Boys Basketball NJSIAA Thursday Scoreboard, 3/2/17
Central Jersey Group III
(4) Westampton Tech 54, (12) Wall 51
Stan Martin converted a three-point play with 20 seconds left and Wall could not come up with a game-tying three as Westampton Tech (15-11) handed the Crimson Knights (11-16) a heartbreaking loss and advanced to the sectional semifinals Saturday at top-seeded Ewing.
Junior Steve Geis led Wall with 15 points and senior Tim Blaney added 10 for Wall. Blaney suffered a knee injury on opening night and did not return until last week.
(2) Nottingham 54, (10) Matawan 46
Junior Zaire Jackson scored 15 points and classmate Mike Dunne chipped in 12, but the Huskies (14-14) fell short against the Northstars (22-5), who set a school record for wins in a season. Darrell Johnson and Richie Jones led Nottingham – which will host No. 6 Lawrence on Saturday – with 14 points apiece.
(1) Ewing 56, (9) Long Branch 40
Sophomore Marc Dennis led a balanced scoring effort with nine points, but the Green Wave (15-11) could not score enough to knock off the top-seeded Blue Devils (23-6). Junior Ryan Conde led Ewing with 20 points.
(6) Lawrence 60, (3) Neptune 58 (OT)
Junior Jared Kimbrough turned in a career performance with 25 points, 18 rebounds and nine blocks, but the Cardinals (20-7) rallied to send the game into overtime and pulled out the road win over the Scarlet Fliers (14-12). Lawrence will play Mercer County rival Nottingham in the sectional semifinals on Saturday.
Senior Jules Calhoun added 13 points and sophomore Dwaine Jones poured in 11 for Neptune. Junior Shemar Robinson led Lawrence with 23 points.
Central Jersey Group I
(4) Burlington City 59, (5) Point Beach 54
The Garnet Gulls (18-10) took a six-point lead into the second half and a three-point lead into the fourth quarter, but could not hold off Blue Devils (20-7), who will play top-seeded Florence in Saturday’s sectional semifinals. Senior Samad Landrum led Burlington City with 19 points.
South Jersey Group III
(8) Winslow 54, (1) Central 45
The Golden Eagles (22-6) chopped a 21-point deficit with nine minutes to go down to five, but the Eagles (16-12) held on to knock off the No. 1 seed and advance to the sectional semifinals Saturday against No. 4 Mainland.
Senior Maks Gruszecki scored 10 points to lead Central, which trailed 40-19 with 1:05 left in the third quarter before ripping off a 15-2 run to pull within 42-34. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 46-41 with 2:08 left on a pair of technical foul shots by Gruszecki, but Winslow shot 6-for-7 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes to seal the win.
The loss ends a record-setting season for this year’s Central team, whose 22 wins were more than any team in school history has won in a single season.
South Jersey Non-Public A
(1) St. Augustine 78, (8) Red Bank Catholic 34
The Hermits (24-2) overwhelmed the Caseys (17-10), jumping out to a 50-9 halftime lead en route to advancing to the sectional semifinals Saturday against No. 4 Notre Dame.
(3) Bishop Eustace 52, (6) CBA 49
Sophomore Stephen Braunstein scored 18 points and the Colts (16-10) had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds, but the Crusaders (21-6) prevailed in the South Jersey Non-Public A quarterfinals. Bishop Eustace will play at No. 2 St. Joseph, Metuchen on Saturday.