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NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

Central Jersey Group IV

(8) Manalapan 60, (9) Princeton 54 (OT)

Senior Ryan Knorr scored 16 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Braves (15-9) outlasted the Little Tigers in overtime to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday against top-seeded Middletown South. Knorr also dished out six assists.

Senior Blake Henis added 12 points to go with seven rebounds for Manalapan while junior Chris Frontera added nine points on three first-half three-pointers.

(4) South Brunswick 82, (13) Jackson Memorial 61

Senior Nick Colon scored 16 points and the Jaguars (9-16) fell short on the road against the Vikings. Freshman Keith Adame added 13 points and junior Sean Slusak added 10 for Jackson Memorial.

Devin Strickland led South Brunswick with 23 points.

(3) Marlboro 66, (14) Hillsborough 61

Senior Alex Ratner led a balanced effort with 22 points and the Mustangs (21-6) battled past the Raiders and into the sectional quarterfinals Thursday vs. No. 6 North Brunswick.

Sophomore Jack Seidler added 15 points and junior Aleksy Friedman and sophomore Jon Spatola each threw in 13 for Marlboro.

(1) Middletown South 91, (16) Howell 60

Senior Bobby Pirie scored all of his game-high 22 points in the first half and pulled in eight rebounds as the Eagles (25-2) rolled past the division-rival Rebels (10-15) to reach a sectional quarterfinal game Thursday against another Class A North rival - No. 8 Manalapan.

Junior Luke Albrecht led three more Middletown South players in double-figures with 18 points to go with four assists, while senior Mike Dabas added 17 points and senior James Anderson poured in 16 in the win.

Senior Cooper Vogel led Howell with 17 points and sophomore Joe Dupuis added 10 in the loss.

(6) North Brunswick 46, (11) Freehold Twp. 45

Ihsam Whitehurst hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 19 seconds left and the Raiders held on to beat the defending sectional champion Patriots (11-16).

Freehold Township had a chance to tie the game with three seconds left and junior Zach Orrico made the front end of a 1-and-1 before missing the second.

Matt Cardone led Freehold Township with nine points while Orrico, Joe Lardaro and Bobby O'Brien each added seven.


Central Jersey Group II

(1) Manasquan 77, (16) Metuchen 37

Senior Max O'Shaughnessy scored 12 points and handed out five assists on Senior Night to headline a Warriors (28-1) win over the Bulldogs.

Senior Kieran Flanagan added 11 points and seven assists, senior Alex Galvan posted 10 points and senior Hayden Kunz poured in nine for Manasquan.

(9) Rumson-Fair Haven 60, (8) A.L. Johnson 45

Sophomore Geoff Shroeder scored 26 points and senior Jack Carroll chipped in 17 to lead the Bulldogs (17-10) past the Crusaders and into a sectional quarterfinal matchup at No. 1 Manasquan.

(7) Roselle 58, (10) Raritan 52

Senior Jaylen Smith scored 15 points but the Rockets (12-12) fell short against the Rams, who will travel to No. 2 Holmdel in Thursday's quarterfinal round. Sophomore Justin Rivera added 13 points for Raritan.

(2) Holmdel 81, (15) Governor Livingston 36


South Jersey Group IV

(16) Egg Harbor 67, (1) Toms River North 61

Carlos Lopez led four Egg Harbor players with 20 points and the Eagles shocked the top-seeded Mariners (24-5) in the first round of the state tournament to earn a quarterfinal date at No. 9 Williamstown on Thursday.

Senior Najae Hallenbeck scored a game-high 34 points to lead Toms River North, while senior Colin Baker netted 11 and senior Jakari Spence was held to nine.

(7) Clearview 69, (10) Southern 53

Justin McNichols scored 32 points to carry the Pioneers to a win over the Rams (16-10), securing a trip to the sectional quarterfinals Thursday against No. 2 Lenape.

Junior Jay Silva scored 11 points and junior Ben Ridgway chipped in 10 to lead Southern.


South Jersey Group II

(12) Pleasantville 80, (5) Barnegat 48

Junior Tyler Quinn scored a career-high 20 points but the Bengals (20-7) could not keep up with the Greyhounds, who advanced to the sectional quarterfinals to face No. 4 West Deptford.

(8) Manchester 71, (9) Camden Academy Charter 48

Senior Josh Hayes scored 24 points and sophomore Savon Myers poured in 22 to lead the Hawks (14-10) to a round-one win, earning them a trip to play top-seeded Camden in Thursday's sectional quarterfinal round.

Sophomore Wyatt Hasselbauer added 13 points for Manchester.

(7) Point Boro 59, (10) Cedar Creek 57

Senior Sam Young scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Panthers (15-10) hold off a late charge from the Pirates.

Freshman Steve Mellett added 13 points and sophomore Matt Lee chipped in 12 for Point Boro, which will play No. 2 Haddonfield Thursday in the sectional quarterfinals.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(5) St. Joseph Hammonton 54, (12) Ranney 47

Sophomore Ryan Zan scored 19 points and grabbed 11 boards, but the defending Tournament of Champions winner went out in the opening round against the Wildcats, who will take on No. 4 Holy Cross Prep in the quarterfinals.

Sophomore Elijah Perkins added nine points for Ranney (17-10), which had a two-point lead heading into halftime. Maurice Pierce led St. Joe's with 19 points, including 16 in the second half.

(3) Immaculata 68, (14) St. Rose 50

Juniors Tom Turnbach and Frank DiNatale each scored 11 points, but St. Rose's balanced attack was not enough to push the Purple Roses (13-12) past the Spartans, who will host No. 11 Mater Dei Prep on Thursday.

(11) Mater Dei Prep 80, (6) Doane Academy 67

Senior Pete Gorman scored 21 points to lead four Mater Dei players in double figures and also grabbed six rebounds as the Seraphs (16-10) handled Doane in the opening round for the second straight year.

Junior Andreas Von Fricke added 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, senior Sean Turner posted 15 points and nine rebounds, and senior Tahaj Parland contributed 10 points, five rebounds and five assists for Mater Dei.

The Seraphs will travel to play No. 3 Immaculata in Thursday's sectional quarterfinals.



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