Class A North

Manalapan 56, Middletown South 47

Junior Ryan Knorr scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Braves topped the Eagles for an opening-night win at home. Knorr knocked down 5-of-6 free throws during the fourth quarter to ice the game.

Junior Blake Henis added 11 points and classmate Ryan Szatowski pitched in nine for Manalapan.

Junior James Anderson led Middletown South with 18 points.

No. 2 CBA 70, No. 6 Marlboro 51

Senior Stephen Braunstein scored a game-high 23 points and fellow senior Josh Cohen posted 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocks to pace the Colts to an opening-night road win over the Mustangs in a battle of top 10 teams.

Freshman Ryan Mabrey added 12 points, 5 rebounds and four assists in his high school debut.

Junior Alex Ratner led Marlboro with 20 points but had to exit the game early in the fourth quarter due to a cramp in his left leg and did not return. Senior Dylan Kaufman added 12 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

Freehold Boro 39, Long Branch 38

Senior Jack Bisaha scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead a balanced scoring effort that proved enough for the Colonials to beat the Green Wave. The win ends a 19-game divisional losing streak for Freehold Boro.

Senior Quincy Davis added nine points and 10 rebounds and senior Liam Feuster chipped in seven points and five boards.

Junior Lucas Telles De Sa led Long Branch with 11 points and senior Marc Dennis added eight in the loss.

No. 9 Freehold Twp. 58, Howell 46

Senior Zach Barilka scored a game-high 18 points to go with 13 rebounds and the Patriots topped the Rebels to open their season in winning fashion. Seniors Greg Billups and Cristian Corcione contributed 12 points each in the win.

Senior Matt Ganter led Howell with 15 points.

 

Class A Central

No. 3 Manasquan 62, Raritan 45

Junior Alex Galvan poured in 26 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Warriors to an opening-night win over the Rockets. Freshman Ben Roy chipped in 14 points in his varsity debut.

Holmdel 66, St. Rose 33

Junior John Curreri led four Holmdel players in double figures with 15 points and the Hornets dominated the Purple Roses to kick off their season in impressive fashion.

Junior Jack Giamanco poured in 13 points, sophomore Alex Baker dropped 12 and junior Doug Chan chipped in 11 in the Holmdel win.

Juniors John Beattie and Kevin Tombs each scored nine points to lead St. Rose.

No. 7 Red Bank Catholic 65, Shore 55

Junior Charlie Gordinier pumped in 18 points and the Caseys picked up an opening-night win over the Blue Devils.

Senior M.J. Wright added 13 points and senior John Duffy poured in 11 to aid the Red Bank Catholic effort.

Senior Kyle Koob led Shore with a game-high 23 points and classmate Chris Panduri chipped in 12 in the loss.

No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 66, Monmouth 43

Senior Ian O'Connor went off for 25 points and 17 rebounds and the Bulldogs broke open a three-point game at halftime to earn an opening-night win over the Falcons.

Senior Jackson McCarthy added 17 points and 13 rebounds to complement O'Connor with a double-double of his own.

Senior Dan Forsman led Monmouth with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Class A South

Brick 53, Jackson Memorial 46

Junior Anthony Maniscalo hit four three-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead the Green Dragons to a road win over the Jaguars to open the season.

Senior Shane Williams chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds and classmate Jalen Jackson added 13 points, seven assists and four steals for Brick.

Senior transfer Micah Wallace scored 15 points to lead Jackson Memorial in his Jaguars debut and senior Jayson Lee added 10 in the loss.

Brick Memorial 58, No. 10 Central 51

Senior Nick Manso scored 17 points and classmate Kyle McMahon added 16 to lead the Mustangs to a win over the No. 10 Golden Eagles on opening night.

Senior Matt Bernstein also pitched in seven points, nine rebounds and three steals for Brick Memorial. McMahon also swiped four steals and Manso had three.

Sophomore Kyle Rhoden led Central with 16 points but went 6-for-16 from the free-throw line. Central shot 13-for-30 from the line as a team.

Toms River South 59, Southern 51

Junior Jalen Folsom poured in 20 points and the Indians opened their season with a road win over the Rams.

Junior Rob Marro added 12 points and fellow junior Nick Luongo chipped in 10 for Toms River South.

Senior Johnny Tilton led Southern with 11 points while seniors Vinnie Deck and Cole Markley added 10 each, with Deck handing out seven assists.

 

Class B North

Colts Neck 54, Ocean 49

Senior Sean Tice scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds and the Cougars held on to beat the Spartans to open their season with a win despite sporting five new starters in their opening-night lineup.

Colts Neck overcame 34 points by Ocean junior Jack Miller, who missed a contested, potential game-tying corner three-pointer in the final seconds before Colts Neck iced the game at the free-throw line.

Sophomore Stephen Ciccarone scored 12 points for Colts Neck and fellow sophomore Richard Lee put up 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Brian Hill also posted nine points and nine boards.

Freshman Corey Miller poured in nine points in his high school debut to back up his older brother.

Wall 53, Red Bank 52

Junior Quinn Calabrese scored 19 points and the Crimson Knights woke up in the second half to overcome a 29-15 halftime deficit and beat the Bucs on opening night.

Senior Trey Dombroski added 16 points and sophomore Pat Lacey chipped in nine in Wall's comeback win.

Senior Liam Joyce led Red Bank with 19 points and freshman Patrick Murray hit three three-pointers for nine points in his high school debut.

Matawan 50, No. 5 Neptune 49

Junior John Beukers converted the game-winning layup with five seconds left and the Huskies rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun the Scarlet Fliers.

Beukers and classmate Niles Haliburton each finished with 14 points and Beukers also pulled down 14 rebounds and dished out four assists in the win. Haliburton, meanwhile, hit four three-pointers, including two on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions to cut Neptune's lead to 47-44.

Neptune led, 49-46, with under a minute to play and the possession but turned the ball over with 32 seconds left. Junior Ethan Okello rebounded a miss by senior Quincy Wathington on the other end and scored on the putback to cut the Neptune lead to one with 12 seconds left.

After a timeout, Matawan forced a turnover on a five-second call under the Neptune basket and on the ensuing play, Beukers went to work in the post and scored against a mismatch in the paint to give Matawan its first lead since the first quarter.

Neptune senior Dwaine Jones's attempt at a winning three-pointer was just a little long and the Huskies celebrated the opening-night upset on the floor with their student section.

Okello finished with 10 points and Wathington poured in nine in the win.

Junior Sean Young led Neptune with 15 points on 5-for-8 shooting from three-point range while Jones finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Sam Fagan contributed eight points and six assists while senior Mekhi Moore posted eight points, eight rebounds and four blocks off the bench for Neptune.

Middletown North 78, St. John Vianney 54

Senior Rob Higgins scored a game-high 30 points, including four of Middletown North's 16 three-pointers as the Lions bombarded the Lancers on opening night.

Junior Chris Pinckney scored 15 points on five three-pointers and junior Mike Frazee buried four threes for 12 points.

Senior James Rapley led St. John Vianney with 11 points and 17 rebounds.

 

Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 66, Henry Hudson 42

Sophomore Phil Urban and junior Tahaj Parland scored 13 points each and the Seraphs beat the Admirals to give first-year heard coach Dennis Kazimir his first career win.

Junior Pete Gorman added 11 points for Mater Dei.

Senior Jay Anthony led Henry Hudson with 12 points and seven rebounds and junior Grady Hendrickson pitched in 11 points in the loss.

Keansburg 46, Point Beach 25

Junior Nasir Williams led a balanced scoring effort with 12 points and the Titans led wire-to-wire to beat the Garnet Gulls for the first time in 15 years, according to head coach James McCarthy.

Senior Quintel Stephens, junior Anthony Strydio and sophomore Davon Jackson each added nine points and sophomore Patrick Beltran handed out seven assists for Keansburg.

Sophomore Luke Valencia scored 11 points to lead Point Beach, which played without multiple players due to injury, including junior and returning starter Jake Clark.

Asbury Park 68, Keyport 54

Senior Alexx Harbour scored 20 points and Brick Memorial transfer LaDonn Fitzpatrick-Brown posted 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Asbury Park debut to lead the Blue Bishops over the Red Raiders.

Freshman D.J. Thomson led Keyport with 16 points and sophomore Troy Alvarez pitched in 11 in the loss.

 

Class B South

Lakewood 29, Barnegat 25

Junior Omari Barksdale scored a team-high eight points and classmate Ryan Savoy added seven as the Piners won a defensive struggle over the Bengals to open the season.

Manchester 57, Lacey 54

Junior Josh Hayes led a balanced effort with 19 points and the Hawks edged the Lions for an opening-night win.

Sophomore Josh Glenn poured in 15 points and freshman Wyatt Hasselbauer netted 10 in his high school debut.

Senior Carl Swensen led Lacey with a game-high 22 points.

Point Boro 40, Jackson Liberty 39

Junior Sam Young scored inside as time expired and the Panthers beat the Lions to open their season in thrilling fashion. Young finished with seven points and freshman Dominic Schiappa led Point Boro with 11 points.

Senior Daniel Sofield paced Jackson Liberty with a game-high 20 points and senior Miles Neal added eight for the Lions, who played without injured starter Takai Anderson.

Pinelands 53, Donovan Catholic 50

Senior Andrew Schulz scored a game-high 22 points, the Wildcats knocked down their free-throws down the stretch and held on for a win over the Griffins.

Donovan Catholic had a chance to tie the game but senior Isaiah Ulep's three-point attempt was off the mark as time expired.

Senior Anthony Diaz added nine points for Pinelands, which held off a Donovan Catholic comeback after taking an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Freshman Jaden Anthony led Donovan Catholic with 16 points and senior Matt Melon pitched in 15 in the loss.

 

Non-Conference

No. 1 Ranney 84, West Nottingham Academy (Md.) 72

Senior Bryan Antoine drained 36 points and classmate Scottie Lewis fell just shy of a triple-double as the nationally-ranked Panthers opened their anticipated season with a win over West Nottingham.

Lewis posted 17 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, sevens steals and six blocks while Antoine also chipped in six boards, three assists and five steals for Ranney.

Senior Alex Klatsky buried four three-pointers and finished with 16 points and freshman Elijah Perkins put up 13 points in his high school debut.

 

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