Sectional Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group III

(4) Neptune 45, (5) Ewing 44

Junior Dwaine Jones hit the go-ahead three-pointer with four seconds left and the Scarlet Fliers (22-5) earned a hard-fought, thrilling win over the defending sectional champion Blue Devils (18-9). Neptune advances to play at top-seeded Moorestown on Friday.

Jones finished with 12 points while freshman Sam Fagan led Neptune with 14 points, including a jumper with 17.5 seconds left that cut Ewing's lead to 43-42.

Isiah Sparks hit one of two free throws with 14 seconds left to inch Ewing's lead to 44-42 and Jones responded by dribbling the ball up the court, veering to his strong left hand and firing a contested three that dropped to give the Fliers the one-point lead.

Ewing used a timeout with 3.6 left and Sparks's running three-point attempt hit the back rim to end the game.

Senior Jared Kimbrough scored a season-low nine points for Neptune, but pitched in 17 rebounds and five blocks.

Shemar Robinson, who played on the Lawrence team that beat Neptune in last year's CJ III quarterfinal round in Neptune, led Ewing with 13 points and Keyshawn Preston added 10 in the loss.

(2) Nottingham 78, (7) Ocean 61

Senior Andrew Seager scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds, but the Northstars (25-2) were too much for the Spartans (17-11). Nottingham will host No. 6 Northern Burlington in the sectional semifinals on Friday.

Senior Darrell Johnson led Nottingham with 29 points and five blocked shots and classmate Cliff Joseph chipped in 18 points in the win.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(3) Point Beach 76, Middlesex 57

Senior Danny Frauenheim led four Point Beach players in double-figure scoring with 19 points and the Garnet Gulls (19-9) topped the Blue Jays (13-14) to advance to the sectional semifinals Friday at No. 2 New Egypt.

Senior Trevor Covey added 18 points, senior Mohamed Traore pitched in 14 and senior Josh Yates poured in 11 for Point Beach, which will try to earn a spot in the sectional final for the fourth time in six years and fifth time in the last nine.

The Garnet Gulls reached the CJ I final in three consecutive years, winning in 2013 and 2014 and losing to Shore Regional in 2015.

 

South Jersey Group III

(4) Delsea 64, Pinelands 36

The Wildcats' historic season came to an end at the hands of the Crusaders (23-5) in the sectional quarterfinals. In 2017-18, Pinelands (15-11) set a program record with 15 wins, won an NJSIAA Tournament game for the first time and finished 11-0 on its home floor - all after going 3-21 last season.

The Wildcats will also return their three top scorers from this year - junior Andrew Schulz, junior Anthony Diaz and sophomore Ryan Skeie.

Javon Gordon led four Delsea players in double-figure scoring with 17 points, while Diaz and Kieran Sundermann led Pinelands with seven points apiece.

Delsea will travel to play top-seeded Timber Creek Friday in the sectional semifinals.

 

Opening Round

South Jersey Non-Public A

(7) Red Bank Catholic 68, (10) St. John Vianney 60

Junior John Duffy scored a team-high 17 points and sophomores Kevin Bauman and Charlie Gordinier each turned in a double-double to help the Caseys (17-10) bypass the Lancers (11-16) in the fourth quarter and advance to the sectional quarterfinals.

RBC will travel to play CBA on Friday, which will mark the third time the Monmouth County rivals will play one another since Feb. 10. CBA won the first two meetings, 66-57 and 73-48.

Bauman finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks while Gordinier contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Senior Matt Ansell also handed out 10 assists to go with his five points, while junior Stephen Lubischer chipped in 10 points and eight boards for the Caseys.

Senior Zach Moran led St. John Vianney with a game-high 21 points and helped the Lancers take a 43-39 lead into the fourth quarter before RBC rallied with a 29-17 run over the final eight minutes. Senior Chris Mikos also pumped in 19 points in the loss.

(6) Bishop Eustace 71, (11) Donovan Catholic 26

 

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