Boys Basketball Friday NJSIAA Scoreboard, 3/3/17
Central Jersey Group IV
(1) Freehold Twp. 76, (5) Sayreville 66
Seniors Steven Staklinski, Ryan Zyskowski and Bobby Weise all played at the top of their game and the Patriots (25-2) beat the Bombers (22-8) to reach the Central Jersey Group IV championship game for the third straight year.
Staklinski led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Zyskowski pitched in 18 points and eight rebounds for Freehold Township. Weise complemented the two front-court players with 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the win.
Senior Ryan Cardone also chipped in five points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Patriots. Senior Ryan O'Leary scored 24 points to lead Sayreville, which cut a 50-30 deficit to nine points with an 11-0 run to close the third quarter.
Freehold Township limited Bombers 6-8 center Jahsim Floyd to six points and one rebound before the senior fouled out. Floyd made an impact on the defensive end with eight blocks.
Freehold Township will host No. 2 Hunterdon Central in the sectional final on Tuesday - a rematch of last year's sectional semifinals. The Patriots went on the road and beat the top-seeded Red Devils last year to reach the sectional final. Hunterdon Central routed No. 6 Old Bridge, 61-28, on Friday.
Central Jersey Group II
(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 70, (4) Manasquan 62 (OT)
Senior Tyler Pierson hit a game-tying three-pointer with 23 seconds left in regulation and junior Jack Solano scored 12 of his career-high 34 points in overtime to lead the Bulldogs (23-2) past the Warriors (18-11) in another classic game between the two Group II rivals from Monmouth County.
Manasquan led Rumson, 44-34 midway through the third quarter and after Rumson stormed in front in the fourth, the Warriors regained a 54-50 lead with a little more than two minutes to play.
Senior Brian Paturzo converted one of two free throws with 50 seconds left to put the Warriors ahead, 55-52, and Rumson took a timeout with 41 seconds left. The Bulldogs drew up a play to try to get Solano or junior Teddy Sourlis a potential game-tying look, but Manasquan denied both, leaving Pierson open on the left wing. The senior took his time and buried the game-tying three.
Manasquan senior Devin Jensen got off a 12-foot fadeaway from the right elbow, but the shot came up just short to end the fourth quarter.
After Paturzo and Solano traded baskets to open the overtime scoring, Paturzo canned a pair of free throws to give Manasquan a 59-57 lead in overtime, with Sourlis fouling out on the play with 11 points. Solano, however, answered with three-pointers on consecutive possessions and hit two free throws to cap a personal 8-0 run that put Rumson ahead, 65-59. The Bulldogs shot 7-for-8 from the foul line in overtime.
Pierson finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a pair of blocks for Rumson.
Paturzo led Manasquan with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Brad McCabe added 15 points off the bench and senior Tyler Hobbie poured in 10 points.
Jensen finished with 14 points, but did not score in the third or fourth quarter and scored one point in overtime.
Rumson will host Tuesday's Central Jersey Group II championship game against No. 3 A.L. Johnson and will look to win the program's first ever sectional title. The Bulldogs last appeared in a sectional final in 2014, when they lost at Matawan.
South Jersey Group IV
(1) Toms River North 63, (4) Cherokee 49
Senior Jaden Rhoden scored a game-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds and four assists and the Mariners (28-2) handled the Chiefs (21-7) to reach their first ever South Jersey Group IV final, which they will host Tuesday against No. 2 Shawnee.
Junior Travis Holland added 17 points and six rebounds for Toms River North and senior Mike Husni chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals off the bench in the win. Senior Darrion Carrington also contributed nine points and eight assists for Toms River North.
South Jersey Group II
(1) Camden 50, (4) Barnegat 30
Junior Mike Revello scored 16 points and the Bengals (18-11) hung with the Panthers (22-6) early on, but could not keep up before falling in their first ever sectional semifinal appearance. Barnegat played Camden to a 10-10 tie in the first quarter, but the Panthers built a nine-point lead by halftime and pushed it to 34-23 heading to the fourth.
Junior Myles Thompson scored a game-high 20 points to lead Camden, which will go for its fourth straight sectional title when the Panthers host No. 2 Haddonfield in the sectional final on Tuesday.
South Jersey Non-Public B
(1) Patrick School 61, (8) Mater Dei Prep 34
(4) Ranney 78, (12) Rutgers Prep 70
Ranney's "big three" combined for 65 of the team's 78 points and the Panthers (22-4) outlasted the Argonauts (15-11) for the second time this season to advance to the sectional semifinals for the first time in program history.
Sophomore Bryan Antoine led Ranney with 25 points and five rebounds, sophomore Scottie Lewis posted 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and sophomore Ahmadu Sarnor pitched in 18 points and eight rebounds for Ranney. Sophomore Alex Klatsky also poured in eight points for Ranney, which trailed, 58-57, heading into the fourth quarter.
Ranney will travel north to play top-seeded Patrick School - the No. 1 team in the state - in Monday's sectional semifinal.