Boys Basketball NJSIAA Saturday Scoreboard, 3/5/16
Central Jersey Group IV
(2) Colts Neck 67, (3) South Brunswick 47
Senior Lloyd Daniels scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead a dominant final 16 minutes for the Cougars that propelled them past the Vikings and into the Central Jersey Group IV championship game on Monday.
Colts Neck will play for its first ever sectional championship in its first appearance in a sectional final since 2012 - the third of three straight sectional final losses. The Cougars will play the winner of the Freehold Township at Hunterdon Central semifinal.
Senior Kyle Gordon added 17 points and 11 rebounds and junior Brendan Clarke added 14 for Colts Neck, which outscored South Brunswick 44-23 in the second half, including 28-14 in the fourth quarter.
Gordon also defended South Brunswick leading scorer Eric Savage, who scored 22 points to lead the Vikings.
Colts Neck closed the game by shooting 16-for-18 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
(4) Freehold Twp. 55, (1) Hunterdon Central 51
Junior Steve Staklinski scored 23 points to go with 10 rebounds and the Patriots upended the top-seeded Red Devils on the road to advance to the Central Jersey Group IV final for the second straight year.
Senior Nick Facendo - the only returning starter from last year's sectional finalist - fell a point shy of a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for Freehold Township. Senior John Carroll pitched in 10 points and 11 rebounds and junior Bobby Weise added eight points and seven boards.
Freehold Township will travel to No. 2 Colts Neck Monday for the final in a rematch of last year's Central Jersey Group IV semifinal, which Freehold Township won 53-40.
Central Jersey Group II
(2) Manasquan 65, (3) Rumson-Fair Haven 46
Senior Ryan Jensen scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and senior Jack Sheehan fell an assist shy of a triple-double to lead the Warriors to a resounding win over the Class A Central rival Bulldogs and into the sectional final Monday at top-seeded Bordentown.
Sheehan finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists, including three first-half three-pointers. Jensen, meanwhile, scored 12 of his points in the first-half, capped by a thunderous, one-handed slam as he was fouled. The Warriors took a 32-19 lead to the break and Rumson never got closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Senior Shane Flanagan added 11 points for Manasquan and also defended Rumson leading scorer Brendan Barry. Barry finished with a game-high 20 points, but did so on 8-for-27 shooting from the field.
Flanagan capped the third quarter with a double-clutch three-pointer from the top of the key to send the Warriors to the fourth with a 53-34 lead.
South Jersey Group II
(7) Medford Tech 50, (3) Manchester 47 (OT)
Senior Shavar Reynolds scored 20 points, but the Hawks could not muster up a basket in overtime and fell to Medford Tech, which advanced to the sectional final Monday at top-seeded Camden.
Senior Jordan Torney added 13 points and junior L.J. Robinson poured in 10 for Manchester, which was outscored 3-0 in overtime.
Senior Shakwel Vincent led Medford Tech with 16 points.
South Jersey, Non-Public B
(2) Gill St. Bernard’s 54, (6) Mater Dei Prep 51
Freshman Paul Mulcahy hit a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1:13 left to play and the Knights edged the Seraphs, snapping Mater Dei's 23-game winning streak and advancing to the South Non-Public B final Tuesday against Roselle Catholic.
Senior Kyle Elliot scored 12 points to lead a balanced Mater Dei attack, while sophomore Kenny Jones and junior Elijah Mitchell each scoring eight.
Senior NyQuan McCombs and junior Elijah Barnes each scored six points and Barnes hit a go-ahead three-pointer with a little more than three minutes left to give Mater Dei a 51-49 lead. The Seraphs, however, went scoreless the rest of the way.
Senior Jake Betlow led Gill St. Bernard's with a game-high 14 points.