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The Jefferson Falcons snag their third in a row, with a huge victory over the Newton Braves. The win moved the Falcons up again to a 11-6 record as the Braves continue to fall to just a 7-13 record on the year.

The story of the night was senior guard Joe Batelli for the Falcons, as he went down in Jefferson history joining the 1,000 point club at Jefferson. Batelli came into the game, 14 points away from the elusive 1K, and finished the night with 19, giving himself breathing room. Senior guard Richard Botti, and forward Matthew Johnson also contributed for the Falcons both adding 10 points a piece. As for the Braves, they were led by senior sharpshooter Alex Rivas who tallied 17 points and JD Heller who contributed with 11.

The Falcons and Batelli got off to an extremely quick start, opening the quarter with many steals and blocks on the defensive end leading to quick and easy buckets for the Falcons. Johnson finished the first quarter with three blocks. As for the second quarter it was more of the same action for the Falcons, who would head to halftime leading dominantly 29-8.

The Braves would begin to draw closer in the third quarter, as both Rivas and Heller both nailed two three pointers a piece in the quarter drawing attention back to the score. However, all that attention would go right back to Batelli, when he nailed a three pointer from the top of the key with just seven seconds remaining, to finally achieve 1,000 points. The game would continue play in the fourth quarter following a brief intermission to honor Batelli. In the fourth quarter, Rivas and the Braves continued to fight, but it was no use. J-Town had secured the victory with a final of, 53-42.

After the win Coach DiGennaro spoke about the teams turnaround. “It’s just great, we’re still in first for the league right now and we have two league game left to get.” DiGennaro added, “We might be playing our best basketball right now and it is definitely at the right time.”

“Newton is a great team and this was a big conference win. A loss would’ve put us in a tougher position so it was a great win,” said Batelli on the win.

The Falcons travel to High Point on Thursday, February 7. As for Newton they attempt to avenge their loss against Wallkill, also on Thursday night.

Box Score

Jefferson 15 14 13 11 53
Newton 8 0 19 15 42


Joe Batelli 2 3 6 0 0 0 19 0
Richie Botti 5 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Matt Johnson 4 0 2 0 0 0 10 0
Paul Monaco 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
Matt Moran 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Sean Whalen 4 0 0 0 0 0 8 0

Kevin Ayoso 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
JD Heller 1 3 0 0 0 0 11 0
Justin Mayhood 2 0 3 0 0 0 7 0
Alex Rivas 0 5 2 0 0 0 17 0
Alex Stone 2 0 2 0 0 0 6 0
Donovan Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Johnny Knox is an intern at Morris Sussex Sports specializing in sports journalism. He's also a junior at Jefferson HS where he is also a varsity baseball player.

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