Two days removed from a two-point, 54-52 loss against interdistrict rival Pascack Hills, Pascack Valley is looking to rebound and pick up a win before the state tournament begins on Tuesday.
PV is the No. 6 seed and will take on No. 11 Demarest at home on Tuesday.
But before the state tournament begins, the Indians (10-12) face off against Delbarton (16-6) on Thursday night.
The Green Wave enter the game coming off of a 65-61 win over Montville and are the No. 5 seed in the North Jersey, Non-Public A bracket for the state tournament.
The game marks the fourth meeting with a parochial opponent this season, and PV is 1-2 thus far and has been outscored 227-199 in those games.
After a devastating loss in the Bergen County Jamboree tournament, the Indians looked to get back on track on Tuesday night, when they hosted Demarest, but their hopes were quickly dashed with a devastating 65-64 loss.
Pascack Valley got off to a slow start in the first half, as they trailed 36-22 at halftime. The Indians were not out of the game, however, as they came out of the locker room at halftime with a new energy. Valley was able to outscore the Norsemen by ten points, 21-11, in the third quarter, cutting the Demarest lead to just four.
The Indians outscored the Norsemen again in the fourth quarter, but Demarest's first half lead proved to be insurmountable, as the Valley comeback fell short by the slimmest of margins. Demarest went 15 for 16 at the line in the fourth quarter to help fend off the surging Indians.
Junior Alex Lin led the way for the Indians with 21 points on eight field goals. Senior guard Matt Vasel contributed 12 points, while fellow Senior Matt Domville added 11 points. Both teams were very potent from behind the arc, as the two teams combined to hit 19 three pointers.
For complete stats from the game, click here. For another summary of the game, click here.
With the loss, Pascack Valley fell to 2 games below .500 at 8-10. Despite coming up short last night, the Indians still managed to split their season series with the Norsemen, thanks to 53-45 win in Demarest at the end of December.
The Indians will look to get back to their winning ways when they host Tenafly tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
The Indians had to wait a week to play their first game in the Bergen County Jamboree tournament, after receiving a first-round bye. However, the extra week did not help ninth seeded Pascack Valley on Sunday morning, as they fell to Hackensack, 74-65.
Hackensack, which is seeded eighth in the tournament and entered play at 14-5, came out of the gates a bit slow, but Valley was unable to capitalize, as the Indians only led by 5 points at halftime. The Comets came out of the halftime intermission with a new energy, outscoring the Indians 21 to 13 in the third quarter.
The two teams played a back-and-forth fourth quarter, with the lead changing hands multiple times, before Hackensack was ultimately able to pull away. Senior guard, Matt Vasel reclaimed the lead for Valley with just under four minutes left to play, but it was short lived thanks to Comet junior Atiba Taylor Jr.
Taylor Jr., who finished the game with 36 points, came down the court and drained a three pointer on the very next possession, putting the Comets up for good, 62-60.
The Valley offense was fairly potent throughout the game, as three Indians reached double-digits in points, but 20 turnovers squandered more opportunities. Alex Lin led the way for Pascack Valley in defeat with 19 points, including 3 three-pointers, while Legend Dominguez and Matt Vasel contributed 18 and 16 points respectively. For a complete box score and list of stats, click here.
The Bergen Record had a reporter at the game. See their game story here.
With the win, Hackensack advanced to the quarterfinals of the Bergen County tournament, and will take on the number one seed, Bergen Catholic next Sunday.
With the loss, the Indians now sit slightly under 0.500 at 8-9. However, PV only dropped one spot in the Bergen Record's Top 25 Teams, from 12 to 13. The boys will get back in action tonight when they host Demarest at 7:00 p.m.