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Holmdel 64, No. 7 St. John Vianney 61

Junior Nick Seeloch scored a career-high 33 points, including the go-ahead layup with 14 seconds left and the Hornets knocked off the Lancers for an opening-night road win.

Junior Ben Kipnis stole the ball with 14 seconds left and found Seeloch for the lay-in that vaulted Holmdel into the lead, 62-61. The Hornets closed out the game with an 11-2 run and wiped out a six-point deficit with just over a minute left to steal the victory.

Kipnis finished with 13 points and junior Daxx Comeiro added 10 for Holmdel. Senior Connor Howard paced St. John Vianney with 24 points, while sophomore Aiden Ur poured in 14 in the loss.



Brick 46, Asbury Park 45

Nick Verdesco hit the game-winning free throw 3.4 seconds left and senior Alex Jenkoski scored 19 points as the Green Dragons edged the Blue Bishops to give coach Rob Panasuk his first career win.

Senior Davon Foster led Asbury Park with a game-high 24 points.

Freehold Boro 59, Wall 49

Junior Christian DiGiso pumped in 27 points and dished out four assists to lead the Colonials to an opening-night win over the Crimson Knights and instantly put behind them a winless 2021-22 season.

Junior Sam Cranwell added 14 points, four assists and three steals and sophomore Brian Tassey contributed 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Freehold Boro.

Senior Matt Eisenberg led Wall with 14 points while sophomore Tom Ekberg and junior Bo Pepe each chipped in 11 in the loss.

No. 4 Jackson Memorial 50, Middletown North 40

Senior Respect Tyleek scored 18 points and classmate Samir Padilla netted 17 to steer the Jaguars to an opening-night win over the Lions.

Junior Jason Quardt led Middletown North with 15 points and senior Cam Hickey contributed nine in the loss.

Shore 51, Toms River East 33

Junior Alex George kicked off his season with a game-high 22 points and the Blue Devils rolled to a win over the Raiders on opening night.

Seniors Liam Gajewski and Donovan Hughes each added eight points for Shore.

Barnegat 53, Jackson Liberty 48

Junior Jamari Smith scored 16 points and the Bengals erased an 11-point deficit over the final six minutes to pull off an opening-night road win over the Lions.

Sophomore Cole Toddings added 12 points and junior Shawn Javines chipped in nine for Barnegat, which closed the game on a 23-7 run over those final six minutes.

Junior Dylan Caldeira led Jackson Liberty with 14 points, while sophomore Jayson King scored 13 and junior Lukas Latvys threw in 12 for the Lions.

Toms River South 55, Lakewood 50 (OT)

Junior Rob Peirson scored 18 points, including a three-pointer during overtime, to help the Indians top the Piners on opening night.

Mazaiah Brown-Height added 12 points, junior Jordan Jones chipped in 10 and junior Kai Barckley netted nine in a well-rounded Toms River South offensive attack.

Senior Keyon Tims led Lakewood with 17 points while classmate Derrick Marsh poured in 13 in the loss.

No. 10 Red Bank 60, Long Branch 48

Senior Collin Teter drained eight three-pointers on the way to a career-high 34 points as the Bucs sailed to an opening-night win over the Green Wave.

The win is the 654th in the head-coaching career of first-year Red Bank coach George Sourlis and his first as a boys basketball head coach. Sourlis spent three decades as the head coach of the Rumson-Fair Haven girls program.

Senior Bruce Gooding led Long Branch with 27 points.

Marlboro 65, Middletown South 62 (OT)

Senior Sohan Eleti led four Marlboro players in double-figures with 16 points and the Mustangs bounced back from a slow start to topple the Eagles in overtime for coach James Heuter's first career win.

Junior Steven Scimone added 14 points, senior Alex Frank poured in 11 and junior Brave Haugh pitched in 10 for Marlboro, which fell into a 19-9 hole at the end of the first quarter before bouncing back to cut its deficit to 30-27 by halftime.

Senior Dylan Csik led Middletown South with 22 points while junior Will Nugent posted 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Point Beach 72, Pinelands 47

Senior Kevin Burns went off for an opening-night triple-double and the Garnet Gulls stormed past the Wildcats to open their season.

Burns finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, which marks his third triple-double in the last three seasons after he accomplished the feat in back-to-back games as a junior.

Senior Kyle Kolans added 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior John Coakley and senior Stephen Seaman each added eight points for Point Beach, with Coakley also hauling in eight rebounds.

Junior Aiden Falduto led Pinelands with 15 points, while sophomores Matt Davis (13) and Ty Kline (11) each finished in double-figures in defeat.

Southern 48, Lacey 40

Senior Tom Menegus scored 21 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to lead the Rams to an opening-night win over the Lions.

Senior Max DiPietro added 10 points, nine rebounds and four assists for Southern, which took over the game behind a 17-5 run during the entirety of the third quarter.

Senior Dylan Hall led Lacey with nine points.

No. 2 St. Rose 42, Red Bank Catholic 40

Freshman Jayden Hodge poured in a game-high 22 points in his high-school debut and the Purple Roses held off the Caseys to win their anticipated home-opener.

Junior Matthew Hodge -- Jayden's olden brother -- added nine points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in his state-side debut, including a key three-point play to extend St. Rose's lead to 35-30 after Jayden Hodge broke a 30-30 deadlock with a steal and a layup.

The Hodge brothers grew up in Belgium and are two of St. Rose's six transfers, three of whom came from Europe.

Sophomore Bryan Ebeling -- a transfer from Italy -- contributed seven points for St. Rose.

Junior Colin Cavanaugh led Red Bank Catholic with 15 points and had a clean look at a potential game-winning three-pointer from the top of the key. The shot rimmed out, as did a tip in by junior center Tyler Burnham (seven points) in the final seconds.

Raritan 46, Monmouth 39

Senior Jack O'Leary scored 17 points to go with nine rebounds and the Rockets outlasted the Falcons for an opening-night win.

Junior Mike Diller added 13 points and seven rebounds for Raritan, while sophomore James Curley led Monmouth with 16 points.

No. 5 Freehold Twp. 82, Donovan Catholic 39

Senior Jayden Holmes-Cotter picked up where he left off a season ago by scoring 26 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Patriots to a one-sided win over the Griffins to start their season.

Senior Malachi Harris added 16 points, seven assists and four steals while sophomore Nick Cardone went for 12 points and six assists for Freehold Township, which started the game with a 25-7 run through the end of the first quarter. Junior Brandon Norero also pitched in seven points, nine rebounds and three assists in the win.

Senior Brian Farrell led Donovan Catholic with 14 points.



Saddle River Day 73, No. 8 Ranney 64

Senior Isaac Hester scored 23 points and junior Drew Buck netted 19, but the Panthers fell to the Colonial Rebels in their season-opener.

No. 1 Manasquan 76, Patrick School 37

Sophomore Darius Adams scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and the Warriors coasted to a win over the Celtics to open up their season in resounding fashion.

Sophomore Griffin Linstra posted 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals, while senior Quinn Peters put up 11 points and six rebounds for Manasquan. Senior Jack Dettlinger also contributed four points, seven rebounds and four steals off the bench for Manasquan, which built a 45-18 lead by halftime.


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