GLEN ROCK – Each three-pointer that Michael Szawaluk made gave the Glen Rock junior guard confidence that he could make the next one, and the next one, and the next one.
The Panthers pulled away to a 50-31 victory over Pequannock on Monday night in their North 1, Group 2 boys basketball state opener because Szawaluk stroked four consecutive treys.
“I was a little nervous,” Szawaluk said, “but I knew that if I got open and set my feet that I would be able to make it.”
Baskets were hard to come by and Szawaluk’s quartet of treys, which bridged the second, third and fourth quarters, gave No. 8 Glen Rock (14-11) the breathing room to relax.
“This is something that we expected him to do all year,” said Glen Rock coach Jason Mittelman, whose team will face top-seeded Ramsey in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. “And he has done it in big spots.”