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Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Quarterfinals

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River

(3) Toms River North 114, (6) Marlboro 85

Four Toms River North players scored 19 points or better, led by senior Najae Hallenbeck with 29 points and 17 rebounds, and the Mariners (23-3) exploded for triple-digits in a win over the Mustangs (19-6).

Three more Mariners handed out at least six assists, led by senior Jakari Spence, who dished out 15 to go with his 21 points. Senior Colin Baker added 24 points and six assists and sophomore Jaiden Fraser pitched in 19 points and six assists in the win.

Senior Alex Ratner led Marlboro with a game-high 35 points, while junior Aleksy Friedman added 15 and sophomore Jack Seidler netted 14 in the loss. Sophomore Jon Spatola also threw in 11 points for Marlboro.

Toms River North is headed to the SCT semifinals for the fourth time in six years and the first time since 2017.

(7) Red Bank Catholic 49, (15) Mater Dei Prep 45

Senior Kevin Bauman scored 17 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and hit two clinching free throws with 3.6 seconds left to send the Caseys (17-8) past the Seraphs (15-10) and into the SCT semifinals for just the second time ever and the first time since 1994.

Sophomore Cyril Arvanitis scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting from beyond the three-point arc, with four threes coming in the first half. Sophomore Alex Bauman chipped in 10 points and seven rebounds for RBC.

Senior Peter Gorman led Mater Dei with 16 points, including 10 during Mater Dei's second-half surge flipped a 14-point deficit to a one-point lead with a minute to go.

Gorman hit a corner three-pointer to tie the game at 43-43 with 1:25 left and after Kevin Bauman hit one of two foul shots to put RBC back ahead by one, senior Tahaj Parland hit a pull-up jumper with a minute left to give Mater Dei its first lead.

Kevin Bauman hit two free throws to help RBC regain the lead at 46-45 and the RBC defense help Mater Dei scoreless the rest of the way, including two Seraphs turnovers in the last 10 seconds.

RBC will play No. 3 Toms River North in Thursday's first SCT semifinal at RWJ Barnabas Health Arena.

(4) Holmdel 61, (5) Wall 48

Junior Alex Baker scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Hornets (20-3) past the Crimson Knights (20-6) and into the SCT semifinals for the first time since 1999.

Junior Ryan Bradley added 13 points and seven rebounds and senior Doug Chan pitched in 11 points to back up Baker in Holmdel's balanced attack. Senior Eric Hinds also scored eight points in the win.

Wall stormed out to an 11-1 lead before Holmdel responded with 14 straight to take a 15-11 game - one it would not give up the rest of the way.

Senior Quinn Calabrese, junior Pat Lacey and senior Mike Caputo each scored 11 points to lead Wall.

(1) Manasquan 59, (9) Ranney 43

Sophomore Ben Roy scored 17 points and the Warriors (25-1) handled the two-time defending champion Panthers (16-8) in a rematch of last year's championship game - Mansquan's 15th straight win.

Junior Jack Collins added 13 points, including a trio of three-pointers, senior Tim McEneny posted nine points, 12 rebounds and four assists and senior Kieran Flanagan chipped in eight points and four assists.

Flanagan also handled the bulk of the duties guarding Ranney sophomore Elijah Perkins, who led the Panthers with 10 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Junior Kyle Rhoden added nine points in the loss.

Manasquan advances to the SCT semifinals for the second straight year and third time in the last five years. The Warriors will take on No. 4 Holmdel Thursday in Toms River - a third meeting between the Class A Central rivals after Manasquan swept the regular-season series.

 

Semifinals

Thursday, Feb. 27

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River

(3) Toms River North vs. (7) Red Bank Catholic, 5 p.m.

(1) Manasquan vs. (4) Holmdel, 6:45 p.m.

 

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