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Monday, Jan. 16


MLK Showcase

At New Brunswick High School

No. 3 Jackson Memorial 59, Piscataway 51

Senior Keith Adame scored 21 points to earn MVP honors and help the Jaguars battle past the Chiefs.


Regular Season


St. John Vianney 74, Pioneer Academy 50

Sophomore Aiden Ur led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points and the Lancers coasted to a win over Pioneer Academy. Ur was the only St. John Vianney player to exceed 10 points, with senior Connor Howard, junior Emanuel Domingo, junior Deon Jackson and freshman Alex Jurado each scoring seven in the win.

No. 1 St. Rose 53, Patrick School 49

Freshman Jayden Hodge led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points and sophomore Evan Romano and junior Matt Hodge hit key free throws in the final minute to lead the Purple Roses to a win over the Celtics -- their 13th straight to open the season.

Romano hit a tiebreaking free throw with 50 seconds left and after an offensive rebound, Matt Hodge also hit 1-of-2 free throws to stretch the lead to 51-49. After St. Rose delivered a stop on defense, Matt Hodge hit two more free throws to close it out.

Matt Hodge finished with 12 points, including three three-pointers in the second quarter. Sophomore Bryan Ebeling scored eight of his nine points in the first half, while Romano scored all seven of his in the second half.

Sophomore Peter Mauro chipped in eight points and junior Gioacchino Panzini finished with four, including a two-hand dunk off a backdoor pass from Matt Hodge.


Sunday, Jan. 15


No. 2 Manasquan 38, Saddle River Day 35

Sophomore Darius Adams scored 13 points and nine rebounds and classmate Griffin Linstra added 10 and six to help the Warriors grind out a Sunday home win over the Colonial Rebels, giving coach Andrew Bilodeau his 400th career win.

Linstra broke a 31-31 tie with a corner three-pointer with 1:45 left and blocked the potential game-tying three-point attempt as time expired. Senior Jack Dettlinger (1-for-2) and Adams (3-for-4) combined to close out the game on the line.

Manasquan trailed, 14-12, at halftime, with Adams sitting on only three points. Saddle River Day then led, 31-27, with under seven minutes to go before Manasquan scored x straight points to take the lead for good. Adams found senior Quinn Peters for a layup to cut the deficit to 31-29, then hit a pair of free throws to tie it at 31 with 4:50 left.

Bilodeau is in his 15th season as head coach at Manasquan -- his third stop as a head varsity basketball coach after stints at Manchester and Toms River North.


MLK Showcase

At Rowan University

Toms River North 75, Bridgeton 41

Junior Micah Ford scored a game-high 20 points and all 10 Toms River North players got in the scoring column in a win over the Bulldogs.

Juniors Owen Baker and Jeremiah Pruitt each chipped in 12 points for Toms River North.



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