senior
3Eli ScottForward/Guard6'2200Senior
4Ayush DesaiForward6'2190Senior
5Aditiya ThewarkerForward6'2180Junior
11Isaiah RamirezGuard5'11165Senior
12Elijah PetersGuard6'2185Sophomore
20Nolan PatelGuard6'0150Senior
22Ryan HoeferCenter6'4200Senior
23Michael GonzalezGuard5'10170Sophomore
25Varun PanjetiGuard5'11155Sophomore