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(7) CBA 63, No. 26 Keansburg 28 | Watch

Senior Will Bradley poured in a game-high 22 points and the Colts (12-7) coasted to a round-one win over the Titans (7-8) to set up a round-of-16 match-up with No. 23 Matawan on Thursday.

(16) Southern 54, (17) Ocean 53 | Watch

Senior Max DiPietro hit the first of two free throws with one second left and his miss on the second of tip drained the clock, giving he Rams (13-9) a thrilling win over the Spartans (15-7) in a back-and-forth battle.

Sophomore Cooper Dempsey hit a corner three-pointer to give Southern a 53-51 lead with 1:10 left before Ocean sophomore Zayier Dean answered with a floater to tie the score back up with 50 seconds left.

Southern milked the clock during the game's final possession, but Ocean had four fouls to give and started using them with 10 seconds left. The Spartans gave one foul too many, grabbing DiPietro after the senior got open on an underneath out-of-bounds play and went up for the shot as the foul was committed.

Junior Caden Schubiger led Southern with 15 points, while Dempsey and senior Pat Gaffney each added nine, with all of Dempsey's points coming on three three-pointers. DiPietro finished with eight and sophomore Justin Silva chipped in seven for Southern, which will travel to top-seeded Manasquan for the round of 16 on Thursday.

Dean paced Ocean with a game-high 18 points, with senior Brandon Loughlin adding 13 and sophomore Ron Richardson contributing 12 in the loss.

(23) Matawan 58, (10) Colts Neck 44 | Watch

Sophomore Jayden Elijah dominated the paint with 17 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks and the Huskies (13-9) overpowered the Cougars (15-6) to advance to the SCT round of 16 Thursday at No. 7 CBA.

Sophomore Amir Martinez added 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists, senior Colin Haluska posted 14 points and seven rebounds and sophomore Chauncey Brown contributed eight points, five rebounds and four blocks for Matawan, which pumped its lead up to 19 points in the second half.

Sophomore Lucas Sloane scored 12 points and junior Mike Belcher added eight for Colts Neck, which played without 6-foot-6 sophomore standout Vova Trotsko (flu) and got less than a quarter's-worth of minutes from senior Will Surdez while the 1,000-point scorer nursed an ankle injury.

(8) Freehold Twp. 68, Keyport 49 | Watch

Senior Jayden Holmes-Cotter exploded for 31 points and 15 rebounds and the Patriots pulled away with a win over the Titans to set up a round-of-16 home game Thursday against No. 9 Rumson-Fair Haven.

Sophomore Nick Cardone and junior Andrew Silverman each added 13 points, while senior Malachi Harris chipped in eight points, six assists and three steals for Freehold Township.

(15) Point Boro 55, (18) Manalapan 51 | Watch

Making his first varsity start in place of injured senior starter Stephen Mellett, sophomore Thomas Turner posted 15 points and 15 rebounds to help spark the Panthers (14-6) to a hard-fought win over the Braves (10-11).

Turner posted 11 points and nine points during the first half, during which Point Boro led by as many as 10 and outscored Manalapan, 27-18.

Manalapan cut its deficit to one on several occasions, but never took the lead and never tied the game once it fell behind, 2-0, on the first Point Boro possession.

Senior Shane Ryan also poured in 14 points, junior Jake Venturoso scored nine, senior Noah Knauf chipped in seven and senior Danny Coughlan contributed eight points and 13 rebounds for Point Boro.

Senior Dylan Sullivan scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to lead Manalapan, while junior Anthony Leger scored 10 of his 13 in the first quarter for the Braves.

Point Boro moves on to Thursday's round of 16, when the Panthers will travel to play No. 2 St. Rose for the third time this season. The 19-2 Purple Roses swept the regular-season series, but needed to rally from a five-point deficit in the final three minutes to beat Point Boro in Point Pleasant the first time the teams met.

(19) Shore 61, (14) Brick Memorial 51 | Watch

Senior Donovan Hughes hit four of his five three-pointers in the third quarter and matched classmate Liam Gajewski with a team-high 15 points as the Blue Devils (15-4) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to shock the Mustangs (13-10).

Shore nearly erased its entire deficit in the third quarter, outscoring Brick Memorial, 16-7, behind the four Hughes threes. The Blue Devils kept their foot on the gas in the fourth, with Gajewski and junior Joe Santi (10 points) each scoring eight in the quarter while Shore shot 14-for-18 from the free-throw line in the final eight minutes to close out the win.

Junior Alex George also poured in 14 points and kept Shore in the game early with nine points in the first quarter before helping to cement the win by making all four of his free-throw attempts in the fourth.

Senior Josh Michigan led Brick Memorial with a game-high 23 points, including eight during Brick Memorial's 22-point second quarter that staked the Mustangs to a 32-22 halftime lead. Senior Dorian Alston scored seven of his 13 points in the second and Mustangs senior Brian Starrett pitched in six of his eight in the first half.

Shore advances to Thursday's SCT round of 16 and will once against venture to Ocean County, this time to take on third-seeded Toms River North.

(12) Central 68, (21) Point Beach 53 | Watch

Junior Miles Chevalier and sophomore Jaycen Santucci both posted double-doubles for the second straight game and the Golden Eagles (17-5) carried their momentum into the SCT with a first-round win over the Garnet Gulls (12-7).

Santucci led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Chevalier went for 23 and 10. Senior John Truhan also pitched in 11 points for Central, which will head north to play No. 5 Middletown South -- winners of 15 straight -- in Thursday's round of 16.

Senior Kevin Burns led Point Beach with 20 points and classmate Stephen Seaman added 15 in the loss.

(11) Ranney 85, (22) Lacey 59 | Watch

Ranney's trio of Isaac Hester, Jahlil Bethea and Drew Buck combined for 58 points and the Panthers (13-9) rolled to a first-round win over the Lions (11-10).

Hester scored a game-high 21 points to lead Ranney, while Bethea put up 19 points and eight rebounds, with Buck going for 18 points and nine boards.

Senior Troy Buxton scored 20 points and classmate Chris Venturoso added 14 to lead Lacey.

Ranney advances to play at No. 6 Jackson Memorial in Thursday's SCT round of 16.

(9) Rumson-Fair Haven 44, (24) Monmouth 42 | Watch

Junior Nick Rigby scored 17 points and the Bulldogs (16-5) survived a serious challenge from the Falcons (11-10) to advance to the SCT round of 16 Thursday at No. 8 Freehold Township.

Monmouth held a 42-39 lead with four minutes to go, but Rumson held the Falcons scoreless the rest of the way and mustered just enough offense to pull out the win.

Sophomore Luke Schorr scored 11 points for Rumson and scored the tiebreaking layup with 1:40 left to make it 44-42. Senior Luke Mikolajcyk also poured in eight points in the win.

Senior Jake Bauer led Monmouth with 17 points and senior Ta'haj Wiggins went for 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Monmouth.

(13) Red Bank Catholic 72, (20) Donovan Catholic 68 | Watch

Sophomore Ryan Prior erupted for a career-high 27 points on seven three-pointers and the Caseys (13-9) needed every bit of it to pull out a win over the upset-minded Griffins (8-10).

Prior led four RBC players in double-figure scoring, with junior Tyler Burnham scoring 16, junior Colin Cavanaugh pouring in 14 and junior Pasquale Sabino pitching in 10.

Senior Pete Farlekas turned in a career-best performance of his own by scoring a game-high 30 points -- 18 of which came in the first half. Senior Brian Farrell also scored 17 points and sophomore Ryan Jacobs added 10 for Donovan Catholic.

The Griffins played from behind throughout the game, but cut the deficit to one twice in the final minute, including 69-68. Prior, however, drained a pair of free throws to push the lead back to three and a three-point attempt by Farlekas hit the back rim with five seconds left. Junior Luke Iasparro then hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left to clinch the win.

Red Bank Catholic will next head to play No. 4 Raritan in Thursday's SCT round of 16.

Regular Season


Brick 48, Asbury Park 41

Junior Nick Verdesco scored 17 points and senior Alex Jenkoski added 16 as the Green Dragons topped the Blue Bishops.



Marlboro 67, Nottingham 56

Senior Alex Frank led four Marlboro scorers in double-figures with 17 points and the Mustangs picked up a road win over the Northstars.

Junior Steven Scimone poured in 15 points, senior Sohan Eleti netted 13 and junior Daniel Elmasri chipped in 10 for Marlboro.

Steinert 41, Wall 40

Sophomore Tom Ekberg scored 17 points and senior Matt Eisenberg added 13 Wall, but Spartans still clipped the Crimson Knights in Hamilton.

Allentown 67, Jackson Liberty 47

Sophomore Jayson King scored 16 points and the Lions took a five-point lead into the third quarter before the Redbirds took command during a one-sided second half.

Hammonton 70, Toms River North 65

Kenny Smith went off for 37 points and the Blue Devils outlasted the Mariners, snapping Toms River North's eight-game winning streak.

Sophomore Sherrod Nelson led Toms River North with 15 points and was one of five Mariners to score at least nine. Juniors Micah Ford and Owen Baker each poured in 13, while senior Delani Hyde and junior Jeremiah Pruitt each threw in nine in the loss.


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