Jeep Store Boys Basketball Scoreboard, Jan. 5
Shore Classic Showcase
At Brookdale Community College
Columbia 83, Long Branch 41
Irvington 70, No. 5 Wall 66
Junior Pat Lacey scored eight of his 14 points in the first quarter and Wall built an 11-point lead early in the third quarter, but the Blue Knights (6-0) - ranked No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20 - stormed back with a big third quarter and held on to beat the Crimson Knights (4-2).
Senior Nick De La Cruz added 14 points off the bench on perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the floor and also chipped in three assists and two steals. Senior Quinn Calabrese scored eight of his 12 points in the second half and senior Michael Caputo added eight points and six rebounds for Wall.
Wall's first basket of the second half put the Crimson Knights ahead, 31-20, and capped a 16-2 run that spanned most of the second and the start of the third quarters. Irvington, however, came back with a 27-5 run to seize control of the game.
Wall pulled to within three with 11 seconds left thanks to a technical foul on the Irvington bench, with Calabrese hitting one of two three throws to make it 69-66. Calabrese then got a clean look from beyond the three-point line, but his 23-footer came up short.
Moses Pierre led Irvington with 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals while Nazamier Brooks and Karriem Thomas each added 17 points in the win.
Don Bosco 69, Mater Dei Prep 45
Senior Tahaj Parland scored a game-high 21 points but the the Seraphs (4-2) could not keep up with the Ironmen. Parland drained a shot from well beyond midcourt to end the first half and cut the Don Bosco lead to 30-23, but the Seraphs went cold during a five-point third quarter.
Senior Pete Gorman added 11 points for Mater Dei.
Rutgers Prep 83, No. 2 Toms River North 66
Junior Trey Patterson scored 26 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the unbeaten Argonauts (7-0) - the No. 8 team in the state according to NJ.com - were too much for the Mariners (5-2).
Senior Najae Hallenbeck led Toms River North with 25 points and 12 rebounds while senior Jakari Spence poured in 19 in the loss.
Junior and Manalapan native Noah Harris added 17 points for Rutgers Prep.