Shore Conference Coaches Cup


(7) Middletown South 59, (3) Jackson Memorial 51 (OT)

Junior Brady Hahn hit a game-tying three-pointer with two seconds left in regulation to force overtime and the Eagles carried the momentum into overtime to pull out a thrilling road win over the Jaguars to earn a spot in the first ever Coaches Cup championship game Thursday on their home floor.

Jackson Memorial extended its lead to 49-44 on a free throw with 17.6 seconds left. Hahn then earned a trip to the free-throw line and knocked down both attempts with 8.7 seconds left.

Middletown South then pressured Jackson Memorial into a turnover on the inbounds pass, leaving the Eagles with 7.6 seconds left to find a three-pointer to tie the game. Hahn passed the ball inbounds, got it right back, hesitated, then flung up a 23-footer that found the mark.

The officials awarded a timeout by Jackson Memorial after the shot went in and put two seconds back on the clock after it initially expired. Middletown South nearly won it in regulation when senior Ryan Dennery stole the ball and got off an open shot before the final buzzer, but his shot hit off the glass and then the rim before bouncing out.

Dennery and Nugent opened the overtime scoring, then senior Owen Richter converted a layup to make it 55-51. Hahn hit four more free throws to put the game away.

Hahn led all scorers with 23 points and Nugent pitched in 16 to lead Middletown South.

Junior Brady Adams and senior Devin Jones each scored 15 points to pace Jackson Memorial, which took a 46-44 lead on a pair of tiebreaking free throws by Jones with just over a minute left in the fourth.

(8) Middletown North 48, (12) Pinelands 33

The Lions scored nearly half their points during a 23-5 second-quarter run that buried the Wildcats and carried Middletown North to the Coaches Cup championship game Thursday at crosstown rival Middletown South.

Middletown South won the regular-season meeting between the two rivals on Jan. 10 at Middletown North, 65-62.


Regular Season

Class A North

No. 13 Marlboro 72, No. 10 Manalapan 66

Senior Brave Haugh scored 19 of his game-high 23 points in the first half and the Mustangs upended the Braves in the final divisional game for both teams.

Senior Dan Elmasri poured in 18 points, senior Steve Scimone chipped in 14 and freshman Nolan Gong netted nine for Marlboro, which put up 41 points in the first half to open up a nine-point lead.

Junior Aiden Sosinov scored 19 points to lead a balanced Manalapan scoring effort. Senior Phil Pearlman added 17 and senior Anthony Leger pitched in 15 in the loss.



Raritan 51, Point Beach 49

Junior Sean Burnett scored 20 points to go with five rebounds and three steals as the Rockets clipped the Garnet Gulls.

Sophomore Cam Gabloff added nine points, five rebounds and seven assists for Raritan.

Point Boro 60, Manchester 53

Sophomore Jovin Steinmetz scored 19 points and junior Drew Cardia added 16 points and five assists to lead the Panthers to a road win over the Hawks.

Juniors Thomas Turner and T.J. Jordan each came close to a double-double for Point Boro, with Turner contributing 10 points and nine rebounds while Jordan posted nine points and eight boards.

Junior Aidan Lunn nearly hit on a triple-double, finishing with 18 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists to lead Manchester. Junior M.J. Goins scored a game-high 21 points in a losing cause.

No. 12 Howell 75 Keyport 43

Senior Chris Meehan scored 18 points and senior D.J. Orloff and junior Joe Vella added 12 apiece to help the Rebels roll to a win over the Red Raiders.

Senior Ryan Burns led Keyport with 13 points, while sophomore Darius Applewhite added nine and senior Mike Nichols threw in eight in the loss.

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