The Falcons took on the Pascack Hills Cowboys in a highly anticipated state semifinals matchup in Bergen County. The Falcons came out hot and energized, but their effort wasn’t enough to upset the powerhouse Cowboys.
In their final game, the seniors led the scoring again for Jefferson. Mattie Johnson put together an 11-point game and Matt Moran followed with eight points.
With his recent struggles, the hobbled Johnson came out on fire and ready to play Cinderella against Pascack. Johnson scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter while propelling the Falcons ahead. Tyler Ruban and Moran also added their marks for the Falcons, helping extend their lead to 16-9 with just three minutes left in the quarter.
Jefferson woke up a sleeping giant in the Cowboys as Pascack went on a 9-0 run to close the quarter with a two-point lead.
Hills would keep that momentum as the second quarter opened up. The Cowboys stormed out to a 29-20 lead with 2:10 left in the quarter. It was then that the Falcons star forward Johnson fell to the hardwood in pain.
The senior had already broken both ankles this season and came down on one in the worst way Saturday night.
Playing through the pain has been a common factor for Johnson through the entire season and is his last game as a Falcons that trend would continue.
To open the second half, Johnson was on the floor along with Buddy Jacobus, Moran, Ruban, and Sean Whalen.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, that squad wasn’t enough to stop the powerful Cowboys. Quickly into the third, Pascack began to run away with the lead.
It wasn’t until 1:07 showed on the clock that the Falcons would throw in the white flag. It was at that moment that Johnson, Jacobus, Moran, Whalen, and Profaca came off the floor for the last time as Falcons.
Although this is the end of the road for the boys, the girls’ basketball squad will hope to avenge the boys loss in their state finals game against Westwood Monday night at The Nest.