East Brunswick rolls past J.P. Stevens in boys’ basketball

East Brunswick High School boys' basketball player Justin Black dribbles the ball up the court during the team's game against J.P. Stevens High School on Jan. 2. Black scored nine points in East Brunswick's 48-34 victory over J.P. Stevens.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF
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East Brunswick High School boys' basketball player Justin Black dribbles the ball up the court during the team's game against J.P. Stevens High School on Jan. 2. Black scored nine points in East Brunswick's 48-34 victory over J.P. Stevens.STEVEN BASSIN/STAFF

The East Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team picked up a crucial victory in its Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division matchup against John P. Stevens High School at East Brunswick on Jan. 2.

Opening up the new year in style, East Brunswick snapped its two-game losing streak with a 48-34 victory over J.P. Stevens to improve to 2-3 on the season.

“We need this win,” said East Brunswick coach Mark Motusesky . “The way we moved the ball on offense allowed us to get good looks at the basket. A lot of layups. I was very pleased with how we played for the first three quarters of the game.” 

Sophomore Justin Black rose up to knock down a pull-up jumper in the final seconds of the first half to give East Brunswick a 25-11 lead going into halftime.

Black scored seven of his nine points on the night in the first half. The sophomore scored each of the final two baskets of the second quarter.

East Brunswick put the game away in the third quarter by outscoring the Hawks, 17-9, to go up, 42-20, heading into the fourth quarter.

Junior Brendan Devlin scored six of his team-high 10 points in the third quarter for East Brunswick.

J.P. Stevens dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss to East Brunswick. 

Freshman Keyshawn Winchester scored 13 of his game-high 16 points in the fourth quarter for the Hawks. All of Winchester’s points came in the second half. 

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