Shore Conference Tournament (Bracket)


At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena, Toms River

(1) Ranney 72, (8) Middletown South 53

Junior Phillip Wheeler scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half and pulled in 13 rebounds to help the Panthers (22-3) pull away from the Eagles (14-11).

Senior Scottie Lewis pitched in 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks for Ranney, which blew open the game with a 26-10 third quarter. Senior Bryan Antoine chipped in 13 points before exiting with a right shoulder injury, including 10 in the third quarter.

Senior Ahmadu Sarnor scored all nine of his points in the first half and senior Chris Autino chipped in eight points and nine rebounds in the win.

Senior Jack Sheridan led Middletown South with 16 points while senior Danny Mitchinson scored eight of his 11 in the first quarter. Sophomore Luke Albrecht added 10 points and junior James Anderson netted nine on three three-pointers.

(4) Freehold Twp. 59, (12) Holmdel 56

Senior Cristian Corcione scored a game-high 18 points and hit the final free throw of the game to preserve a win over the Patriots (19-3) against a relentless Hornets (13-10)  squad.

Freehold Township stormed out to a 34-17 lead with a little more than two minutes left in the first half but Holmdel scored the final nine points of the half and the first seven of the third quarter. By the end of the third quarter, Holmdel had pulled even, 37-37, thanks to a 20-3 run over a 10-minute stretch.

Freehold Township started the fourth on a 15-5 run to build a 10-point lead but Holmdel chipped away and cut the deficit to 56-54. The Hornets had a chance to take the lead with three three-point attempts on one possession but all three rimmed out.

Patriots senior Seth Meisner hit two foul shots to extend his team's lead to 58-54 with 11.2 seconds left and Holmdel answered with a layup by junior Jack Giamanco with four seconds left. Corcione then hit the first of two attempts from the line and after missing the second, junior Derek Chan's potential game-tying heave from half court came up short.

Senior Greg Billups scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half for Freehold Township while Meisner and fellow senior Zach Barilka chipped in nine points each.

Junior Eric Hinds led Holmdel with 18 points and junior Doug Chan poured in 11. Junior John Curreri and sophomore Alex Baker each added eight points in the loss.

Freehold Township will play in its first SCT semifinal round since winning the tournament in 2007 and will try to extend their run by upsetting top-seeded Ranney.

(2) Manasquan 79, (7) Red Bank Catholic 59

Junior Alex Galvan scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Warriors (24-2) routed the Caseys (17-7) for the second time in two weeks to advance to the SCT semifinals on Thursday night in Toms River.

Senior Brad McCabe added 17 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals for Manasquan and freshman Ben Roy poured in 14 points in the win.

Junior Kevin Bauman led Red Bank Catholic with 24 points while classmate Charlie Gordinier chipped in 10 points in the loss.

(3) CBA 63, (6) Toms River North 55

Senior Stephen Braunstein scored a game-high 22 points to go with five assists and the Colts (20-4) closed out a quarterfinal win over the Mariners (19-4) to snap Toms River North's 16-game winning streak and reach the SCT semifinals for the second straight year.

Senior Josh Cohen scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half to help CBA bring home the win. Toms River North led, 26-25, at the break and was up, 37-36, late in the third before CBA closed the quarter on a 12-0 run to seize control.

Toms River North cut a 55-45 deficit to 55-53 with 1:13 left but CBA answered when senior Liam Kennedy found Braunstein for a layup to push the lead back to four. Sophomore Mike White then scored off a turnover with 28 seconds left and Kennedy and Cohen each hit a pair of free throws to close out the win.

Kennedy finished with 12 points and 3 assists for CBA, which played without freshman starter Ryan Mabrey. Mabrey injured his knee vs. Jackson Memorial on Thursday and is considered day-to-day, according to CBA coach Geoff Billet.

Junior Najae Hallenbeck led Toms River North with 17 points and junior Jakari Spence added 12 in a losing cause.

CBA will attempt to end the new longest winning streak in the Shore Conference when the Colts take on No. 2 Manasquan in the second semifinal on Thursday in Toms River. Manasquan will enter the game on a 15-game winning streak.



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