One Up, One Down In Hoops Playoffs

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Verona’s boys and girls basketball teams both took on Ridgefield Tuesday night in their first playoff games. And though both Hillbilly squads were favored to win, only one did–but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

The boys teams had been within four points of each other or less for most of the game. But with Ridgefield in the lead 59-56 in the final seconds of regulation play, some Verona fans actually got up to begin leaving, their hearts heavy.  Then hearts nearly stopped as Brian Farrell, who put up 27 points in one of his best games all season, hurled a three pointer at the buzzer that sent the game into the first of two overtime periods. Verona scored first in overtime and almost took the game, until Ridgefield’s Rudy Chavez answered with his own three-point bomb, tying the game up at 65-65. The second overtime went Ridgefield’s way, unfortunately, especially on the free throws.

The Verona boys had gone into the game, officially the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group I tournament, as the No. 2 seed; Ridgefield was way down the rankings at 15th.  In addition to Farrell, Bobby Kaslander also had a strong game, scoring 23 points (10 of them in overtime) and grabbing 14 rebounds. But Ridgefield had three scorers in double-digits: Chavez, Eddie Cordero and Chris Shultz. Final score: a heart-breaking 75-71, with Ridgefield on top.

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It was a much different scene for the girls, who were coming off a tough 56-36 loss to Montclair Kimberley Academy. Amanda Langan shrugged off every ounce of jet lag from visiting her sister Tess in Africa and led the team with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kara Bartow had 13 points, while Donna Jo DiNorcia was on fire with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Verona girls led the entire game, which ended 52-31.

Bob Thomas took these shots of the boys game.

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Box Score–Boys

Team 1 2 3 4 OT 1 OT 2 Final
Verona (16-8) 14 8 15 22 6 6 71
Ridgefield (11-15) 14 12 19 14 6 10 75
Verona Team Stats
Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
37 10 0 14
Verona Player Stats
Player 2pt 3pt FT Total Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
Brian Farrell 3 5 6 27 3 0 0 1
Bobby Kaslander 5 2 7 23 14 3 0 3
Jack Denton 1 0 0 2 3 0 0 0
Luke Sniatkowski 2 0 0 4 5 3 0 3
Alex Kaslander 3 0 1 7 5 2 0 5
Anthony Huber 3 0 0 6 5 2 0 2
Alex Sniatkowski 1 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Colin Cummings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total: 18 7 14 71 37 10 0 14
Ridgefield Team Stats
Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
0 0 0 0
Ridgefield Player Stats
Player 2pt 3pt FT Total Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
Rudy Chavez 4 4 3 23 0 0 0 0
Eddie Cordero 3 0 6 12 0 0 0 0
Chris Schultz 4 2 4 18 0 0 0 0
Brandon Estrella 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Edgar Lebron 2 0 3 7 0 0 0 0
Wilson Matteo 3 1 0 9 0 0 0 0
Brandon Medina 1 0 2 4 0 0 0 0
Matt Squillace 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total: 18 7 18 75 0 0 0 0

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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