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.