Boys Basketball – 2023 SCT Watch: Projecting the Shore Conference Tournament Field
Since the start of the season, Manasquan and St. Rose have been considered the co-favorites to win the 2023 Shore Conference Tournament, and while each team has faced a close call or two against another Shore Conference opponent, the matchup for the SCT championship game on Feb. 19 on Monmouth University looks as certain as ever.
Whether there is any drama for Manasquan or St. Rose on the court between now and that Sunday at Monmouth remains to be seen, but there will be plenty of it elsewhere over the next week-and-a-half. After the top two seeds, there is little separating the next 15-to-20 teams in the field -- a level of parity rarely seen anywhere and with the potential to create a wildly entertaining tournament.
The entertainment starts this week, with nine teams still fighting to clinch a spot in the field and 22 qualified teams jockeying for position. In seeding a conference tournament, the head-to-head results and common opponents remain determining factors in seeding, but that will be a difficult metric on which to lean this season. Consider these scenarios:
- Marlboro beat Freehold Township and Red Bank Catholic, but lost to Toms River East. Red Bank Catholic beat CBA, which beat Marlboro twice. Meanwhile, Southern beat Toms River East twice -- seemingly giving the Rams priority over Marlboro -- but also lost to Freehold Township, which Marlboro beat.
- CBA lost to Red Bank and Red Bank Catholic, while Colts Neck is 4-1 against those two teams. Colts Neck, however, lost to Freehold Township by 19 on a neutral court, while CBA is 1-1 vs. the Patriots with the one loss coming in overtime.
- Toms River North beat Jackson Memorial twice, but lost handily to Colts Neck and on the road vs. Southern. Jackson Memorial won a championship game on a neutral court at the WOBM Christmas Classic vs. Freehold Township -- a team that beat both Colts Neck and Southern. How should Toms River North, Jackson Memorial and Freehold Township be seeded?
These are just three examples of why head-to-head and common opponents will only get the seeding committee so far. Overall body of work will be as important as ever, although it tends to be a relatively subjective way to rank a tournament. Power points has been the state's answer and the Shore Conference coaches could, in theory lean on power points to set a general order to the field, but that is not an official directive of the Shore Conference and has created some anomalies in the past.
There is also the matter of teams jockeying for lower seeding to avoid earlier games against Manasquan and St. Rose. The seeds in the 7-through-10 range figure to be less desirable than the seeds in the 11-through-14 range, and the same holds true for 15-through-18 vs. 19-through-22. Teams that earned a top 10 seed may prefer to be treated like one that didn't.
On more factor to consider is with eight divisions this season, there will be more division representatives in the room than ever before, which will probably complicate the matter even more. With more voices and more parity than ever, just setting a bracket will be a challenge. Once that is finally done, then most of these teams will face an even greater challenge: beating St. Rose and Manasquan.
With five days-worth of games to go before Saturday morning's seeding meeting, here is how the field currently shakes out, based on one man's opinion.
vs. = neutral court result
at = road game
team-name only = home game
2022-23 Shore Conference Boys Basketball Standings
1. Manasquan (17-3, 8-1)
Division Wins: Neptune (2), Point (2), Ranney (2), St. Rose, Wall
Division Losses: at St. Rose
Non-Division Wins: Patrick School, vs. Toms River South, vs. Brick Memorial, vs. Toms River East, vs. Hightstown, vs. Hudson Catholic, Saddle River Day, vs. Rutgers Prep, vs. Trenton Catholic
Non-Division Losses: vs. Linden, Roselle Catholic
Before the Cutoff: at Wall, vs. Union Catholic
Why They’re Here: With the more recent win over St. Rose and with four wins over state-ranked teams, the Warriors enter the last week of the Shore Conference regular season with the inside track for the No. 1 seed. St. Rose still has an argument, but wherever one stands on the debate, it’s hard to see anything happening this week that would hurt Manasquan’s chances.
2. St. Rose (16-2, 8-1)
Division Wins: Neptune (2), Ranney (2), Wall (2), Manasquan, at Point Boro
Division Losses: at Manasquan
Non-Division Wins: Red Bank Catholic, at Matawan, vs. Long Branch, vs. Notre Dame, vs. Red Bank, vs. St. John Vianney, Keyport, Patrick School
Non-Division Losses: at Roselle Catholic
Before the Cutoff: Point Boro, vs. Hudson Catholic
Why They’re Here: St. Rose is more likely to lose a shot at the No. 1 seed because Point Boro has already shown it can play with the Purple Roses and a St. Rose loss to the Panthers would take the No. 1 seed off the table. Assuming Manasquan and St. Rose both wrap up a share of the Class C North title, there will be a reasonable debate as to which should be the top seed, although there is not a significant advantage in being No. 1 vs. No. 2.
3. Raritan (16-0, 9-0)
Division Wins: Freehold Boro (2), Holmdel (2), Long Branch (2), Matawan (2), at St. John Vianney
Division Losses: None
Non-Division Wins: Monmouth, vs. Trenton Catholic, vs. Barnegat, at Central, vs. Hillsborough, Middletown North, Shore
Non-Division Losses: None
Before the Cutoff: St. John Vianney
Why They’re Here: Normally, an undefeated team would not only be in the conversation for the No. 1 seed but would likely be the front-runner. Instead, Raritan is more likely to drop into the bottom of the top 10 than climb to No. 2 because of a modest schedule. As it is, there are teams with an argument to be seeded ahead of Raritan, but at this point, the Rockets remain perfect and that is as much of an accomplishment as any other team outside the top two has achieved.
4. Middletown South (13-4, 7-2)
Division Wins: Middletown North (2), Red Bank (2), Colts Neck, Red Bank Catholic, Rumson-Fair Haven
Division Losses: at Red Bank Catholic, at Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Wins: vs. Toms River South, vs. Central, at North Bergen, at Howell, vs. Lincoln, at St. John Vianney
Non-Division Losses: Marlboro, vs. Brick Memorial
Before the Cutoff: at Colts Neck, Manalapan
Why They’re Here: Winners of 13 straight, Middletown South is one of the Shore’s three hottest teams and if the Eagles make it to Saturday with a 15-game winning streak, they will be a lock for the top five and should have a strong case to jump to No. 3 as well. If the streak ends this week, the Eagles could find themselves in the No. 6-to-10 range.
5. Toms River North (14-4, 7-2)
Division Wins: Jackson Memorial (2), Toms River East (2), Toms River South (2), at Brick Memorial
Division Losses: Brick Memorial, at Southern
Non-Division Wins: Vineland, vs. Moorestown, Donovan Catholic, Manchester (2), vs. Bridgeton, vs. St. John Vianney
Non-Division Losses: Colts Neck, vs. St. Augustine
Before the Cutoff: Southern, at Keyport, Lacey
Why They’re Here: The Mariners’ résumé is more solid than spectacular, but two wins over Jackson Memorial and no bad losses give them an edge over the likes of Jackson, Rumson, CBA and Freehold Township. With a 3-0 week, a top-five seed should be in the cards.
6. Jackson Memorial (14-4, 6-3)
Division Wins: Toms River East (2), Toms River South (2), at Brick Memorial, Southern
Division Losses: Toms River North (2), at Southern
Non-Division Wins: at Middletown North, Jackson Liberty, vs. Wall, vs. Red Bank Catholic, vs. Freehold Twp., at Ocean, vs. Piscataway, vs. Cherokee
Non-Division Losses: vs. Bishop Eustace
Before the Cutoff: Brick Memorial, Manalapan, at Holmdel
Why They’re Here: Like Toms River North, Jackson Memorial has three games to get through this week in order to secure a spot among the top six seeds. If Toms River North loses to Southern, the Jaguars will have a good chance to climb up the ranks and, depending on how the week goes for a number of other teams in the scrum, Jackson Memorial still has a shot to climb as high as No. 3.
7. Rumson-Fair Haven (12-5, 6-3)
Division Wins: Red Bank (2), Colts Neck, at Middletown North, Middletown South, Red Bank Catholic
Division Losses: at Colts Neck, at Middletown South, at Red Bank Catholic
Non-Division Wins: Long Branch, vs. Barnegat, vs. Trenton Catholic, Lawrence, at Brick Memorial, Marlboro
Non-Division Losses: Ranney, at St. Peter’s Prep
Before the Cutoff: Middletown North, St. John Vianney
Why They’re Here: Like Toms River North and Jackson Memorial, Rumson does not have any problematic losses and there are enough quality wins to their credit to set the Bulldogs up with a top eight seed. With games against Middletown North and St. John Vianney this week, Rumson is not likely to boost its profile, but losses by the teams ahead of them could facilitate a climb by the Bulldogs.
8. Christian Brothers Academy (10-6, 6-1)
Division Wins: Manalapan (2), Marlboro (2), at Freehold Twp., at Howell
Division Losses: Freehold Twp.
Non-Division Wins: vs. Forest Hills (N.Y.), vs. Middletown North, vs. Notre Dame, Point Boro
Non-Division Losses: vs. Impact Christian (Fla.), vs. Calvary Christian (Fla.), at Red Bank, vs. Gill St. Bernard’s, at Red Bank Catholic
Before the Cutoff: Howell
Why They’re Here: With losses to two teams well below them in the seeding (Red Bank Catholic and Red Bank) and just one game vs. 6-13 Howell before the cutoff, the Colts might have some trouble climbing, but there are enough land mines in front of Toms River North, Jackson Memorial, Middletown South and Rumson that CBA could be a benefactor.
9. Freehold Township (13-3, 5-2)
Division Wins: Howell (2), Manalapan (2), at CBA
Division Losses: CBA, Marlboro
Non-Division Wins: Donovan Catholic, Summit, at Barnegat, vs. Donovan Catholic, vs. Colts Neck, Holmdel, at Allentown, at Southern
Non-Division Losses: vs. Jackson Memorial
Before the Cutoff: at Marlboro, Freehold Boro
Why They’re Here: The Patriots have a cleaner résumé than CBA does, but with a loss to the Colts in the most recent matchup and CBA on track to win the Class A North title outright, it’s hard to make the argument that Freehold Township should be ahead of the Colts. The Patriots also have head-to-head wins over Colts Neck and Southern, so a spot in the top 10 is likely as long as they don’t drop another game to Marlboro.
10. Colts Neck (13-4, 6-3)
Division Wins: Middletown North (2), Red Bank (2), Red Bank Catholic, Rumson-Fair Haven
Division Losses: at Middletown South, at Red Bank Catholic, at Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Wins: Manalapan, at Toms River North, vs. Red Bank Catholic, at Jackson Liberty, Point Beach, at Old Bridge, at Neptune
Non-Division Losses: vs. Freehold Twp.
Before the Cutoff: Middletown South, at Brick Memorial
Why They’re Here: With a chance to win a share of the B North division title and another game against a strong Brick Memorial team, Colts Neck has a real chance to climb toward the top five. The Cougars have a handful of quality wins outside of B North, which itself has been one of the Shore’s most competitive divisions.
11. Ranney (9-9, 3-6)
Division Wins: Wall (2), Point Boro
Division Losses: Manasquan (2), St. Rose (2), at Neptune, at Point Boro
Non-Division Wins: vs. Long Branch, vs. Middletown North, at Rumson-Fair Haven, vs. Holmdel, at Immaculata, McNair Academy
Non-Division Losses: Saddle River Day, vs. Notre Dame, vs. Rutgers Prep
Before the Cutoff: Neptune, Matawan
Why They’re Here: While Ranney is not officially in the tournament yet, the Panthers are one win away from locking up a spot. If Ranney beats both Neptune and Matawan this week, it could inch up into the top 10, although the Nos. 11 through 14 range could be more advantageous for a team looking to make a run to the SCT semifinals.
12. Brick Memorial (13-5, 6-3)
Division Wins: Toms River East (2), Toms River South (2), at Southern, at Toms River North
Division Losses: Jackson Memorial, Southern, Toms River North
Non-Division Wins: Howell, vs. Middletown South, vs. Marlboro, at Lacey, Point Beach, at Brick, Manchester
Non-Division Losses: vs. Manasquan, vs. Rumson-Fair Haven
Before the Cutoff: at Jackson Memorial, at Central, Colts Neck
Why They’re Here: The Mustangs already have a pair of quality Monmouth County wins over Middletown South and Marlboro and if they can beat Jackson Memorial to open this week, Brick Memorial will have a win over every other Class A South team. On top of that, its only losses outside the division are to Manasquan and Rumson, which could set Brick Memorial up for a jump into the top seven or eight.
13. Point Pleasant Boro (11-5, 5-4)
Division Wins: Neptune (2), Wall (2), Ranney
Division Losses: Manasquan (2), at Ranney, St. Rose
Non-Division Wins: at Barnegat, Bridgewater-Raritan, Brick, Jackson Liberty, at Lacey, St. John Vianney
Non-Division Losses: at CBA
Before the Cutoff: Academy Charter, at St. Rose, at Point Beach
Why They’re Here: All of Point Boro’s losses have come against teams that could very well end up in the top 10, which is the strength of the Panthers’ résumé. A win over Ranney and the close loss to St. Rose are the best results earned by Point Boro so far this year and barring an upset of St. Rose, the Panthers will likely settle into a spot just outside the top 10.
14. Southern (11-7, 6-3)
Division Wins: Toms River East (2), at Brick Memorial, Jackson Memorial, Toms River North, Toms River South
Division Losses: at Toms River South, Brick Memorial, at Jackson Memorial
Non-Division Wins: Lacey, Pleasantville, at Donovan Catholic, Long Branch, vs. Cumberland
Non-Division Losses: Holy Spirit, West Windsor-Plainsboro South, vs. Ocean City, Freehold Twp.
Before the Cutoff: at Toms River North, at Pinelands
Why They’re Here: Southern climbed as high as No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10, but a four-game slide that includes a loss to a Toms River South team well outside the field has knocked Southern out of the Top 10 and in danger of missing out on a home game. A win at Toms River North could push the Rams closer to No. 10 and with wins over each of the teams in Class A South, there would be reason to seed Southern first among that group in its best-case scenario.
15. Manalapan (10-7, 4-4)
Division Wins: Howell (2), Marlboro (2)
Division Losses: CBA (2), Freehold Twp. (2)
Non-Division Wins: vs. Carteret, Long Branch, at Middletown North, Red Bank, Allentown, at Freehold Boro
Non-Division Losses: at Colts Neck, vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, vs. Hamilton West
Before the Cutoff: at Jackson Memorial, Middletown South, Central
Why They’re Here: Manalapan’s five-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to Freehold Township, which leaves the Braves without a win over either of Class A North’s top teams. They do, however, have two wins over Marlboro and three opportunities to beat quality teams this week in an attempt to push up the rankings.
16. Red Bank Catholic (10-9, 5-4)
Division Wins: Middletown North (2), Colts Neck, Middletown South, Rumson-Fair Haven
Division Losses: at Colts Neck, at Middletown South, at Red Bank, at Rumson-Fair Haven
Non-Division Wins: vs. Manchester, St. John Vianney, vs. Red Bank, CBA, at Holmdel
Non-Division Losses: at St. Rose, at Monsignor Farrell, vs. Jackson Memorial, vs. Colts Neck, at Marlboro
Before the Cutoff: Red Bank
Why They’re Here: A loss at Red Bank and a blowout loss to Marlboro have Red Bank Catholic scrapping to get a home game, but it seems as though the Caseys are back on track after beating Rumson and Holmdel to close out last week. They also have a two-point loss at St. Rose, a win over CBA and a win over each of the top three teams in Class B North, which means the Caseys should be a lock for a home game as long as they can beat Red Bank at home.
17. Central (13-5, 8-1)
Division Wins: Brick (2), Manchester (2), Pinelands (2), Barnegat, at Lacey
Division Losses: Lacey
Non-Division Wins: Toms River East, vs. St. John Vianney, at Toms River South, Donovan Catholic, at Allentown
Non-Division Losses: vs. Marlboro, vs. Middletown South, Raritan, Robbinsville
Before the Cutoff: at Barnegat, Brick Memorial, at Manalapan
Why They’re Here: A loss to Lacey might have cost the Golden Eagles an outright Class B South title, but it probably does not affect their seeding that much at the moment. Central needs quality wins to jump into the top 16 and will have a chance to earn a few this week with matchups against Brick Memorial and Manalapan – the latter of which could indeed be for a home game in the first round.
18. Shore (11-3, 5-2)
Division Wins: Jackson Liberty (2), Lakewood, Monmouth, at Ocean
Division Losses: Donovan Catholic, at Monmouth
Non-Division Wins: Toms River East, at Wall, Point Beach, Lacey, at Freehold Boro, Brick
Non-Division Losses: at Raritan
Before the Cutoff: vs. Ocean, at Donovan Catholic
Why They’re Here: With wins over Point Beach, Lacey and Ocean, Shore is a step ahead of the rest of the Class C North teams, although the Blue Devils still have three division games to complete before they can claim a share of the division championship. The Blue Devils have a slight edge over Matawan because they don’t have any losses to teams outside the tournament.
19. Matawan (11-7, 4-5)
Division Wins: Holmdel (2), Freehold Boro, Long Branch
Division Losses: Raritan (2), St. John Vianney (2), at Long Branch
Non-Division Wins: Carteret, Hamilton West, Howell, at Neptune, at Monmouth, Red Bank, Brick
Non-Division Losses: St. Rose, Old Bridge
Before the Cutoff: at Freehold Boro, at Ranney, at Old Bridge
Why They’re Here: The Huskies have won 11 of 14 since starting the season 0-4 and three of their top four players are sophomores. They have the look of a dangerous young team, but have been inconsistent enough that a home game is pretty much out of the question based on the current body of work. There is, however, a chance for Matawan to change that narrative with a shot at Ranney on Thursday.
20. Ocean (13-5, 7-2)
Division Wins: Donovan Catholic (2), Jackson Liberty (2), Lakewood (2), at Monmouth
Division Losses: Monmouth, Shore
Non-Division Wins: Point Beach, vs. Lawrence, at Hopewell Valley, at Montgomery, at Long Branch, vs. Toms River East
Non-Division Losses: Neptune, Jackson Memorial, Wall
Before the Cutoff: at Shore, Middletown North
Why They’re Here: With home losses to Shore and Wall, as well as a loss to a Neptune team that will not be in the tournament, Ocean has some blemishes that will make cracking the top 20 difficult. On the other hand, the Spartans have some solid performances in wins over Point Beach, Lawrence, Hopewell Valley and Montgomery, as well as a competitive loss to Jackson Memorial.
21. Point Pleasant Beach (11-5, 6-1)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Keansburg (2), Henry Hudson, Keyport
Division Losses: at Keyport
Non-Division Wins: at Pinelands, vs. Monmouth, at Brick, at Lacey, at Toms River South
Non-Division Losses: at Ocean, at Shore, at Brick Memorial, at Colts Neck
Before the Cutoff: at Henry Hudson, Point Boro
Why They’re Here: All of Point Beach’s losses are to teams in the tournament and also have wins over Monmouth and Lacey on top of a split with Keyport within Class B Central. With a rivalry game against Point Boro to close out the week, the Garnet Gulls have one more chance to make a great impression.
22. Lacey (10-7, 8-1)
Division Wins: Barnegat (2), Manchester (2), Pinelands (2), at Brick, at Central
Division Losses: Central
Non-Division Wins: vs. Monmouth, Brick Memorial, Point Boro, Toms River East, St. John Vianney, Point Beach
Non-Division Losses: at Southern, at Shore
Before the Cutoff: Brick, at Howell, at Toms River North
Why They’re Here: The head-to-head loss to Point Beach at home and a road loss to Shore leaves Lacey in the 20-plus range, but a win over Central last week should catch some eyes. The last chance to Lacey to climb will be a road showdown with Toms River North.
23. Donovan Catholic (7-7, 6-2)
Division Wins: Jackson Liberty (2), Lakewood (2), Monmouth, at Shore
Division Losses: Ocean (2)
Non-Division Wins: vs. Wall
Non-Division Losses: at Freehold Twp., vs. Freehold Twp., at Toms River North, Southern, at Central
Before the Cutoff: at Monmouth, Shore
Why They’re Here: Donovan Catholic will have to beat one of two Shore Conference Tournament teams in order to qualify and that should not be too tall of an order considering the Griffins already beat both Shore and Monmouth the first time through the division. Donovan Catholic’s schedule outside the division has been harder than any of the other C South teams, so that could give the Griffins a chance to ascend with two wins this week.
24. Monmouth (10-8, 6-3)
Division Wins: Jackson Liberty (2), Lakewood (2), at Ocean, Shore
Division Losses: at Donovan Catholic, Ocean, at Shore
Non-Division Wins: Freehold Boro, at Keyport, Pinelands, at Long Branch
Non-Division Losses: at Raritan, vs. Lacey, vs. Point Beach, at Steinert, Matawan
Before the Cutoff: Donovan Catholic, Brick
Why They’re Here: The Falcons spent a stretch without standout senior Ta’haj Wiggins and struggled without him, but they also have some losses with him on the court as well. None of the losses are to teams that failed to qualify for the SCT and a win over Keyport keeps Monmouth out of the bottom.
25. Keyport (12-3, 6-1)
Division Wins: Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2), at Asbury Park, Keyport
Division Losses: at Point Beach
Non-Division Wins: at Calvary Christian, vs. Timothy Christian, at Roselle Park, Lakewood, Pinelands, Academy for Urban Leadership
Non-Division Losses: Monmouth, at St. Rose
Before the Cutoff: Asbury Park, Toms River North
Why They’re Here: Keyport turned in a strong showing vs. Point Beach and has lost only three games, but with no non-divisional wins against a team in the field, the Red Raiders will be one of the last two or three seeds.
26. Asbury Park (5-5, 4-3)
Division Wins: Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2)
Division Losses: Point Beach (2), Keyport
Non-Division Wins: at Pinelands
Non-Division Losses: Brick, at Freehold Boro
Before the Cutoff: at Keyport
Why They’re Here: The Blue Bishops currently have one game scheduled for this week, which means they will have to beat Keyport to get into the tournament. If Asbury Park can get in, it will likely be the last seed because of losses to Freehold Boro and Brick.
Keansburg (5-7, 2-6)
Division Wins: Henry Hudson (2)
Division Losses: Asbury Park (2), Keyport (2), Point Beach (2)
Non-Division Wins: Koinonia, South Amboy, at Somerset Tech
Non-Division Losses: South River
Before the Cutoff: Academy Charter, at Lakewood
Chances to Qualify: Good. The Titans have two winnable games before the cutoff and the senior-laden team will be plenty motivated to seal the deal.
Marlboro (7-8, 3-4)
Division Wins: Howell (2), at Freehold Twp.
Division Losses: CBA (2), Manalapan (2)
Non-Division Wins: at Middletown South, vs. Central, Middletown North, Red Bank Catholic
Non-Division Losses: vs. Toms River East, vs. Brick Memorial, at Robbinsville, at Rumson-Fair Haven
Before the Cutoff: Freehold Twp., at Neptune
Chances to Qualify: Challenging. Barring the addition of another game, Marlboro will have to beat Freehold Township for a second time in order to earn a win-and-in game vs. Neptune.
St. John Vianney (10-11, 6-3)
Division Wins: Freehold Boro (2), Long Branch (2), Matawan (2)
Division Losses: Holmdel (2), Raritan
Non-Division Wins: vs. Toms River South, at Lacey, Pioneer Academy, Howell
Non-Division Losses: vs. Toms River East, vs. Central, at Red Bank Catholic, vs. St. Rose, at Point Boro, vs. Toms River North, Middletown South, vs. Newark East Side
Before the Cutoff: at Raritan, at Rumson-Fair Haven, New Dorp (Pa.)
Chances to Qualify: Difficult. Raritan has played close games all season long, so the Lancers should have a shot vs. the Rockets. Rumson is the toughest of the three games this week, but if St. John Vianney can steal a win in one of the first two games, the Lancers will be in position to qualify vs. New Dorp.
Holmdel (7-9, 5-4)
Division Wins: Freehold Boro (2), St. John Vianney (2), at Long Branch
Division Losses: Matawan (2), Raritan (2)
Non-Division Wins: vs. Hamilton West, vs. Old Bridge
Non-Division Losses: vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, vs. Ranney, at Freehold Twp., vs. Egg Harbor, Red Bank Catholic
Before the Cutoff: Long Branch, Jackson Memorial
Chances to Qualify: Tough, but fair. Holmdel will have to win both of its games this week, the first of which should be manageable enough given the Hornets already beat Long Branch. Should Holmdel come through in its first game, it will have a chance to qualify with a home game against Jackson Memorial, which would also give the Hornets a high-level win to carry them into the field.
Henry Hudson (9-10, 0-7)
Division Wins: None
Division Losses: Asbury Park (2), Keansburg (2), Keyport (2), at Point Beach
Non-Division Wins: University Charter, Thomas Edison Charter, vs. South Amboy, at Warren Tech, Piscataway Magnet, College Achieve Central, Academy Charter, at Lakewood, at Dunellen
Non-Division Losses: Brearley, vs. South River, Freehold Boro
Before the Cutoff: Point Beach, Academy for Urban Leadership
Chances to Qualify: Long. Henry Hudson will have knock off Point Beach in order to get in and the Admirals were fairly competitive the first time the two teams met. It would also mark the second win by Henry Hudson this year vs. a Shore Conference team after the Admirals got their first last week against Lakewood.
(26) Asbury Park at (7) Rumson-Fair Haven
(25) Keyport at (8) CBA
(24) Monmouth at (9) Freehold Twp.
(23) Donovan Catholic at (10) Colts Neck
(22) Lacey at (11) Ranney
(21) Point Beach at (12) Brick Memorial
(20) Ocean at (13) Point Boro
(19) Matawan at (14) Southern
(18) Shore at (15) Manalapan
(17) Central at (16) Red Bank Catholic
Round of 16
(17) Central/(16) RBC winner at (1) Manasquan
(18) Shore/(15) Manalapan winner at (2) St. Rose
(19) Matawan/(14) Southern winner at (3) Raritan
(20) Ocean/(13) Point Boro winner at (4) Middletown South
(21) Point Beach/(12) Brick Memorial winner at (5) Toms River North
(22) Lacey/(11) Ranney winner at (6) Jackson Memorial