At the beginning of the week, things were not looking good for the Pascack Valley boys' basketball team. The Indians were 1-5 on the season, and were on a three-game loosing streak. Teams often talk about "turning points" in a season, and this past week was definitely a turning point for the Indians. After a 55-48 upset win against Ridgewood, Valley came into this weekend with some momentum, looking to make up ground.
On Friday night, the Indians handed Tenafly their first road loss of the season, defeating the Tigers 57-47. Alex Lin had a huge performance for PV, scoring 25 points, including 2 three-pointers. The only other Indian who reached double-digits in points was Matt Domville, who registered 16 points.
However, Valley couldn't rest on their laurels for too long, as they had a short turnaround, playing the next afternoon against DePaul in the Public vs. Private Challenge at Dwight Morrow High School. Pascack Valley, who is unranked in the Bergen Record Top 25, came into the game as a clear underdog, facing off with DePaul, who is ranked eighth.
The Indians managed to keep the game close throughout the first half, and led by one point at halftime. However, DePaul came out strong in the third quarter, doubling their first half point total, to take a 46-37 lead. The Indians were not deterred by their lackluster third quarter, producing their highest scoring quarter of the season in the fourth quarter.
Tied at 62 at the end of regulation, Valley headed to overtime for the third time this season. Overtime had not treated PV very well in the past, as they dropped both of their overtime contests. This time, on the other hand, the Indians would emerge victorious. After the came was still knotted at the end of the first overtime, Valley managed to pull away in the second overtime, upsetting DePaul 82-75.
Alex Lin followed up his 25 point performance on Friday by dropping 26 points, including five three-pointers on Saturday. Matt Vasel led the way with a season-high 31 points and 6 three-pointers en route to victory, while Legend Dominguez contributed 17 points. For more game stats and a complete box score, click here. The Bergen Record had a reporter at the game. Click here for their coverage.