Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Round of 16

(5) CBA 73, (12) Red Bank Catholic 48

Junior Josh Cohen led four CBA players in double-figure scoring with 19 points and the Colts (16-6) coasted to a win over the Caseys (15-9) - their second win over Red Bank Catholic in the last six days.

With the win, CBA advances the SCT quarterfinals Sunday in Toms River, where it will take on Class A North rival and No. 4 Neptune for the third time this season. The two teams split the regular-season series, with CBA winning on its home floor, 43-42, and Neptune winning the more recent meeting, 53-36.

Junior Stephen Braunstein added 17 points, including pair of dunks. Junior Liam Kennedy returned from a brief absence due to a hip injury to score 13 points off the bench, while senior Nolan Madden poured in 12 points on 4-for-4 shooting from beyond the three-point arc.

Sophomores Charlie Gordinier and Kevin Bauman scored 11 points each to lead Red Bank Catholic.

(4) Neptune 69, (20) Holmdel 43

Senior Jared Kimbrough and Scott Fields scored 16 points apiece and the Scarlet Fliers (18-3) raced past the Hornets (11-9) and into the SCT quarterfinals for the first time in four years. Neptune will take on CBA for the third time in Sunday's quarterfinal, which is scheduled for a 12:45 p.m. tip at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River.

Kimbrough added 13 rebounds and four blocks, while junior Dwaine Jones and senior Kobe Blake also cracked double-figure scoring for Neptune. Jones finished with 12 points and Blake poured in 10 in the win.

Senior Tim Zhou led Holmdel with a game-high 17 points and sophomore Jack Giamanco added 11 in the loss.

(8) Toms River North 59, (24) Brick 41

Senior Travis Holland scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Mariners (21-3) to their third victory of the season over the Green Dragons (14-7), which clinched the program's fourth straight strip to the SCT quarterfinals and fifth in the last six years.

Sophomore Jakari Spence added 10 points, seven assists and four steals while junior Nick Duncsak pitched in 11 points behind three three-pointers for Toms River North. Senior Eliot Daks also contributed six points and 11 rebounds to aid the cause.

Toms River North will try to knock off top-seeded Ranney in Sunday's 11 a.m. quarterfinal, which will be played on Toms River North's home floor at the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena.

Junior Shane Williams and senior Dan Venezia each scored 10 points to lead Brick.

(1) Ranney 77, (16) Barnegat 44

Junior Bryan Antoine scored a game-high 24 points and classmate Scottie Lewis added 22 to pace the Panthers (21-4) to a one-sided win over the Bengals (17-6). Ranney will play in the SCT quarterfinals for the third straight season Sunday and will face Toms River North at 11 a.m. on the Mariners' home floor.

Senior Savior Akuwovo added 12 points for Ranney, which snapped Barnegat's nine-game winning streak.

Senior Carson Francisco led Barnegat with 16 points and senior Alex Grogan threw in 11 in the loss.

(2) Mater Dei Prep 51, (18) Ocean 47

Junior Alex Rice converted a crucial three-point play to put Mater Dei on top and the Seraphs (19-4) held on to edge the upset-minded Spartans (15-10) and advance to the SCT quarterfinals for the third consecutive season.

Rice's three-point play gave Mater Dei its first lead of the fourth quarter with a little more than two minutes left. Sophomore Jamir Watkins then knocked down two free throws with under a minute to go and the Seraphs defense finished off the win.

Mater Dei played without senior starters Kenny Jones (flu) and Adam Afifi (shoulder), according to coach Ben Gamble, who said the status for of both players Sunday's quarterfinal game against Manasquan in Toms River is unknown.

Senior Andrew Seager led Ocean with 19 points, including the 1,000th of his career on a second-quarter layup. Sophomore Jack Miller added 13 points in defeat.

(3) Rumson-Fair Haven 65, (14) Middletown North 62

Senior Devin Cooper converted a go-ahead three-point play with under 30 seconds left and the Bulldogs (20-1) survived a serious challenge from the Lions (11-11) to advance to the SCT quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season while also winning their 17th straight game.

Middletown North junior Rob Higgins buried a jumper to put his team in front, 62-61, with a little under a minute to play before Cooper answered with this three-point play that pushed Rumson back in front, 64-62.

The Bulldogs outscored Middletown North, 35-22, in the second half to overcome a 40-30 halftime deficit. Junior Ian O'Connor scored 16 of his team-high 21 points after halftime to lead the comeback, while sophomore Phillip Wheeler poured in 13 and junior Jackson McCarthy chipped in 11 for Rumson.

Senior Elijah McAllister added four points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks for Rumson, which will play No. 11 Point Pleasant Beach in the final quarterfinal game on Sunday in Toms River. Rumson won at Point Beach, 54-50, on Jan. 13.

Higgins led all scorers with 33 points.

(11) Point Beach 66, (6) Colts Neck 55

Senior Mohamed Traore scored 25 points to go with nine rebounds and senior Trevor Covey joined the 1,000-point club to highlight a Garnet Gulls (16-7) road win over the Cougars (16-5). With the win, Point Beach advances to the SCT quarterfinals for the first time since 2015 and will take on No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven at 4:15 p.m. at the RWJ Barnabas Health Center in Toms River.

Covey finished with 12 points and joined the 1,000-point club on a corner three-pointer in the first quarter. Senior Danny Frauenheim assisted the milestone basket, which was one of eight assists to go with 18 points.

Traore and Frauenheim combined for four three-pointers on four consecutive possessions in the third quarter to give Point Beach its largest lead of the game, 44-26. Traore hit the first three of those threes and scored 12 of his points in the third.

Senior Dan Gaines led Colts Neck with 20 points and senior Ben Bosland chipped in 12 in the loss.

(7) Manasquan 59, (10) Marlboro 52

Senior Ryan Flanagan scored 23 points to help carry the Warriors (19-4) to the finish line ahead of the Mustangs (12-9), guaranteeing Manasquan its seventh consecutive trip to the SCT quarterfinals - the longest active streak in the Shore Conference.

Flanagan also pulled in five rebounds and handled Marlboro's normally-potent press, while senior Emilio Stevenson delivered 12 big points to go with five rebounds. Sophomore Alex Galvan pitched in 10 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

Juniors Brad McCabe and Xander Korolik both battled foul trouble throughout the game and managed six points each, with Korolik doing all of his damage in the fourth quarter. The 6-5 junior also grabbed six rebounds and swiped five steals.

Junior Dylan Kaufman scored 22 points to lead Marlboro, which led for most of the game before Manasquan grabbed the lead in the fourth. Senior Eddie Paladino pitched in 14 points and sophomore Alex Ratner netted 10 in the loss.


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