Class A North

No. 3 Freehold Twp. 58, Howell 49

Senior Steve Staklinski scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Patriots (18-1, 11-1) to a win over the Rebels (5-13, 2-10). Senior Ryan Zyskowski also added 16 points and eight boards for Freehold Township, which can clinch the outright Class A North championship by beating Marlboro on Tuesday.

Junior Nasiem Brantley led Howell with 13 points and sophomore Matt Ganter added 11 in defeat.

No. 7 Marlboro 46, Freehold Boro 33

Senior P.J. Ringel scored 15 points and classmate Ryan LaRocca added 14 to help the Mustangs (13-4, 10-2) top the Colonials (2-17, 2-10) and remain in the hunt for the Class A North championship. Marlboro will host first-place Freehold Township on Tuesday and can pull even in the standings with a win.

Junior Ashante Worthy scored 15 points to lead Freehold Boro, which led 19-17 at halftime before Marlboro seized control with a 20-5 run over the length of the third quarter.

Colts Neck 49, No. 8 CBA 44

Junior Dan Gaines scored 18 points and the Cougars (10-7, 7-5) outlasted the Colts (12-6, 7-5) to sweep the season series against CBA. Junior Rob Hill added 11 points and senior Brendan Clarke chipped in 10 points and five assists for Colts Neck, which outscored CBA, 26-15 in the second half.

Senior Chris Lautato scored 11 points to lead CBA, which played nearly the entire game without sophomore guard and leading scorer Liam Kennedy. Kennedy left the game early in the second quarter with an injured ankle and did not return.

No. 6 Neptune 66, Manalapan 42

Junior Jared Kimbrough pumped in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help lead the Scarlet Fliers (12-6, 9-3) to a win over the Braves (2-15, 0-12). Junior Scott Fields also poured in 16 points for Neptune.

Junior Matan Zucker led Manalapan with 24 points and 12 rebounds.


Class A Central

No. 4 Rumson-Fair Haven 70, Holmdel 49

Senior Tyler Pierson filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two blocks and the Bulldogs (16-1, 10-0) beat the Hornets (7-8, 6-4) to clinch the Class A Central championship. Juniors Teddy Sourlis and Jack Solano each added 13 points for Rumson.

Junior center Elijah McAllister contributed eight points, six rebounds and three blocks in the first half, but left the game after injuring his left knee. McAllister, who tore the ACL in his right knee last April, did not return and the severity of his injury was unknown when the team left Holmdel High School.

McAllister is a highly-sought-after football recruit and led the Shore Conference in blocked shots as a sophomore last year. Thursday was his fourth game of the season after he missed the first 13 games while recovering from the torn ACL.

Senior Nick Harris led Holmdel with a game-high 18 points and junior Tim Zhou added 13 in the loss.

Matawan 51, St. John Vianney 40

Junior Mike Dunne scored 19 points to go with 11 rebounds and four assists as the Huskies (10-8, 6-5) beat the Lancers (7-11, 4-7). Junior Reggie Tawiah added 10 points and six rebounds for Matawan.

Senior Dan Dinneny led St. John Vianney with 12 points.


Class A South

No. 5 Toms River North 75, Brick Memorial 44

Senior Jaden Rhoden put up 20 points and 16 rebounds and classmate Darrion Carrington recorded his 500th career assist as the Mariners (19-1, 11-0) coasted to a win over the Mustangs (6-11, 4-7) - their 14th straight.

Carrington finished with nine assists in the game, while senior Mike Nyisztor poured in 16 points and junior Holden Petrick netted 14.

Toms River East 60, Southern 51

Junior Zyaire Dorn scored 20 points and the Raiders (5-11, 2-10) downed the Rams (5-14, 3-9) on a night in which Toms River East honored its lone senior, Phil Lingat.

A Shore Sports Network All-Shore selection a year ago, Lingat suffered a torn ACL in the summer and is expected to miss the entire season. Over his first three seasons, he racked up 899 points and averaged 21 points as a junior a year ago.

Junior Trevor Zabilowitz also aided a well-rounded Raiders attack with 12 points. JUnior Nick Silvia poured in 10, junior Nick Shortino netted nine and junior Jack Goodall chipped in eight in the win.

Senior Mark Valeriani led Southern with a game-high 25 points, while junior Jake DuBois added 12 in the loss.


Class B North

Monmouth 59, Long Branch 47

Senior Tyler Hawkins scored 15 points and the Falcons (4-14, 1-11) stunned the Green Wave (10-7, 7-5) for their first Class B North win of the season. Jalen Gates added nine points and Nick Cirlincione, Ian Fitzgerald and Myles Owens each pitched in nine for Monmouth.

Sophomore Marc Dennis led Long Branch with 12 points.

Red Bank Catholic 52, Ocean 41

Senior Terence Calandrillo scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half and the Caseys (12-6, 9-3) broke open the game in the fourth quarter to secure a win over the Spartans (11-7, 5-7). RBC outscored Ocean 19-7 in the final eight minutes.

Senior Mike Conley added 10 points for Red Bank Catholic and freshman Charlie Gordinier added nine in the win. Junior Andrew Seager led Ocean with 13 points, including 11 in the first half.

Manasquan 69, Wall 37

Senior Devin Jensen scored 16 points to lead headline a trio of scorers in double-figures as the Warriors (12-6, 9-3) bounced back from a 17-point loss to Middletown South by clobbering the Crimson Knights (8-9, 5-7).

Jensen pitched in four rebounds, four assists and three blocks, while senior Seamus Hogan added 15 points and five rebounds and sophomore Brad McCabe threw in 14 points and seven rebounds. Senior Brian Paturzo also filled up the box score with six points, seven assists and four steals.

Senior R.J. Janeczek led Wall with nine points.

Middletown North 79, Middletown South 53

Sophomore Rob Higgins erupted for a career-high 41 points and the Lions (11-7, 8-4) rolled to a win over the crosstown rival Eagles (6-13, 4-8). Higgins also had nine rebounds and five assists and his 41 points are the most in a single game by any Shore Conference player this season.

Senior Marc Cerbo added 12 points and five assists for Middletown North while junior Dave Campbell chipped in nine points and 12 rebounds in the win. Junior Ryan Purcell, meanwhile, led Middletown South with 18 points and junior Dave Gervase chipped in 15 in the loss.


Class B Central

No. 1 Ranney 91, Asbury Park 51

Sophomore Bryan Antoine scored 30 points and the Panthers (15-2, 11-1) rolled to a win over the Blue Bishops (3-15, 2-10). Antoine also had five rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Sophomore Scottie Lewis posted 17 points, 11 rebounds and three assists while classmate Ahmadu Sarnor pitched in 10 points, six assists and three steals. Sophomore Kyle Smith also chipped in with 11 points for Ranney.

Sophomore Alexx Harbour led Asbury Park with 19 points while junior Ja'King Agostini poured in 11 in the loss.



Brick 78, Keansburg 52

Sophomore Shane Williams poured in a career-high 35 points and the Green Dragons (12-5) turned back the Titans (7-9). Williams drilled four three-pointers, as did senior Noah Buono, who finished with 19 points for Brick.

Junior Danny Vital led Keansburg with 18 points and four assists, while juniors Paul Eckleberry and Vaughn Fitzgerald each chipped in 14 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Lacey 40, Raritan 34

Sophomore Kevin O'Rourke scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds to help lead the Lions (4-11) to a road win over the Rockets (6-12). Senior Geoff Fairclough added nine points for Lacey.

Senior Justin Black led Raritan with 10 points and sophomore Rob LaVilla added nine in defeat.


Hoops for Troops Showcase

At Roselle Catholic

Linden 61, Point Beach 40

Junior Jake Lorenzo scored a season-high 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, but the Garnet Gulls (12-7) could not match the top-ranked team in N.J. Junior Danny Frauenheim chipped in nine points for Point Beach.

Marcellus Livingston led Linden (14-2) with 17 points and Tavon Jones poured in 16 in the win.


Wednesday, Feb. 1

Class A Central

Red Bank 53, Shore 28

Senior Nasir Williams scored a game-high 22 points and the Bucs (7-9, 5-5) coasted to a win over the Blue Devils (4-13, 2-8). Sophomore Kyle Koob led Shore with 12 points.



Keyport 63, East Brunswick Tech 51

Seniors Brendan O'Brien and Christian Smith each scored 13 points to lead a balanced scoring effort that sparked the Red Raiders (5-14) to a win over East Brunswick Tech (2-16). Senior Jackson Aumack added 11 points, while seniors Cody Young and Kyle Johnson each chipped in eight for Keyport.


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