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NJSIAA Tournament

First Round

Central Jersey Group III

(1) Wall 74, (16) Woodbridge 43

Senior Mike Caputo scored 19 points and the Crimson Knights (21-6) buried the Barrons (4-23) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 8 Hamilton West.

Senior Quinn Calabrese added 14 points and junior Pat Lacey poured in 13 for Wall. Sophomore Colin Ackerman also pitched in seven points and nine assists in the win.

(11) Burlington Twp. 54, (6) Matawan 37

Emmanuel Ayetigbo scored a game-high 18 points and the Falcons (13-14) foiled the Huskies (14-13) in Matawan in the opening round for the second straight year. Senior Ethan Okello led Matawan with 15 points.

(7) Neptune 62, (10) Northern Burlington 44

Sophomore Malik Fields led a balanced effort with 13 points and six rebounds as the Scarlet Fliers (14-13) handled the Greyhounds (14-13) to earn a quarterfinal trip to play No. 2 Somerville.

Junior Sam Fagan added 12 points and senior Saadiq Armstead chipped in nine for Neptune.

(4) Nottingham 58, (13) Red Bank 56 (OT)

Trey Kauffman scored on a putback at the buzzer and the Northstars (22-6) rallied to break the Bucs' hearts in overtime.

Red Bank (10-17) led, 49-42, with three minutes left before Nottingham rallied to tie it at 51 by the end of regulation. Junior Nazir Collins stole the ball near midcourt and scored on the break to tie the game with 25 seconds left.

Brandon Raba hit a big three-pointer in overtime for Nottingham and finished with a game-high 21 points.

Senior Drew Valentino led Red Bank with 16 points, including a game-tying three-point play in overtime after Raba's three put Nottingham ahead. Junior Nick Ferrogine added 13 points and senior Matt Weidman chipped in 11 in the loss.

Nottingham will host No. 5 Allentown - first-round winners over Ocean - in Wednesday's sectional quarterfinals.

(3) Lakewood 54, (14) Steinert 51

Senior Ryan Savoy scored 19 points and hauled in 24 rebounds to spark the Piners (20-7) to a win over the Spartans (7-19). Lakewood moves on to host No. 11 Burlington Township in Wednesday's sectional quarterfinal.

(2) Somerville 54, (15) Freehold Boro 45

Junior Jiasion Carpenter and senior Bekim Krkuti each scored 11 points but the Colonials (6-21) came up short in their upset bid against the Pioneers (21-6). Junior Ryan Neely added 10 points for Freehold Boro.

(5) Allentown 68, (12) Ocean 54

Senior Jack Miller scored 25 points but the Spartans (14-11) could not catch up to the Redbirds (20-6) after falling behind by 10 points at halftime. Senior Cole Kelly added 10 points and eight rebounds while sophomore Corey Miller put up eight points, seven rebounds and five assists in the loss.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(5) Keyport 66, (12) Academy Charter 55

Senior Chris Johnson led a balanced scoring effort with 17 points, including 11 in the third quarter to lead the Red Raiders (13-9) over the Panthers (7-15) and into the sectional quarterfinals Wednesday at No. 4 Middlesex.

Sophomores Anthony Longo and D.J. Thomson each added 16 points, with Longo scoring 14 in the second half and Thomson pulling in 11 rebounds. Junior Damon Jones also threw in 10 points for Keyport.

Kevin Marcelus scored a game-high 20 points to lead Academy Charter, which cut a 21-point third quarter deficit to 59-55 before Keyport finished off the game with six straight points.

(7) Point Beach 51, (10) Perth Amboy Tech 41

Senior Jake Clark scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half the the Garnet Gulls (14-12) rode a big fourth quarter to a win over Perth Amboy Tech (14-12).

Freshman Chris Venturoso added 11 points for Point Beach, which outscored the visitors, 16-6 in the final eight minutes after entering the fourth tied, 35-35.

Point Beach moves on to play No. 2 Bound Brook - which barley slipped by No. 15 Willingboro, 58-54, on Monday - in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

 

South Jersey Group III

(10) Toms River East 85, (7) Highland 56

Senior Mike Goodall exploded for 40 points and added 10 rebounds and six assists to carry the Raiders (15-11) to a resounding win over the Tartans (13-12).

Monday marked Goodall's second 40-point performance in the last week, with the senior guard scoring 46 in a win over Lacey at Tuesday's Senior Night.

Senior Ryan Goodall added 17 points, seven assists and five steals while senior Reece Miller poured in 12 points to aide the Toms River East cause.

Toms River East will take on No. 2 Timber Creek on the road in Wednesday's sectional quarterfinals.

(5) Cherry Hill West 75, (12) Lacey 57

Freshman Carson Howard capped a strong rookie season with 16 points and six rebounds - the silver lining for the Lions (19-8) in a first-round loss to the Lions (8-17). Junior Jacob Bowles added 14 points and senior Donovan Bacchetta chipped in 11 points, five assists and three steals for Lacey.

(3) Westampton Tech 59, (14) Pinelands 36

Senior Ryan Skeie, junior Josh Kline and sophomore Rian O'Rourke combined for all but three of Pinelands' points as the Wildcats (5-18) bowed out against Westampton Tech (17-9). Skeie finished with 12 points, Kline netted 11 and O'Rourke scored 10 for Pinelands.

Tristen Guillouette and Avery Anderson each scored 12 points to lead Westampton Tech, which will host No. 6 Ocean City on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round.

(1) Moorestown 60, (16) Toms River South 31

Hayden Greer scored 22 points to help the Quakers (25-2) role past the Indians (5-21), who were led by senior Jalen Folsom's eight points.

 

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