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Manalapan 53, Freehold Boro 45 - Watch

Senior Chris Frontera buried five three-pointers and scored a game-high 21 points as the Braves (1-2) used a big second quarter to top the Colonials (4-3) for their first win of 2021.

Senior Tanner Szatkowski added nine points and junior Mike Bimonte pitched in eight for Manalapan, which outscored Freehold, 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 26-20 halftime lead.

Senior Mike Sikaras scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Freehold Boro, while senior Ryan Neely poured in 15 points in defeat. Junior Tyler Ochojski also added 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists for the Colonials.

Howell 53, Brick Memorial 38 - Watch

Junior Zach Emery scored 23 points and the Rebels (5-1) beat the Mustangs (4-2) to complete a sweep of the series for the week.

Junior Dylan McVeigh added 10 points and four steals, while sophomore Josh Michigan led Brick Memorial with nine points.

Toms River North 51, Lacey 48 (OT) - Watch

Senior Brandon Bowen led a balanced effort with 13 points and 12 rebounds and the Mariners (4-2) outlasted the Lions (0-2) in overtime. Senior Ethan Paul added 10 points for Toms River North.

Senior Zac Browne delivered a pair of big baskets - one to tie the game in the final minute of regulation and a go-ahead score in overtime that put Toms River North in the lead to stay.

Sophomore Chris Veturoso led Lacey with a game-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds while sophomore Carson Howard posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in the loss. Troy Buxton also scored 10 points to make it a trio of sophomores in double-figures for Lacey.

Middletown South 60, Freehold Twp. 47 - Watch Live

Senior Luke Albrecht poured in 18 points and the Eagles (1-4) snapped a four-game losing streak to open the season and also gave first-year coach Jimmy Cranwell his first career win by steamrolling the Patriots (2-2).

Albrecht hit four of Middletown South's nine three-pointers to help the Eagles snap out of a shooting funk that tied them down during the 0-4 start. Junior Tommy Schork scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half while senior Tom Brown added nine points and sophomore Dylan Csik and senior Joe Stanzione threw in eight points apiece in the win.

Sophomore Jayden Holmes-Cotter led Freehold Township with eight points.

Point Boro 51, Pinelands 36 - Watch Live ($)

Junior Kai Messeroll scored a game-high 19 points and plucked four steals to help the Panthers (1-2) salvage a split with the Wildcats (2-5) for their first win of the season.

Junior Matt Lee scored nine of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help close it out and junior Jeff Gullifoyle poured in eight points in the win.

Senior Josh Kline and sophomore Matt Cyphert each scored eight points to lead Pinelands.

 

Non-Division

No. 2 Ranney 68, No. 3 Marlboro 62 - Watch

Sophomore Isaac Hester scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds and the Panthers (6-0) overcame the Marlboro press and a rough game from the free-throw line to take down the Mustangs (2-2) for their sixth straight win to open the season.

Marlboro cut a 16-point late-third-quarter deficit to three at 61-58 with 2:30 to go, with junior Jon Spatola hitting four straight free throws - two of which were the result of a technical foul - and then a fadeaway jumper to cap a six-point possession.

Ranney junior Ryan Zan countered by scoring his team's next six points as the Panthers protected the ball over the final 2:30 to seal the game. Ranney committed only two turnovers in the final five minutes of the game, which helped overcome a 5-for-23 performance from the free-throw line.

Zan finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, junior Elijah Perkins poured in 15 points to go with three assists and senior Kyle Rhoden put up nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the win.

Junior Jack Seidler led all scorers with 26 points, including 17 in the second half, while Spatola poured in 19 in the loss.

Raritan 54, Brick 39

Sophomore Jack O'Leary scored a game-high 14 points and classmate Lucas LaVilla added 13 to lead the Rockets (3-4) past the Green Dragons (0-3).

Sophomore Matt Agar added nine points for Raritan, while senior Ryan Duffy and junior Jack Dougard also scored nine apiece to lead Brick.

Colts Neck 44, Jackson Liberty 43 - Watch

Senior Richie Lee was fouled on a three-point attempt as time expired and buried the first free-throw attempt to give the Cougars a win over the Lions at the buzzer.

Jackson Liberty overcame a four-point lead in the final minute, with junior Phanique Dupree scoring on a putback off a Colts Neck turnover, then hitting one of two free throws with 10 seconds left. Colts Neck failed to corral the rebound on Dupree's miss and Emunuga then rebounded a missed jumper by Dupree, drawing the foul on his way back up. Emunuga hit the second of his two attempts to tie the game at 43-43.

Matawan 60, Long Branch 49 - Watch

Senior Andre Wells threw up 27 points, six rebounds and eight assists to carry the Huskies (4-3) to a win over the Green Wave (0-4). Senior Ian Richardson added 12 points for Matawan.

Junior Chris Rodriguez led Long Branch with 18 points and senior Mehki Priester added 12 on four three-pointers.

Ocean 62, Monmouth 52 - Watch

Senior Jamal Cetoute scored 19 points and hauled in six rebounds to lead the Spartans (2-4) to a win over the Falcons (0-2), earning them a split with Monmouth in two games this week.

Seniors Evan Peters and Matt Shaw each pitched in 14 points for Ocean.

Senior A.J. Po scored a game-high 20 point to lead Monmouth.

No. 8 Rumson-Fair Haven 51, Barnegat 30 - Watch

Junior Scott Gyimesi overpowered the Bengals (4-1) with 25 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks as the Bulldogs (2-0) returned to the court for their first game in 16 days to hand Barnegat its first loss.

Senior Jackson Patton added eight points for Rumson, which played without junior Geoff Schroeder. Senior Tyler Quinn also scored eight points to lead Barnegat.

 

Non-Conference

Henry Hudson 53, South Amboy 49 - Watch Live

Junior Demitrius Harvey scored 19 point and the Admirals (1-2) edged the Governors (0-7) for their first win of the season and the first win for first-year head coach Brian Kelly.

Senior Trevor Hendrickson added 15 points for Henry Hudson, which overcame a 28-point night by South Amboy Brandon Gasiewski.

 

Postponements and Cancellations

Donovan Catholic at Southern – PPD, TBA

St. Rose at Neptune – Canceled

Non-Division

No. 7 Holmdel at No. 5 Red Bank Catholic – PPD, Feb. 27, 1 p.m., at Holmdel