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WOBM Christmas Classic

First Round

At Toms River North Gym

(6) Brick Memorial 71, (11) Point Boro 63

Senior Aaron Scheiderman scored 25 points and senior R.J. Hernandez added 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a win over the Panthers in the WOBM opening round. Scott White – who scored 34 points in a season-opening win over Toms River East on Friday – added 13 points in the win.

Brick Memorial seized control in the third quarter with a 21-11 edge in scoring. Scheiderman scored seven points during the run while Hernandez dropped four.

Matt VanNostrand poured in 26 points, including five three-pointers, to lead Point Boro. Sophomore point guard John Venturi added 11 points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

(3) Freehold Twp. 61, (14) Toms River East 58

Senior Jason Czajkowski scored 18 points, including a crucial three-point play late in the fourth, and the Patriots survived a scare from the Raiders and advance to the WOBM quarterfinals to play Brick Memorial on Saturday.

Czajkowski hit a floater in the paint as he was fouled and converted the ensuing free throw to give Freehold Township a 57-56 lead with 3:10 left.

Senior Nat Amadeo hit two free throws to cut Freehold Township’s lead to 59-58 and senior Jon Meola stole the ball on the sideline with 10.7 seconds left to give Toms River East a chance to take the lead. Junior Carlos Lingat drew a foul with 7.6 seconds left, but missed both free throws. Tyree Wilson knocked down a pair of foul shots with five seconds left and Justin Gant’s 3-point attempt as time expired fell short.

Junior Nick Facendo added 11 points for Freehold Township. Junior Pat Saunders led three Toms River East players in double-figures with 14 points, while junior Ryan West added 12 and Phil Lingat had 10.

(7) Donovan Catholic 68, (10) St. Rose 60

Senior James Fata scored 16 points, junior Mike Boice poured in 14 and junior Tyler McShea added 12 as the Griffins topped the Purple Roses to advance to the WOBM Classic quarterfinals against No. 1 Manasquan. St. Rose senior Nolan Slattery led all scorers with 28 points. Donovan Catholic will play No. 2 Red Bank Catholic on Saturday in the quarterfinals.

(2) Red Bank Catholic 51, (15) Jackson Memorial 49

Evan Madigan made two go-ahead three-pointers in the final 45 seconds and Red Bank Catholic completed an improbable comeback to escape with a first-round win over the Jaguars. Madigan finished with 24 points on seven threes to help Red Bank Catholic rally from a 22-0 deficit heading into the second quarter.

Jackson Memorial led 45-38 with 3:11 left and went to the free-throw line for four shots after RBC junior Eddie Hahn committed his fourth foul and then picked a technical foul. C.J. Blue made one of the four free throws and Red Bank Catholic forced a turnover to get the ball back trailing by only eight points.

Madigan began his closing flurry with a three to cut the Jackson lead to 46-41 an after a steal by Kevin Fazio on the other end, Madigan drew a foul on a drive to the basket. The junior guard made the first foul shot and rebounded his own miss on the second. After a timeout, Liam Byrne buried a 3-pointer to cut the Jackson Memorial lead to 46-45 with 1:10 left.

Jackson Memorial senior Eddie Landi made one of two free throws with a minute left to make it 47-45 and Madigan answered with a three from the right wing to give Red Bank Catholic its first lead of the game with 45 seconds left.

Jackson Memorial senior Jimmy Markham came right back with a mid-range pull-up jumper to give the Jaguars a 49-48 lead with 33 seconds left. Trailing by one, Madigan nailed a three from the top of the key off the dribble with a hand in his face to give the Caseys the 51-49 lead. Madigan then came up with a steal on the other end with 4.1 seconds left to seal the game.

Byrne finished with 11 points for Red Bank Catholic and senior guard Joe Montano added nine, including a 30-foot heave as time expired in the second quarter to cut Jackson Memorial’s halftime lead to 32-20.

Seniors C.J. Blue and junior Chris Hawryluk each scored 10 to lead Jackson Memorial, while Markham finished with nine. The Jaguars stormed out to a 22-0 lead after one quarter thanks to six first-quarter threes. Jackson Memorial did not hit a three after the first quarter, while Red Bank Catholic knocked down 13.

The Caseys will play No. 7 Donovan Catholic in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

 

At Pine Belt Arena

(5) Manchester 53, (12) Lacey 47

Shavar Reynolds and Jordan Torney combined for 23 second-half points and the defending tournament champion Hawks overcame 31 points by Lacey center Chris Iapicco to beat the Lions. Manchester will play No. 4 Toms River North on Dec. 27 in the WOBM Classic quarterfinals.

Reynolds scored seven of his team-high 16 points in the third quarter and 11 in the second half. Torney poured in eight of his 14 in the third and scored 12 after halftime. Senior Robert Planter scored nine of his 13 points in the first half.

Reynolds and Torney combined for all 15 of Manchester’s third-quarter points to offset Iapicco, who scored all 13 for Lacey in the third.

(4) Toms River North 66, (13) Middletown South 26

Sophomore Mike Nyisztor was the lone Mariner in double figures with 16 points, but 11 different Toms River North players scored in a first-round rout of the Eagles. Senior Jordan Craig added eight points for the Mariners, who will play No. 5 Manchester in the quarterfinals on Saturday in a match-up of the last two champions and a rematch of a Shore Conference Tournament first-round game last year, won by Toms River North.

(9) Toms River South 75, (8) Marlboro 65

Senior Tymere Berry scored 24 points and junior R.J. Laing added 20 in his first varsity start to lift the Indians over the Mustangs in the WOBM first round and give first-year Curt DeFillippo his first career win as a varsity head coach.. Toms River North will play No. 1 Manasquan in the tournament quarterfinals on Saturday.

Laing and senior Khaleel Greene sparked a 24-13 third-quarter run that turned a 35-32 halftime deficit into an eight-point lead going to the fourth quarter. Laing scored seven points in the quarter, while Greene poured in eight of his 15 points for the game.

Senior Kenny LaRocca led Marlboro with 18 points on six three-pointers, while senior George Elghoul had 14 and sophomore Daniel Weiss chipped in 13.

Toms River South senior Tymere Berry poured in 24 points and the Indians surged past Marlboro, 75-65, in the WOBM first round on Sunday. (Photo by Matt Manley)

(1) Manasquan 67, (16) Brick 47

Juniors Ryan Jensen and Jack Sheehan each scored 17 points and the top-seeded Warriors pulled away to beat the Green Dragons and advance to the WOBM quarterfinals Saturday against No. 9 Toms River South. Jensen added 10 rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while Sheehan had four rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

Sophomore Devin Jensen added 12 points and senior Aidan McMenaman scored all nine of his points on three first-quarter 3-pointers.

Brian Oehme and Ja’Quez Johnson each scored 13 points to lead Brick.