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Central senior Maks Gruszecki, shown earlier this season, wrapped up a great career with teammate Denis Corbin and two of his former teammates at the SBCA Senior All-Star Game. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Central senior Maks Gruszecki, shown earlier this season, wrapped up a great career with teammate Denis Corbin and two of his former teammates at the SBCA Senior All-Star Game. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Former Teammates Gruszecki, Rhoden, Corbin, Barnes Reunite at SBCA Senior All-Star Game

*Click here for a photo gallery of the boys Senior All-Star Game by Ray Richardson*

TOMS RIVER - It's the Super Team That Never Was.

Two years ago, Central Regional's boys basketball team featured a stellar sophomore class that included guard Maks Gruszecki, center Elijah Barnes, swingman Jaden Rhoden and rugged forward Denis Corbin under former coach Steve Zengel...

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Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Boys Basketball – Mater Dei’s Barnes Out for the Season With Forearm Injury

The Mater Dei boys basketball team earned another chance to play the No. 1 team in the state by beating Gloucester Catholic, 79-53, Wednesday in the NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public B first round, but the Seraphs will have to take on the Patrick School Friday without their best player...

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Photo by Ray Richardson
Photo by Ray Richardson
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Boys Basketball – Mater Dei Ends Marlboro’s Ride, Repeats as SCT Champs

WEST LONG BRANCH - For about three quarters of the Shore Conference Tournament championship game against defending champion and top-seeded Mater Dei Prep, the Marlboro boys basketball team put itself in position to complete an improbable run to its first ever Shore Conference Tournament title...

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PJ Ringel and Elijah Barnes
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Boys Basketball – Shore Conference Tournament Championship Preview

Shore Conference Tournament Championship

Saturday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

At Ocean First Bank Arena, Monmouth University

No. 1 Mater Dei Prep (23-3, 12-2) vs...

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Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Boys Basketball – Mater Dei Edges Toms River North to Reach Second Straight SCT Final

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TOMS RIVER - The Mater Dei boys basketball team is no stranger to Shore Conference Tournament comebacks and in order to preserve their latest high-wire act Tuesday in the SCT semifinals against No...

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Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes fires up the three that put him in the 1,000-point club. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes fires up the three that put him in the 1,000-point club. (Photo by Ray Richardson)
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Boys Basketball – Cardaci Stars, Barnes Reaches Milestone in Mater Dei SCT Win over Manasquan

TOMS RIVER - A matter of minutes after scoring the 1,000th point of his high school career, Mater Dei Prep senior Elijah Barnes was reflective about the achievement and all of the stops he has made along the way...

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Ranney sophomore Scottie Lewis is one of several notable Shore Conference dunkers (Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography)
Ranney sophomore Scottie Lewis is one of several notable Shore Conference dunkers (Photo by Mark Brown/B51 Photography)
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Who is the Shore’s Best Dunker Since 2000? Vote Now

They are the type of players who create a buzz in the crowd when they get a step on a defender while slashing in the lane or get out ahead of the defense on the break...

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Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes goes up for a shot. (Photo by Mark Brown, B51) Photography
Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes goes up for a shot. (Photo by Mark Brown, B51) Photography
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Boys Basketball – Mater Dei Makes Its Case as No. 1 With Win Over Ranney

TINTON FALLS - For 25 days, the Mater Dei boys basketball team had to live with a harsh, new reality: for the first time since the core of the team had been together, they were no longer the best team in the Shore Conference...

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Sophomore Bryan Antoine scored 23 points against Mater Dei, including 15 in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Matt Manley)
Sophomore Bryan Antoine scored 23 points against Mater Dei, including 15 in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Matt Manley)
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Boys Basketball – Antoine, Ranney Rally to Knock Off No. 1 Mater Dei

MIDDLETOWN - As much as Mater Dei Prep and Ranney have grown into rivals during their respective two-year meteoric rises, the two had yet to play the kind of classic, down-to-the-wire game that is an essential part of any rivalry...

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Kenny Jones and Mater Dei Prep had their hands full with the state's No. 1 team in suffering their first loss. (Photo by Robert Samuels)
Kenny Jones and Mater Dei Prep had their hands full with the state's No. 1 team in suffering their first loss. (Photo by Robert Samuels)
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Mater Dei Prep Suffers First Loss Against Top-Ranked Patrick School

MIDDLETOWN - While Mater Dei Prep has rapidly become the measuring stick for the rest of the teams in the Shore Conference, the Seraphs learned on Saturday that they have a lot of work to do to reach that distinction at the state level...

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Elijah Barnes (right) earned Buc Classic MVP honors while leading Mater Dei to the tournament title. (Photo by Rob Samuels)
Elijah Barnes (right) earned Buc Classic MVP honors while leading Mater Dei to the tournament title. (Photo by Rob Samuels)
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Boys Basketball – Boardwalk Preview: Mater Dei Eyes Its Biggest Test Yet

Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase

Saturday, Jan. 7

At Collins Arena, Brookdale Community College

Game 3: No. 1 Mater Dei Prep vs. Patrick School, 3:20 p...

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Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes throws down a dunk. (Photo by Rob Samuels)
Mater Dei senior Elijah Barnes throws down a dunk. (Photo by Rob Samuels)
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Boys Basketball – Mater Dei Downs Sayreville to Win Buc Classic

By Ella Brockway
SSN Correspondent

LITTLE SILVER - Mater Dei head coach Ben Gamble did not panic as he watched his team’s lead, which had at one point been 14, shrink to one as the opposing Sayreville Bombers staged a comeback with 7:16 left in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s Buc Classic championship game...

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