Class A North

No. 4 Neptune 44, Marlboro 37

Seniors Jared Kimbrough and Scott Fields scored 11 points each and the Scarlet Fliers took over the game in the second half to top the Mustangs on opening night. All of Kimbrough's points came in the second half and he also added eight rebounds and four blocks. Fields chipped in six rebounds and junior Dwain Jones poured in 10 points for Neptune.

Neptune fell behind 23-15 early in the third quarter, but went on an 18-4 run to surge ahead, 33-27. Marlboro rallied to tie the game at 33-33, but Kimbrough and Fields combined for three baskets on three straight trips to make it 39-37. Jones hit Fields for the go-ahead lay-up with a little more than 2:30 to play and then Kimbrough converted a three-point play with just under a minute.

Sophomore Alex Ratner led Marlboro with 13 points to go with four assists while junior Dylan Kaufman added 12 in the loss.

No. 5 CBA at Manalapan - PPD, TBA

No. 6 Colts Neck 60, Howell 51

Junior Andrew Abujawdeh scored a game-high 19 points in his first varsity start and the Cougars never trailed in topping the Rebels on opening night.

Abujawdeh started in place of senior Ben Bosland, who missed the last week of practice with an undisclosed ailment, according to coach Lou Piccola. Bosland came off the bench to score 11 points and hand out six assists.

Abujawdeh scored the first seven points of a 13-0 Colts Neck run to open the game and while Howell responded with a 12-4 to close the quarter and pulled even at 21, the Rebels could never pull all the way into the lead

Senior Brandon Wilson led Howell with 17 points and junior Matt Ganter poured in 11 for the Rebels.

Freehold Twp. 57 Freehold Boro 37

Junior Zack Barilka scored a game-high 18 points and senior Ja'Zeem Foster added 10 to lead the Patriots over the rival Colonials on opening night.

Freehold Township played without 6-5 junior guard Greg Billups, who suffered an ankle injury earlier this week, according to coach Brian Golub.

Lucas Bruckmann, Jiasion Carpenter and Rich Vingelli each scored seven points to lead Freehold Boro.

 

Class A Central

Shore 49, Holmdel 42

Junior Chris Panduri scored 19 points and classmate Kyle Koob poured in 15 to lead the Blue Devils past the Hornets for Erik Mazur's first win as Shore head coach. Mazur spent three seasons as an assistant for the Blue Devils and was previously the head coach at Barnegat.

Sophomore Ryan Paglia also scored nine points for Shore. Alex Rubano led Holmdel with 12 points.

Matawan 76, Red Bank 45

Senior Reggie Tawiah led three Matawan players in double-figures with 23 points and senior Mike Dunne flirted with a triple-double to lead the Huskies to an opening-night rout vs. the Bucs.

Sophomore Darrell Rogers scored 14 points and senior Ramon Estrada poured in 10 for Matawan, while Dunne pitched in nine points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in the win. Tawiah also added five steals for Matawan.

Juniors Brian Forsman and Liam Joyce each scored 10 points to lead Red Bank.

Raritan 49, St. John Vianney 47

Junior Pat Bowels hit two free throws with two seconds left to break a 47-47 tie and a halfcourt shot by Vianney senior Zach Moran came after the final buzzer to give the Rockets a heart-stopping win over the Lancers.

Rob Lavilla scored 13 points and handed out five assists while Bowles added 12 points for Raritan, which jumped out to a 24-6 lead early in the second quarter.

Junior Tim Hayes pitched in eight points and eight board in the win, while Chris Mikos led St. John Vianney with 11 points.

 

Class A South

Brick 76, Central 57

Junior Shane Williams, senior Dan Venezia and junior Jalen Jackson each scored at least 20 points and the Green Dragons rolled to an opening-night win over the Golden Eagles. Williams scored a game-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, while Venezia poured in 21 points.

Jackson scored 20 points and dished out 10 assists in his Brick  debut. Jackson transferred from St. Anthony after spending two seasons at the sub-varsity levels with the storied Jersey City High School, which closed down at the end of the 2016-17 school year.

No. 9 Toms River North 64, Toms River South 22

Senior Holden Petrick posted 13 points and four assists and the Mariners stormed out to a 43-8 halftime lead en route to a win over the rival Indians on opening night.

Sophomore guard and Manchester transfer Jakari Spence added 11 points and four assists, while junior Nick Dunczak and senior Travis Holland each chipped in eight. Sophomore Najae Hallenbach hauled in 12 rebounds to go with his six points in the win.

 

Class B North

Red Bank Catholic 53, No. 10 Middletown North 50

Senior Matt Ansell led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points and the unranked Caseys topped the ranked Lions on opening night for the second straight year.

Sophomore Charlie Gordinier added 11 points and junior John Duffy pitched in 10.

Junior Rob Higgins led Middletown North with a game-high 30 points, including 21 in the first half.

Long Branch 41, Middletown South 31

Junior Marc Dennis scored 16 points and senior Tyree Morris added 10 to lead the Green Wave to an opening-night win over the Eagles.

No. 7 Manasquan 44, Ocean 35

Senior Ryan Flanagan scored a game-high 18 points and added 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Warriors past the Spartans on opening night. Senior Emilio Stevenson chipped in 10 points for Manasquan.

Wall 59, Monmouth 41

Seniors Steve Geis and Andy Lenneper each scored 19 points and the Crimson Knights topped the Falcons to open their season in winning fashion.

 

Class B Central

Asbury Park 63, Henry Hudson 55

Senior Ja'King Agostini scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Blue Bishops past the Admirals for an opening-night win.

Junior Jay Anthony and sophomore Jordan Gonzalez each scored 15 points to lead Henry Hudson, with Anthony also contributing nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and two blocks.

No. 2 Mater Dei Prep 88, Keansburg 36

Seniors Kenny Jones and Kyle Cardaci led five Mater Dei players in double-figures with 19 points apiece and the Seraphs rolled to an opening-night win over the Titans.

Senior Yasin Pretlow and junior Alexander Rice - the latter of whom played his first game with Mater Dei since transferring from St. Anthony - each added 14 points and senior Kyle Devaney netted 10.

Senior Danny Vital led Keansburg with 14 points and senior Paul Eckleberry poured in 12 in the loss.

St. Rose 58, Keyport 28

Senior Dave Calloway was the only player to reach double-figure scoring, pumping in 10 points to lead the Purple Roses to a lopsided win over the Red Raiders to open the season.

Nick Marini, John Beattie and Matt Forlenza each pitched in eight points in the win, while Colin Fernandez led Keyport with seven.

No. 1 Ranney 79, No. 8 Point Beach 53

Junior Scottie Lewis scored 23 points to go with 12 rebounds and six assists and the No. 1 Panthers fought off an early challenge from the Garnet Gulls to pull away with an opening-night win.

Junior Alex Klatsky also turned in a big performance on opening night, posting 22 points, five rebounds and seven assists while knocking down five three-pointers. Junior Bryan Antoine pitched in 15 points, five rebounds and three assists and junior Ahmadu Sarnor added nine points and eight rebounds.

Seniors Danny Frauenheim and Trevor Covey each scored 19 points to lead Point Beach, which trailed just 15-14 after one quarter. Sophomore Jake Clark chipped in 10 points in his first varsity start.

 

Class B South

Lakewood at Point Boro - PPD, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Manchester at Lacey - PPD, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Pinelands 49, Barnegat 42

Junior Andrew Schulz scored a team-high 16 points and junior Devin Kidd added 11 to lead the Wildcats to a big opening-night win over the Bengals, their fourth straight home win over Barnegat.

Pinelands, which beat Barnegat for one of its three wins last year, outscored the Bengals 19-9 in the first quarter and never looked back.

Juniors Anthony Diaz and Garrett Brown each added eight points for Pinelands, giving the Wildcats' junior quartet 43 of the 49 points.

Senior Mike Revello led Barnegat with 25 points to move within 27 of becoming Barnegat's first ever 1,000-point scorer.

Donovan Catholic 48, Jackson Liberty 43

Senior Anthony Silvestrone scored 14 points and junior Matt Melon added 13 and the Griffins held off the Lions to pick up a road win on opening night. Joe San Fillipo also scored 10 points for Donovan Catholic.

Juniors Daniel Sofield and Takai Anderson also scored 14 points apiece to lead Jackson Liberty.

 

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