Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Opening Round

(6) Colts Neck 66, (27) Southern 47

Senior Dan Gaines scored 23 points and the Cougars (16-4) jumped on the Rams (11-12) early and never let up en route to an opening-round win. Colts Neck will host No. 11 Point Beach on Thursday in the round of 16.

Senior Rob Hill added 13 points and junior Andrew Abujawdeh chipped in 12 for Colts Neck, which jumped out to a 30-13 lead by the middle part of the second quarter.

Senior Jake DuBois led Southern with a game-high 27 points.

(24) Brick 42, (9) Matawan 31

Junior Shane William scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and the Green Dragons (14-6) led the Huskies (18-4) wire-to-wire to pull off the upset and advance to the SCT round of 16 for the first time in 10 years.

Brick jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the first quarter and never let Matawan's offense get in gear. The Green Dragons took an eight-point lead to the fourth quarter and nailed down the win by outscoring the Huskies, 11-8, over the final eight minutes.

Junior Jalen Jackson pitched in seven points and nine assists for Brick, which will travel to play Class A South rival Toms River North in the round of 16 on Thursday. Toms River North defeated Brick twice during the regular season - 55-45 at Brick and 74-44 in Toms River last Thursday night.

(8) Toms River North 70, (25) Raritan 44

Sophomore Najae Hallenback led four Toms River North players in double-figures with 15 points and the Mariners (20-3) handled the Rockets (11-10) despite playing without senior starters Travis Holland and Mark Mogarte, as well as sophomore reserve Colin Baker.

Hallenback also grabbed eight rebounds and handed out three assists. Senior Holden Petrick contributed 14 points, five rebounds and five assists, senior Nick Perna had 13 points, eight boards and three steals, and senior Eliot Daks logged a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Jakari Spence also helped out the Toms River North cause with eight assists to go with four points.

Tuesday's win also clinched Toms River North its fourth straight 20-win season, making them the second Shore Conference team to 20 wins this year.

Senior Zach Mojica and junior Tim Hayes each scored 16 points to lead Raritan.

(12) Red Bank Catholic 75, (21) Toms River East 56

Sophomore Kevin Bauman turned in a career-best 23 points and 11 rebounds while classmate Charlie Gordinier added 20 points, eight boards, three steals and three blocks as the Caseys (15-8) pulled away to beat the Raiders (12-10).

Toms River East took a 39-38 lead on Red Bank Catholic near the midway point of the third quarter, but the Caseys outscored the Raiders, 37-17 over the final 12 minutes to put the game away.

Sophomore Mike Goodall led Toms River East with 17 points and three steals, while senior Nick Shortino added 13 points and senior Nick Silvia chipped in 12.

(20) Holmdel 60, (13) Point Boro 47

Senior Connor LaMountain scored a game-high 20 points and the Hornets (11-8) took down the Panthers (14-6) on the road to advance to the round of 16 Thursday, when they will travel to play No. 4 Neptune.

Sophomore Derek Chan led a balanced supporting cast behind LaMountain with nine points, while seniors Tim Zhou and Sean Dolan chipped in eight points apiece for Holmdel.

Senior John Duda led Point Boro with 13 points and five rebounds. Senior Connor Costigan added nine points and senior Connor Stricland pitched in eight points and three assists in the loss.

(11) Point Beach 73, (22) Pinelands 57

Seniors Mohamed Traore, Trevor Covey and Danny Frauenheim combined for 65 points with at least 20 points each and the Garnet Gulls (15-7) pulled away to beat the Wildcats (13-9).

Traore led the way with 24 points, while Covey scored 21 to move within five of the 1,000-point plateau for his career. Fraunheim also poured in 20 points for Point Beach, which will travel to No. 6 Colts Neck in Thursday's round of 16.

Junior Andrew Schulz matched Traore with a game-high 24 points to lead Pinelands while classmate Anthony Diaz chipped in 19 in a losing cause.

(10) Marlboro 78, (23) Brick Memorial 57

Sophomore Alex Ratner scored a game-high 25 points and the host Mustangs (12-8) outscored the visiting Mustangs (11-12), 30-8, in the fourth quarter pull away and advance to the round of 16 Thursday at No. 7 Manasquan.

Senior Eddie Paladino continued his hot shooting with 17 points, marking his third straight game with 15 or more for Marlboro. He hit four of his five three-pointers during Marlboro's big third quarter, which wiped out a one-point Brick Memorial lead heading into the third.

Junior Dylan Kaufman netted 13 points and senior Brian Levine added nine, including five straight to open the fourth quarter.

Thursday's round-of-16 game will be a rematch of a regular-season game between the two teams on Jan. 20 in which Marlboro defeated Manasquan, 55-43, in Marlboro to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season.

Junior Nick Manso led Brick Memorial with a career-high 26 points, including four three-pointers. Senior Vin Hernandez also dropped 13 points in the loss.

(7) Manasquan 100, (26) Asbury Park 72

Junior Brad McCabe scored a game-high 29 points and the Warriors (18-4) raced past the Blue Bishops (10-11) and into the SCT round of 16.

Senior Ryan Flanagan also poured in 24 points and dished out five assists for Manasquan, which will look to avenge a regular-season loss to Marlboro when they host the Mustangs on Thursday.

The Warriors are looking to reach the SCT quarterfinals for the seventh straight year, which is the longest active streak.

(16) Barnegat 57, (17) Middletown South 47

Senior Carson Francisco scored a game-high 22 points and the Bengals (17-5) carried their winning streak into the postseason by beating the Eagles (12-11) and capturing the programs first ever Shore Conference Tournament victory in its first ever SCT home game.

Barnegat has now won nine straight games and 16 of 18 since opening the season 1-3. The Bengals will travel to play top-seeded Ranney Thursday at 6 p.m.

Barnegat also went 14-for-18 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice, with senior Mike Revello going 5-for-6. Revello finished with nine points and also buried a three-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer and send Barnegat into the locker room with a 27-20 lead.

Senior Ryan Purcell led Middletown South with 16 points, the only Eagles player to reach double-figure scoring.

(18) Ocean 42, (15) Lakewood 38

Sophomore Jack Miller scored a game-high 18 points and the Spartans (15-9) went on the road and beat the Piners (14-9) to advance to the round of 16 Thursday at No. 2 Mater Dei Prep.

Senior Andrew Seager added nine points for Ocean and is now just six points shy of 1,000 for his career heading into Thursday's game against the Seraphs. Senior Brian Laustsen also helped the cause with eight points.

Senior Kevin Dent scored 15 points to lead Lakewood, which will get another shot at Ocean in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III playoffs on Feb. 26, this time at Ocean High School.

(14) Middletown North 63, (19) Howell 53

Junior Rob Higgins pumped in 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead the Lions (11-10) to a win over the Rebels (10-10) in the opening round.

Higgins converted a three-point play that gave Middletown North the lead for good at 49-47, which was part of a 21-6 run to close out the final six minutes.

Senior Sky Cherry added 11 points and nine rebounds while senior Dave Campbell pitched in 10 points for Middletown North, which will travel to play No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven in Thursday's round of 16.

Senior Nasiem Brantley led Howell with 18 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, while senior Brandon Wilson added 14 points in the loss.


Regular Season


Central 54, Donovan Catholic 41

Manchester 57, Monmouth 35

Shore 71, Lacey 64



Manalapan 68, Dickinson 64