From the Star Ledger: http://highschoolsports.nj.com/news/article/-8931544305006258094/american-history-63-at-irvington-50-boys-basketball/
The outcome handed Irvington its first loss of the season, moving the team to 10-1. American History improved to 8-2.
Although the win was an upset, it was far from a surprising result to American History and its coach Lorenzo Williams.
“The game went exactly as we prepared,” said Williams. “What we prepared for is what we saw.”
While reviewing film, Williams said that he and his staff noticed that Irvington had yet to face an up-tempo team. From there, the game plan was born.
“We had a game plan that they hadn’t faced,” said Williams. ” A full-paced game that they couldn’t control”.
Irvington took a 2-0 lead by connecting on free throws early in the first quarter, but American History soon took a lead and held onto it until the final buzzer.
Bell scored 17 points with 12 rebounds, while Coates tallied 17 points with 11 boards. Papie Roberts led his team at point guard, dishing out seven assists to add onto seven points. The game marked Bell’s seventh 20+ points game this season, as he was coming off a 35-point outing against Montclair, and a 21-point performance against People’s Prep.
“(Bell’s) been carrying this team along, and Roberts as a point guard did exactly what we needed” said Williams.
Sean Bell added on 11 points and eight rebounds to the win.
Although it marked American History’s first win against a Top 20 school, Williams said his players won’t hang their hats on the victory, as his team has loftier aspirations than a good regular-season outing.
“Of course, as a program, we’re happy, but we have bigger goals (in the postseason),’ Williams said. “Irvington is a stepping stone to those goals.”