NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(5) Sayreville 61, (4) Marlboro 52

Senior P.J. Ringel scored a game-high 20 points in what turned out to be his final game as the Bombers (22-7) wore down the Mustangs (18-7) in the second half to end one of the best seasons in Marlboro boys basketball history.

Ringel also had seven rebounds and four steals, while sophomore Dylan Kaufman scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half, during which Marlboro outscored Sayreville 28-24. Senior Dan Weiss also poured in 10 points in his final game.

Senior Jason DeMild led Sayreville with 17 points and 6-8 center Jahsim Floyd scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half while adding nine rebounds and seven blocks.

Wednesday's loss ends an 18-win season for the Mustangs, who reached the Shore Conference Tournament championship game for the first time in school history. Prior to this season, Marlboro had never even reached the quarterfinals.

Sayreville will play at top-seeded Freehold Township in the sectional final on Friday.

(2) Hunterdon Central 70, (7) Middletown North 41

Sophomore Rob Higgins scored 18 points and the Lions (16-11) hung with Hunterdon Central for a half, but the Red Devils (24-3) slammed Middletown North with a 22-6 run during the third to advance to the sectional semifinals Friday against No. 6 Old Bridge.

(1) Freehold Twp. 47, (9) Trenton 44

Senior Steve Stakinski scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds to help the Patriots (24-2) hold off the Tornadoes (14-13) and advance to the sectional semifinals for the third straight season.

Senior Ryan Zyskowski added eight points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Freehold Township. Senior guard Bobby Weise also pitched in nine points, four rebounds and six assists while sophomore Greg Billups contributed seven points, 11 rebounds and four assists in the win.

Freehold Township will host No. 5 Sayreville Friday as the Patriots look to reach the sectional final for a third straight year.


Central Jersey Group II

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 52, (9) Delran 33

Junior Teddy Sourlis scored a game-high 21 points and the Bulldogs (22-2) pulled away to beat the Bears (17-11) and earn a semifinal showdown against No. 4 Manasquan on Friday.

Friday's sectional final will mark the third time the two teams have met in a postseason tournament game over the last two seasons, with Manasquan beating Rumson in both the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Tournaments last year. The Bulldogs beat the Warriors, 65-64, during the regular season on Feb. 4.

(4) Manasquan 67, (5) North Plainfield 49

Senior Devin Jensen scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and also added 12 rebounds and five assists to lead the Warriors (18-10) past the Canucks (18-7) for their third straight trip to the Central Group II semifinals. Manasquan will travel to play top-seeded Rumson Friday for a chance to reach its third straight sectional final.

Sophomore Brad McCabe added 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while senior Brian Paturzo pitched in 12 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for Manasquan.


South Jersey Group IV

(1) Toms River North 76, (8) Millville 55

Senior Jaden Rhoden scored 24 points to go with eight rebounds and the Mariners (27-2) exacting a small dose of revenge against the Thunderbolts (20-7) while advancing to the sectional semifinals.

Millville denied Toms River North's football team a perfect season by beating the Mariners - who had basketball players Darrion Carrington and Mike Husni as prominent cogs on the offensive side of the ball - in the South Jersey Group V final.

Carrington did his part on Wednesday by racking up 13 points and seven assists. Senior Mike Nyisztor also threw in 15 points for Toms River North, which will host No. 4 Cherokee on Friday night.


South Jersey Group II

(4) Barnegat 50, (12) Lower Cape May 43

Junior Mike Revello scored 11 of his team-high 16 points in the second half and the Bengals (18-10) turned up the defensive intensity in the second half to beat the Tigers (18-10) and earn the program's first ever sectional semifinal appearance while also setting a single-season program record for wins.

Junior Carson Francisco added 14 points and sophomore Sean Morris poured in 11 for Barnegat, which held Lower Cape May to six points in the second quarter, seven in the third and five for the first five-plus minutes of the fourth.

Barnegat will travel to play top-seeded and three-time defending sectional champion Camden in the semifinals on Friday.


Opening Round

South Jersey Non-Public B

(8) Mater Dei Prep 79, (9) Gloucester Catholic 53

Junior Kyle Cardaci scored 23 points on five three-pointers and classmate Kenny Jones piled up 20 points and 12 assists as the Seraphs (25-3) shook loose of the Rams (16-11) during the second quarter en route to a first-round win.

Junior Yasin Pretlow pitched in 11 points and five assists while senior Elijah Mitchell also contributed eight points, six rebounds and six assists. Mater Dei and Gloucester Catholic were tied at 19 after one quarter, but the Seraphs won the second quarter, 19-8, to open up a double-digit halftime lead.

Senior Elijah Barnes left the game in the first half with an injury to his right arm and was diagnosed with a radial fracture, according to his father. He will miss the rest of the season and will be out of action for six weeks.

Mater Dei will travel to play top-seeded Patrick School - the No. 1 team in N.J. - in Friday's sectional quarterfinals. The Celtics defeated, Mater Dei, 65-42, at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Classic on Feb. 7.

(4) Ranney 98, (13) Timothy Christian 57

Bryan Antoine scored 24 points to go with four steals and the Panthers (21-4) coasted to a win over the Tigers (17-10) to move on to the sectional quarterfinals Friday against No. 12 Rutgers Prep.

Sophomore Ahmadu Sarnor added 22 points and seven steals and sophomore Scottie Lewis posted 19 points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Ranney.

Sophomore Chris Autino also put up nine points and eight rebounds while classmate Alex Klatsky contributed eight points and four assists in the win.

Ranney defeated Rutgers Prep, 90-83, in overtime at Ranney on Jan. 6 after rallying from a 12-point deficit in the second half. The Argonauts shot 19-for-30 from three-point range as a team in that game.

(3) St. Mary Elizabeth 73, (14) St. Rose 52

Junior John Crowley scored 14 points and St. Rose was within eight points of the No. 7 team in N.J. heading into the fourth quarter, but the Hilltoppers (19-6) pulled away to beat the Purple Roses (15-12) behind a fourth-quarter surge.

Senior Brendan Hueth added 12 points, juniors Dave Calloway and Sean Culley each scored nine and senior Nick Paterno finished with eight in the loss.

Sophomore Deshawn Latham led St. Mary's with a game-high 17 points.


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