NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

Central Jersey Group IV

(3) Freehold Twp. 60, (14) Princeton 50

Seniors Greg Billups and Zach Barilka scored 12 points each and the Patriots (20-4) withstood a hot start by the road team and pulled past the Little Tigers (12-13).

Senior Seth Meisner added 10 points, senior Cristian Corcione netted nine and sophomore Zach Orrico chipped in eight for Freehold Township, which took over the lead with an 18-5 second quarter after Princeton won the first, 20-15.

Freehold Township will host No. 6 New Brunswick in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

(1) Trenton 64, (16) Howell 63 (2 OT)

Senior Matt Ganter scored a career-high 40 points and the Rebels (7-19) led by a point with 20 seconds to go in the second overtime, but the Tornadoes (22-5) pulled out the win to avoid a major upset in the opening round.

Ganter went 18-for-21 from the free-throw line but missed a pair with 23 seconds left and Howell leading, 63-62. Trenton then took the lead on the free throw line and held on to escape with the win.

(9) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 51, (8) Brick Memorial 43

Senior Nick Manso hit three of Brick Memorial's five three-pointers in the first quarter but the Mustangs (13-13) could not sustain the hot start in a loss to the Knights (12-12).

Manso finished with 15 points on five three-pointers and senior Kyle McMahon added 13, including 11 in the second half.

(5) Middletown South 84, (12) Hightstown 78

Sophomore Luke Albrecht scored 23 points and handed out nine assists to lead the Eagles (16-11) past a hot-shooting Rams (12-12) team that racked up 14 three-pointers.

Junior Bobby Pirie scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half for Middletown South, which had four players in double-figure scoring. Junior Jack Sheridan hit five three-pointers and finished with 18 points while classmate James Anderson poured in 14 in the win.

Middletown South will next travel to play No. 4 Montgomery in the sectional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

(4) Montgomery 79, (13) Marlboro 62

Junior Alex Ratner scored a game-high 34 points but the Mustangs (14-13) could not overcome the absence of senior center Dylan Kaufman (concussion) in a loss to the Cougars (19-6).

(6) New Brunswick 68, (11) Jackson Memorial 62

Senior Micah Wallace scored 20 points but the Jaguars (13-13) bid for a road win over the Zebras (17-7) came up short. Junior Ryan Mahala added 16 points and junior Matt Mahala pitched in 12 for Jackson Memorial.


Central Jersey Group II

(1) Manasquan 83, (16) A.L. Johnson 47

All five Manasquan starters scored in double-figures and the Warriors (26-3) rolled over the Crusaders (8-16) to earn a quarterfinal game against A Central rival Holmdel.

Junior Alex Galvan led Manasquan with 19 points and 13 rebounds and senior Brad McCabe added 16 points and seven boards.

Freshman Ben Roy scored 13 points and and handed out four assists while senior Xander Korolik and junior Kieran Flanagan each chipped in 12 points. Korolik also pulled in seven rebounds and Flanagan dished out three assists.

(8) Holmdel 82, (9) South River 48

Junior Doug Chan led another balanced Holmdel scoring effort with 16 points and the Hornets (15-10) hammered the Rams (17-10) to earn a third meeting with top-seeded Manasquan.

Junior Pete Cannizzo added 14 points and junior Derek Chan and sophomore Alex Baker each pumped in 11 points for Holmdel.

Manasquan won both regular-season meetings between the two A Central rivals by more than 20 points.

(4) Governor Livingston 64, (13) Monmouth 53

Senior Kerron Holley scored a team-high 14 points and the Falcons (11-14) hung tough with the Highlanders (15-8) before bowing out.

Sophomore Jake Marcincak added 11 points and senior Dan Forsman posted six points and 13 rebounds for Monmouth.

(3) Lincoln 41, (14) Shore 40

Senior Chris Panduri and Kyle Koob combined for 34 points and nearly led the Blue Devils (10-17) to the upset over the Lions (18-8), but their standout careers came to an end in Jersey City.

Panduri led the way with 20 points and Koob added 14 to cap two 1,000-plus-point careers for the two senior teammates.

(2) Rumson-Fair Haven 51, (15) Raritan 46

Senior Ian O'Connor scored 26 points and plucked seven rebounds to help the Bulldogs (17-8) hold off the Rockets (10-15) - snapping a four-game losing streak and advancing to a quarterfinal date with No. 7 Bordentown.

Senior Jackson McCarthy added 13 points and eight rebounds despite sitting more than nine minutes of the second half with four fouls.

Junior Jaylen Smith led Raritan with 17 points and eight rebounds and senior Rob LaVilla added 10 points for the Rockets, who trailed 26-11 at halftime and chipped Rumson's lead down to 43-40 with 1:15 to go.


South Jersey Group IV

(1) Eastern 64, (16) Southern 40

Senior Cole Markley scored 14 points but the top-seeded Vikings (21-7) were too much for the Rams (8-18). Senior Joe Infurna also scored 11 for Southern.

Ryan Ems led Eastern with 19 points, Noah Klinewski poured in 18 and Andrew Heck chipped in 15 in the win.

(3) Toms River North 36, (14) Central 33

Juniors Jakari Spence and Najae Hallenbeck scored 15 points each and the Mariners (23-4) survived a battled with their A South rival to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Wednesday against No. 11 Rancocas Valley.

Spence also chipped in five steals and Hallenbeck grabbed 12 rebounds for Toms River North. Freshman Jaiden Fraser also handed out seven assists in the win.

Sophomore Kyle Rhoden led Central (12-15) with 14 points and freshman Justin Soranno chipped in eight for the Golden Eagles.


South Jersey Group II

(2) Camden 60, (15) Manchester 43

Freshman Savon Myers scored a game-high 17 points and the young Hawks (7-19) hung tough against Camden for one half but the Panthers (15-9) prevailed with a strong second half. Sophomores Trevor Pruitt and Gavin Clark each added seven points for Manchester, which trailed, 27-24, at halftime.

(1) Haddonfield 70, (16) Barnegat 33

Junior Brendan Revello scored nine points and sophomore Jaxon Baker added seven in a Bengals (11-15) loss against the top-seeded Bulldogs (26-1).

Senior Mike DePersia led Haddonfield with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and nine steals.

(3) Pleasantville 79, (14) Point Boro 63

Junior Alex Drucquer scored a team-high 18 points and junior Sam Young added 13 points and 17 rebounds but the Panthers (10-15) came up short in their upset bid against the Greyhounds (19-8).



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