Class A North

Manalapan 73, Howell 39

Junior Ryan Knorr scored a game-high 30 points to go with five rebounds, six assists and two steal as the Braves (3-12, 3-7) routed the Rebels (5-12, 3-7).

Junior Blake Henis added 17 points while senior Jason Junquet and junior Ryan Szatkowski each added 11 for Manalapan.

Senior Matt Ganter carried Howell with 25 of his team's 39 points.

Marlboro 56, Freehold Boro 50

Senior Dylan Kaufman scored a game-high 24 points to go with 15 rebounds and the Mustangs (8-9, 4-6) fought their way past the Colonials (4-13, 2-8).

Freshman Jonathan Spatola added 18 points and three assists for Marlboro, including 10 points and 5-for-6 shooting from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Junior Bekim Krkuti led a balanced Freehold offensive effort with 10 points while senior Lucas Bruckmann added nine and senior Mahki Theomsy eight in the loss.

No. 4 CBA 74, No. 7 Middletown South 72

Senior Josh Cohen scored 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, including the 1,000th point of his varsity career in the opening minutes, as the Colts (13-2, 9-1) won a back-and-forth slugfest over the Eagles (10-6, 7-3).

Senior Liam Kennedy scored 10 points, handed out 13 assists and hit the game-winning free throws with four seconds left to play.

Middletown South could not get a shot off prior to the final buzzer and sophomore Luke Albrecht's shot missed long anyway.

Albrecht led Middletown South with a career-high 29 points and junior Bobby Pirie pitched in 11 in the loss.

Albrecht converted a three-point play to tie the game at 70-70 in the final two minutes before Cohen hit two free throws to give CBA the lead with 35 seconds left. Junior James Anderson then scored to tie it at 72-72, setting up Kennedy's winning foul shots.

CBA jumped out to a 25-10 lead but Middletown South chipped it down to 42-39 at halftime and surged in front during the third quarter, setting the two teams up to trade blows the rest of the way.

No. 6 Freehold Twp. 67, Long Branch 43

Senior Greg Billups scored 13 points and senior Zach Barilka added 12 as the Patriots (12-2, 9-1) rolled to a win over the Green Wave (5-9, 3-7). Senior Marc Dennis led Long Branch with 20 points.


Class A Central

Raritan 70, Monmouth 43

Junior Jaylen Smith scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds to highlight a complete attack as the Rockets (6-10, 3-7) routed the Falcons (6-10, 3-7).

Senior Rob LaVilla added 12 points and senior Tim Hayes chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds. Senior Tyrese Bryant, senior Chris Marten and junior Shawn Ohea each added nine points for Raritan.

No. 5 Manasquan 68, Holmdel 45

Senior Brad McCabe scored 23 points in three quarters, including the 1,000th of his high school career, to help lead the Warriors (15-2, 9-1) to a one-sided win over the Hornets (6-8, 5-5).

McCabe exited with the game in hand and 1,001 career points to his name, as well as eight rebounds in Thursday night's game.

Junior Alex Galvan added 10 points and seven rebounds and freshman Ben Roy chipped in nine for Manasquan.

Shore 51, St. Rose 37

Senior Chris Panduri scored a game-high 21 points and reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career in leading the Blue Devils (6-11, 2-8) to a win over the Purple Roses (7-9, 2-8).

Sophomore Chris Kessler added 13 points for Shore and senior Kyle Koob returned to the starting lineup to score eight points after missing more than a month with a knee injury.

No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven 51, No. 3 Red Bank Catholic 43

Senior Jackson McCarthy scored a game-high 19 points and the Bulldogs (12-2, 8-2) outlasted the Caseys (14-2, 8-2), snapping RBC's Shore-Conference-best 12-game winning streak.

Senior Ian O'Connor added 15 points for Rumson, which seized control of the game with a 12-0 run during the third quarter to open up a 35-24 lead. RBC cut the lead to five at 42-37 and again at 46-41 but could not get any closer.

Senior John Duffy led Red Bank Catholic with 14 points and junior Kevin Bauman chipped in 10 for the Caseys.

Junior Charlie Gordinier scored eight, ending a streak of 12 straight games with at least 11 points and three straight with at least 23. Rumson is the only team to hold Gordinier to fewer than 10 points this season and the Bulldogs have done so twice - limiting the Caseys' leading scorer to eight in both meetings.


Class B North

Neptune 66, Middletown North 63

Senior Dwaine Jones hit a contested three-pointer as time expired to spoil a special night for Middletown North (8-9, 4-6) senior Rob Higgins and give the Scarlet Fliers (9-5, 6-5) their fourth straight win.

In the loss, Higgins became the eight Shore Conference boys player to score his 2,000th point, connecting on a three-pointer with 4:36 left in the third quarter. He scored a game-high 37 points and finished the night with 2,017 points for his career, good for seventh on the all-time Shore Conference scoring list.

Jones finished with 23 points after sitting the first 10 minutes of the game for disciplinary reasons, according to coach Joe Fagan. The Scarlet Fliers senior went shot-for-shot with Higgins over the final two minutes of the game.

Higgins scored 10 straight points to erase a 10-point Middletown North deficit and tie the game at 60-60 with under two minutes to play.

Jones later answered with a go-ahead three-pointer from the left corner with 40 seconds left, only to watch Higgins shake free of two defenders and bury a tying three of his own with 17 seconds left.

After a Neptune timeout, Jones managed to secure the inbound pass matched up with Higgins. Jones dribbled to his left and, with Higgins in his face, drilled a fadeaway three as the clock ran out.

Senior Makai Suit added 17 points for Neptune and junior Jett Tinik hit three first-half three-pointers to finish with nine off the bench. Junior Ryan Rozynski added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Middletown North.

Red Bank 52, Ocean 46

Junior Jack Miller became only the second boys player in Ocean history to reach the 1,000-point milestone as a junior, but the Bucs (6-9, 3-7) spoiled his party by pulling out the road win over the Spartans (6-10, 3-7).

Senior Liam Joyce led Red Bank with 19 points and senior Gavin Mahoney added 13 in the win.

Miller finished with a game-high 21 points and now stands at 1,009 for his career. His younger brothers, freshman Corey, added 13 points in the loss - Ocean's third straight.

No. 10 Matawan 58, Colts Neck 53

Sophomore Andre Wells scored a team-high 15 points and the Huskies (11-5, 6-4) escaped with a road win over the Cougars (6-8, 4-6).

Senior Quincy Wathington poured in 12 points, junior Niles Haliburton scored 11 and junior John Beuker chipped in eight points and 16 rebounds to aid the Matawan effort.

Senior Andrew Abujawdeh paced Colts Neck with a game-high 24 points.

No. 9 Wall 51, St. John Vianney 48 (OT)

Junior Quinn Calabrese scored 14 points and the Crimson Knights (12-3, 10-0) warded off a comeback effort from the Lancers (8-8, 4-6) to pull out an overtime win, remain perfect in Class B North play and clinch no worse than a share of the Class B North championship.

Sophomore Tom Palluzzi added 13 points and senior Regan Dombroski chipped in nine for Wall.

Senior James Rapley led St. John Vianney with 13 points and 10 rebounds while junior Kevin Greene chipped in 11 for the Lancers, who trailed Wall, 41-29, heading into the fourth quarter.

Junior Ryan DiPede knocked down a game-tying three-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.


Class B Central

Mater Dei Prep 41, Keansburg 19

Junior Vernon Morris scored 18 points, Phil Urban added 11 and the Seraphs (10-5, 8-1) shut down the Titans (2-11, 2-7) on the other end of the floor.



Lacey 50, Southern 48

Senior Kalvin Kuhn scored 18 points and senior Carl Swensen added 14 to help the Lions (9-6) edge the Rams (6-10).

Sophomore Jordan Cohen added 10 points for Lacey.

Senior Vinnie Deck led Southern with 15 points, junior Will Davane poured in 10 and senior Cole Markley pitched in eight points and six rebounds in the loss.



Asbury Park 78, Sayreville 76 (OT)

Seniors Wenderlens Garius and Jay-Shone Freeman scored 20 points apiece and the Blue Bishops (9-9) edged the Bombers (4-13) in an overtime thriller on the stage in Asbury Park. Senior Alexx Harbour also poured in 17 points in the win.


Wednesday, Jan. 23


Allentown 73, Point Beach 35

Freshman Anthony Long scored 11 points but the Garnet Gulls (0-16) lost track of the Redbirds (6-8) in their 16th straight loss to open the season.

Henry Hudson 56, Central Jersey College Charter 42

Junior Grady Hendrickson scored 17 points and hit four three-pointers to lead the Admirals (5-10) to a win. Senior Jay Anthony and junior Mike Mohr each added 15 points for Henry Hudson.



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