Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Semifinals

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River

(1) Ranney 69, (5) CBA 53

Junior Scottie Lewis scored 24 points to go with six rebounds and five assists and the Panthers (23-4) jumped on the Colts (17-7) early en route to securing their first ever trip to the Shore Conference Tournament championship game Saturday at OceanFirst Bank Center.

Lewis shot 11-for-16 from the field and seven of his field goals came on dunks while all 11 came in the paint.

Three other Ranney players scored in double-figures, with juniors Bryan Antoine and Alex Klatsky scoring 12 each and junior Ahmadu Sarnor adding 10. Antoine also chipped in seven rebounds and seven assists while all of Klatsky's points came on four three-pointers.

Juniors Stephen Braunstein and Josh Cohen led CBA with 18 points apiece.

(2) Mater Dei Prep 70, (3) Rumson-Fair Haven 53

Sophomore Jamir Watkins scored a game-high 20 points and the Seraphs (21-4) rolled past the Bulldogs (21-2) and into the SCT final for the third straight season. Mater Dei will play Class B Central rival and top-seeded Ranney in Saturday's championship game, 8 p.m. at the OceanFirst Bank Center on the campus of Monmouth University.

Watkins poured in 15 points in the second half after senior teammates Yasin Pretlow and Kyle Cardaci carried the scoring load in the first half. Pretlow scored all 13 of his points in the first half and Cardaci netted 12 of his 18 points before halftime, including nine in the first quarter.

Junior Ian O'Connor led Rumson with 18 points and sophomore Phillip Wheeler scored 15 off the bench on 5-for-6 shooting, but foul trouble limited his minutes.

The Bulldogs - who entered the game on an 18-game winning streak - cut Mater Dei's lead to 38-32 early in the third quarter before the Seraphs unleashed a 10-0 run to go up 48-32. Watkins led the run with a pair of three-pointers and Cardaci threw down a dunk off a steal during the burst.

Mater Dei dropped both meetings against Ranney during the regular season. In the most recent meeting, Mater Dei led, 61-59, in the last two minutes before a pair of baskets by Antoine and a block by Savior Akuwovo sealed the game for the Panthers.

 

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