Class A North

Colts Neck 85, Manalapan 70

Junior Danny Gaines scored 28 points and the Cougars (2-1, 2-1) outlasted the Braves (0-3, 0-3) in a high-scoring affair. Senior Brendan Clarke and junior Sabour Quddus each added 18 points and Quddus picked off 11 steals in the win.

Manalapan knocked down 10 three-pointers as a team despite playing without injured leading scorer Matan Zucker (47 points in Manalapan's first two games).

No. 7 Marlboro 56, Howell 40

Senior Ryan LaRocca hit four threes and scored a game-high 18 points as the Mustangs (4-0, 3-0) beat the Rebels (0-3, 0-3) to remain unbeaten to open the season. Sophomore Dylan Kaufman added 14 points and junior Brian Levine added nine points and nine assists for Marlboro. Junior Justin Marcus also pitched in seven points and 10 boards.

Junior Nasiem Brantley led Howell with 18 points.

No. 6 Freehold Twp. 54, No. 9 CBA 39

Senior Bobby Weise and junior Greg Billups each scored 16 points and the Patriots (4-0, 3-0) beat the Colts (2-1, 2-1) on the CBA campus for just the second time in program history.

Billups ignited a 10-0 run that gave Freehold Township a 25-16 lead at halftime, scoring six of the 10 points and assisting a fastbreak layup by senior Brian White after he stole the ball. The sophomore guard also pulled in nine rebounds.

Weise went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line, including 7-for-8 in the fourth quarter.

Senior Steve Staklinski added six points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Freehold Township while sophomore Josh Cohen led CBA with nine points.

Neptune 61, Freehold Boro 39

Junior Jared Kimbrough scored 24 points to go with 11 rebounds, six blocks and three steals as the Scarlet Fliers (1-2, 1-2) stormed past the Colonials (1-2, 1-2) for their first win of the season. Senior Jules Calhoun added 18 points for Neptune.

Freehold junior Ashante Worthy flirted with a triple-double, finishing with nine points, eight rebounds and nine steals in the loss. Senior Markee Gill also had nine points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks for the Colonials.

 

Class A Central

Holmdel 53, St. John Vianney 47

Senior Nick Harris led three Holmdel players in double figures with 17 points and the Hornets (3-0, 3-0) topped the Lancers (1-2, 1-2) to extend their season-opening winning streak to three. Junior Tim Zhou added 13 points and senior Mike Simurro added 11 in the win.

Junior Zach Moran led St. John Vianney with 13 points while senior Ryan Simmonds added 10.

Matawan 41, Shore 36

Junior Zaire Jackson scored a team-high 12 points and the Huskies (1-2, 1-2) edged the Blue Devils (0-2, 0-2) to pick up their first win of the season. Junior Michael Dunne added nine points and nine rebounds, while junior Reggie Tawiah and senior Patrick Hennessy also scored nine points apiece - Hennessy on three three-pointers.

Sophomore Kyle Koob led Shore with a game-high 16 points while senior Ryan Jones poured in 11 in the loss.

 

Class A South

Jackson Memorial 50, Toms River South 37

Senior Andrew Trent led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points and the Jaguars (1-2, 1-1) beat the Indians (1-2, 1-1) to pick up their first win of the season. Senior Nick Barba added 10 points and senior John Pitlak poured in nine in the win.

Senior Jake Regan led Toms River South with 10 points.

Central 59, Southern 51

Senior Anthony Petit-Clair scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Golden Eagles (3-0, 3-0) past the Rams (1-3, 0-2) for their third straight win to open the season. Senior Denis Corbin also scored 12 points while senior Zion Hardy poured in 11 for Central, which played without senior guard Maks Gruszecki (ankle).

Junior Jake DuBois led Southern with 16 points.

No. 3 Toms River North 85, Toms River East 53

Senior Darrion Carrington led five Toms River North players in double-figure scoring with 16 points and the Mariners (3-0, 2-0) routed the Raiders (0-3, 0-2) after racing out to a 32-6 lead after one quarter. Carrington also had seven rebounds, seven assists and six steals in the win.

Senior Jaden Rhoden scored 15 points and also hauled in nine rebounds, while senior Mike Nyisztor put up 14 points and seven boards. Junior Travis Holden also contributed 10 points and eight rebounds and junior Holden Petrick pitched in 10 points as well.

Sophomore Zyaire Dorn led Toms River East with 15 points.

Brick 56, Brick Memorial 41

Senior Noah Buono scored 24 points and pulled down seven rebounds to lead the Green Dragons (3-1, 2-1) to a win over the rival Mustangs (0-3, 0-2) - Brick's third straight since an opening-night overtime loss to Central.

Sophomore Shane Williams added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Brick and senior Anthony DeStefano netted eight points in the win.

 

Class B North

Long Branch 66, No. 5 Manasquan 63

Sophomore Marc Dennis scored 21 points to go with five assists and the Green Wave (1-2, 1-2) won its first game of the season by knocking off the red-hot Warriors (3-1, 2-1).

Manasquan won its first three games by an average margin of 28.3 points, while Long Branch dropped an overtime game at Middletown South to open the season and lost on a last-second shot at Ocean Tuesday after rallying from a 21-point second-half deficit to briefly take the lead.

Junior Tyree Morris added 16 points and senior Cascius Briggs poured in 13 for Long Branch.

Senior Devin Jensen led Manasquan with 31 points, which matched his average scoring output over the first three games. Jensen scored 37 points in three quarters Sunday against Lacey and 38 in three-and-a-half quarters Tuesday against Red Bank Catholic.

Sophomore Brian McCabe added 13 points and eight rebounds for Manasquan, which lost starting senior guard Brian Paturzo to an ankle injury in the first quarter, according to Warriors coach Andrew Bilodeau. Paturzo did not return to the game.

Middletown South 61, Monmouth 60 (2 OT)

Junior Ryan Purcell nailed the game-winning three-pointer with five seconds left in the second overtime and the Eagles (2-2, 2-1) pulled out a thriller over the Falcons (0-4, 0-3). Purcell finished with a game-high 27 points and senior Scott Kirschner poured in 17 in the win.

Red Bank Catholic 60, Wall 48

Senior Mike Conley scored 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half and the Caseys (3-1, 2-1) overwhelmed the Crimson Knights (3-1, 2-1) with a 24-9 run in the third quarter that sparked them to a home win.

Senior Terence Calandrillo added 12 points to the balanced RBC scoring attack, while junior Matt Ansell poured in 11. Junior Tommy Lang also scored nine points in the win.

Junior Steve Geis led Wall with a game-high 29 points.

 

Class B Central

St. Rose 61, Asbury Park 46

Senior Brendan Hueth scored 19 points and the Purple Roses (2-2, 1-2) topped the Blue Bishops (1-1, 1-1) on the road. Senior Billy Frost added 11 points while fellow senior Nick Paterno netted 10 in the win.

Senior Josmere Taylor led Asbury Park with 19 points.

No. 8 Point Beach 73, Keyport 40

Junior Trevor Covey scored a game-high 19 points and the Garnet Gulls (2-1, 2-1) hammered the Red Raiders (0-3, 0-3). Junior Chris Pina added 13 points for Point Beach while junior Jake Lorenzo dropped 10 in the win.

Senior Chris Hogrefe led Keyport with 12 points.

 

Class B South

Lacey 53, Jackson Liberty 41

Sophomore Kevin O'Rourke scored 20 points and classmate Corey Gudzak added 13 to lead the Lions (1-3, 1-2) past Jackson Liberty (1-3, 1-2) for their first win of the season. Sophomore Daniel Sofield scored a game-high 22 points in a losing effort.

No. 10 Lakewood 56, Pinelands 17

Senior Adi Palmer scored 17 points and the Piners (3-0, 3-0) routed the Wildcats (0-5, 0-3) for their third straight win to open the season.

Point Boro 52, Manchester 44

Junior Connor Strickland scored 17 points to go with five steals and the Panthers (3-1, 2-1) topped the Hawks (1-3, 1-2) for their third straight win since an opening-night loss at Lakewood.

Junior Connor Costigan added nine points, while senior Patrick Feehan, junior John Duda and senior Jack Waddleton each scored eight. Duda also grabbed seven rebounds and Feehan pitched in five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Senior L.J. Robinson led Manchester with 13 points.

Barnegat 43, Donovan Catholic 35

Junior Carson Francisco scored 16 points, including eight during a key second-quarter that propelled the Bengals (2-1, 2-1) to a road win over the Griffins (2-2, 2-1). Barnegat outscored Donovan Catholic 12-4 in the second quarter to grab a 16-15 lead at halftime.

Junior Mike Revello added 10 points for Barnegat, while senior Jared Small led Donovan Catholic with 10 points.

 

Non-Conference

Union Catholic 54, Red Bank 34

Junior Devin Cooper scored 15 points but the Bucs (2-1) were no match for the No. 16 team in the state according to the NJ.com preseason top 20. Kyle Lofton led Union Catholic (2-0) with 15 points and Dayton commit Jordan Pierce added 11.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

Non-Conference

Roselle 70, Henry Hudson 53

Senior Tom Fennell scored 22 points but it was not enough for the Admirals (0-3) to overcome the Rams (2-1).

Raritan 67, Marion P. Thomas Charter 53

Sophomore Tim Hayes led three Raritan players in double figures with 19 points and the Rockets (1-2) coasted to a non-conference win. Senior Justin Black added 17 points and senior Justin Laville poured in 12 in the win.

 

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