It might seem like a typo, except it isn’t.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School senior Leo Ramos scored a whopping 57 points to lead the Raiders past Roselle 107-105 in triple overtime of a boys basketball instant classic Thursday night.
Ramos, a 5-foot-10 guard, racked up 38 of his points after the third quarter. With the score tied and seven seconds left in the third overtime, he hit two free throws to put the visiting Raiders (2-5) ahead. Roselle (2-5) sent a long pass behind behind the defense, but Marquel Taylor blocked the game-tying layup attempt at the buzzer to preserve the historic victory.
Ramos scored his points on 15 2-pointers, two 3-pointers and 21-of-27 shooting from the free-throw line.
“The whole fourth quarter and in the overtimes I couldn’t take him out of the game,” Raiders coach Dan Doherty said. “He was exhausted and kept going. They were big kids (on Roselle), but he kept driving to the basket. It was the gutsiest performance I’ve seen.”
The 57 points marked a single-game school record for Ramos, who averages 23.2 points per game. Dan Balico added 17 points for Scotch Plains-Fanwood, which rallied from four points down in the final minute of the second overtime. Ramos stole a pass, got fouled and made one of two free throws to force the third extra session.
High school teams rarely reach 100 points New Jersey. For two teams to do it in one contest is virtually unheard of.
“Unfortunately our defense is really bad this year,” Doherty said. “We’re just trying to go up and down and see what happens.”
Asked if he snapped a photo of the scoreboard, Doherty said, “No, but I hope somebody did.”