NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

Central Jersey Group IV

(4) Marlboro 63, (13) Princeton 41

Marlboro's feel-good postseason continued when season-long team manager and special needs student Salomon "Shlomo" Nachum knocked down a 10-foot shot to cap the Mustangs' win over the Little Tigers (12-14) in the opening round.

Senior P.J. Ringel led Marlboro (18-6) with 16 points and senior Ryan LaRocca netted 14 in the win. The Mustangs will host No. 5 Sayreville, which put up 100 points in a win over Hightstown on Monday, in Wednesday's quarterfinal.

(1) Freehold Twp. 87, (16) Middletown South 50

Senior Ryan Zyskowski led four Freehold Township players in double-figure scoring with 22 points and also grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Patriots (23-2) to a lopsided win over the Eagles (8-18). Freehold Township will host No. 9 Trenton in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Senior Steve Staklinski pitched in 16 points and five assists, senior Brian White contributed 11 points and five assists, and sophomore Greg Billups netted 10 points for Freehold Township.

Junior Nick Unrath led Middletown South with 17 points.

(7) Middletown North 54, (10) Colts Neck 53

Junior Chris Kenny's three-point attempt spun around the rim and dropped as time expired to give the Lions (16-10) a thrilling win over the defending sectional champion Cougars (15-9) at the buzzer.

Kenny finished with nine points while sophomore Rob Higgins scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half to lead Middletown North.

The Lions trailed Colts Neck, 49-41 midway through the fourth and rallied to tie the game with a 10-2 run. Colts Neck junior Ben Bosland found classmate Rob Hill for the go-ahead layup with 45 seconds left and after a missed three-point attempt by Kenny, the Lions took the first of four timeouts on the final possession - three by them.

After two more missed shots, the Lions had the ball underneath the Colts Neck basket with 4.4 seconds left and Higgins passed the ball in to Kenny on the left wing. The junior looked to get it back to Higgins, but with the Shore's leading scorer marked tightly, Kenny only had time to fire up a three that danced around the rim before dropping. The three was the first of the season for Kenny.

Senior Brendan Clarke led Colts Neck with 18 points, including eight in the fourth quarter, while junior Dan Gaines added 14 in the loss. Bosland also finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists for Colts Neck.

Middletown North will travel to play No. 2 Hunterdon Central in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Central Jersey Group II

(10) Roselle 63, (7) Point Boro 61 (OT)

Junior Connor Costigan scored 20 points and junior Patrick Feehan poured in 19, but it was not enough as the Rams (18-7) edged the Panthers (16-8) in overtime in Point Pleasant.

(3) A.L. Johnson 64, (14) Holmdel 62

The Crusaders converted a tie-breaking putback as time expired and th A.L. Johnson (20-4) escaped with win over the Hornets (12-10). Junior Tim Zhou led Holmdel with 26 points and senior Nick Harris added 18 in defeat.

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 69, (16) Spotswood 62

Junior Jack Solano scored 19 points and the Bulldogs (21-2) overcame a one-point halftime deficit to slide by the Chargers (7-20) and set up a quarterfinal home game against No. 9 Delran on Wednesday.

Junior Teddy Sourlis added 13 points as both he and Solano hit three of Rumson's nine three-pointers in the game. Senior Tyler Pierson also contributed 14 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while senior Connor Dupree hauled in 14 rebounds to go with his five points.

(4) Manasquan 68, (13) Robbinsville 43

Senior Devin Jensen recorded his 1,000th career point and the Warriors (17-10) rolled into the sectional semifinals with a win over the Ravens (11-13). Jensen finished with a game-high 29 points to lead Manasquan, which will host No. 5 North Plainfield in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(3) Lenape 75, (14) Brick Memorial 49

Junior Anthony Argondizza led three Brick Memorial players in double-figures with 13 points but the Mustangs (8-17) fell to the Indians (22-3). Senior Gianni Linfante added 11 points and junior Vinny Vecchione poured in 10 for Brick Memorial.

(1) Toms River North 71, (16) Vineland 38

Senior Jaden Rhoden scored 15 points and grabbed nine boards as the Mariners (26-2) stormed out to a 27-6 lead after one quarter before cruising to a win over the Fighting Clan (9-17).

Senior Mike Nyisztor and junior Travis Holland each pitched in 12 points, with Nyisztor added four steals. Senior Darrion Carrington also scored 10 points and handed out eight assists for Toms River North.

The Mariners will host No. 8 Millville on Wednesday in the sectional quarterfinals.

(4) Cherokee 56, (13) Jackson Memorial 34

Senior Andrew Trent scored a team-high 12 points, but the Jaguars (11-12) could not contend with the Chiefs (20-6) in the South Jersey Group IV opening round.

 

South Jersey Group II

(4) Barnegat 66, (13) Cape May Tech 46

Junior Mike Revello pumped in a career-high 38 points and the Bengals (17-10) rolled through the Hawks (11-14) and into the sectional quarterfinals. Revello scored 17 of his points in the first quarter as Barnegat surged in front, 24-5, through the first eight minutes.

Revello's 38 points also set a single-game record for the program.

Juniors Carson Francisco and Alex Grogan each added 12 points for Barnegat, which will host No. 12 Lower Cape May in Wednesday's quarterfinals.

(2) Haddonfield 60, (15) Manchester 51

Senior L.J. Robinson poured in a game-high 26 points, but the Hawks (10-15) fell short against the Bulldogs (22-5). Freshman Jakari Spence added 11 in the loss.

 

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