NEPTUNE TWP. - Twice in the span of a week, the Neptune boys basketball team could not muster enough offense in the second half to close out a win - once to Ocean at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase and later in a road loss to Christian Brothers Academy.

Saturday against Colts Neck - the No. 4 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - the Scarlet Fliers found the scoring touch in the second half and also played their typically stellar defense to get back into the Shore Conference Class A North division race.

Senior Scott Fields scored a team-high 17 points and Neptune stormed past the Cougars, 51-41, with a strong second half to cap a challenging stretch of four games in eight days.

Neptune senior Scott Fields scored 17 points in Saturday's win over Colts Neck. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

After trailing by two a the half, Neptune outscored Colts Neck, 28-18, in the second half, including 19-14 in the fourth quarter to close out the game.

Senior Jared Kimbrough added 12 points, six rebounds and two blocks while junior Dwaine Jones chipped in 11 points and six rebounds for Neptune, which went 2-2 since last Saturday with close losses to Ocean and CBA and wins over Manalapan and Colts Neck.

In the loss to Ocean, Neptune scored only 29 points, which wasted a defensive effort that held the Spartans to 37 points. Against CBA, Neptune took a 27-15 lead to the halftime locker room before the Colts rallied to tie the game by the end of the third quarter en route to a 43-42 CBA win.

Senior Dan Gaines led Colts Neck with a game-high 21, but was the only Cougar to reach double-figure scoring.