Boys Basketball Thursday Opening Night Scoreboard, 12/19/19
Class A North
No. 3 Middletown South 70, Manalapan 51
Senior James Anderson scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half and the Eagles coasted past the Braves to open their season with a win.
Senior Bobby Pirie chipped in 16 points and 10 rebounds while classmate Mike Dabas went for 16 and nine for Middletown South.
Senior Jason Junquet led Manalapan with 15 points, senior Ryan Knorr added 13 and sophomore Gabe Blackwell posted 10.
Class A Central
No. 1 Manasquan 65, Raritan 30
Sophomore Ben Roy buried a game-high 18 points and picked three steals to highlight a win for the No. 1 Warriors over the Rockets on opening night.
Senior Alex Galvan pitched in 14 points and 10 rebounds for Manasquan, while junior Casey Mulligan and senior Kieran Flanagan each added eight points. Mulligan also came up with three steals while Flanagan handed out five assists
Class A South
Southern 51, Toms River South 44
Junior Jay Silva scored 15 points to lead four Southern players with at least nine points and also grabbed 11 rebounds as the Rams fought off the Indians to open their season with a win.
Senior Ben Ridgway added 14 points and junior Luke Infurna chipped in 12 points and five assists for Southern. Senior Will Devane also contributed nine points and five boards in the win.
Seniors Jalen Folsom and Phil Fried led Toms River South with 11 points each while senior Nick Luongo netted 10 in defeat.
No. 4 Toms River North 64, Toms River East 52
Senior Jakari Pence went off for 33 points on opening night and the Mariners handled the Raiders for their 61st consecutive win in Class A South divisional play.
Spence scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to help close out the win and shot 5-for-10 from behind the three-point arc for the game.
Senior Najae Hallenbeck shook off first-half foul trouble to score 15 points and grab seven rebounds, while senior Colin Baker posted seven points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Toms River North.
Senior Mike Goodall led Toms River East with 21 points and four steal while dealing with cramps at several points during the game. Senior Ryan Goodall also battled a nagging leg injury and finished with eight points, while senior Riley Engelhard pitched in eight points, 10 rebounds and four assists.
Class B North
No. 6 Wall 67, Red Bank 40
Senior Quinn Calabrese scored 20 points and the Crimson Knights cruised to an opening-night win over the Bucs.
Sophomore Colin Ackerman added 13 points and senior Nick De La Cruz pumped in 12 to aid the Wall cause.
Senior Drew Valentino led Red Bank with 10 points.
Matawan 52, No. 8 Neptune 39
Senior Zaire Williams scored 14 points behind four first-half three-pointers and the Huskies stifled the Scarlet Fliers in the first half before holding on for the win.
Williams shot 4-for-4 from behind the arc in the first half and scored all of his points before halftime to lead Matawan into the locker room with a commanding 28-5 lead.
Neptune fell behind by as many as 27 but rallied to cut the Huskies lead to four with just under two minutes to play.
Seniors Niles Haliburton and Ethan Okello each added 13 points for Matawan, while senior Azmere Wilson led the Scarlet Fliers with 13. Haliburton also distributed six assists.
Junior Sam Fagan returned to the high-school court with nine points in his first game since suffering a season-ending leg injury last December.
Class B Central
Mater Dei Prep 74, Henry Hudson 27
Seniors Pete Gorman and Sean Turner each scored 14 points as the Seraphs pounded the Admirals to open their season with a win.
Junior Phil Urban scored 12 points, junior Daryen Cabrera netted nine and senior Vernon Morris chipped in eight for Mater Dei, which led 41-6 at halftime.
Senior Grady Hendrickson led Henry Hudson with 10 points.
Class B South
Manchester 66, Lacey 58
Sophomore Savon Meyers logged 19 points, seven rebounds and four steals to lead the Hawks to an opening-night road win over the Lions.
Sophomore D'Maari Brown and senior Josh Hayes each chipped in 14 points for Manchester, with Brown also handing out five assists and hitting four three-pointers.
Senior Jordan Cohen led Lacey with 20 points and nine rebounds while freshman Carson Howard debuted with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Kalvin Kuhn poured in 10 points and junior Jacob Bowles added nine points and 11 rebounds in the loss.