High School Basketball – Boys Shore Conference Tournament Watch
Seeding the Shore Conference Tournament can be an exhausting process, but fortunately for those setting out to do so, the last few years have provided plenty of practice. As difficult as this year’s process will be, it is no more difficult than any other year as long as the seeding is done with a set of guidelines. Even though there are a specific set of principles that are supposed to guide coaches on the seeding committee, there are still elements of personal preference, subjectivity and politics that go into the final seeds.
Here at All Shore Media, we do our best to avoid personal preference and politics, but it is impossible to avoid subjectivity. With that out in the open, here’s what we’re looking for when we’re doing a mock seeding of the field:
1. Overall resume is the base for a team’s seeding, but rather than each team being a resume unto itself, teams tend to form tiers based on their respective bodies of work. Once those tiers are defined, the next set of tie-breakers comes into play.
2. Head-to-head results are always the best way to separate teams. Even if Team A has a win or two on its resume better than any on the resume of Team B, Team B will be seeded ahead of Team A, assuming their records and resumes are comparable.
3. In cases where a group of three or four teams have all beaten one another, a win over a top team becomes a tie-breaker.
4. Common opponents are important to keep in mind, especially with respect to division rivals. At this point, Holmdel has a better division record than Red Bank Catholic, but the Caseys have played the top two teams in the division twice while Holmdel still has to play Shore. This comparison will be settled this week, but take CBA vs. Manalapan. If both teams win out this week, CBA will have the better division record, but the common schedule does not end there. CBA lost to Toms River North 56-40 while Manalapan won at Toms River North 51-45, so even though CBA has the better division record, Manalapan might have the better comparative resume.
These four elements will be key when dealing with seeds No. 8 through 13, and that range will broaden if Neptune can sneak into the field. There are some other debates along the way, particularly distinguishing between the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, but the toughest decisions are always in that 8-to-15 range.
|Lakewood’s Tyrice Beverette (10) runs away from Manasquan’s Tommy Toole during last year’s SCT. This year, Lakewood has run away from the pack as the No. 1 seed and will look to win its first Shore Conference title since 1991. (Photo by Cliff Lavelle)|
A lot can change with one day of results and based on what we’ve seen this year, expect a lot to change this week. These mock seeds are a projection of sorts and that projection is always affected by unexpected results and doesn’t account for the opinions of the coaches who will be in the room. Nothing can really account for that and that’s what makes the seeding meeting so interesting. Until that day comes, speculation will have to do.
Update, Feb. 9: The snow forecast appeared to doom some teams’ hopes for a Shore Conference Tournament berth, but teams that are one game below a .500 winning percentage that had a game scheduled on Friday will now be allowed to enter. That decision is not without precedent and it only affects one team in both the boys and girls fields, and that is the Freehold Township boys (10-11). Saturday is doubtful as far as high school basketball goes, but at print time (oh, newspapers) Manasquan at St. Rose is still on so this list is not quite set in stone.
1. Lakewood (18-1, 13-1)
Division Wins: Barnegat (2), Jackson Liberty (2), Manchester (2), Monsignor Donovan (2), Pinelands (2), Point Boro (2), Central
Non-Division Wins: Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), Rancocas Valley, Bayonne, Neptune, Point Beach
Division Losses: Central
Non-Division Losses: None
Why They’re Here: Just about everything about this field of teams is debatable, but not the No. 1 spot. The Piners’ lone loss was at Central with its best player, Tyrice Beverette, and since that loss, Lakewood has won 13 in a row with wins over Neptune and Point Beach. For all its success over the last three seasons, the Piners have not been a No. 1 seed in the tournament under coach randy Holmes, so we’ll see how they fare as the favorite.
2. Point Beach (19-2, 14-0)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2), Keyport (2), Mater Dei Prep (2), Ranney (2), St. Rose (2)
Non-Division Wins: Lindenwold, at New Egypt, Manasquan, Colts Neck, Middletown North
Division Losses: None
Non-Division Losses: At Lakewood, at Long Branch
Why They’re Here: Heading into its game at Point Beach last Saturday, it seemed almost impossible for Point Beach to fall from the No. 2 spot. While that still will not happen, just about everything that could go wrong for the Garnet Gulls actually did go wrong, save for winning a game against Keyport, 69-59. After dropping a 60-42 game to Long Branch, the Green Wave turned around and loss at Wall two nights later, which – on top of strengthening Wall’s case – has to raise some questions about Point Beach if it can’t get healthy.
3. Manasquan (16-2, 12-1)
Division Wins: Holmdel (2), Monmouth (2), Raritan (2), Red Bank Catholic (2), St. John Vianney (2), Shore (2), at Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Wins: Freehold, Middletown North, Roselle, Wall
Division Losses: Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Losses: Point Beach
Before the Cutoff: At St. Rose
Why They’re Here: With Long Branch’s loss to Wall on Friday, the debate for the No. 3 seed is once again a dead heat and it should be a coveted spot considering the last two SCT champs (Raritan and Neptune) were No. 3 seeds. Colts Neck took the lead because of Long Branch’s win over Point Beach, but Wall’s win over Long Branch all of a sudden gives Manasquan a resume that essentially mirrors that of Colts Neck again. This is where subjectivity is going to come into play and with Manasquan dominating opponents since returning from winter break, the Warriors jump back to the No. 3 spot..
4. Colts Neck (17-3, 12-1)
Division Wins: Freehold Township (2), Howell (2), Marlboro (2), Middletown North (2), Middletown South (2), CBA, Manalapan
Non-Division Wins: Lake Nona (Fla.), Bishop Shanahan (Pa.), Bayonne, at Long Branch, Red Bank
Division Losses: at CBA
Non-Division Losses: Brooke (W.V.), at Point Beach
Why They’re Here: The resume trumps all, but when the resumes are identical – as they are with Colts Neck and Manasquan – other factors come into play. Colts Neck has not really done anything to lose a No. 3 spot, but Manasquan has just been a tad more convincing than Colts Neck, which is saying something. This is still a virtual toss-up and the changing of the seeds based on a one B North result should convey that. Whichever way the committee goes will be justifiable.
5. Toms River North (19-2, 13-1)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Brick Memorial (2), Lacey (2), Jackson Memorial (2), Toms River East (2), Toms River South (2), at Southern
Non-Division Wins: Randolph, Brick, Brick Memorial, Jackson Memorial, CBA, at Monsignor Donovan
Division Losses: Southern
Non-Division Losses: Manalapan
Why They’re Here: The Mariners have been one of the more consistent teams in the Shore Conference and one strong mark in their favor is that they are 8-0 on the road. It may not be as big of a deal in high school as it is in college, but winning road games is generally a good indicator that a team is postseason-ready. That bodes well for the Mariners, whose only losses are close games at home against Southern and Manalapan. Toms River North might have an argument to be somewhere in the No. 2 to No. 4 range, but the home loss to Manalapan and slightly less-dominant results probably gives Colts Neck the edge. For the record, had Manalapan beaten Colts Neck in a game that was postponed on Friday, Toms River North probably would have moved up to No. 4.
6. Jackson Memorial (17-4, 11-2)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Brick Memorial (2), Southern (2), Toms River South (2), Toms River East (2), Lacey
Non-Division Wins: Red Bank Catholic, Toms River East, Central, at Freehold Township, at Academy Charter, Howell
Division Losses: Toms River North (2)
Non-Division Losses: At Toms River North, Notre Dame
Why They’re Here: The Jaguars don’t have any major wins, but they have also handled their business in games they were supposed to win. A tough win at Southern also looks good on the resume and with Notre Dame having a good season in Mercer County, the Jaguars can point to a four-point loss to the Irish on a neutral court as a praiseworthy performance. Since CBA has struggled so much on the road and Shore just took a 26-point loss to Holmdel at home, Jackson should be pretty safe to lock up the No. 6 seed.
7. Shore (15-4, 11-3)
Division Wins: Monmouth (2), Raritan (2), Red Bank Catholic (2), Rumson-Fair Haven (2), St. John Vianney (2), at Holmdel
Non-Division Wins: At Red Bank, Middletown North, at Ocean, at Mater Dei Prep
Division Losses: Manasquan (2), Holmdel
Non-Division Losses: Roselle
Why They’re Here: One of the most consistent, reliable and exciting teams of the Shore Conference season just suffered consecutive losses by an average of 22.5 points, which means Shore will be a classic case of total body of work vs. recent performance. The Blue Devils are still solid overall with a 6-3 record against SCT teams, but the two losses will create some doubt about whether they have enough to hang with the best teams in the field.
8. Red Bank Catholic (13-7, 7-6)
Division Wins: Monmouth (2), Raritan (2), Holmdel, at Rumson-Fair Haven, at St. John Vianney
Non-Division Wins: at Red Bank, Manchester, Point Boro, at St. Rose, at Wall, Monroe
Division Losses: Manasquan (2), Shore (2), at Holmdel, Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Losses: Jackson Memorial
Why They’re Here: This placement of RBC seemed ambitious to open the week, but Long Branch’s win over Point Beach and subsequent loss to Wall – a team RBC beat on the road when the Crimson Knights were playing well – go a long way toward validating the Caseys as a top-10 seed. The question is whether or not Holmdel should be up here challenging RBC for the No. 8 seed considering the two tied in the division standings, split the season series and Holmdel beat second-place Shore. Put simply, RBC makes this spot on consistency and with three solid out-of-division wins over No. 9 St. Rose, No. 16 Wall and No. 23 Point Boro.
|St. Rose guard Conor Leddy has found the shooting touch during the Purple Roses’ run of 11 wins in their last 12 games.|
9. St. Rose (17-4, 12-2)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2), Keyport (2), Mater Dei Prep (2), Ranney (2)
Non-Division Wins: Lacey, Toms River South, at Monsignor Donovan, St. John Vianney, CBA
Division Losses: Point Beach (2)
Non-Division Losses: Central, Red Bank Catholic
Before the Cutoff: Vs. Manasquan
Why They’re Here: The Purple Roses’ grasp on a top-10 spot is a little more tenuous than it was at the start of the week because of Holmdel’s win over Shore and Long Branch’s win over Point Beach. A win over CBA still carries a lot of weight, and Friday’s postponements helped the Roses avoid Manalapan and Holmdel potentially climbing. The game against Manasquan on Saturday is still in doubt, but if it does get played, no result is going to damage St. Rose enough to fall out of the No. 9 spot.
10. Christian Brothers Academy (14-6, 10-3)
Division Wins: Howell (2), Marlboro (2), Middletown South (2), Colts Neck, Freehold Township, Manalapan, Middletown North
Non-Division Wins: Barnegat, Toms River South, Central, North Arlington
Division Losses: At Colts Neck, at Manalapan, at Middletown North
Non-Division Losses: At Toms River North, St. Anthony, at St. Rose
Why They’re Here: The Colts also benefited from most of the Friday schedule getting wiped out because they could not move up ahead of St. Rose and Manalapan and Holmdel probably would have overtaken the Colts if Manalapan beat Colts Neck. In fact, if CBA lost to Freehold Township on top of the other results, the Colts could have fallen as far as No. 14.
11. Holmdel (12-8, 8-6)
Division Wins: Monmouth (2), Raritan (2), Red Bank Catholic, Rumson-Fair Haven, at St. John Vianney, at Shore
Non-Division Wins: Cardinal McCarrick, Manalapan, at Matawan, Red Bank
Division Losses: Manasquan (2), at Red Bank Catholic, at Rumson-Fair Haven, St. John Vianney, Shore
Non-Division Losses: Rahway, at Middletown South
Why They’re Here: No team has moved more over the last week than Holmdel. The Hornets suffered losses to two teams with losing records (St. John Vianney and Rumson) before bouncing back with a rout of a team previously in the top five (Shore). The quality is there, with wins over Manalapan, Shore and Red Bank Catholic, but the quantity – a 4-6 record vs. SCT teams – is a bit questionable. The Hornets could be as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 16, so this is definitely a team to watch on Sunday.
12. Manalapan (12-6, 9-4)
Division Wins: Howell (2), Marlboro (2), Middletown South (2), CBA, at Freehold Township, at Middletown North
Non-Division Wins: At Matawan, Old Bridge, at Toms River North
Division Losses: At CBA, at Colts Neck, Freehold Township, Middletown North
Non-Division Losses: Linden, at Holmdel
Why They’re Here: If we imagine the foolish scenario of six Freehold Regional District boys basketball coaches convening for a vote on whether or not to participate in after-school athletics on Friday, Manalapan coach Rick Garretson and Freehold Township coach Brian Golub would have been viciously waving their hands in the air when asked “who wants to play today?” And they would have been the only two coaches in the group to vote in favor of playing, because Howell, Marlboro, and Freehold are all out of the SCT and Colts Neck did not have much to gain by playing. Freehold Township caught a break anyway with the one-game-under-.500 rule coming into play, but Manalapan ends up with the short end of the stick in the seeding. The Braves could have moved into the top 10 with a win over Colts Neck, but instead will be a dangerous double-digit seed.
13. Southern (12-8, 9-5)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Lacey (2), Toms River East (2), Brick Memorial, at Toms River North, Toms River South
Non-Division Wins: Allentown, Monroe, Long Branch
Division Losses: Jackson Memorial (2), at Brick Memorial, Toms River North, at Toms River South
Non-Division Losses: Hammonton, at St. Augustine, Middletown South
Why They’re Here: The Rams have been scuffling lately, but they are the classic example of a team that should be judged despite its recent results because of an injury. The Rams were without second-leading scorer Zach Policastro for three of their five straight losses not including for the actual game in which he got injured. Policastro returned Thursday against Brick, so the Rams will be closer to complete heading into the postseason, which means they should be evaluated as a complete team. Southern’s resume is very similar to that of Long Branch and with a head-to-head win over the Green Wave and a quality win at No. 5 Toms River North, Southern should catch a break and get a first-round home game.
14. Long Branch (11-8, 8-4)
Division Wins: Matawan (2), Red Bank (2), at Freehold, at Neptune, at Ocean, Wall
Non-Division Wins: At Freehold Township, St. John Vianney, Point Beach
Division Losses: Ocean, Neptune, Freehold, at Wall
Non-Division Losses: Seton Hall Prep, Paterson Eastside, at Southern, Colts Neck
Why They’re Here: The Green Wave are like Holmdel in that both have been impossible to figure out. Both have some of the best wins in the field while also possessing some of the worst losses. A win over Wall on Friday probably would have bumped Long Branch up to No. 11, but instead the Green Wave hold in the mid-teens. Differentiating between Long Branch, Neptune and Wall is splitting hairs, but Long Branch gets the edge over Neptune on the strength of a stronger collection of non-divisional wins.
15. Neptune (9-9, 8-3)
Division Wins: Freehold (2), Red Bank (2), at Long Branch, at Matawan, Ocean, Wall
Non-Division Wins: Middletown North
Division Losses: Long Branch, at Ocean, at Wall
Non-Division Losses: St. Anthony, Paterson Eastside, Elizabeth, St. Joseph (Metuchen), at Lakewood, Trenton Catholic
Why They’re Here: Not only is Neptune a little behind Long Branch in terms of resume, but it’s essentially the end of the regular season and the Scarlet Fliers are still sorting out their rotation. The loss of Evan Hubbard (transfer) takes away the team’s leading scorer, but in the same breath, the Fliers welcome back Tyrell Montgomery from injury while trying to get Keith Kirkwood back to playing big minutes while battling a back issue. The win over Middletown North gives Neptune an edge over Wall, which does not have the out-of-division schedule to measure up to Neptune or Long Branch.
16. Middletown North (11-10, 8-5)
Division Wins: Freehold Township (2), Howell (2), CBA, at Manalapan, Marlboro, Middletown South
Non-Division Wins: Monsignor Donovan, Rumson-Fair Haven, at Freehold
Division Losses: Colts Neck (2), At CBA, Manalapan, at Marlboro
Non-Division Losses: At Neptune, Manasquan, Shore, Old Bridge, at Point Beach
Why They’re Here: The theme of enigmas continues with Middletown North, which has a record indicative of its season, but not its talent. Based on its talent and strong showing in Class A North, the Lions could absolutely give a team like Point Beach or Lakewood a run for its money in the round of 16, but double-digit losses to Marlboro and Old Bridge stick out as examples of Middletown North’s downside. This is where the Lions should be based on results, but the top-10 potential is there.
17. Toms River South (9-9, 7-7)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Toms River East (2), Brick Memorial, at Lacey, Southern
Non-Division Wins: Wall, at Freehold
Division Losses: Jackson Memorial (2), Toms River North (2), at Brick Memorial, Lacey, at Southern
Non-Division Losses: CBA, St. Rose
Why They’re Here: The Indians came up just short of knocking off Toms River North and qualifying for the SCT on Thursday, but their consolation prize is a trip to the SCT. Toms River South has been an erratic team this year, but at their best, the Indians have shown to be trouble for the opposition. The record is the definition of average, but a major reason for it is an 0-6 record vs. teams seeded in the top 10. With a head-to-head drubbing of Wall earlier in the year, the same division record as Brick Memorial, and the injury to Point Boro’s Kyle McGarry, Toms River South makes the leap into the top 20.
18. Wall (14-8, 8-4)
Division Wins: Ocean (2), Red Bank (2), at Freehold, Long Branch Matawan, Neptune
Non-Division Wins: At Robbinsville, Barnegat, Pinelands, at Monmouth, Brick Memorial, at Raritan
Division Losses: Freehold, at Long Branch, at Matawan, at Neptune
Non-Division Losses: Toms River South, Freehold Township, Red Bank Catholic, at Manasquan
Why They’re Here: By holding serve at home against Long Branch on Friday, the Crimson Knights may have earned themselves a first-round home game in their first Shore Conference Tournament appearance under fifth-year coach Mike Puorro, but that’s only if the seeding committee overlooks a few things. With two wins over Ocean, the Crimson Knights have an argument to be seeded ahead of both Long Branch and Neptune, but inferior non-division wins plus a loss to Freehold Township – which Middletown North beat twice – put Wall behind Long Branch, Neptune and Middletown North. After that, Southern edges them out with quality wins at No. 5 Toms River North and home against No. 13 Long Branch. Toms River South then jumps the Crimson Knights because of a blowout, head-to-head win in December. There is not a big difference between a home game and a road trip in the first round, and Wall is an example of that.
19. Middletown South (12-10, 4-9)
Division Wins: Marlboro (2), Freehold Township, at Howell
Non-Division Wins: J.P. Stevens, Perth Amboy, at Rumson-Fair Haven, Holmdel, Freehold, at Southern, Mater Dei Prep, Monmouth
Division Losses: CBA (2), Colts Neck (2), Manalapan (2), Howell, at Freehold Township, at Middletown North
Non-Division Losses: Hunterdon Central
Why They’re Here: The 4-9 record in Class A North is not attractive, but the Eagles have been very good outside of the division with wins over No. 11 Holmdel and No. 13 Southern. Freehold Township finished with a better division record (6-7) than Middletown South, but because Freehold Township is going to get into the tournament with a winning percentage below .500, Middletown South jumps the Patriots in the SCT field, if not in the standings.
20. Brick Memorial (11-9, 7-7)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Toms River East (2), at Lacey, Southern, Toms River South
Non-Division Wins: Point Boro, Toms River East, at Freehold Township, at Rumson-Fair Haven
Division Losses: Jackson Memorial (2), Toms River North (2), Lacey, at Southern, at Toms River South
Non-Division Losses: At Toms River North, at Wall
Why They’re Here: Brick Memorial is 6-1 in its last seven games with three wins over teams that could very well be in the tournament (Toms River South, Freehold Township and Southern). The Mustangs have developed into a very balanced scoring team that can put up some points, which means they could be a tough cover for a team in the first round and maybe even one of the top teams if they pull out the first-round victory.
21. Ocean (13-8, 6-6)
Division Wins: Freehold (2), at Long Branch, Matawan, Neptune, Red Bank
Non-Division Wins: Fort Hamilton (N.Y.), at Rumson-Fair Haven, Barnegat, Jackson Liberty, Marlboro, at Brick, at Howell
Division Losses: Wall (2), Long Branch, at Matawan, at Neptune, at Red Bank
Non-Division Losses: Shore, at Lawrence
Why They’re Here: Ocean appeared to be in some trouble a week ago, but a manageable schedule has helped the Spartans get back on track and clinch a spot in the SCT. Matawan’s more recent win over the Spartans gives the Huskies the seeding edge, so there is really no move for Ocean to make. Still, Ocean is in the SCT for consecutive seasons for the first time since 1999 and 2000, so the Spartans go into the postseason riding high.
22. Point Boro (13-5, 11-3)
Division Wins: Barnegat (2), Central (2), Jackson Liberty (2), Manchester (2), Pinelands (2), Monsignor Donovan
Non-Division Wins: Brick, JFK-Iselin
Division Losses: Lakewood (2), at Monsignor Donovan
Non-Division Losses: Brick Memorial, Red Bank Catholic
Why They’re Here: The record is good, the recent tournament history is strong, but the resume and overall health of the team are going to hurt Point Boro going into the tournament. Senior forward Kyle McGarry suffered a high-ankle sprain on Monday against Manchester, which means he will be out for the SCT. On top of that, Point Boro is only 2-4 against SCT teams and those two wins are over a Jackson Liberty team with no wins over a tournament team.
23. Matawan (10-9, 6-5)
Division Wins: Freehold (2), Red Bank (2), Ocean, Wall
Non-Division Wins: Academy Charter, St. John Vianney, at Howell, at Parsippany
Division Losses: Long Branch (2), Neptune, at Ocean, at Wall
Non-Division Losses: Manalapan, at St. John Vianney, Raritan, Holmdel
Why They’re Here: Matawan is interesting heading into the postseason because all of their nine losses are by single-digits. Of all the first-round road teams, Matawan might be the best bet to pull off the upset if only because the Huskies are never out of a game. Matawan has endured some drama and is working with plenty of youth, but the ceiling for the Huskies is pretty high and that could mean trouble for the team that has to host them in the first round.
24. Freehold Twp. (10-11, 6-7)
Division Wins: Howell (2), Marlboro (2), Manalapan, Middletown South
Non-Division Wins: Lacey, Wall, Freehold, Pinelands
Division Losses: Colts Neck (2), Middletown North (2), at CBA, Manalapan, at Middletown South
Non-Division Losses: Central, Jackson Memorial, Long Branch, Brick Memorial.
Why They’re Here: I’m not a believer in just tossing the sub-.500 team at the bottom of the rankings, because that is not fair to the team that would have to play said team in the first round. With that said, teams like Matawan, Ocean and Jackson Liberty should get the benefit of the doubt over Freehold Township. The Patriots’ resume is solid, with wins over Wall and Manalapan, but it’s not so overwhelming that they need to be rushed up the list. This spot seems pretty fair.
25. Jackson Liberty (12-9, 9-5)
Division Wins: Barnegat (2), Central (2), Pinelands (2), Manchester, Monsignor Donovan
Non-Division Wins: Pinelands, at Brick, Calvary Academy
Division Losses: Lakewood (2), Point Boro (2), Manchester
Non-Division Losses: Allentown (2), Hammonton, at Ocean
Why They’re Here: The Lions are in the SCT for the second straight season after never qualifying before last year. Jackson Liberty almost shook up the field in a major way on Monday when it led No. 1 Lakewood for most of the game before losing 53-50. Jackson Liberty may get some love for almost pulling off the upset, but it would be a lot easier to move the Lions up if they had a win over a tournament team.
26. Mater Dei Prep (9-9, 8-6)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2), Ranney (2)
Non-Division Wins: JFK-Iselin
Division Losses: Keyport (2), Point Beach (2), St. Rose (2)
Non-Division Losses: At Edison, Shore, at Middletown South
Why They’re Here: The Seraphs are in after rolling by Henry Hudson and they take the first of the final three seeds ahead of their two division rivals simply by playing a tougher schedule. No, Mater Dei did not beat either Middletown South or Shore, but just playing those games is a plus for the Seraphs when comparing them to Keansburg and Keyport.
27. Keansburg (11-8, 8-6)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Keyport (2), Ranney (2)
Non-Division Wins: South Amboy (2), Manville
Division Losses: Mater Dei Prep (2), Point Beach (2), St. Rose (2)
Non-Division Losses: South River (2)
Why They’re Here: It would have been nice to see Keansburg play some better competition outside of the division, but judging by how comfortably St. Rose beat them, the Titans probably played the appropriate schedule. With that said, we’ve seen middle-of-the-pack B Central teams with underwhelming resumes prove to be tough outs in the first round, so there’s really no telling what Keansburg’s ceiling is based on its schedule.
28. Keyport (12-6, 8-6)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Mater Dei Prep (2), Ranney (2)
Non-Division Wins: At Metuchen, Bernards, South River, at Highland Park
Division Losses: Keansburg (2), Point Beach (2), St. Rose (2)
Non-Division Losses: None
Why They’re Here: The Red Raiders showed a little something against a short-handed Point Beach team on Thursday, so they may indeed be a problem for some team in the first round. Had the Red Raiders been able to beat Keansburg once, they might would have been two spots higher and the spots at the bottom do matter with respect to the match-ups.