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East Side's terrific junior point guard Nas Amos was once again superb at crunch time for the Red Raiders against Immaculate Conception in Saturday's Essex County Tournament final while combining with backcourt mates Shamir Johnson and Jahid Jenkins to make big plays in fourth quarter in 58-54 East Side win as Brick City team copped second straight ECT title. (Photos by Gene Nann-genenann.smugmug.com)

East Side co-head coach Anthony Tavares pointed way to another ECT title

East Side's Jahid Jenkins enjoys post-game moment with the Red Raiders faithful shortly after team sewed up 58-54 ECT championship win. (Sideline Chatter photos)

Seniors Jalen Carey (5) and Justin Winston (1, right) join Immaculate Principal Michele Neves in accepting the ECT runner-up trophy after Lions 58-54 defeat.

East Side players, coaches and supporters get together with championship hardware

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Carey, who had 15 points in the fourth quarter, scored six consecutive Lions points as his steal and dunk evened the score at 52-all with 1:44 left.

But on the ensuing posession, East Side dribble-drive offense once again successfully attacked the much taller Immaculate defense. This time, it was Jenkins who found Johnson and it was his drive and floater off the glass gave the Red Raiders the lead for good with 1:17 remaining.

“Just spread them out. If you move them out of the lane, then its easy to score,” Jenkins said. “That's what we did. We brought Deandre up, brought Mikah (Johnson) up. It made their big men come out and then it opened the lanes for us.”

“It shows we're not scared of them and that we can just get to the basket anytime that we want,” Johnson said. “We work on jumpstops in the lane all during practice. No one one-foot layups, no one-foot dunks, get off two (feet) and try to get to the basket and get fouls.”

Mikah Johnson (seven points, six rebounds) rebounded a Lions miss, which led to two Jenkins free throws. Speight, who overcame foul trouble to finish with 12 points, also had a rebound in the final minute.

East Side put the final touches on another county crown when Amos came from the weakside to poke the ball away from an Immaculate player and to Speight. Amos then recorded his fifth assist of the fourth on a Shamir Johnson basket to make it 58-52 with 17 seconds left.

“They sped towards the middle every time so we just dug down deep (on defense), said Amos. “All of our defense were packing it in, so if we dug down deep it was going to be there every time.”

East Side’s defense was under durress in the second quarter when Speight picked up his second foul after scoring six first quarter points. With the 6-foot-7 senior on the bench, Immaculate’s Winston erupted for 12 points in the period, turning a 20-8 lead into a slim 26-24 advantage in halftime.

Even with Speight, Shamir Johnson and Amos in foul trouble in the second half, the Red Raiders defense stuck to man with Andrew Speight making two critical third quarter blocks to keep East Side in front.

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (18-8)   6   18   9   21   -   54

NEWARK EAST SIDE (24-3)   17   9   11   21   -   58

Immaculate Conception : Zion Bethea 4-0-0-8; Justin Winston 6-0-5-17; Raejon Figures 0-0-0-0; Jalen Carey 7-1-8-25; Elijah Hutchins-Everett 0-0-0-0; Amare Marshall 2-0-0-4; Jayden Brown 0-0-0-0; Nick Jourdain 0-0-0-0; Cliff Omoruyi 0-0-0-0. Total: 19-1-13-54.

East Side : Anas Amos 0-1-0-3; Deandre Speight 5-0-2-12; Jahid Jenkins 8-0-3-19; Shamir Johnson 5-1-4-17; Mikah Johnson 3-0-1-7; Andrew Speight 0-0-0-0; Hassan Ceesay 0-0-0-0; Keron Williams 0-0-0-0; Denzel Small 0-0-0-0. Total: 21-2-10-58.

Immaculate Conception : Winston 8 rebounds, 4 blocks; Carey 6 steals; Hutchins-Everett 4 assists. East Side: Amos 8 assists, 5 rebounds; Jenkins 7 assists; Johnson 6 rebounds; D. Speight 4 rebounds.

The 72 ECT Boys Basketball Finals:

2018: East Side 58 Immaculate 54

2017: East Side 43 West Side 38

2016: Seton Hall Prep 58 East Side 47

2015: Seton Hall Prep 70 East Orange Campus 62

2014: East Side 60 Seton Hall Prep 42

2013: Seton Hall Prep 58 East Side 47

2012: Seton Hall Prep 67 University 47

2011: Seton Hall Prep 61 Irvington 49

2010: University 67 Seton Hall Prep 57

2009: University 59 East Side 48

2008: Science Park 54 Seton Hall Prep 43

2007: Seton Hall Prep 56 Bloomfield Tech 49

2006: Bloomfield Tech 79 Columbia 43

2005: Seton Hall Prep 56 Bloomfield Tech 31

2004: Seton Hall Prep 84 Bloomfield Tech 59

2003: East Side 53 Seton Hall Prep 47

2002: East Side 61 Seton Hall Prep 50

2001: Shabazz 49 Seton Hall Prep 44

2000: Seton Hall Prep 61 West Side 39

1999: Seton Hall Prep 91 Barringer 46

1998: Seton Hall Prep 56 Clifford Scott 36

1997: Seton Hall Prep 57 Shabazz 53

1996: Seton Hall Prep 56 Montclair 49

1995: Irvington 62 Montclair 58

1994: Irvington 70 Clifford Scott 69

1993: Irvington 66 Clifford Scott 62

1992: Irvington 67 Essex Catholic 53

1991: Seton Hall Prep 75 Clifford Scott 55

1990: Shabazz 59 Clifford Scott 57

1989: Clifford Scott 72 Shabazz 62

1988: Shabazz 61 Orange 56

1987: East Orange 73 Orange 60

1986: East Orange 59 Bloomfield 47

1985: Montclair 50 Seton Hall Prep 48

1984: Clifford Scott 67 Montclair 65

1983: Montclair 66 Seton Hall Prep 64 (2OT)

1982: Montclair 75 Shabazz 46

1981: East Orange 64 Shabazz 50

1980: Weequahic 62 Our Lady of the Valley 48

1979: *Our Lady of the Valley 78 Orange 76

1978: Our Lady of the Valley 61 Shabazz 56

1977: East Orange 76 Bloomfield 72

1976: East Orange 89 Bloomfield 67

1975: East Orange 90 Essex Catholic 85

1974: East Orange 76 Orange 72

1973: Central: 55 East Orange 54

1972: Weequahic 86 East Orange 78

1971: South Side 60 Bloomfield 50

1970: East Orange 54 South Side 53

1969: South Side 53 Vailsburg 38

1968: Orange 65 Central 64

1967: Weequahic 79 Central 55

1966: Weequahic 54 East Orange 36

1965: South Side 68 East Orange 58

1964: South Side 53 Central 41

1963: Central 64 St. Benedict’s 38

1962: Clifford Scott 56 Seton Hall Prep 47

1961: South Side 67 Immaculate 48

1960: Bloomfield 46 Montclair 45

1959: Orange 37 Irvington 35

1958: Bloomfield 57 West Orange 33

1957: Bloomfield 57 St. Benedict’s 55

1956: Seton Hall Prep 51 East Side 48

1955: West Side 33 Orange 31

1954: Montclair 61 South Side 52

1953: Orange 41 Montclair 33

1952: Seton Hall Prep 67 West Orange 44

1951: Seton Hall Prep 41 Belleville 37

1950: Belleville 38 Central 32

1949: Bloomfield 48 Seton Hall Prep 43

1948: Belleville 28 Immaculate 23

1947: Orange 46 Belleville 27

*Valley had to vacate 1979 title

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The ECT finalists respective athletic directors Adrian Bosolasco of East Side (left) and Ryan Horan of Immaculate Conception meet up before Saturday afternoon's title tilt between their schools at Essex County College in Newark. (Sideline Chatter photos)

Coach Jimmy Salmon (left) and his Immaculate Conception Lions have to pick it right back up and get ready for Tuesday night's state tournament opener vs. The Patrick School in game to be played at Mount St. Dominic's Mary Jo Codey Gymnasium.

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