Phillipsburg High School junior Chris Mann took over in the fourth quarter as the Stateliners boys basketball team upset Hunterdon Central 60-50 during a Skyland Conference Raritan Division game in front of a big home crowd.
Mann had a dunk, a transition layup and then a putback to stretch Phillipsburg’s lead to 54-40 with 4:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.
A bucket by Sam Johnson got Hunterdon Central, the No. 7 team in Group 4 according to NJ.com, within 56-50 with 57.3 seconds left. Zach Troxell, however, made a pair of free throws and, after a big offensive rebound from Jayshawn Grant, Bryce Feddeman added two more from the line to secure the victory for P’burg (8-6 overall, 4-5 division).
The defeat is the first divisional loss for Hunterdon Central (13-2, 8-1).
Mann finished with 23 points. Jermaine Knight added 13 points for the Stateliners, who led the entire second half.
Tucker Richardson paced the Red Devils with 18 points.
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