ORADELL, N.J. -- Bergen Catholic blew open a tight game with a 22-4 fourth quarter blitz, easily defeating Don Bosco Prep, 54-32 on Thursday night.
In the battle between two of Northern New Jersey's perennial high school basketball powers, the Crusaders took a precarious 32-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Bergen Catholic opened the fourth quarter with a 13-0 surge, taking a 45-28 lead with 4:47 left in the contest. Joe Sandberg kick started the run with a driving lay-in, and was quickly followed by an Adrian Joseph three point play.
Miles Orman (Marist) scored seconds after Joseph as the Ironmen turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, and a minute later he brought the crowd to its feet with a thunderous follow slam that pushed the lead to 41-28 with 5:32 to play.
A steal by the Crusaders led to an easy follow shot by Joseph on the offensive glass, and Sandberg capped the run the same way he started it -- with a drive and basket -- as B.C. took a commanding 17 point lead.
Sandberg, Joseph and Orman combined to score 20 of Bergen Catholic's 22 fourth quarter points. Sandberg, who is also a gridiron standout, led the Crusaders with 12 points. Joseph tallied 11, while Memphis signee Sean Banks (above) and Orman each added 10 points in the well rounded attack.
Long Island University early signee Trevoy Chambers paced the Don Bosco attack with nine points. The Ironmen actually led 10-7 after one quarter, but fell behind Bergen Catholic 23-20 at the half.
Don Bosco nailed a three pointer to open the second half and knot the game at 23, but never led at any point in the second half. B.C. took a 31-23 lead with a quick 8-0 spurt, but the Ironmen recovered to cut the deficit to four entering the fateful fourth quarter.