Class A North

Marlboro 61, Freehold Twp. 60

Senior center Matt Ringel scored 17 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocks and the Mustangs survived a late surge by the Patriots to win their first game of the season.

Kenny Larocca added 12 points on four 3-pointers and handed out four assists, while Dan Weiss also chipped in eight points and four assists.

Marlboro led 38-21 midway through the third quarter and 51-39 midway through the fourth, but Freehold Township twice came charging back. Tyree Wilson knocked down a long three to close the third quarter, pulling the Patriots within 47-37. Trailing by three in the final seconds, Nick Facendo drove for a lay-up that cut the Marlboro lead to 61-60, but Freehold Township could not convert the go-ahead score.

Wilson finished with a game-high 18 points to lead Freehold Township.

Manalapan 50, Middletown South 37

Senior Gerard Hodge-Rocourt scored 10 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and the Braves beat the Eagles to improve to 2-0 to open the season. Senior Zach Misischia added 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win, while Kevin Higgins led Middletown South with 13 points.

No. 1 CBA 60, Freehold Boro 38

Middletown North 43, Howell 41

Sophomore John Tomassetti scored a team-high 13 points to go with five rebounds and freshman Dave Campbell added 11 as the Lions edged the Rebels to pick up their first win of the season. Senior Dylan Frawley also pitched in 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lions.

Senior Zach Rovner led Howell with 12 points.

 

Class A Central

Holmdel 53, Raritan 50

Senior Luke Mayell scored 22 points and senior Ray LaForte added 16 to lead the Hornets to a win over the Rockets. Junior Joe Strand led Raritan with a game-high 27 points.

No. 3 Manasquan 70, Monmouth 34

Senior Aidan McMenaman scored 15 of his game-high 21 points in the first quarter and the Warriors cruised to a win over the Falcons for their third straight victory to open the season. McMenaman knocked down four 3-pointers, while sophomore Devin Jensen and junior Jack Sheehan each added 13 points in the win. Sophomore Nick Cirlincione led Monmouth with eight points.

Rumson-FH 82, St. John Vianney 63

Junior Brendan Barry pumped in a game-high 34 points and the Bulldogs overmatched the Lancers for their first win of the season. Senior Alex Geiger added 11 points and senior Thomas Famulary chipped in 10 in the win.

Junior Grant Goode led St. John Vianney with 14 points while senior John-Michael Broderick added 13 in the loss.

 

Class A South

No. 9 Southern 84, Brick 65

Junior Peyton Wejnert went off for 35 points and eight rebounds to help spark the Rams to a win over the Green Dragons to open their Class A South season. Senior Jake Logue added 24 points and seven rebounds, while junior Ethan DuBois added four points and eight assists.

Seniors Brian Oehme and Ja'Quez Johnson and sophomore Noah Buono combined to score 56 of Brick's 65 points. Oehme scored a team-high 21 points, Johnson poured in 18 and Buono netted 17.

 

Class B North

Red Bank 57, No. 8 Neptune 53 (OT)

Tyler Christie came off the bench to score 17 points, including the game-tying lay-up with 10 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime and helped propel the Bucs to a win over the Scarlet Fliers.

Christie also added five steals on the defensive end and took a key charge in the game. Junior Sadiq Palmer chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds, while senior Anthony Mitchell also dropped 14 points in the win.

Senior Keishawn Kirkwood led Neptune with 20 points.

Colts Neck 62, Ocean 43

Junior Llyod Daniels scored 16 points to go with six assists and senior Chris O'Reilly added 13 points and five assists as the Cougars topped the Spartans to improve to 2-0. Both Daniels and O'Reilly each added three steals apiece, while junior Kyle Gordon also added 10 points for Colts Neck.

Juniors Manny Padron and Yanni Kavarakas each scored nine points to lead Ocean.

Wall 63, No. 7 Red Bank Catholic 47

Senior Ryan Janeczek scored 16 points and the Crimson Knights knocked off the Caseys on the road for their first win of the season and their first victory under new coach Matt Kukoda. Red Bank had rallied from a 22-0 deficit to beat Jackson Memorial a day earlier, but could not come back on Monday night against the Crimson Knights.

Senior Brendan Barcas added 12 points and Trent Mitchell chipped in 10 for Wall. Red Bank junior Evan Madigan hit seven 3-pointers and scored 24 points in Sunday's come-from-behind win over Jackson Memorial on Sunday at the WOBM Christmas Classic, but the Crimson Knights held the junior sharp-shooter without a field goal. Madigan went 7-for-8 from the free-throw line to finish with seven points.

Senior Liam Byrne led Red Bank Catholic with 13 points while senior Joe Montano added 11.

No. 2 Matawan 55, Long Branch 39

Senior Jason Dunne scored 15 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and the Huskies beat the Green Wave for their second straight win to open the season. Junior Randy Myers chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in the win, while sophomore Fred Reeves led Long Branch with 12 points.

 

Class B Central

Asbury Park 55, Keyport 53

Shaleek Davis scored 15 points and Mikal Fearon added 12 to help the Blue Bishops edged the Red Raiders to surpass last season's win total (1) in just two games. Senior Anthony Fernandez scored a game-high 24 points and junior Travis Alvarez added 10 points in the loss.

Mater Dei Prep 55, Henry Hudson 50

Senior Matt LaPorte scored 16 points to lead the Seraphs to their first win of the season by beating the Admirals. Senior Tysaun White and Reese Entwhistle each scored 11 in the win, while junior Tom DeFillippo scored a game-high 18 points in the loss.

 

Class B South

No. 4 Lakewood 72, Barnegat 38

Junior Amir Tyler scored 17 points to go with four assists and five steals and the Piners rolled to a win over the Bengals after surviving a scare on opening night against Pinelands in a 63-61 Lakewood victory.

Junior Sean Barksdale led Lakewood with 18 points and junior Ryszon Barnes posted eight points and 14 rebounds. Senior Chapelle Cook added nine points and seniors Ryan Lawrence and Victor Figueroa each chipped in eight.

Pinelands 62, Jackson Liberty 59

Junior Luke Stambaugh hit a floater as he was fouled with seven seconds left and hit the free throw to complete the three-point play and give the Wildcats a thrilling last-second win over the Lions for their first victory of the season.

Senior Milanj Coursey scored a team-high 14 points to lead Pinelands.

 

Non-Division

No. 5 Shore 64, JFK-Iselin 45

Seniors Dan Largey and Jack Byrne scored 15 points each and senior Kevin Bloodgood added 12 as the Blue Devils coasted to a win over the Mustangs.