NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey Section 2, Group III

(7) Governor Livingston 55, (10) Middletown North 49

Junior Rob Higgins scored 12 points, his lowest single-game total of the season, and the Lions (12-13) came up short against the Highlanders (11-12) on the road.

Higgins's 12 points were enough to clinch him the Shore Conference scoring title for the second straight year. He finished the season averaging 28.818 points per game, narrowly edging Wall senior Steve Geis, who finished at 28.815.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(3) Hopewell Valley 82, (14) Wall 74

Senior Steve Geis capped his outstanding senior year with a career-high 49 points on 12 three-pointers, but it was not enough to carry the Crimson Knights (14-13) past the Bulldogs (21-5). Geis finished his senior year with 778 points and an average of 28.8 points per game while ending his career with 1,442 points.

(4) Neptune 57, (13) Westampton Tech 29

Senior Scott Fields scored a game-high 18 points and senior Jared Kimbrough pitched in 15 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Scarlet Fliers (21-5) to a rout of Westampton Tech (8-19).

Neptune will host No. 5 Ewing in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday, a rematch of the Neptune Holiday Jubilee semifinals in December, which Neptune won, 34-29.

(8) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 71, (9) Brick 48

Junior Shane Williams scored 22 points but the Green Dragons (15-9) had no answer for junior Jaden Sands, who poured in a game-high 33 points to lead the Knights into the quarterfinal round.

(7) Ocean 42, (10) Lakewood 37 (OT)

Senior Andrew Seager scored 15 points and hauled in 17 rebounds to lead the Spartans (17-10) to an overtime win over the Piners (15-11) - their second tournament win over Lakewood in a span of two weeks.

Ocean defeated Lakewood, 42-38, in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament on Feb. 13.

Lakewood led Ocean, 37-33, with 4:34 left, but the Spartans held Lakewood scoreless over the final 8-plus minutes to lock up the win.

Seager hit a pair of free throws with 39 seconds left to tie the game at 37 and effectively send it to overtime. Sophomore Jack Miller, who added 14 points, hit the go-ahead free throw in overtime and senior Brian Laustsen scored on a putback to make it 40-37. Seager capped the win with a two-handed dunk in the final minute.

Senior Kevin Dent scored 11 points for Lakewood, but he cramped up in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and could not get loose before the final buzzer. Sophomore Ryan Savoy added 11 points, nine rebounds and four blocks for in the loss.

Ocean will travel to play No. 2 Nottingham in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

(2) Nottingham 77, (15) Jackson Liberty 44

 

Central Jersey Group I

(5) Riverside 57, (12) Asbury Park 54

Senior Ja'King Agostini and junior Alexx Harbour scored 18 points apiece and the Blue Bishops (10-13) pushed the Rams (16-10) to the brink before falling on the road.

(3) Point Beach 76, (14) Stem Civics 52

Senior Mohamed Traore scored 20 points and classmate Danny Frauenheim added 17 points and 11 assists to pace the Garnet Gulls (18-9) to a win over Stem Civics.

Senior Trevor Covey added 15 points and sophomore Jake Clark chipped in nine points and six rebounds for Point Beach, which will host No. 6 Middlesex in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

(2) New Egypt 36, (15) Shore 34

Quinn Kimmick scored the game-winning layup with 0.6 seconds left on the clock and the Warriors (16-11) dodged a first-round upset by surviving a challenge from the Blue Devils (9-17).

Juniors Kyle Koob and Chris Panduri scored 11 points each to lead Shore, which was playing in its first state tournament game since winning the Central Jersey Group I title in 2015. Koob also grabbed seven rebounds.

 

South Jersey Group III

(1) Timber Creek 79, (16) Lacey 56

(9) Mainland 72, (8) Toms River East 62

(5) Pinelands 70, (12) Gloucester Tech 42

Junior Andrew Schulz scored 19 of his game-high 28 points in the first half and knocked down six three-pointers to lead the Wildcats (15-10) past GCIT (11-16) for their fist ever NJSIAA Tournament win.

Junior Anthony Diaz added 15 points for Pinelands, which improved to 11-0 at home for the season. The Wildcats will now have to go on the road and take on No. 4 Delsea in Wednesday's sectional quarterfinals.

 

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