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Friday, Dec. 20

Class A North

Freehold Twp. 59, Howell 49

Junior Joe Lardaro scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring effort that helped the Patriots pull away with a win over the Rebels to open their first ever season as a defending NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV sectional champion.

Sophomore Bobby O'Brien and junior Anthony Barthel each added 10 points for Freehold Township.

Senior Cooper Vogel and sophomore Abdul Al-Shrouf each scored nine points to lead Howell.

Freehold Boro 52, Long Branch 35

Sophomore Tyler Ochojski scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards to help lead the Colonials to a convincing opening-night win over the Green Wave. Senior Bekim Krkuti added 12 points for Freehold Boro.

No. 10 Marlboro 85, No. 5 CBA 70

Sophomore Jack Seidler scored a game-high 27 points and senior Alex Ratner added 23 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Mustangs routed the Colts at CBA.

Seidler scored 18 of his points and Ratner 13 in the first half to help the Mustangs out to a seven-point lead, 44-37. CBA tied the game at 47-47 with a 10-0 run but Marlboro responded with a quick 6-0 run and later rattled off a 15-2 run to extend the lead to 74-55 by the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Jonathan Spatola added 12 points, four assists and four steals, with all 12 of his points coming in the second half.

Junior Colin Farrell led CBA with 16 points while junior Ryan Cremen added 15 and sophomore Ryan Mabrey scored 14 in the loss.


Class A Central

No. 7 Holmdel 52, St. Rose 33

Senior Eric Hinds led a balanced effort with 12 points and the Hornets pulled away to beat the Purple Roses for a win on opening night.

Senior Doug Chan added 10 points and senior Derek Chan and junior Ryan Bradley each added eight for Holmdel.

Senior John Beattie led St. Rose with a game-high 15 points and senior Kevin Tombs netted eight in the loss.

No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 75, Shore 48

Senior Charlie Gordinier scored 12 of his 22 points in the first quarter, including the 1,000th point of his high school career, and the Caseys cruised to an opening-night win over the Blue Devils.

Gordinier crossed the threshold of the 1,000-point club with his fourth three-pointer of the first quarter and finished the game at 1,012 points for his career.

Sophomore Cyril Arvanitis chipped in 14 points and senior Kevin Bauman added 13 for Red Bank Catholic.

Senior Sam Martucci and junior John Smith each scored 11 points to lead Shore.

Rumson-Fair Haven 88, Monmouth 46

Sophomore Geoff Schroeder put up 13 points, six rebounds and eight assists to help lead the Bulldogs to an opening-night blowout win over the Falcons. Senior Jack Carroll chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds for Rumson.

Junior A.J. Po led Monmouth with a game-high 14 points.


Class A South

Central 52, Brick Memorial 20

Senior Eugene Brown scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles to a dominant performance on opening night against the Mustangs.

Senior Cody Blocker contributed 13 points and five assists, junior Jeremy Bruner scored 10 points and junior I-Meer Johnson posted seven points and 15 rebounds for Central, which played without standout sophomore big man, Justin Soranno (ankle).

Jackson Memorial 39, Brick 37

Senior Ryan Mahala hit two go-ahead free throws in the final seconds and the Jaguars escaped Brick with an opening-night win over the Green Dragons.

Mahala finished with eight points while senior Matt Mahala led the way with 14. Senior Nick Colon also chipped in 11 points for Jackson Memorial.

Senior Anthony Maniscalco led Brick with a game-high 18 points.


Class B North

Ocean 62, Colts Neck 38

Senior Jack Miller led a balanced Ocean effort with 15 points and the Spartans coasted to a win over the Cougars on opening night.

Senior Sam Meeks added 12 points, junior Evan Peters scored eight and senior Cole Kelly notched seven points and 10 rebounds in the win.

St. John Vianney 52, Middletown North 43

Junior Brian Stuart poured in 18 points and pulled down six boards to help the Lancers battle past the Lions for an opening-night win. Sophomore Nate Williams added 11 points and senior Alex Leiba contributed eight points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.

Stuart scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to break a 34-34 deadlock and senior Kevin Greene hit a deep three-pointer to break a 42-42 tie and give St. John Vianney the lead for good.

Sophomore Matt Kenny led Middletown North with a game-high 22 points.


Class B Central

Point Beach 56, Keansburg 43

Senior Jake Clark scored 15 points as the Garnet Gulls beat the Titans to win their opener and match their win total from the entire nightmare 1-21 season of 2018-19.

Junior Joe Coakley added 11 points and sophomore Andrew Laumbach added 10 for Point Beach.

Junior Davon Jackson led Keansburg with a game-high 16 points.

Keyport 63, Asbury Park 49

Sophomore D.J. Thomson poured in 30 points to lead the Red Raiders to a big road win over the Blue Bishops to open the season. Senior John Lachky added eight points for Keyport.

Senior Eryck Brown led Asbury Park with 16 points while junior Najer Massie added nine in defeat.


Class B South

Barnegat 56, Lakewood 50

Junior Jaxon Baker nailed a game-tying three-pointer as time expired in the fourth quarter and the Bengals pulled out an overtime win over the Piners to open their season in dramatic fashion.

Baker finished with a game-high 16 points, scoring the his clutch basket off a out-of-bounds play underneath the basket with four seconds left on the clock and senior Brendan Revello inbounding it to him.

Senior Isaiah Gerena - a transfer from Holy Spirit - hit a three-pointer to open up the overtime scoring and the Bengals rolled from there. Gerena finished with 11 points and defended Lakewood leading scorer Ryan Savoy, holding him to 13 points.

Senior Nick Revello scored 10 points and junior Jared Krey added nine for Barnegat.

Savoy and fellow senior Sean Antoine each scored 13 to lead Lakewood while senior T.J. Paturzo and freshman Samir Padilla each added 11.

Point Boro 55, Jackson Liberty 46

Sophomore Matt Lee netted a game-high 15 points and the Panthers topped the defending B South champion Lions to open the new season with a win.

Senior Alex Drucquer added 13 points while senior A.J. Hernandez added eight for Point Boro.

Sophomore Phanique Dupree led Jackson Liberty with 12 points and senior Manny Clay pitched in 11 in the loss.

Donovan Catholic 36, Pinelands 27

Senior Neithan Ramos and sophomore Dallas Weisse scored eight points each and the Griffins won a defensive struggle against the Wildcats to open their season with a win.



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