ORADELL, N.J. -- Sean Banks tossed in 21 points on Monday night to lead Bergen Catholic to a 78-55 victory over Paterson (N.J.) Eastside H.S.
The Crusaders used a 12-0 early second half run to make the Ghosts disappear.
Clinging to a 37-33 lead, Bergen Catholic used its defense to create several easy chances on the other end of the floor.
Junior swingman Danny Gentile capped the burst with a pair of free throws that resulted from a steal and a fast break lay-in to give the Crusaders a 49-33 lead midway through the third quarter.
"I thought we defended really well," said BC Head Coach Joe Dionisio. "They're an up tempo team with a great ability to score. We felt if we could rebound defensively that we could run on them."
Bergen Catholic led by double figures the entire second half after making the 12-0 run, pusing the margin to as high as 23 points (which was also the final margin).
Gentile scored all 13 of his points in the second half, and was a major catalyst in the run.
Forward Miles Orman added 12 points, and newcomer Adrian Joseph, a long 6-7 junior forward from Trinidad, chipped in eight points.
Eastside's Tony Murphy, one of the better scorers in North Jersey, finished with 23 points for the Ghosts.