Class A North

No. 5 CBA 74, Manalapan 51

Juniors Stephen Braunstein and Josh Cohen combined for 50 points and the Colts (7-3, 6-0) used a 21-2 run at the end of the second quarter to roll past the Braves (4-8, 1-6).

Braunstein finished with a game-high 26 and Cohen poured in 24 for the second day in a row after putting up the same number Wednesday at Marlboro. Senior Rob Mahala also chipped in 10 points for CBA.

Senior Colby Howard led Manalapan with 18 points.

No. 9 Neptune 50, Marlboro 37

Senior Jared Kimbrough posted 15 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks to lead the Scarlet Fliers (9-3, 6-1) past the Mustangs (6-6, 4-4) for a second time this season.

Junior Dwaine Jones added 13 points while seniors Scott Fields and Kobe Blake each contributed 11 points.

Sophomore Alex Ratner led Marlboro with 12 points and junior Dylan Kaufman put up 10 points and seven boards in a losing cause.

Freehold Twp. 53, Freehold Boro 30

Senior Doug Kneipher scored 11 points in his first career start to lead a balanced Patriots (5-6, 3-4) scoring attack that, coupled with a stingy defensive performance, cut down the Colonials (1-10, 0-7).

Junior Greg Billups added nine points and eight rebounds while junior Seth Meisner pitched in seven points, five rebounds and three steals for Freehold Township, which got 11 players in the scoring column on Thursday.

Junior Lucas Bruckmann led Freehold Boro with 17 points.

 

Class A Central

Holmdel 62, Shore 46

Sophomore Doug Chan led four Holmdel players in double-figure scoring with 18 points and the Hornets (6-5, 3-4) beat the Blue Devils (5-7, 3-4) to avenge an opening-night loss.

Senior Tim Zhou poured in 17 points, senior Johnny Christian added 11 and sophomore Derek Chan chipped in 10 for Holmdel.

Junior Chris Panduri led Shore with 13 points while classmate Kyle Koob pitched in 10 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

No. 7 Matawan 65, Red Bank 44

Senior Mike Dunne once again filled up the box score to headline a Matawan win, posting 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals while leading the Huskies (10-2, 5-1) past the Bucs (1-11, 0-6). Dunne also canned five three-pointers in the win.

Senior Reggie Tawiah added 11 points for Matawan, while junior Liam Joyce led Red Bank with 15 points.

St. John Vianney 70, Raritan 53

Senior Zach Moran scored 16 points and handed out five assists to help lead the Lancers (5-9, 3-4) past the Rockets (6-6, 3-4).

Senior Chris Mikos added 15 points and seven rebounds while junior Justin Steuerer threw in 14 points for St. John Vianney.

Junior Tyrese Bryant led Raritan with a career-high 25 points.

 

Class B North

Middletown South 63, Long Branch 43

Senior Nick Unrath led a balanced offensive effort by Middletown South with 16 points and the Eagles (7-5, 5-2) rode a red-hot second half to a win over the Green Wave (4-7, 3-4).

Senior Ryan Purcell poured in 14 points, senior Matt Laudisi netted 13 and senior Dave Gervase pitched in 10 points and seven assists for Middletown South, which outscored Long Branch, 43-19, in the second half.

Senior Tyree Morris led Long Branch with 13 points and Middletown South, led by senior guard James Baldo, limited junior guard and Green Wave leading scorer Marc Dennis to seven points.

Wall 86, Monmouth 54

Senior Steve Geis pumped in 29 points and the Crimson Knights (6-6, 3-5) continued their scorching-hot shooting by scoring more than 80 points for the third straight game, this time in a rout of the Falcons (0-11, 0-8).

Senior Andy Lenneper scored 16 points and sophomore Quinn Calabrese chipped in 15 for Wall.

Kerron Holley led Monmouth with 23 points and Ryan Cronin threw in 18 in the loss.

No. 4 Manasquan 59, No. 8 Ocean 48

Junior Brad McCabe scored a team-high 16 points and the Warriors (11-0, 7-0) extended their season-opening winning streak to 11 games by beating the Spartans (7-7, 4-4) for the second time this season.

Senior Emilio Stevenson and junior Xander Korolik each added 12 points for Manasquan, with Korolik also pulling down 12 rebounds.

Senior Andrew Seager led Ocean with a game-high 22 points and sophomore Jack Miller poured in 15 in defeat.

Middletown North 64, Red Bank Catholic 60

Junior Rob Higgins returned from a three-game absence to score 34 points and help the Lions (5-7, 3-4) snap a five-game losing streak by knocking off the Caseys (9-4, 5-3).

Higgins missed losses to Middletown South, Manasquan and Wall with an undisclosed ailment that kept him on the bench in street clothes during those games. He last played in a loss to Point Pleasant Beach at the Boardwalk Showcase on Jan. 6, where he scored 26 points as Middletown North nearly erased a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit before falling short, 54-51.

Senior Travis Cimino added 13 points and eight rebounds and senior Sky Cherry pitched in 11 points and seven boards for Middletown South.

Senior Matt Ansell, junior Stephen Lubischer and sophomore Charlie Gordinier all scored 13 points apiece to lead Red Bank Catholic.

 

Class B Central

No. 1 Ranney 54, No. 6 Point Beach 42

Junior Bryan Antoine scored 17 points to lead the Panthers (11-3, 7-0) over the Garnet Gulls (7-5, 4-3), but Ranney lost junior Scottie Lewis to an ankle injury.

According to a series of posts, photos and a video from the Twitter account of Antwan Richardson (@RichSport21), Lewis injured his right ankle in the second quarter, did not return and left the gym on crutches with his foot in what appeared to be a protective boot.

Lewis will be evaluated again on Friday to potentially determine how much more time, if any, he will have to miss, according to Panthers assistant John Tierney. Ranney's next game is against Westtown out of West Chester, Pa. on Sunday at the Empire Invitational at Adephi University. Westtown is led by senior forward and Duke commit Cam Reddish.

Antoine also pitched in eight rebounds, three assists, four steals and four blocks in the win, while senior Savior Akuwovo contributed 14 points and 18 rebounds for Ranney. Junior Alex Klatsky scored eight points and handed out five assists as well for the Panthers.

Senior transfer Mohamed Traore led the Garnet Gulls with 17 points, his second straight game with 17 after making his Point Beach debut Tuesday against Mater Dei with the same total.

 

Non-Division

Brick Memorial 57, Jackson Liberty 56

Senior Kevin Starrett hit a game-winning three-pointer with five seconds left to spoil a special night for Jackson Liberty junior Daniel Sofield and lift the Mustangs (7-5) to a thrilling win on the road over the Lions (5-7).

Sofield crossed the 1,000-point threshold for his career with a three-pointer on the first possession of the game, making him just the second player in Jackson Liberty history to eclipse the milestone. The only other player to score 1,000 at the school was his older brother, James, who graduated in 2014.

Sofield finished with a game-high 30 points and dropped in a go-ahead three-pointer with 41 seconds left to give his team a 56-54 lead. After the ball was knocked out of bounds underneath the Lions basket, junior Nick Manso hit Starret on the right wing, where the junior calmly stroked the go-ahead three.

Jackson Liberty could not get off a potential game-winning shot.

Starrett finished the game with six points and junior Matt Bernstein led Brick Memorial with 18.

Sofield also grabbed seven rebounds and blocked five shots, while junior Miles Neal added 15 points for Jackson Liberty.

 

Non-Conference

Keyport 84, East Brunswick Tech 74

Junior J.J. Young scored a career-high 26 points and the Red Raiders (2-9) raced to a high-scoring win over East Brunswick Tech (3-11).

Senior Colin Fernandez added 22 points, freshman Troy Alvarez poured in 16 and sophomore C.J. Johnson chipped in 10 for Keyport.

 

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