NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

Central Jersey Group I

(3) Point Beach 53, (1) Burlington City 47 (OT)

Senior Mohamed Traore scored a game-high 23 points, including the game-tying layup with 13 seconds left in regulation, and the Garnet Gulls (21-9) pulled past the defending sectional champion Blue Devils (24-5) in overtime to win their third CJ I championship in the last six years and first since 2014.

Traore drove for the tying score after Burlington City missed two free throws while up 43-41. Once in overtime, Trevor Covey knocked down the go-ahead three-pointer, part of an 11-point game for the 6-5 senior.

Senior Danny Fraueheim scored 13 points and closed the game out by going 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in overtime.

Senior D'Andre Thurmond scored 20 points to lead Burlington City, which defeated Point Beach, 59-54, in the CJ I quarterfinals on the way to the title last season.

Point Beach will take on South Jersey Group I champion Woodbury in the Group I semifinals Thursday, 5:30 p.m. at RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River.

 

South Jersey Non-Public B

At Jackson Liberty

(2) Ranney 71, (5) Trenton Catholic 56

Junior Bryan Antoine scored a game-high 30 points and added seven rebounds, five assists and three steals to lead the Panthers (28-4) past the Iron Mikes (20-10) for their first ever sectional championship.

Antoine scored 16 of Ranney's 27 points in the first half before the rest of the lineup picked up the scoring in the second half. Junior Scottie Lewis scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half while also grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Ranney - ranked No. 3 in the state by NJ.com - will play either the No. 1 Roselle Catholic or No. 2 Gill St. Bernard in Saturday's Non-Public B championship game in Toms River at a time to be announced. Roselle Catholic and Gill St. Bernard are scheduled to play at 8 p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Center on the campus of Rutgers University on Thursday night.

 

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