Boys Basketball Thursday Scoreboard, 3/1/18
Central Jersey Group IV
(1) Colts Neck 57, (9) Middletown South 48
Seniors Danny Gaines and Ben Bosland scored 16 points each and the Cougars (18-7) outlasted the Eagles (15-13) to advance to the sectional semifinals on Saturday. Gaines also pitched in six rebounds and five assists, while Bosland had eight rebounds.
Senior Mike Federici started in place of injured senior Zach Albom (ankle) and produced 11 points and six rebounds for Colts Neck. Senior Sabour Quddus also added nine points, five rebounds and five assists in the win.
Senior Ryan Purcell pumped in a game-high 30 points for Middletown South and senior Dave Gervase added 16, which accounted for all but two of the Eagles' points in the game.
Central Jersey Group II
(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 71, (8) Spotswood 63
Junior Ian O'Connor scored a game-high 18 points and the Bulldogs (23-2) fended off a challenge from the Chargers (16-12) to advance to the sectional semifinals and continue their Central Jersey Group II title defense.
Rumson will continue that defense Saturday at home against No. 4 Bordentown at 1 p.m.
Junior Jackson McCarthy and sophomore Phillip Wheeler added 16 points each for Rumson, while senior Elijah McAllister pitched in eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocks in the win.
(10) Lincoln 49, (2) Manasquan 46 (OT)
Junior Brad McCabe scored a game-high 14 points and scored the tying basket with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime, but the Lions (20-7) pulled out a road win over the Warriors (20-7) to advance to the sectional semifinals Saturday at No. 3 Carteret.
Junior Donte Darby hit a pair of free throws with under 20 seconds left in overtime to stretch Lincoln's lead to 49-46 and Manasquan missed three three-point attempts - two by McCabe and one by senior Ryan Flanagan - in an effort to send the game to a second overtime.
Flanagan added 10 points, while senior Emilio Stevenson and junior Xander Korolik added nine apiece for Manasquan. Korolik also pulled in 10 rebounds in the loss.
South Jersey Group IV
(2) Toms River North 80, (10) Howell 64
Senior Travis Holland scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Mariners (25-4) past the Rebels (13-12) and into the sectional semifinals for the second straight year. Toms River North will host No. 3 Atlantic City Saturday at 8 p.m. for a chance to play in the sectional final.
Senior Eliot Daks pitched in 18 points and 13 rebounds for Toms River North, while senior Mark Mogarte chipped in 11 points and eight assists in the win. Sophomore Najae Hallenback poured in 10 points and classmate Jakari Spence added nine points and five assists for Toms River North.
Senior Brandon Wilson led Howell with 17 points, senior Nasiem Brantley and junior Matt Ganter added 12 each and senior Eddie Morales poured in 11 for the Rebels.
South Jersey Group II
(9) Barnegat 51, (1) Cinnaminson 47
Senior Mike Revello scored 18 points and the Bengals (22-6) rallied from a seven-point deficit heading into the fourth quarter to upend the top-seeded Pirates (19-8) and advance to the South Jersey Group II semifinals for the second straight year.
Barnegat will travel to play No. 5 Lower Cape May in the sectional semifinals on Saturday.
Senior Alex Grogan added nine points and senior Carson Francisco netted eight for Barnegat, which outscored Cinnaminson 17-6 in the final quarter.
South Jersey Non-Public B
(3) Mater Dei Prep 85, (11) Gloucester Catholic 49
Senior Yasin Pretlow scored a game-high 21 points and handed out five assists to help lead the Seraphs (23-5) to a one-sided win over the Rams (14-14) and into the sectional semifinals for the second time in three years.
Mater Dei will make the short trip to play No. 2 Ranney in the fourth meeting of the season between the Class B Central rivals. Ranney won all three prior meetings this year, including a 52-28 win in the Shore Conference Tournament final on Saturday.
Senior Kyle Cardaci added 17 points, five rebounds and three assists, junior Alexander Rice had 15 points and four assists, and senior Kenny Jones contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Mater Dei.
(2) Ranney 101, (7) Rutgers Prep 90
Juniors Scottie Lewis and Ahmadu Sarno both set new career-highs in scoring to help lead the Panthers (26-4) to a wild, high-scoring win over the Argonauts (16-10). Lewis scored a game-high 35 points and Sarnor poured in 31 to pace the Panthers.
Lewis's previous career-high also came against Rutgers Prep during a regular-season meeting between the teams last season. Lewis scored 34 points in that 90-83 Ranney win. Ranney also eliminated Rutgers Prep in the sectional quarterfinals last year as well, 78-70.
Ranney will host No. 3 Mater Dei Prep in Saturday's sectional semifinal at 4 p.m. The Panthers will try to beat Mater Dei for the fourth time this season, with its most recent win over the Seraphs coming in Saturday's SCT final, 52-28.