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Bloomfield's point guard Isaiah Reyes (right) looks for an opening between West Orange's Stephon Sheard (left) and Jeremiah Moore during Thursday night's Bloomfield Summer League playoff finals. West Orange edged the Bengals, 52-49, to capture championship of highly-competitive summer loop. (Photo by Gene Nann-nannphoto)

West Orange Rides Its Senior Leadership
To Bloomfield Summer Hoops League Title
By Steve Tober

BLOOMFIELD- Bingo Silvera has been around his trio of West Orange rising seniors since coaching them back in the sixth grade, and he knows when it comes to forming the building blocks for the 2015-2016 Mountaineers that the defending Super Essex Conference-Colonial Division champions will be able to count on an essential, time-honored trait that all coaches value in their 12th-graders.

“Those three kids have very good leadership qualities and you could see it with the way they’ve played for us all summer,” said the longtime area coach who runs the team in June and July for high school head man Greg Tynes. “I’ve had these guys since the sixth and seventh grades and I’ve seen them grow and develop as players and people.

“When we need them to step up on the court they do just that and they are a big reason we’re Bloomfield Summer League champions.”

Andrew Scholz, a sharp-shooting, 6-foot-4 forward who is most highly regarded as a baseball pitching prospect, sank a clutch 3-pointer with just two seconds showing to provide the winning margin as West Orange defeated the host Bloomfield Bengals, 52-49, Thursday night, July 30th, in the 2015 Bloomfield Summer League playoff championship game.

His deft perimeter touch combined with solid inside scoring and rebounding from 6-4 senior forward Jeremiah Moore, who had seven points in the final 3:23; plus the solid guidance of 5-9 senior point guard Patrick Jamison provided clutch play down the stretch. The senior trio was nicely complemented by talented underclassmen such as 6-0 sophomore point guard Nashiem Hart, who emerged as a top floor general this summer; 5-10 junior guard Gabe Silvera and impressive 6-3 freshman forward Stephon Sheard.

West Orange overcame a five-point deficit (42-37) with 5:51 remaining to pull out the victory in an entertaining and spirited conclusion to the playoffs which capped the month-long summer league schedule.

Scholz’ clutch shot was a quick and decisive answer to the game-tying trifecta with eight seconds remaining that was delivered by Bloomfield’s sparkling senior point guard Isaiah Reyes, who was clearly the most impressive playmaker amongst a plethora of talented performers on the Bengals’ home court in the playoff final.

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