By Adam Grassani, Sports Editor

The Men's Team gathers as Coach Morgan goes over the game plan//Photo courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

The Men’s Team gathers as Coach Morgan goes over the game plan//Photo courtesy of Claudette Alcobar

The Bergen Bulldogs men’s basketball team got back on the winning track with two back to back wins. One was a close 77-74 win on the road against Middlesex Community College. Quincy Waithe recorded a double double, dropping 18 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Louis Pena had a great game as well, scoring 17 points and dishing six assists.

“It was good,” said McKay LeDuke, giving his take on the win. “It was a good team win. Everybody got involved. It felt good.”

The next game was at home against Johnson College, and it was just as close as the first. Johnson looked like they were going to blow the door open, leading 12-2 about four minutes in and went into halftime leading 48-35. They couldn’t be stopped from beyond the arc, making nine out of 16 3-pointers.

However, the Bulldogs would come roaring back in the second half, immediately going on a 14-1 run to tie it up at 49-49. Bergen defended the 3-pointer a lot better, limiting Johnson to just five baskets in 21 attempts. The game would continue to go back and forth until Bergen would go on a 10-2 run late in the game, and put it away 84-81. It was LeDuke’s turn to lead the team with a double double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

These were wins the Bulldogs desperately needed. Coming into the game, the team had lost all three of its games so far in the new year and was on a four game losing streak. They lost 74-64 to Camden County College, 76-68 to Union County College, and 73-59 to Cumberland County College. The loss to Cumberland was especially ugly, as Bergen had a strong lead going into the half, only to get nearly doubled up 44-24 in the second half.

The importance of maintaining peak performance over the Holidays, was especially crucial to ensure their odds at a strong finish. “We were never really on break.” said LeDuke. “We kept practicing. Same old, same old.”

The men’s basketball team currently stands with a 10-9 overall record and a 5-8 conference record. They still have eight games left in the regular season.