Thursday night featured three varsity games (two girls, one boys) in the last day of the Cougar Classic Basketball tournament at Chatham High School.
Here are the results of the three tilts.
Girls: Chatham — 49, Nothern Highlands — 28
Chatham girls’ basketball team used a game-high 18 points from freshman guard Ella Kreuzer, which included a first half, half court buzzer-beater, to motor past Nothern Highlands (2-3), 49-28.
Junior guard Riley Allen contributed 15 points and played a solid defense, along with the rest of the Cougars (3-1), to hold the Highlanders to only 18 second half points.
The Cougars won both of its games in the tournament.
Boys: Chatham — 55, Madison — 52
In the boys’ game, in front of raucous crowd, Chatham (3-2) and Madison went blow for blow if the first half, with the Cougars eventually taking a 37-26 lead into the locker room.
While the Cougars’ shooting went cold for a bit in the second half, it was able to hold onto for the 55-52 win. It was Chatham’s third straight victory, and third of tournament (New Providence and Cranford).
Junior forward Ryan Leskauskas scored a team-high 16 points while senior guard Cam Rooney chipped in with 12. Sophomore Bryce Kania and senior Matt Andres added eight points and seven points, respectively, in the triumph.
Senior Andrew Stack drained a game-best 27 points while Daniel Oyediran, another senior, added 12 the Dodgers (1-4).
Girls: Old Tappan — 48, Oak Knoll — 39
Old Tappan junior Mackenzie Ward (14) and senior Ashley Belous (12) combined for 26 points to beat Oak Knoll, 49-38.
The contest was seemingly decided from three-point land, as Old Tappan (3-2) held a decisive advantage, outscoring Oak Knoll (0-3) 15-0 in that department.
Milan Jones scored a team-high 15 points for the Royals.
— Jerry Del Priore
Photos and video: Jerry Del Priore