Immaculate Conception and Seton Hall Prep have advanced to the championship final of the Essex County Boys Basketball Tournament. But just barely. The semifinals, held Tuesday night at West Orange High School, were both hotly contested matches with the results in doubt until the last few moments.

In the first contest Immaculate Conception withstood the driving forces of the East Orange Jaguars to prevail by a score of 55-52.

The second game came down to a furious flurry for ball control under the Seton Hall basketball until time ran out and the Prep triumphed by a score of 62-60.

So, now we have our finalists, Immaculate Conception and Seton Hall Prep preparing to face off on Saturday, 1pm on the same hardwood at West Orange.

The game is the first up of the two tournament finals with the girls championship scheduled to follow at 3:30pm.

General admission for adults and students is $10 for the two game event.