|VIDEO: Ramapo's fast start leads to key win over Paramus Catholic|
Jason Oppler led the way as Ramapo raced out of the gate on its way to a key boys' basketball win over Paramus Catholic. Oppler ended up with a game-high 25 points as the Green Raiders prevailed, 64-50, a win they needed in order to qualify for the Bergen County Jamboree.
Oppler had 13 of his points from the foul line. K.C. Hunt contributed 19 points for Ramapo, which scored the first 12 points of the game, and led 22-2 early in the second quarter.
John Whooley and Andrew Curcura scored six points apiece for Ramapo.
Paramus Catholic bounced back after its slow start, pulling within nine points in the third quarter and again in the fourth. But the Paladins were unable to overcome the huge deficit.
Jared Simmons led Paramus Catholic with 14 points. Bakari Tice scored nine points and M.J. Scott added eight. The Paladins, who play one of North Jersey's toughest schedules, are 2-11.
The win boosted Ramapo's record to 8-7, making them eligible for selection to the Jamboree. The next day, the tournament committee recognized Ramapo's own challenging schedule and voted them into the tournament; Ramapo will be the 11th seed and faces Glen Rock in the first round.
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