WOBM Christmas Classic

At Pine Belt Arena


(3) Freehold Twp. 64, (6) Wall 35

Senior Steve Staklinski scored 16 points and the Patriots (5-0) raced out to an early 22-point lead to bury the Crimson Knights (3-2) and advance to the WOBM semifinals on Thursday.

Senior Ryan Zyskowski added 12 points, senior Bobby Weise poured in nine and sophomore Greg Billups scored eight for Freehold Township, which close the game on a 34-12 run after Wall had cut the deficit to 30-23 early in the third quarter. Weise also added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.

Sophomore Steve Geis led Wall with a game-high 17 points.

(2) Manasquan 51, (10) Red Bank Catholic 45

Senior Devin Jensen scored a game-high 18 points and the Warriors (4-1) turned away the Caseys (3-2) for the second time in the last eight days to advance to the WOBM semifinals Thursday against Freehold Township. Manasquan beat RBC 76-42 in a regular-season game on Dec. 20.

RBC trailed Manasquan 37-17 midway through the third quarter but pulled within six points in the final three minutes. Jensen helped stave off the comeback with eight points in the final quarter.

Sophomore Brad McCabe and senior Seamus Hogan each scored nine points in the win. Senior Mike Conley led RBC with 16 points, including 11 in the second half.

(5) St. Rose 56, (4) Marlboro 54

Junior Jared Scheininger drilled a tiebreaking three-pointer with 15 seconds left and the Purple Roses (4-1) survived a Marlboro rally to beat the Mustangs (4-1) and advance to the WOBM semifinals on Thursday.

Marlboro erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit with a 16-2 run, capped by a layup by sophomore Dylan Kaufman that tied the game at 51 with 35 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Scheininger missed a three-pointer, but got the ball back on the left wing and calmly drained a three that put St. Rose ahead, 54-51.

Junior John Crowley then stole the inbound pass and scored with 8.9 seconds left to stretch the lead to five. Marlboro senior Ryan LaRocca nailed a corner three with 2.6 seconds left to keep Marlboro's faint hopes alive, but the Roses held on after a desperation heave by Kaufman came up short.

Senior Brendan Hueth led St. Rose with 15 points and senior Billy Frost scored all 11 of his points in the second half. St. Rose took control of the game with a 17-0 run during the third quarter, sparked by three threes by Frost. Hueth also scored eight points in the third quarter.

Kaufman scored 11 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter and also hauled in nine rebounds. Junior Justin Marcus added 15 points and five rebounds and senior Dan Weiss had eight points and 11 rebounds.

(1) Toms River North 76, (9) Point Boro 36

Seniors Mike Nyisztor and Jaden Rhoden scored 17 points each and the Mariners (4-0) overwhelmed the Panthers (3-2) to advance to the WOBM semifinals against St. Rose on Thursday. Nyisztor also had 8 rebounds and three assists, while Rhoden pitched in seven rebounds, six assists and four blocks.

Junior Holden Petrick scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and senior Darrion Carrington added 11 points, five assists and five steals.

Junior Connor Costigan led Point Boro with 11 points.



(11) Toms River East 52, (14) Brick Memorial 46

Junior Ryan Allendar scored 14 points and junior Zyaire Dorn added 13 to help the Raiders (1-3) top the Mustangs (0-4) for their first win of the season. Senior Gianni Linfante led Brick Memorial with 14 points while junior Vinny Hernandez added 11 in the loss.

(7) Manchester 58, (15) Lacey 50

Senior L.J. Robinson scored a team-high 20 points and the Hawks (2-3) beat the Lions (1-4) for the second time this season, this time in a WOBM consolation game. Junior Jerry Ward added nine points and seniors Zion Murunga and Alex Lunn each chipped in eight in the win.

Sophomore Kevin O'Rourke led Lacey with a game-high 26 points while Geoff Fairclough added 12 in the loss.

At Toms River North Gym

(12) Toms River South 38, (13) Donovan Catholic 24

Senior Matt Shiffer scored 12 points to help lead the Indians (2-2) to a win over the Griffins (2-3) in a defensive struggle. Junior Jethro Moll led Donovan Catholic with eight points.

(8) Jackson Memorial 54, (16) Middletown South 48

Senior John Pitlak scored a career-high 24 points and the Jaguars (2-2) beat the Eagles (2-3) in a competitive consolation game. Senior Ryan Lucas added 11 points and senior Andrew Trent contributed 10 in the win.

Junior Nick Unrath led Middetown South with 18 points and junior Ryan Purcell pitched in 13 in defeat.


Albert E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic

At Red Bank


(3) Sayreville 54, (6) St. John Vianney 35

(2) Middletown North 58, (7) Shore 48

Sophomore Rob Higgins and junior Dave Campbell scored 18 points apiece and the Lions outscored the Blue Devils 19-8 in the final quarter to advance to the Buc Classic semifinals Wednesday against second-seeded Sayreville. Sophomore Chris Panduri led Shore with 16 points.

(4) Central 64, (5) Red Bank 53

Seniors Maks Gruszecki, Denis Corbin and Zion Hardy combined for 54 points and the unbeaten Golden Eagles (4-0) outlasted the host Bucs (2-2) to advance to the Buc Classic semifinals on Wednesday. Gruszecki scored 19 points to lead the team, Corbin poured in 18 and Hardy chipped in 17 in the win.

Senior Nasir Williams led Red Bank with a game-high 21 points, 19 of which came in the second half.

(1) Mater Dei 74, (8) Freehold Boro 30

Junior Kenny Jones scored 18 points to go with three assists and four steals and the Seraphs (3-0) coasted to a win over the Colonials (1-3) to advance to the Buc Classic semifinals Wednesday against Central.

Senior Elijah Barnes chipped in 16 points and five blocks against one of his former teams and will square off against his other former school, Central, on Wednesday. Junior Yasin Pretlow also poured in 14 points in the win.

Markee Gill and Joe Elias each scored eight points to lead Freehold Boro.


Neptune Holiday Jubilee

At Neptune


(3) Lakewood 54, (6) Long Branch 40

Junior Kevin Dent scored a game-high 17 points and the Piners (4-0) beat the Green Wave (1-3) to remain unbeaten. Senior Adi Palmer added 12 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and three blocks for Lakewood, while junior Dorian Vaughn knocked down three first-half three-pointers to account for his nine points. Senior Cameron Mader also chipped in eight points in the win.

Sophomore Marc Dennis led Long Branch with 10 points, while senior Cascius Briggs had nine and junior Tyree Morris poured in eight in the loss.

(7) St. Joseph Metuchen 42, (2) Ewing 35

(1) Seton Hall Prep 76, (8) Asbury Park 32

(4) Bloomfield Tech 47, (5) Neptune 46

Sophomore Dwayne Jones hit a go-ahead with four seconds left, but Kyle Beckford scored on a putback at the buzzer to give Bloomfield Tech (3-2) a thrilling win over the host Scarlet Fliers (1-3). Beckford finished with 13 points.

Jones finished with eight points, while junior Jared Kimbrough led Neptune with 11 points, six rebounds and four blocks.


Husky Holiday Classic

At Matawan


Union 69, Manalapan 53

Ocean 61, Tottenville (N.Y.) 48

Freshman Jack Miller scored a team-high 18 points and junior Andrew Seager added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists to help the Spartans (2-2) advance to the Husky semifinals on Wednesday. Senior Darius Brown also scored 14 points for Ocean, while Miller scored 14 of his points in the first half.

Matawan 58, Carteret 51

Juniors Mike Dunne and Zaire Jackson each scored 16 points and junior Reggie Tawiah added 15 points and five assists to help the Huskies (2-2) beat the Ramblers (4-1) and advance to the semifinals against Ocean. Dunne also added eight rebounds and four steals in the win.


Score at the Shore

At Southern


(1) Notre Dame 92, (9) Hammonton 44

(4) Mainland 46, (5) Howell 43

(2) Holy Spirit 60, (7) Southern 55 (OT)

Senior Mark Valeriani scored a career-high 30 points and the Rams (1-4) pushed the second-seeded Spartans into overtime before Holy Spirit pulled out the win. Juniors Jake DuBois and Thomas Foster each added 11 points in the loss.

(3) Montclair vs. (6) St. Joseph Hammonton, 3:15 p.m.


Bulldawg Classic

At Rumson-Fair Haven

Barnegat 56, Fort Hamilton (N.Y.) 37

Junior Carson Francisco scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the first half and the Bengals (3-1) held Fort Hamilton (7-5) to eight second-half points en route to the win. Junior Mike Revello added 14 points for Barnegat.


Butch Kowal Classic

At Rahway High School

A.L. Johnson 61, Holmdel 58

Senior Nick Harris scored 24 points and junior Tim Zhou poured in 17, but the Hornets (3-1) fell to the Crusaders (4-0).


Skyline Classic

At St. Anthony

CBA 51, Kennedy Catholic (N.Y.) 38

Sophomore Josh Cohen led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and the Colts (3-1) took down Kennedy Catholic in their first Skyline Classic game.


Admiral Holiday Tournament

At Henry Hudson

South Amboy 39, Henry Hudson 37

Senior Tom Fennell scored a game-high 20 points, but the Admirals (0-4) could not get past the Governors. Sophomore Jay Anthony added 11 points in the loss.

Keansburg 81, South River 76 (OT)

Junior Danny Vital scored 20 points and classmate Paul Eckleberry added 18 to lead the Titans (2-2) to an overtime win over the Rams. Junior Vaughn Fitzgerald chipped in 14 points for Keansburg, which will play South Amboy for the tournament title on Wednesday.


Monsignor Kelly Classic

At Immaculata

Point Beach 64, Irvington 51

Immaculata vs. St. Peter’s (Staten Island, N.Y.), 8 p.m.


Warrior Classic

At New Egypt

Pinelands 55, Steinert 47 (OT)

Senior Chris Burke scored a game-high 22 points and the Wildcats (1-5) beat the Spartans (0-4) for their first win of the season and the first win in the coaching career of first-year head coach Fred Johnson. Luke Wiatrowski added nine points for Pinelands, which will play in Thursday's championship game.

New Egypt 52, Raritan 44


Falcon Classic

At Monroe

Perth Amboy 55, Brick 44

Senior Noah Buono scored 15 points and sophomore Shane Williams added 11 points and seven assists, but the Green Dragons (3-2) came up short against the Panthers.

Monroe vs. Robbinsville, 6 p.m.


Roselle Park Tournament

At Roselle Park

Keyport 75, Hoboken Charter 54

Senior Brendan O'Brien scored 24 points and senior Cody Young poured in 21 to lead the Red Raiders (1-3) to their first win of the season. Keyport will play Roselle Park in Wednesday's championship game.


Battle at the Villages

At The Villages School, Fl.

Sickles (Fla.) 63, Ranney 53


KSA Holiday Tournament (Blue Bracket)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Orlando, Fla.

Colts Neck 62, Irvine (Ca.) 43

Junior Danny Gaines scored 17 points and senior Brendan Clarke added 16 to help the Cougars (3-1) top Irvine and advance to the KSA semifinals on Thursday. Junior Ben Bosland also scored 10 points in the win.


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