Class A North

Howell 63, Middletown North 58

Sophomore Brandon Wilson scored 10 of his team-high 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Rebels (3-0, 2-0) pull out a win over the Lions (1-1, 1-1), their third straight to open the season. Wilson converted a three-point play with 50 seconds left to stretch the lead to 61-55.

Senior Matt Morton scored eight of his 12 points in the first quarter and Steve Palumbo chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Alex Morton also scored all eight of his points and handed out three of his four assists in the second half. His driving layup gave Howell the lead for good, 56-54, with 2:21 left to play.

Senior Colin Frawley scored a game-high 25 points and shot 6-for-10 from behind the three-point arc. Junior Marc Cerbo added 13 points off the bench for the Lions, who shot 13-for-24 from the free-throw line as a team and just 5-for-13 in the second half.

No. 1 CBA 63, Freehold Boro 33

Senior Pat Andree scored 10 of his game-high 12 points in the first half and senior John Salcedo scored all 11 of his in the first half as the Colts (2-1, 2-0) cruised to a win over the Colonials (0-2, 0-2).

Seniors Jack Boyan and Nick Mugavero each added eight points and senior Sam Houston and sophomore Robert Mahala added seven each for a balanced CBA scoring attack.

Senior Jake Curry led Freehold Boro with nine points, while senior Chris Hannigan added eight.

Freehold Twp. 50, Marlboro 46 (OT)

Senior John Carroll scored 12 points to go with 16 boards and also converted a key three-point play during overtime to help the Patriots (2-1, 1-1) rally for a win over the Mustangs (2-1, 1-1) on the road.

Senior Nick Facendo also scored 12 points, 10 of which came on a 10-for-11 performance at the free-throw line. He poured in five of Freehold Township's nine overtime points and also hit the tying free throws in the final two minutes of regulation.

Junior Steve Staklinski also pitched in 10 points and nine rebounds for Freehold Township, which rallied from a four-point deficit heading to the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

Junior P.J. Ringel scored a game-high 20 points to lead Marlboro.

Manalapan 67, Middletown South 66

Sophomore Matan Zucker led four Manalapan players in double-figure scoring with 18 points and the Braves (1-1, 1-1) held off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Eagles (0-3, 0-2) to pick up their first win of the season.

Junior John Lugo scored 12 points, senior Anthony Schimbeno added 11 and junior Rocky Garretson poured in 10 for Manalapan, which took an 11-point lead into the fourth quarter before surrendering 26 points to Middletown South over the final eight minutes.

Senior Andrew Roesch led Middletown South with a game-high 22 points while junior Brian Higgins chipped in 10 in the loss.


Class A Central

Raritan 59, Holmdel 50

Senior Eddie Tynion scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds to help lead the Rockets (2-0, 2-0) to a win over the Hornets (1-1, 1-1).

Senior Joe Strand added 14 points and eight rebounds, while fellow senior Jordan Smith contributed seven points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Junior Nick Harris led a balanced Holmdel offense with 10 points, while senior Kevin Ziznewski chipped in nine.

No. 3 Manasquan 82, Monmouth 41

Senior Ryan Jensen scored 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds and senior Jack Sheehan put up 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists as the Warriors (3-0, 2-0) doubled up the Falcons (0-2, 0-2) to remain unbeaten.

Junior Devin Jensen added 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting from behind the three-point arc and also grabbed nine rebounds. Junior Tyler Hobbie also poured in 11 points in the win.

Senior Alonzo Finch led Monmouth with 10 points

St. John Vianney 63, No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 40

Senior Matt DeBrizzi scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and buried six three-pointers as the Lancers (2-0, 1-0) stormed out to an early lead and put away the Bulldogs (0-2, 0-2), who were without senior guard Brendan Barry for a second straight game due to a left hand injury.

Senior Marcque Ellington led the defensive effort with eight rebounds, five blocks and three steals to go with three points.

Sophomore Elijah McAllister led Rumson with 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.


Class B North

Long Branch 59, Matawan 45

Sophomore Tyree Morris scored 20 points to go with seven rebounds and five steals and senior Anthony Velazquez flirted with a triple-double to help the Green Wave (2-0, 2-0) beat the Huskies (1-1, 1-1) for their second straight win to open the season.

Velazquez scored 10 of his 17 points in the first half and also added nine rebounds and eight assists. Morris also knocked down four three-pointers for Long Branch.

Sophomore Michael Dunne led Matawan with 19 points and buried five threes. Sophomore Reggie Tawiah added 10 in the loss.

No. 7 Colts Neck 62, Ocean 31

Senior Lloyd Daniels scored a team-high 22 points and Tom O'Reilly added 12 as the Cougars (1-1, 1-1) outscored the Spartans (0-2, 0-2) 35-11 in the first half and never looked back.

Sophomore Andrew Seager led Ocean with 11 points.

No. 9 Neptune 40, Red Bank 37

Sophomore Jared Kimbrough led a balanced Neptune offense with seven points to go with eight rebounds and four blocks and the Scarlet Fliers (1-1, 1-1) outscored the Bucs (1-1, 1-1) 18-8 in the final quarter to pull out their first win of the season.

Senior Barry Brown shot just 1-for-14 but his one field goal was a game-tying transition layup as he was fouled. Brown hit the ensuing free throw to give the Scarlet Fliers the lead for good with 3:44 left.

Junior Tyreek Montgomery delivered a steal and basket to push the lead to 37-34 and Alex Harbor buried a three to stretch it to 40-34 with a little more than a minute to go.

Red Bank sophomore Devin Cooper hit a three to cut the Neptune lead in half with 12 seconds to go and after a missed front end of a one-and-one with just seconds remaining, senior Matt Reardon hit a 35-footer that would have tied the game, but he released the shot after the final buzzer sounded.

Senior Sadiq Palmer led Red Bank with 12 points.

Wall 47, Red Bank Catholic 40

Sophomore Steve Geis scored a team-high 17 points and the Crimson Knights (1-2, 1-1) outlasted the Caseys (2-1, 1-1) for their first win of the season. Junior Gene Scott added nine points for Wall.

Seniors Evan Madigan and Eddie Hahn combined to score 31 of Red Bank Catholic's 40 points, with Madigan pouring in a game-high 18 and Hahn chipping in 13.


Class B Central

No. 2 Mater Dei Prep 83, Henry Hudson 31

Senior Kyle Elliot scored a game-high 16 points and swiped six steals and the Seraphs (3-0, 2-0) cruised to a win over the Admirals (0-2, 0-2).

Junior Eddie Lewis poured in 15 points to go with three steals, senior Nyke McCombs and junior Elijah Barnes added 12 points each and senior Tom Hannafin chipped in 10. Barnes als added nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals.


Class B South

No. 4 Lakewood 60, Barnegat 38

Senior Sean Barksdale scored 23 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked six shots as the Piners (2-0, 2-0) outscored the Bengals (0-2, 0-2) 22-8 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win.

Junior Adiam Palmer added 17 points, four assists and four steals for Lakewood, which took the lead for good on a three-pointer by senior center Ryzson Barnes (nine points) in the second quarter.

Senior Nick Camarato scored 14 points to lead Barnegat, who lost sophomore point guard Mike Revello early in the fourth quarter due to a concussion, according to coach Mike Puorro. Barnegat trailed 38-30 heading into the fourth.



J.F. Kennedy-Iselin 37, Shore 32

Freshman Kyle Koob scored a game-high 12 points, but the Blue Devils (0-2) fell to the Mustangs in a non-divisional match-up.