Boys basketball defeats Eastern Christian


Glen Rock closing out Tuesday’s win over Eastern Christian on defense late in the game.

by Michael Silver, Staff Writer

Last season, the Glen Rock boys varsity basketball team only won eight games, but this year, the Panthers have already met their win total for all of last season with Tuesday’s 40-36 win over Eastern Christian.

Senior co-captain Ryan Harris led the way with a game high 16 points and eight rebounds. Harris made seven of his eight free throw attempts as well, which was vital for Glen Rock’s win over the Eagles.

Sophomore Will McLoughlin put up 11 points and nine rebounds in the game, and senior Zach Golin had five steals in the game.

This has been the basketball team’s sixth win in a row. They came into 2019 with four very important games on their hands, and they’ve come out with a win in every one of them.

Monday’s game at Manchester Regional was the biggest game marked on their schedule so far, as Manchester came into the game undefeated and first place in the league, but the Panthers spoiled their impressive start to the season, beating them 44-43.

Ryan Harris led the way with 13 points and the game winning shot with seconds to go. Will McLoughlin played a huge role in Glen Rock’s win, posting a double double of 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Glen Rock’s players knew how important it would be if they were able to pull out a victory against Eastern Christian just one day after their huge game against Manchester

“Coming off a close win against a great Manchester team, we were pretty confident going into the game.” said Zach Golin. “They came out with more energy than us and a few of us were in foul trouble early, but we pulled it out with a strong fourth quarter.”

Last season was a tough one for the boys basketball team, but this year the boys are bouncing back with an 8-1 record in the 2018-2019 campaign. They have been playing some of their best basketball lately, and they hope to continue their success in Thursday’s game versus Elmwood Park.

Senior Guard Colin McDevitt, who injured his ankle in the season opener against Lodi, and sophomore forward Andy Martin, who sustained a bruised sternum in Glen Rock’s win over Garfield, are both expected to make their returns for next week’s game against Rutherford.