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March 2, 2014
Passaic County Tournament Wrap/All Tournament Team
The 44th annual Passaic County Tournament wrapped up Saturday March 1. This year, the top four seeds were given byes into the quarterfinals.
THE PRE-TOURNAMENT SKINNY
Top seeded Paterson Eastside is a heavy favorite and it would be a big surprise if they were knocked off.
Action tipped off Saturday February 1, with four preliminary round games. 9th seeded Passaic Tech ran past 16th seeded Eastern Christian 82-49. 6-foot Sr. Vic Mitchell hit for 12. 12th seeded Lakeland ousted 13th seeded Manchester 66-54 as 6-foot-8 Sr. Petko Ljusic tallied 20. 14th seeded Passaic edged 11th seeded Clifton 44-43. So. Jeremy Green notched 13. 10th seeded Pompton Lakes beat 15th seeded Hawthorne 56-42. 6-foot Jr. Jonathan Tobal went for 21.
Action continued Saturday February 8. 8th seeded Wayne Valley edged Passaic Tech 61-59. 6-foot-3 Sr. Liam Connors led with 14. 5th seeded Wayne Hills ousted Lakeland 64-50. 5-foot-10 Sr. Scott Wills hit for 21. 6th seeded West Milford trimmed Passaic 65-62. 6-foot-1 Jr. Tom Pegel tallied 19. 7th seeded Passaic Valley topped Pompton Lakes 56-43. 6-foot-4 Sr. Stefan Minic scored 20 with 4 treys.
The quarterfinals were held Saturday February 15, 2014. Top seeded Paterson Eastside ousted Wayne Valley 63-42. 5-foot-4 Fr. Nhazir Smith led with 13. 4th seeded DePaul dropped Wayne Hills 74-66 as 6-foot-3 Sr. Juwan Carter scored 24. 3rd seeded Hawthorne Christian ousted West Milford 73-59. 6-foot-8 Sr. Alex Thomas hit for 21. 2nd seeded Paterson Kennedy thwarted Passaic Valley 67-56 with 5-foot-10 So. Alphonso Gee scoring 17.
The semifinals were held February 22, 2014 at Paterson Kennedy High School. Paterson Eastside dropped Depaul 50-44 as 6-foot-7 Jr. Shakur Juiston controlled the paint with 20 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. 6-foot Jr. Spencer Smith had 15 off the bench for Depaul. Kennedy edged Hawthorne Christian 38-36 on a three at the buzzer from Gee. He finished with 16, 5 treys and two three's in the last 9 seconds. Thomas was superb for HCA with 15 points, 19 rebounds, 10 blocks and 6 assists.
The championship was held Saturday March 1, 2014 at Wayne Valley High School. Paterson Eastside beat Paterson Kennedy 59-49 as Johnson scored 18. Gee led Kennedy with 16.
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