NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey 2, Group III

(7) Colonia 59, (10) Matawan 48


Central Jersey Group III

(5) Long Branch 78, (12) Lawrence 41

Senior Anthony Velazquez poured in 27 points and the Green Wave routed the Cardinals to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 4 Lakewood. Velazquez knocked down five three-pointers in the win.

Sophomore Tyree Morris added 10 points and senior Jamar Foster chipped in nine for Long Branch.

(2) Pemberton 61, (15) Neptune 52

The Hornets close the game on a 9-0 run to break a 52-52 tie and survive a scare from the Scarlet Fliers.

(4) Lakewood 65, (13) Westampton Tech 42

Senior Ryzson Barnes scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead the Piners to a win over Westampton Tech. Junior Adiam Palmer added 15 points, four rebounds and five assists for Lakewood, which will host No. 5 Long Branch in Wednesday night's sectional quarterfinals.

(6) Moorestown 70, (11) Brick 56

(8) Ocean 65, (9) Red Bank 58

Senior Jake Talarico connected on six of his seven three-point attempts and finished with 18 points as the Spartans beat the Class B North rival Bucs to advance to the sectional quarterfinals to play top-seeded Ewing. The Blue Devils defeated Ocean in the first round in each of the past two NJSIAA Group III tournaments.

Senior Scott Bradley added 15 points and seven rebounds and senior Manny Padron pitched in 13 points and six assists. Senior Ru'Quan Dean also handed out eight assists for Ocean.

Senior Matt Reardon led Red Bank with a game-high 26 points while sophomore Devin Cooper tallied 14 of his 20 points in the second half before fouling out in the final two minutes. Senior and four-year starter Sadiq Palmer scored only three points, but hauled in 19 rebounds in his final varsity game.


Central Jersey Group I

(11) Keyport 63, (6) Piscataway Tech 56

(4) Point Beach 67, (13) Dunellen 37

Senior Alex Mrusek led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points and the Garnet Gulls cruised to a win over the Destroyers.

Senior Mike Rice added 12 points and senior Jimmy Panzini poured in 11 for Point Beach, which hosts No. 5 Perth Amboy Tech in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

(10) Henry Hudson 53, (7) South Amboy 47

Junior Tom Fennell hit five first-half three-pointers and finished with a career-high 17 points as the Admirals hung on to beat the Governors for their first NJSIAA Tournament win in more than a decade, according to coach Vinnie Whitehead.

Senior Anthony LaRue added 13 points and nine rebounds and senior Tom DeFillippo pitched in 10 points for Henry Hudson, which took an 18-point lead into the second half.

Henry Hudson will travel to play No. 2 South River in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday. The Admirals beat the Rams in December at the Keansburg Christmas Tournament to win the tournament title.

(1) Bound Brook 78, (16) Keansburg 25


South Jersey Group III

(2) Highland 72, (15) Toms River South 57

Junior Ryan Schwartz scored 16 points and senior R.J. Laing added 15 to help the Indians run with the Tartans into the final minutes of the game, but No. 2 Highland pulled away to advance to the sectional quarterfinals.

(3) Toms River East 60, (14) Hammonton 52

Senior Ryan West scored a team-high 19 points and the Raiders beat the Blue Devils to advance to the sectional quarterfinals.

Junior Phil Lingat added 15 points and senior Pat Saunders pitched in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Connor Robbins also poured in 11 points for Toms River East, while senior Bailey Engelhard cleaned up on the glass with 18 rebounds.

(5) Winslow 80, (12) Central 45

(4) Ocean City 71, (13) Pinelands 45

David Lunn scored 14 points and the Wildcats bowed out of the South Jersey III Playoffs against the Spartans with their seniors finishing as the all-time winningest class in program history.

Seniors Luke Stambaugh and Mike Suarez each added 11 points for Pinelands.