Class A Central

Holmdel 45, Raritan 41

Senior Luke Mayell led a balanced offense with 12 points and the Hornets (6-6, 4-4) pulled out a road win over the Rockets (7-8, 2-6) after entering the third quarter tied at 29. Junior Joe Strand led Raritan with a game-high 20 points and was the only other player in double-figure scoring in addition to Mayell.


Class A South

No. 1 Toms River North 67, Toms River East 57

Sophomore Mike Nyisztor scored a team-high 23 points and the Mariners (13-1, 8-1) continued their march through Class A South by beating the Raiders (5-7, 3-6).

Senior Evan Martin added 11 points and eight rebounds, senior Kevin Blum had eight points and seven steals and sophomore Darrion Carrington chipped in six points and seven assists. Senior Ted Thelemaque also poured in 10 points for Toms River North.

The Mariners played nearly the entire game without junior and second leading scorer Pat Marinaccio, who injured his left ankle and will be further evaluated on Thursday, according to head coach Rory Caswell.

Sophomore Phil Lingat led Toms River East with a game-high 25 points and junior Ryan West added 12 in defeat.


Class B North

Neptune 57, No. 4 Red Bank 56

Senior Kerry Kirkwood drove for the winning basket with 40 seconds left and the Scarlet Fliers (7-7, 3-6) twice stopped the Bucs (10-3, 7-3) in a potential game-winning situation to pull out a win at Red Bank for Neptune's fourth straight victory.

Kirkwood finished with a team-high 15 points and senior Micah Kerr added 12 points and nine rebounds for Neptune. Keishawn Kirkwood and sophomore Barry Brown each added 10 points in the win.

Neptune trailed by nine points early in the fourth quarter and closed the game on an 18-8 run. Kerr gave the Fliers their first lead since the second quarter with 1:50 left, finishing a pass from Kerry Kirkwood off a pick-and-roll.

Senior Tyler Christie answered for Red Bank with a driving lay-up to give the Bucs a 56-55 lead with 50.3 seconds left. Kirkwood immediately answered with his driving lay-up to put the Fliers up for good.

Kirkwood then stole the ball on Red Bank's ensuing possession, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. The Bucs called time out with 3.3 seconds left and junior Sadiq Palmer took the ball from end to end, but came up empty on a driving lay-up as time expired.

Palmer led Red Bank with a game-high 21 points, including 15 in the first half. Christie also chipped in 13 points in the loss.



South Amboy 58, Keansburg 43