Boys Basketball Thursday Scoreboard, 2/12/14
Class A North
No. 10 Manalapan 59, No. 5 Freehold Twp. 45
Senior Mike Venezia scored 15 points to lead four Manalapan players in double-figures and the Braves beat the Patriots for the second time in as many tries this season. Seniors Kyle Mullen and Gerard Hodge-Rocourt each scored 13 points and senior Zach Misischia added 10 for Manalapan.
Tyree Wilson led Freehold Township with 14 points and Nick Facendo added 13 points thanks to three three-pointers.
Marlboro 57, Freehold Boro 37
Middletown South 52, Middletown North 26
Alex Mrusek scored 15 points to lead a balanced scoring effort and the Eagles routed the crosstown rival Lions. Dan Roibal added 14 points and Kevin Naughton chipped in 11 for Middletown South.
No. 1 CBA 60, Howell 52
Junior Pat Andree scored 27 points and hit a go-ahead three late in the fourth quarter to give CBA a 52-50 lead as the Colts rallied for a win over the Rebels. Senior Jack Laffey added 22 points in the win.
Aaron Trimble scored 27 points to lead Howell, which led from the middle of the second quarter to the late stages of the fourth. Gino Palummo added 11 points for the Rebels.
Class A Central
Manasquan 58, Raritan 52
Senior Aidan McMenaman scored a game-high 17 points and Jack Sheehan added 16 points and five assists to help lead the Warriors to a win over the Rockets, clinching at least a share of the Class A Central title. Shore and Rumson-Fair Haven each have one more game remaining against St. John Vianney and either would clinch a share of the title along with Manasquan with a win.
Joe Strand led Raritan with 13 points and Dylan Dewysockie added 12 and Kevin Rodriguez 11 in the loss.
Shore 39, Holmdel 36
Jack Byrne scored 13 points and the Blue Devils edged the Hornets to move within a win of a Class A Central co-championship. Ray LaForte led Holmdel with 13 points of his own.
Monmouth 54, St. John Vianney 48
Matt Mooney scored 18 points and the Falcons stunned the Lancers for their second straight win. Monmouth snapped a 35-game losing streak by beating Mater Dei Prep on Monday.
St. John Vianney entered the game needing one more win to officially clinch a Shore Conference Tournament berth and now must beat Rumson-Fair Haven on the road on Friday in order to qualify.
Class A South
Toms River South 67, Toms River East 56
Senior Tymere Berry scored 35 points and the Indians beat the Raiders to knock them out of Shore Conference Tournament contention.
No. 6 Southern 64, Brick 53
Eric Ray scored a career-high 22 points and Ethan DuBois added 16 points and eight assists to help the Rams beat the Green Dragons. Dylan Clark added 12 points and Jake Logue chipped in 10 in the win.
Brian Oehme led Brick with 23 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Class B North
No. 9 Neptune 66, Long Branch 47
Micah Kerr scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Scarlet Fliers to a win over the Green Wave. Sean McMillan added 13 points and Kerry Kirkwood added nine points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Raheem Carter led Long Branch with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Jaquel Presley chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds and Jamar Foster had 10 points and six rebounds.
No. 7 Wall 76, No. 8 Colts Neck 75 (3 OT)
Brendan Barcas drove for the winning lay-up with 0.5 seconds on the clock in the third overtime and the Crimson Knights beat the Cougars in a triple-overtime classic to clinch the outright Class B North division title - the first outright division title for Wall since 1972.
Barcas went off for a career-high 37 points after scoring his previous career-high of 31 on Tuesday in a win at Neptune. The senior guard went nearly shot-for-shot with Colts Neck senior Chris O'Reilly, who erupted for a career-high 43 points. O'Reilly's 43 points is the most in the Shore Conference this season, edging Tymere Berry, who scored 42 points in a regulation win over Brick Memorial.
Kyle Gordon scored off a feed from Tom O'Reilly with 4.3 seconds left in the fourth quarter to give Colts Neck a 55-53 lead, but Barcas drew a foul near midcourt while advancing the ball into the front court. Barcas made both ends of a one-and-one with 2.6 seconds to tie the game and push it into overtime.
In the third overtime, O'Reilly gave Colts Neck a 75-74 lead on a baseline fadeaway with 35 seconds left. After a timeout with 12.9 seconds left, Barcas dribbled down the clock at the top of the key and drove all the way to the basket for the winning layup, which even hung on the back rim before dropping in.
Barcas also hit a go-ahead three with 10 seconds left in the first overtime before Jordan DeGroot hit the second of two free throws to tie the game at 62 with 5.4 seconds left. Barcas missed a three from the wing to force a second overtime.
Ryan Janeczek added 16 points and Trent Mitchell scored 10 in the win.
Class B Central
Keansburg at St. Rose, 5:15 p.m.
Keyport 46, Ranney 37
Zach Ochs scored a career-high 25 points and the Red Raiders topped the Panthers.
Asbury Park 66, Mater Dei Prep 52
The Blue Bishops beat the Seraphs to clinch a Shore Conference Tournament berth while also knocking Mater Dei out of the field.
Henry Hudson 68, Timothy Christian 51
Anthony LaRue scored 18 points of 6-for-7 shooting from behind the three-point arc to help lead the Admirals (7-9) to a win over Timothy Christian. Tom DeFellippo added 17 points and Chris Coberg chipped in nine points and 11 rebounds for Henry Hudson.
Henry Hudson coach Vinnie Whitehead was honored at halftime for his induction into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame. Whitehead played basketball and baseball at Christian Brothers Academy and has coached basketball, baseball, cross country, softball and field hockey during his 41 years coaching at Henry Hudson.