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Nick Facendo led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and the Freehold Township boys basketball team - ranked No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - held off Class A North rival Howell.

Jason Czajkowski and Kyle Czajkowski each added nine points for Freehold Township, while Aaron Trimble led Howell with 16 points. Will Kocsis also added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Freehold Township's Jason Czajowski drives to the basket during the Patriots' 53-45 win over Howell on Tuesday. (Photo by Larry Murphy, Sports Pix NJ)