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WOBM Christmas Classic

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

Championships

Steve Gepp Bracket

(13) Toms River South 63, (10) Donovan Catholic 57

Senior Jordan Jones scored 22 points in 27 minutes and senior Rob Peirson capped off his WOBM Classic Gepp Bracket MVP performance with 20 points and eight rebounds as the Indians held off the Griffins to capture their first title at the WOBM Classic since 1991.

Toms River South raced out to a 33-17 lead midway through the second quarter, but Donovan Catholic cut the deficit to 34-26 by halftime by taking advantage of foul trouble that landed three starters -- including Jones -- on the bench for the final two-plus minutes of the second quarter.

Donovan Catholic tied the game on several occasions in the second half, including 50-50 on a drive by junior Ryan Jacobs with under four minutes to go. Toms River South answered with an 8-0 run, starting with a three-pointer by Peirson and a layup by Jones off a feed from sophomore Shane Gambarony.

Gambarony finished with 10 points, senior Kai Barckley chipped in eight, and both players finished with five assists.

Jacobs led Donovan Catholic with a game-high 27 points to go with six rebounds. Freshman Amare Walker added 12 points and senior James Gibbons added seven points and 11 rebounds for the Griffins.

Jim Ruhnke Bracket

(2) Toms River North 63, (1) Manasquan 53

Senior Micah Ford scored 13 of his 21 points in the second half to go with seven rebounds, three steals and two blocks to earn tournament MVP and lead the Mariners to a win over the previously-unbeaten Warriors. The Classic championship is Toms River North's first since 2014.

Toms River North took a 24-23 into halftime on a steal and layup at the buzzer by senior Owen Baker and seized control of the game in the third quarter. Ford scored seven of his points in the third and the Mariners outscored Manasquan, 18-10, in the quarter to go up by nine. The Mariners pumped the lead as high as 15 in the fourth quarter.

Junior Sherrod Nelson scored nine of his 15 points in the first half and Pruitt and senior Tareq Council each scored nine for Toms River North. Baker also contributed six points, four assists and two steals in the win.

Junior Griffin Linstra led Manasquan with 23 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Jason Larned added 13 points, freshman Rey Weinseimer chipped in nine and senior Ryan Mulvaney rounded out the Manasquan scoring with eight.

At Toms River North Gym

Third Place Game

Steve Gepp Bracket

(12) Manchester 65, (11) Toms River East 45

Junior M.J. Goins led four Manchester players in double-figure scoring with 14 points and the Hawks routed the Raiders to claim third place in the Gepp Bracket.

Senior Jaymire Watts and junior Alex Vasylatiy each added 12 and junior Aidan Lunn pitched in 10 for Manchester.

Senior Jason McKelvey and junior Justice Fergus each scored 10 points to lead Toms River East.

Jim Ruhnke Bracket

(3) Red Bank Catholic 50, (4) Central 47

Senior Colin Cavanaugh led a balanced scoring effort with 12 points and the Caseys clipped the Golden Eagles to win third place in the WOBM Classic Ruhnke bracket.

Senior Tyler Burnham and junior Ryan Prior each added 11 for Red Bank Catholic, with Prior scoring nine points on three three-pointers in the second half.

Junior Jaycen Santucci led Central with a game-high 19 points and senior Miles Chevalier chipped in 11 in the loss.

 

Albert E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic

At Red Bank

Championship

Red Bank 63, Ranney 57

Junior Zayier Dean posted 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three steals to wrap up Buc Classic MVP honors and deliver the Bucs their first tournament championship since 2014 by handing the Panthers their first loss.

Red Bank stormed out to a 24-10 lead by the end of the first quarter, but were shutout by Ranney in the second quarter during a 13-0 run by the Panthers to cut the deficit to 24-23 at halftime.

The Bucs regained a seven-point lead by the end of the third quarter, but the Panthers pulled even on a three-pointer by senior Drew Buck to make it 53-53 with 2:20 left.

Red Bank took the lead for good on a layup by Liam Stack and added to the cushion with a three-point play from senior Braydon Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick backed up Dean's effort with 19 points of his own, while junior Ryan Fisher added nine points and senior Jameson Ackerman added seven, including a three-pointer to stretch the lead to seven in the final minute of the third quarter.

Buck led Ranney with 16 points, sophomore Shaan Nayar poured in 15 and junior Justin Buck pitched in 11 in the loss.

Third Place Game

Tottenville (N.Y.) 46, Port Monmouth (N.Y.) 41

Consolation

East Brunswick 56, Long Branch 33

Senior Peter Da Cruz scored 20 of Long Branch's 33 points to match East Brunswick's Matt Mikulka for the game-high, but the Bears rolled to a win over the Green Wave.

Consolation

Summit 62, Notre Dame 56

 

Husky Holiday Classic

At Matawan

Championship

Holmdel 77, Sayreville 61

Senior James Vallillo scored 25 points and classmate Daxx Corneiro poured in 21 to pace the Hornets in another impressive win, this time over the Bombers to close out a championship at the Huskies Classic for the first time since 2019.

Senior Ben Kipnis also added 11 points for Holmdel.

Third Place Game

Old Bridge 60, Woodbridge 34

Fifth Place Game

Manalapan 88, Matawan 56

Junior Aidan Sosinov went off for 28 points and the Braves ran away with a win over the Huskies to finish fifth at the Huskies Holiday Tournament.

Junior Chauncey Brown led Matawan with 26 points.

Seventh Place Game

Perth Amboy 57, Raritan 34

Junior Sean Burnett score 13 points and handed out four assists, but the Rockets fell to the Panthers in the seventh place game.

 

Score at the Shore Holiday Tournament

At Southern

Championship

(2) Mainland 55, (1) Lenape 38

Third Place

(5) Southern 60, (3) Fair Lawn 50

Sophomore Jake Sliwinski and freshman Noah Perna starred again for the Rams, who took home third place at the SATS Tournament by upending the Cutters.

Sliwinski finished with 17 points, five assists and two blocked shots, while Perna went for 16 points, six rebounds and three assists in the win. Junior Rich Flores also added 11 points on three three-pointer for Southern.

Fifth Place

(7) Howell 73, (5) Trenton 56

Junior Zach Padilla scored 10 of his career-high 22 points during a first-quarter explosion that sparked the Rebels to a fifth-place win over the Tornadoes.

Senior D.J. Orloff poured in 21 points and classmate Chris Meehan netted 19 for Howell, which stormed out to a 27-9 lead through one quarter.

Seventh Place

(6) Holy Spirit 53, (8) Cedar Creek 41

 

Jack DuBois Memorial Holiday Tournament

At Shore Regional

Championship

Shore 74, Lacey 66 (2 OT)

Senior Joe Santi scored 19 points and the Blue Devils pulled out an overtime win over the Lions in a battle of one-loss teams heading into the game. The win also clinched Shore its second straight championship at the DuBois Tournament.

Senior Dom DiFiore added 14 points for Shore, which sent the game into the second overtime on a tying three-pointer by senior Gianni Fiumefreddo with 20 seconds left.

Junior Jon Stabile led four Lacey players in double-figures with a career-high 29 points and also added eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Lacey senior Logan Brash scored 16 points, including a game-tying three-pointer as time expired in regulation.

Junior Maris Mooney poured in 11 and senior Trevor Santucci contributed 10 points and five assists for Lacey.

Third Place Game

Point Beach 89, Asbury Park 24

 

Regular Season

Non-Conference

St. Rose 80, George School (Pa.) 54

Sophomore Jayden Hodge scored 19 points and senior Gio Panzini added 18 points and eight rebounds to lead the Purple Roses to a one-sided road in in Pennsylvania over the host George School.

Senior Matt Hodge added 16 points, three assists and three blocks and senior Bryan Ebeling contributed 13 points, five rebounds and three assists for St. Rose. Junior Evan Romano also contributed 10 points and five assists in the win.

 

 

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