Seniors Mike Nyisztor and Jaden Rhoden have both sacrificed an opportunity to score more points in order to play with one another, but on Monday night, the two reached a scoring milestone together.

Rhoden and Nyisztor each joined the 1,000-point club Monday and the Mariners - the No. 5 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - stormed past Central Regional, 67-54, to clinch their third straight Shore Conference Class A South championship.

Rhoden finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead Toms River North and reached the milestone first. Nyisztor later joined him with a steal and a dunk in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 points.

Juniors Travis Holland and Holden Petrick also reached double-figures, with Holland netting 15 and Petrick pouring in 11.

Seniors Maks Gruszecki and Denis Corbin each scored 17 to lead Central.

Rhoden began his career at Central Regional and, like Nyisztor emerged as a standout sophomore in 2014-15. He averaged 10.2 points per game as a sophomore before transferring to Toms River North prior to his junior year. In his first year with the Mariners, Rhoden averaged 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds while earning Shore Sports Network Third-Team All-Shore honors.

This season, Rhoden has upped his average to 15.5 points and 9.9 rebounds and his 24 points on Monday now give him 1,009 for his career.

Nyisztor is a four-year varsity player for the Mariners and exited Monday's game with exactly 1,000 points. He averaged 12.2 points as a sophomore, put up 13.7 last year and is averaging an even 12 this year.

Senior teammate Darrion Carrington also recorded a milestone on Thursday when he handed out his 500th career assist.


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