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WOBM Christmas Classic

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

Opening Round

(6) Marlboro 85, (11) Manchester 76

Senior Alex Ratner scored 28 points and sophomore Jack Seidler added 26 as the Mustangs (2-0) outlasted the Hawks (1-1), scoring 85 in each of their first two games.

Sophomore Aleksy Friedman chipped in 14 points and sophomore Alex Ratner added eight for Marlboro.

Manchester grabbed the lead with an 11-0 run to go up 39-31 late in the first half before Marlboro responding with an 18-2 run to go up 49-41 by early in the third.

Sophomore Wyatt Hasselbauer led Manchester with 28 points, half of which came in the fourth quarter. Senior Josh Hayes added 18 and sophomore D'Maari Brown netted 10 in the loss.

(3) Wall 59, (14) Toms River South 29

Junior Pat Lacey led a balanced Wall offense with 12 points and the Crimson Knights (2-0) cruised to a first-round win over the Indians (0-2).

Sophomore Colin Ackerman added eight points and junior Logan Peters, senior Brett Mohoney and junior Tom Palluzzi each added seven in the win.

Senior Jalen Folsom led Toms River South with eight points and senior Nickerson Jean-Louis netted seven in the loss.

Wall will take on Marlboro in the tournament quarterfinals on Friday.

(10) Donovan Catholic 61, (7) Freehold Twp. 56

Senior Matt Weeden worked around foul trouble to score a game-high 13 points and help lead the Griffins (2-0) to a first-round win over the Patriots (1-1). Weeden added six rebounds, two assists and two blocks.

Weeden scored seven points in the first quarter and senior Christian McElroy hit two three-pointers to stake Donovan Catholic to an 18-10 lead it would not relinquish.

Sophomore Dallas Weisse added 11 points and sophomore Amari Ayala-Petty chipped in eight in the win. Both were key in the second half, with Weisse scoring nine of his points and Petty scoring seven - including a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line to put the game on ice.

Junior Joe Lardaro led Freehold Township with 13 points and junior Zach Orrico added 12 in the loss.

(2) Toms River North 81, (15) Point Boro 46

Senior Najae Hallenbeck scored 22 points and classmate Jakari Spence dropped 21 to lead the Mariners (2-0) past the Panthers (1-1) and into the quarterfinals Friday against Donovan Catholic.

Senior Colin Baker added 14 points and junior Jake Kazanowsky pitched in eight for Toms River North.

Sophomore Matt Lee scored 16 points and senior Alex Drucquer added 15 to lead Point Boro.

(5) Red Bank Catholic 67, (12) Jackson Memorial 41

Senior Charlie Gordinier scored 15 of his game-high 23 point in the first half and the defending champion Caseys shook off a slow start to roll through the Jaguars and into the quarterfinal round.

Gordinier scored 12 points in the second quarter, capped by a go-ahead three-pointer with 3 seconds left that gave RBC the lead for good at 30-29.

Jackson Memorial led 27-20 around the three-minute mark before the Caseys outscored the Jaguars, 28-8, over the next 11 minutes. Another 16-0 run that started with the final basket of the third quarter put the game away.

Senior Kevin Bauman and sophomore brother Kevin Bauman each scored 11 points for RBC while senior Kevin Degnan added 10 in the win.

Senior Matt Mahala led Jackson Memorial with 14 points.

(4) Middletown South 71, (13) Lacey 44

Senior James Anderson scored 16 of his 22 points in the first half and the Eagles (2-0) soared past the Lions (0-2) and into the WOBM quarterfinals Friday against Red Bank Catholic.

Junior Luke Albrecht added 19 points and senior Mike Dabas scored 13 for Middletown South, which opened up the game with a 14-5 run to end the first half after Lacey had pulled within 21-17.

Senior Jordan Cohen led Lacey with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

(1) Manasquan 72, (16) Brick Memorial 39

Senior Alex Galvan scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half while Ben Roy and Kieran Flanagan added 17 apiece as the Warriors (2-0) cruised past the Mustangs (0-2) and into the WOBM quarterfinals.

Senior Brandon Thomas led Brick Memorial with 11 points.

(8) Toms River East 55, (9) Central 42

Senior Mike Goodall scored a game-high 27 points to go with eight rebounds and five assists and the Raiders (1-1) topped the Golden Eagles (1-1) to advance to a quarterfinal showdown against Manasquan in the WOBM Classic on Friday.

Senior Ryan Higgins added 11 points and senior Riley Engelhard chipped in six points, eight rebounds and five assists for Toms River East, which played without injured starter Ryan Goodall.

Senior Eugene Brown led Central with 22 points and senior Cody Blocker chipped in 13 in the loss. Central was also without a starter, as 6-5 sophomore Justin Soranno sat for the second straight game due to an ankle injury.

 

Non-Division

Shore 81, Henry Hudson 45

Junior John Smith scored 26 points and classmate Chris Kessler poured in 24 to pace the Blue Devils (1-1) to a win over the Admirals (0-2).

Lakewood 46, Freehold Boro 38

Senior Ryan Savoy scored 16 points and freshman Respect Tyleek added 13 to pace the Piners (1-1) to a road win over the Colonials (1-1).

Junior Ryan Neely led Freehold Boro with 14 points and junior Mike Sikaras added 11 in the loss.

 

Non-Conference

St. John Vianney 62, Sinai Christian 47

Junior Brian Stuart scored a game-high 22 points and the Lancers (2-0) pulled away with their second win in as many days.

Sophomore Nate Robinson chipped in 13 points while senior Alex Leiba posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Senior Jahmal Garraway also added eight points and five assists for St. John Vianney.

North Brunswick 58, Matawan 45

Senior Niles Haliburton scored 18 points but the Huskies (1-1) fell short against the Raiders (2-0) on the road. Senior Elijah McKenzie added 10 points and junior Andre Wells poured in nine for Matawan.

West Windsor-Plainsboro South 69, Red Bank 66

Senior Matt Weidman scored 18 points but the Bucs (0-2) lost a nip-and-tuck game on the road to the Pirates (2-0). Sophomore Patrick Murray added 14 points and senior Drew Valentino added 12 for Red Bank.

Lawrence Woodmere Academy 70, No. 2 Ranney 53

Sophomore Elijah Perkins scored 21 points but the defending T of C champions and their new-look lineup fell in their season opener. Sophomore Ryan Zan added 18 points and 12 rebounds for Ranney.

 

Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase

At Dunn Center, Elizabeth

Elizabeth 75, No. 8 Neptune 33

D.J. Watkins scored a game-high 17 points and Jayden Pierre added 16 to lead the Minutemen (1-0) to a rout of the Scarlet Fliers (0-2). Junior Sam Fagan led Neptune with 12 points to each team MVP honors.

 

Coaches vs. Cancer

At Cherokee High School

Southern 40, Washington Twp. 38

Junior Luke Infurna scored 16 points and the Rams (2-0) nipped the Minutemen (0-2) for their second straight win to open the season.

 

Friends of South Amboy Showcase

At South Amboy

St. Thomas Aquinas 98, Mater Dei Prep 65

Senior Sean Turner led three Mater Dei players in double-figures with 15 points but the Seraphs (1-1) could not keep up with the high-octane Trojans (1-1). Senior Pete Gorman added 14 points and junior Phil Urban pitched in 13 in the loss.

Senior Derrick Grant led St. Thomas Aquinas with 23 points with sophomore Jaquan Harris adding 18 in the win.