Class A North

Manalapan 82, Howell 74

Senior Alex Purzynski led five Manalapan players in double-figure scoring with 21 points and the Braves (6-13, 3-10) shot down the Rebels (9-9, 4-9) behind 13 three-pointers.

Senior Brian Broderick added 16 points, senior Colby Howard and Andrew Longovich added 12 points apiece and sophomore Ryan Knorr poured in 10 for Manalapan. All five players in double figures hit at least two three-pointers, with Broderick canning three.

Junior Matt Ganter led five Howell players in double figures with 18 points. Senior Brandon Wilson added 13 points, seniors Eddie Morales and Alex Morton scored 12 each and senior Nasiem Brantley netted 10 in the loss.

Marlboro 65, Freehold Twp. 59

Senior Eddie Paladino scored a career-high 19 points on five three-pointers and the Mustangs (10-8, 7-6) beat the Patriots (7-13, 4-9) to sweep the regular-season series and clinch a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Junior Dylan Kaufman scored all of his 15 points in the second half, while sophomore Alex Ratner and senior Brian Levine added 11 points apiece for Marlboro.

Junior Jeremy Thorn led Freehold Township with 12 points while classmate Seth Meisner added 11 in the loss.

No. 5 Neptune 53, No. 5 CBA 36

Senior Jared Kimbrough scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds as the Scarlet Fliers (16-4, 12-1) stormed past the Colts (14-5, 12-1) to pull into a first-place tie with CBA atop the Class A North standings with one game to go for each team.

Neptune will travel to Colts Neck on Thursday and CBA will host Marlboro on Friday.

Junior Dwaine Jones added 15 points and seven rebounds for Neptune, which outscored CBA, 24-5, during a stretch of just under 11 minutes between the end of the second quarter and the entirety of the third.

Senior Rob Mahala led CBA with 10 points, while Kimbrough limited 6-foot-9 CBA junior Josh Cohen - who is averaging a double-double - to nine points and eight rebounds. Freshman Sam Fagan also led a defensive effort that held CBA leading scorer Stephen Braunstein to six points.

No. 6 Colts Neck 65, Freehold Boro 39

 

Class A Central

No. 9 Matawan 50, Holmdel 46

Junior Justyn Coleman led a balanced scoring effort with 13 points off the bench and the Huskies (16-3, 9-2) edged the Hornets (9-8, 4-7) to deny Rumson an outright Class A Central title for now.

Senior Mike Dunne added 11 points and sophomore Darrell Rogers pitched in 10 for Matawan.

Senior Tim Zhou led Holmdel with 17 points and senior Johnny Christian chipped in 15 in the loss.

Raritan 60, Red Bank 54

Senior Zach Mojica scored 18 points and junior Tyrese Bryant added 17 to lead the Rockets (10-9, 4-7) past the Bucs (2-16, 1-9), clinching them a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament next week.

Sophomore Matt Weidman led Red Bank with 22 points and junior Aidan Gilmartin added 14 in defeat.

No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven 61, Shore 44

Senior Jack Solano scored 20 points in his return to the lineup and the Bulldogs (17-1, 10-0) beat the Blue Devils (6-13, 3-8) to clinch no worse than a share of the Class A Central championship.

Solano, who missed the last 11 games due to a broken orbital bone above his left eye, scored nine of his points in the third quarter and Rumson outscored Shore, 20-8, in the fourth to put the game away. Shore took a 29-25 lead on the Bulldogs heading into the halftime locker room.

Junior Phillip Wheeler added 16 points, while juniors Jackson McCarthy and Ian O'Connor contributed nine points each. Rumson senior Elijah McAllister was given the night off to rest, according to coach Chris Champeau.

Juniors Chris Panduri and Kyle Koob each scored 18 points to lead Shore.

 

Class A South

Toms River East 89, Jackson Memorial 48

Senior Nick Shortino scored a game-high 21 points to go with four steals on Senior Night and the Raiders (10-9, 7-5) routed the Jaguars (3-17, 2-11).

Senior Nick Silvia added 17 points and eight rebounds and senior Jack Goodall poured in 10 points for Toms River East. Sophomore Ryan Goodall also pitched in 16 points and 10 rebounds in the win.

Brick 55, Southern 49

Junior Shane Williams scored 21 points and classmate Jalen Jackson added 18 as the Green Dragons (13-4, 9-3) outlasted the Rams (9-11, 6-7).

Senior Jake DuBois led Southern with 21 points while senior Thomas Foster pitched in 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

 

Class B North

Wall 58, Long Branch 49

Senior Steve Geis went off for 30 points and carried the Crimson Knights (9-11, 4-9) to a big win over the Green Wave (8-11, 6-7), keeping Wall's hopes of an SCT berth alive while eliminating Long Branch from contention.

Senior Tyree Morris led Long Branch with 15 points and junior Marc Dennis chipped in 11 in the loss.

No. 10 Red Bank Catholic 49, Middletown South 48

Junior Matt Conley hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 15 seconds left and the Caseys (14-6, 9-4) defense held the Eagles (10-10, 7-6) on the final possession to win a hard-fought B North road game on Middletown South's Senior Night.

Senior John Kelly led Red Bank Catholic with 14 points and helped set up the winning shot by rebounding his own miss and firing a pass to Conley in the corner.

Senior Dave Gervase scored 25 points to lead Middletown South. The Eagles held RBC leading scorer Charlie Gordinier to five points, but RBC also held Middletown South leading scorer Ryan Purcell scoreless.

Middletown North 67, No. 7 Manasquan 58

Senior Rob Higgins exploded for 37 points and the Lions (9-10, 7-6) won a must-win game over the division-champion Warriors (14-4, 11-2) to keep their hopes of a Shore Conference Tournament berth alive.

Senior Dave Campbell added 22 points for Middletown North, which can qualify for the SCT with a win at home Thursday against Wall, which also must win to stay alive in qualifying for the SCT.

Senior Emilio Stevenson led Manasquan with 16 points while sophomore Alex Galvan added 14 in the loss. Middletown North held Manasquan leading scorers Brad McCabe (seven points) and Ryan Flanagan (two) to a combined nine points.

Ocean 65, Monmouth 39

Junior Andrew Seager led four players in double-figure scoring with 24 points and the Spartans (13-8, 8-5) rolled past the Falcons (1-17, 0-13).

Junior Luke Yates added 13 points, sophomore Jack Miller added 12 and senior David Yatcilla poured in 10 for Ocean.

 

Class B Central

No. 1 Ranney 70, St. Rose 40

Junior Bryan Antoine scored 18 points and added five rebounds, three assists and three steals to lead the Panthers (18-4, 13-0) past the Purple Roses (9-9, 7-6) to clinch their first ever outright division title.

Junior Scottie Lewis added 14 points and six assists, junior Ahmadu Sarnor chipped in 11 points and seven assists and senior Savior Akuwovo posted 10 points and eight rebounds for Ranney.

Sophomore John Beattie led St. Rose with nine points.

 

Class B South

Barnegat 79, Manchester 48

Barnegat's senior trio of Carson Francisco, Mike Revello and Alex Grogan combined for 68 points and the Bengals (15-5, 9-4) coasted to a win over the Hawks (2-16, 2-11) for their seven straight win and 14th in the last 16 games.

Francisco led all scorers with 28 points, Revello added 21 and Grogan poured in 19 in the win.

Freshman Josh Glenn led Manchester with nine points.

Pinelands 52, Lacey 43

Junior Andrew Schulz scored a game-high 23 points and the Wildcats (11-8, 8-4) upended the Lions (5-13, 3-10) to clinch a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament.

Junior Anthony Diaz added nine points and sophomore Ryan Skeie netted eight for Pinelands.

Junior Cory Gudzak led Lacey with 15 points and junior Carl Swensen added 12 in the loss.

 

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