Class A North

No. 7 Freehold Twp. 74, Middletown South 48

Senior John Carroll scored 14 points to go with 15 rebounds as the Patriots (13-5, 8-2) rode a balanced effort to a win over the Eagles (1-18, 0-12). Junior Steve Staklinski added 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Freehold Township.

Sophomore Ja'Zeem Foster eight points, 10 rebounds and three assists, junior Ryan Cardone added six points and 12 rebounds, and senior Nick Facendo chipped in six points, seven assists and five steals. Junior Bobby Weise also had eight points, five assists and five rebounds and Brandon Hasner contributed seven points and six rebounds off the bench.

Ryan Purcell led Middletown South with 13 points and Ryan Gervase added 12 in the loss.

 

Class A Central

St. John Vianney 62, Raritan 51

Senior Grant Goode scored 23 points and senior Zach Howarth poured in 18 to lead the Lancers (10-8, 6-4) to a win and a season sweep over the Rockets (10-8, 5-5). Senior Kevin Callari also added 10 points for St. John Vianney.

Senior Joe Strand led Raritan with a career-high 33 points, including seven three-pointers.

 

Class A South

No. 5 Toms River North 50, Toms River East 49

Junior Jaden Rhoden drained two go-ahead free throws with 1.9 seconds left to lift the Mariners (17-2, 12-0) over the Raiders (11-5, 8-4) and secure the outright A South title for Toms River North for the third time in four years.

Junior Phil Lingat hit a pair of free throws with 14.3 seconds left to give Toms River East a 49-48 lead - the first lead the Raiders had since 2-0. After a timeout with 4.7 seconds left, Rhoden drew a foul out near the three-point arc to earn two shots with his team in the double-bonus.

After Rhoden hit two free throws, Lingat's desperation three-pointer fell short as time expired.

Rhoden finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while juniors Mike Nyisztor and Darrion Carrington led Toms River North with 12 points apiece. Carrington also added five assists, while senior Pat Marinaccio contributed 10 points and 18 rebounds.

Lingat led Toms River East with a game-high 18 points.

Jackson Memorial 49, Brick Memorial 47

Senior Chris Hawryluk scored at the buzzer to give the Jaguars (9-7, 7-5) a win over the Mustangs (1-5, 1-11) and clinch a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Hawryluk finished with a game-high 22 points and junior Andrew Trent added 12 for Jackson Memorial.

Junior Dominic Scardilli led Brick Memorial with 13 points and sophomore Vin Vecchione added 10 in the loss.

 

Class B North

Red Bank 57, Long Branch 45

Sophomore Devin Cooper scored 20 points and went 9-for-10 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter as the Bucs (10-8, 7-6) rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Green Wave (12-6, 9-3).

Senior Matt Reardon scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half, during which Red Bank outscored Long Branch 40-20. The Bucs trailed 27-17 early in the third before ripping off a 27-3 run during a 10-minute stretch of the third and fourth quarters.

Senior Sadiq Palmer added 11 points and nine rebounds for Red Bank and senior Ben Sprauer scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Tyree Morris led Long Branch with 17 points, including four three-pointers. Senior Anthony Velazquez added 12 points in the loss.

 

Non-Division

Holmdel 63, Matawan 39

Sophomore Kyle Cardaci scored 21 points and senior Max Phillips added 14 to lead the Hornets (9-8) to a win over the Huskies (10-9).

Point Beach 59, Point Boro 52

Senior Jimmy Panzini scored 21 points and the Garnet Gulls (11-7) closed out a win over the crosstown rival Panthers (9-8).

Seniors Alex Mrusek and Mike Rice each chipped in 13 points and sophomore Trevor Covey netted 10 for Point Beach.

Sophomore John Duda led Point Boro with 14 points and former Point Beach guard Matt VanNostrand poured in 10 in the loss.

Wall at Manasquan – PPD, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m.

St. Rose 54, Donovan Catholic 51

Senior Mike Gowen buried a three-pointer from the right wing as time expired and the Purple Roses (12-7) defeated the Griffins (11-7) in thrilling fashion.

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Red Bank Catholic 56, No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 55

Senior Evan Madigan hit a go-ahead, foul-line jumper with five seconds left and the Caseys (8-11) shocked the Bulldogs (14-4) to keep their hopes of a Shore Conference Tournament berth alive while also snapping Rumson's 13-game winning streak.

RBC led by as many as 14 points in the second half, but Rumson rallied to take its first lead with 15 seconds left on a layup by senior Brendan Barry off a steal by Mike O'Connor. Those were the final two of Barry's career-high 39 points.

Madigan, however, answered with a foul-line jumper that helped RBC stave off SCT elimination. The senior guard finished with 16 points, as did classmate Eddie Hahn. Hahn is now 17 shy of 1,000 for his career.

Senior Mickey Schluter added 12 points for Rumson, giving the senior duo of Barry and Schluter all but four of Rumson's points.

 

Non-Conference

Calvary Christian at Henry Hudson, 6:30 p.m.

 

Richel Brokerage Showcase

At Roselle Catholic

Colonia 50, No. 8 Lakewood 46

Senior Sean Barksdale scored 14 points to go with nine rebounds and junir Adiam Palmer added 13 points and eight boards, but the Piners (14-4) fell to the Patriots (13-4).

 

Battle by the Bay

At Atlantic City High School

Eastern 62, Southern 50

Senior Peyton Wejnert scored 18 points and grabbed nine boards, but the Vikings (13-5) raced out to an early double-digit lead and held off the Rams (10-7). Senior Ethan Dubois added 16 points, five rebounds and five assists for Southern.

St. Augustine 58, No. 1 CBA 55

Senior Sa'eed Nelson converted a tie-breaking three-point play with 2.4 seconds left to give the Hermits (17-0) a win over the Colts (14-3) in a rematch of last year's NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A championship game. Nelson finished with a game-high 24 points.

Senior Pat Andree led CBA with 21 points, including a game-tying three inside of a minute to go that made it 55-55. Senior Jack McGuire added 13 points and senior Sam Houston chipped in 10 for CBA, which trailed by nine points heading into the third quarter.

CBA defeated St. Augustine 83-77 in last year's sectional final, a game in which Andree and since-graduated teammate Jack Laffey combined for 66 points on 21-for-26 shooting from the field and 11-for-12 from behind the three-point line. Andree was 7-for-7 from three-point range and 8-for-9 overall.