NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(4) Marlboro 61, (5) Old Bridge 54

Senior Steve Scimone score 18 points and junior Dan Crasto scored eight of his 11 points during a 19-7 third-quarter run that lifted the Mustangs over the Knights and into the sectional semifinal round for the fourth straight tournament.

Crasto hit three three-pointers in the game, including two during the third. Marlboro and Old Bridge were tied, 29-29, at halftime before the Mustangs opened up a 12-point lead heading to the fourth.

Scimone scored 11 of his points in the first half, while senior Dan Elmasri finished with 12 points and classmate Brave Haugh pitched in 11 for Marlboro.

Brandon Medel led Old Bridge with 14 points.

(3) Manalapan 58, (11) Jackson Memorial 42

Senior Phil Pearlman scored 19 points, junior teammate Aiden Sosinov tallied 17 and each grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Braves over the Jaguars and into the sectional final round of the NJSIAA Tournament for the first time since 1999.

Pearlman scored 14 of his 19 in the second half, while Sosinov went 8-for-10 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to help Manalapan close out the victory.

Senior Anthony Leger also contributed 13 points and seven assists for Manalapan, which will travel to No. 2 Monroe Wednesday for the Central Group IV semifinal round.

Senior Devin Jones led Jackson Memorial with 15 points and junior Brady Adams chipped in nine in the loss.


Central Jersey Group II

(2) Holmdel 59, (7) Point Boro 46

Senior James Vallillo scored 17 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, while classmate Ben Kipnis posted 11 points and 12 assists to spark the Hornets to a quarterfinal win over the Panthers.

Senior Nick Seeloch also poured in 13 points while dishing out three assists and senior Daxx Corneiro also cracked double-figures for Holmdel with 10 points.

Sophomore Jovin Steinmetz led Point Boro with 16 points, including the first nine points of the game on three unanswered three-pointers that gave Point Boro a 9-0 lead.

Holmdel hit back with 10 unanswered points to take the lead and broke open a five-point game at halftime with an 18-6 advantage in the third quarter.

Holmdel will host No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven Wednesday in the sectional semifinals.

(1) Manasquan 62, (8) Bordentown 39

Junior Griffin Linstra scored 14 points and six different Manasquan players scored eight or more as part of a balanced effort that carried the Warriors past the Scotties and into the sectional semifinals Wednesday against No. 4 Delaware Valley.

Senior Luke Roy added 12 points, senior Jason Larned scored 11, senior Alex Konov pitched in nine and freshman Rey Weinseimer and sophomore Jack O'Reilly each contributed eight for Manasquan.

(3) Rumson-Fair Haven 76, (6) Bound Brook 43

Sophomore Luke Cruz scored 15 points and senior Andrew Goodes posted 13 to pace the Bulldogs in a rout of the Crusaders.

Junior David Carr added nine points and seniors Nick Rigby and Evan Keane each pitched in eight for Rumson, which will head to No. 2 Holmdel Wednesday for the sectional semifinals.


South Jersey Group IV

(3) Central 62, (6) Rancocas Valley 53

Junior Jaycen Santucci pumped in 31 points, pulled down 15 rebounds and grabbed three steals to lead the Golden Eagles to a win over the Red Devils that sends the Golden Eagles to the sectional final round for just the second time in program history and first time in 10 years.

Senior Jordan Barbot scored 13 points to go with four steals, while senior Miles Chevalier chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Central, which will head to No. 2 Eastern Wednesday in the sectional semifinal round.

Eastern beat Central in an overtime classic, 57-55, in last year's sectional quarterfinal round and also ended Central's season in the 2022 South Group IV opening round.

Central's only prior trip to the sectional final round of the NJSIAA Tournament came in 2013-14, when the Golden Eagles made it to the South Jersey Group III semifinal as a No. 12 seed.

(4) Toms River North 54, (5) Shawnee 51

Seniors Micah Ford and Sean Gathers combined for 17 second-half points and the Mariners hung on to top the Renegades to reach the sectional semifinal round on Wednesday, when Toms River North will travel to play top-seeded Lenape.

Ford finished with a team-high 13 points and cleaned up his free-throw shooting in the fourth quarter, going 4-for-4 in the final eight minutes after missing all three of his chances from the line in the third.

Gathers pitched in 11 points, as did junior Sherrod Nelson. Senior Owen Baker, meanwhile, poured in 10 while going 3-for-4 at the line down the stretch. Toms River North shot 10-for-12 from the foul line as a team during the fourth quarter and held Shawnee without a field goal during the entirety of the third.

Zane Bouchard and Jake Jones each score 17 points and combined for seven three-pointers to lead Shawnee. Jones scored 15 points in the first half, while Bouchard nailed five three-pointers for the game and scored 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.


South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) CBA 70, (9) Camden Catholic 66

Junior Justin Fuerbacher scored a team-high 19 points and the Colts withstood a fourth-quarter charge by the Irish to advance to the sectional quarterfinals on Thursday.

CBA led by as many as 13 in the fourth quarter and a basket by Fuerbacher put CBA ahead, 59-47, with 5:10 left in the fourth quarter.

Camden Catholic came alive with a 10-0 run to pull within 59-57 and after sophomore Connor Andree ended the run with a basket for CBA, Camden Catholic freshman Bryce Clark hit a three-pointer to cut CBA's lead to 61-60.

Sophomore Charlie Marcoullier pushed the Colts lead back up to 63-60 with a layup, then hit Fuerbacher up ahead for a basket, plus the foul, which made it 66-60 after the free throw.

Senior Peter Noble finished with 14 points, Marcoullier added 13 and junior Kevin Pikiell pitched in nine for CBA. Andree provided 10 points in his return to the lineup after missing the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal and semifinal games with an ankle injury.

Clark finished with 17 points and Luke Kennevan poured in a game-high 27 to lead Camden Catholic.

(3) Rutgers Prep 77, (6) Red Bank Catholic 61

Andrew Kretkowski scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and the Argonauts closed the game on a 27-11 run to turn a tight sectional quarterfinal into a comfortable advancement to the sectional semifinals over the Caseys.

Myles Parker scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter for Rutgers Prep, which scored the final basket of the third quarter to go up, 52-50, heading to the fourth and never looked back.

Jacob Canton also poured in 18 points for Rutgers Prep, which will travel to play defending Non-Public A champion Union Catholic Thursday in the sectional semifinals.

Junior Ryan Prior scored a game-high 26 points behind five three-pointers to lead Red Bank Catholic. Senior Tyler Burnham added 14 points and classmate Pasquale Sabino netted nine in the loss.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(1) St. Rose 57, (8) Wildwood Catholic 46

The Purple Roses shook off a slow start and overcame the Crusaders with Villanova commit Matt Hodge on the bench while recovering from illness.

Junior Bryan Ebeling led St. Rose's balanced attack with 12 points, while classmate Evan Romano pitched in 11 points and three assists after coming off the bench and playing limited minutes.

Freshman Avery Lynch added 10 points and five rebounds, while both senior Gio Panzini and sophomore Jayden Hodge threw in nine points apiece in all-around performances. Panzini also posted five rebounds, three assists and five blocked shots, while Hodge grabbed nine rebounds and handed out four assists in the win.

Wildwood Catholic was within five points at 19-14 early in the second quarter, but St. Rose ripped off a 9-0 run to go up 28-14 and built its lead up to 25 at 54-29 during the fourth quarter.

St. Rose will host No. 5 Holy Cross Prep in the sectional semifinal on Thursday.


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