Shore Conference Boys Basketball Opening Night Scoreboard, 12/14/23
No. 16 Shore 40, Toms River East 29
Senior Dom DiFiore scored 15 points in his debut for Shore and the Blue Devils topped the Raiders despite playing without their all-division guard, Alex George, due to injury.
Senior Joe Santi added 12 points and senior Gianni Fiumefreddo contributed seven for Shore, which went on a 20-2 run to flip an 11-7 first-quarter deficit to a 27-13 lead early in the third quarter.
Middletown North 61, Brick Memorial 34
Jason Quardt led four Middletown North players in double-figure scoring with 22 points and the Lions rolled to a season-opening win over the Mustangs.
Junior Colin Byrne added 12 points while senior Luke Sheehan and sophomore Eddie Lopez each pitched in 11 points in the win.
Sophomore Sean Collins led Brick Memorial with 12 points.
Howell 58, Neptune 40
Senior D.J. Orloff scored a game-high 26 points and the Rebels rolled to an opening-night road win over the Scarlet Fliers.
Senior Chris Meehan poured in 13 points and junior Joe Vella knocked down three three-pointers for nine points for Howell, which broke the game open with a 14-2 third-quarter run that extended its lead to 40-20.
Junior Darren Fonrose scored nine points while teammates Jayvion Rodgers and Daaron Lynch each chipped in eight to lead Neptune.
No. 8 Ranney 72, Jackson Memorial 65
Senior Drew Buck scored 21 point to go with 10 rebounds, five assists and a pair of blocked shots to help carry the Panthers to a hard-fought, season-opening win over the Jaguars.
Five Ranney players scored at least nine points in the win, with freshman Brody Mauro netting 15 in his high-school debut. Junior MeSean Williams scored 13 points to go with five rebounds, junior Josh Engal contributed in 11 points and five rebounds, and junior Justin Buck went for nine points in the win.
Five Jackson Memorial players, meanwhile, scored at least eight points, led by junior Brady Adams with 14. Sophomore Randy Holmes Jr. added 11 points, senior Shaun Hubbard chipped in 10, senior Matt Pitera scored nine on three three-pointers and senior Anthony Hallihan pitched in eight.
Point Beach 66, Brick 37
Senior John Coakley exploded for a career-high 36 points to go with nine rebounds as the Garnet Gulls flew past the Green Dragons for a one-sided opening-night win.
Sophomore Jacob Edgecomb pitched in nine points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals for Point Beach, while Garnet Gulls freshman Tyler Preston contributed five rebounds, three assists and six steals to go along with four points in his high school debut.
Senior Aidan Dvorak led Brick with eight points.
Pinelands 58, Lakewood 41
Senior Gerald Newsome scored a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds and the Wildcats won their road opener over the Piners.
Junior Ty Kline poured in 17 points and handed out four assists, while senior Aiden Falduto contributed six points, four assists and five steals. Sophomore Josh Barongo also added seven points and seven rebounds for Pinelands.
Junior Rahmel Anderson scored eight of his team-high 12 points in the first half to lead Lakewood and senior teammate Anthony Tucker scored nine of his 11 in the third quarter.
Donovan Catholic 60, Manchester 44
Junior Ryan Jacobs led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and the Griffins pulled away for a win over the Hawks to open their season with a road triumph.
Senior Chris Miranda threw in 14 points and classmate Jack Malek contributed 11 for Donovan Catholic.
Senior Josh Love scored a game-high 20 points to lead Manchester.
No. 10 Marlboro 43, No. 3 Central 38
Seniors Steve Scimone and Dan Elmasri combined for 28 points and led a defensive effort that held Central's All-Shore duo to 18 as the Mustangs scored a noteworthy road win over the Golden Eagles to open their season.
Scimone led Marlboro with 17 points to go with five rebounds and three steals, while Elmasri pitched in 11 points in the win. Freshman Nolan Gong also gave Marlboro a boost with eight points off the bench.
Junior Jaycen Santucci and senior Miles Chevalier each averaged better than 17 points per game during All-Shore seasons in 2022-23 but were held in check on Thursday. Santucci led Central with 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals, while Chevalier finished with seven points.
Junior Jayson King -- a transfer from Jackson Liberty -- scored nine points in his Central debut.
Lacey 55, Point Boro 52
Junior Jon Stabile turned in a memorable opening night with 22 points, eight rebounds and five steals to help the Lions overcome a 17-point deficit to stun the Panthers on the road.
Junior Maris Mooney added 15 points and five steals for Lacey. Sophomore Jovin Steinmetz scored 16 points and senior Jake Venturoso netted 11 to lead the Point Boro scoring effort.
Monmouth 49, Raritan 41
Senior Andrew English and sophomore Ahmir Wiggins each posted 13 points and seven rebounds as the Falcons took down the Rockets for an opening-night win.
Sophomore Jaylin Reeves added eight points and seven assists for Monmouth.
Sophomore Ian Mullan paced Raritan with 10 points, while sophomore Cam Gabloff chipped in nine and senior Alex Garguilo pitched in eight in the loss.
Barnegat 70, Jackson Liberty 45
Junior Mason Krey poured in a career-high 22 points to spark the Bengals to an opening-night win over the Lions.
Junior Cole Toddings netted 13 points, junior Todd Muhammad pitched in 10, senior Jamari Smith went for nine and junior Kyle Greenleaf contributed eight for Barnegat.
Senior Lukas Latvys and freshman Aidan Kelly each scored 12 points to lead Jackson Liberty.
No. 5 Red Bank Catholic 92, No. 13 Matawan 56
Junior Ryan Prior and senior Colin Cavanaugh combined for 48 points on 10-for-11 shooting from beyond the three-point arc as the Caseys handled the Huskies in an opening-night rout.
Prior finished with a game-high 25 points on 6-for-7 shooting from three-point range and also grabbed 10 rebounds to go with three assists. Cavanaugh was a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc and finished with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Senior Pasquale Sabino pitched in 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for RBC while classmate Luke Iasparro dished out seven assists and swiped three steals to go with his five points.
Junior Amir Martinez led Matawan with 18 points and classmate Chauncy Brown added 16 in the loss. Matawan opened the season with 6-foot-7 center Jayden Elijah unavailable due to injury.
No. 14 Red Bank 50, No. 15 Southern 48 (OT)
Senior Jackson Ackerman buried a turnaround shot in the lane while fading away to break a tie with 30 seconds left in overtime and the Bucs outlasted the Rams for a thrilling opening-night win.
Senior Braydon Kirkpatrick and junior Zayier Dean each hit go-ahead baskets in overtime as well, with Kirkpatrick drilling a three to make it 46-45 with 2:30 left and Dean hitting a step-back jumper with 1:30 left to make it 48-46.
Southern sophomore and East Brunswick transfer Jake Sliwinski hit the final shot in regulation -- a running shot off the glass with a minute left that tied the game, 43-43.
Kirkpatrick finished with a team-high 19 points, while Dean -- a transfer from Ocean -- netted 16 in his Red Bank debut. Ackerman chipped in 11 points for the Bucs.
Freshman Noah Perna led Central with 23 points and six rebounds while sophomore guard and Sliwinski added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Southern. Senior Leo Crowley also contributed six points and 16 rebounds in the loss.
No. 11 Holmdel 70, No. 9 Middletown 61
Senior Nick Seeloch scored a team-high 24 points and shot 7-for-8 from the free-throw line in overtime to pace the Hornets to an opening-night win over the Eagles in a showdown between ranked teams that went down to the wire.
Middletown South senior Owen Richter scored a game-high 26 points, including the game-tying drive to the basket in the final seconds that send the game into overtime, 56-56. Seeloch had enough time to get off a shot from beyond midcourt but it rimmed out as regulation expired.
Senior James Vallillo added 21 points for Holmdel, including seven in overtime and 15 after halftime. Senior Ben Kipnis scored eight of his 12 points in the first half and sophomore Jack Vallillo hit three three-pointers for nine points.
Junior Brady Hahn scored 14 points, senior Will Nugent poured in 13 and senior Carmine DeCrescenzo chipped in eight to round out the Middletown South scoring.
Thomas Edison Charter 42, Asbury Park 30
No. 12 Colts Neck 62, Rahway 50
Senior Volodymyr Trotsko scored 20 points and senior Mike Belcher scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half as the Cougars overcame the Indians for an opening-night road win.
Henry Hudson 64, Perth Amboy Magnet 36
Junior Jack Fitzpatrick scored a game-high 25 points and the Admirals stormed past Perth Amboy Magnet on opening night.
Freshman JoJo Newell added 11 points in his first high school game and sophomore Mike Fitzpatrick chipped in 10 for Henry Hudson.
Patrick School 62, No. 1 St. Rose 59
Senior Matt Hodge went off for a game-high 30 points, but it was not enough to save the Purple Roses from an opening-night loss to the Celtics.
Senior Gio Panzini added nine points and junior Evan Romano pitched in eight in the loss.
Jaiden Glover, Brandon Lee and Jaysean Williams each scored 12 points to lead the Patrick School.