Collier sparks Metuchen past Bernards

METUCHEN — After scoring just five points as a team in the first quarter, the Metuchen High School boys basketball team turned it on, using a 21-8 run in the second quarter en route to a 53-34 victory over Bernards in the Bulldog Holiday Tournament Final Monday afternoon.

Tournament MVP Evan Collier got Metuchen going in the second quarter, sinking four 3-pointers and scoring 15 of his game-high 22 points. His fourth trifecta of the quarter came as time expired and gave the Bulldogs a 26-20 lead going into the locker room.

“When we have a guy that can knock down shots like that from the perimeter consistently, we’re a good team,” Metuchen head coach Jon Korellis said. “Against the 2-3 zone that Bernards was running against us, we needed to be able to make shots like that. When our shots start to go down, we’re firing on all cylinders.”

Artie Flaherty added 11 points and eight rebounds for Metuchen and Hunter Clarke chipped in 10 points.

For Bernards, Doug Demarrais led the way with 14 points and five rebounds, but the Mountaineers made just six baskets in second half, wasting a strong first quarter where they out-scored the Bulldogs 12-5.

For Korellis, seeing his squad win a tournament on its home floor is a big boost for the rest of the season.

“It’s huge to win and get a few extra home games and it feels great to be in front of our crowd and gain some respect in the blue division,” he said.

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