Shore Conference Tournament


At Middletown South

(1) St. Rose 61, (8) Rumson-Fair Haven 35

Senior Gio Panzini scored eight of his game-high 16 points in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and the Purple Roses pulled away to beat the Bulldogs and secure a spot in the SCT semifinals for the second straight season.

Panzini also grabbed six rebounds, while senior Matt Hodge and sophomore Jayden Hodge each added 11 points, with Matt posting five rebounds and four assists and Jayden grabbing six rebounds to go with three steals.

Jayden Hodge hit a floater as time expired in the third quarter to extend St. Rose's lead to 38-15, which kickstarted a 13-0 run. Panzini handled most of the scoring in the run by scoring the first eight points of the fourth, including a pair of three-pointers.

Freshman Avery Lynch also pitched in nine points off the bench for St. Rose and capped the 13-0 run with a three that put St. Rose ahead, 49-15. Lynch also hit a corner three near the end of the first half that sent the Purple Roses to the locker room with a 24-11 lead. Prior to Lynch's shot, St. Rose had missed its previous seven three-point attempts.

Senior Theo Carlston led Rumson with 10 points and eight rebounds.

(3) Manasquan 65, (6) Toms River North 60 (OT)

Senior Griffin Linstra scored eight of his game-high 18 points in overtime and the Warriors won an overtime classic against the Mariners to reach the SCT semifinals for the sixth straight season.

Linstra also plucked 10 rebounds and senior Jason Larned contributed 14 points, five assists and two steals for Manasquan. Seniors Alex Konov and Luke Roy also cracked double-figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and freshman Rey Weinseimer finished with eight points, including a pair of three-pointers during a 13-2 third-quarter run that put Manasquan ahead, 39-31.

Manasquan jumped out to a 19-10 lead by the latter part of the first quarter and later built up the 39-31 lead, but Toms River North rallied to take the lead after each deficit. The Mariners shot 5-for-6 from beyond the three-point line in the second quarter and 7-for-11 in the first half, with senior Owen Baker and sophomore Bryce Kazanowsky each hitting two in the first half.

Senior Sean Gathers scored 17 points off the bench to lead Toms River North, including 10 in a row to help the Mariners erase the eight-point deficit and tied the game at 41-41. Manasquan, however, immediately answered with a corner three-pointer from Roy to make it 44-41, which Toms RIver North answered with a three from senior Micah Ford.

Larned scored to put Manasquan ahead, 46-44, and the Warriors led 48-44 before Gathers hit another three and Baker made a driving, left-handed scoop shot to catapult Toms River North to a 49-48 lead -- its first lead since the opening minute of the third quarter.

The teams traded free throws to set up a 50-50 tie and Larned put Manasquan back in front with a baseline drive. Ford then answered with the tying basket as he was fouled with 1:13 left in the fourth, but could not capitalize from the line.

Linstra then scored the first four points of overtime and Manasquan went up by six on a pair of free throws by Konov. Gathers cut the lead to 58-55 with a shot off the glass, but Manasquan put the game out of reach on the following possession when a technical foul followed a common foul, giving Manasquan four free throws. Linstra hit two of them, then found Konov for a layup and a 62-55 lead.

Ford finished with 11 points and nine rebounds, Kazanowsky scored nine points and Baker netted eight for Toms River North.

Manasquan will play Holmdel in the SCT semifinals Wednesday at Red Bank Regional High School.

(7) Holmdel 53, (2) Central 52

Senior James Vallillo led a well-rounded Holmdel attack with 14 points, including the go-ahead drive to the basket with a minute to go that proved to be the game-winner in an upset win for the Hornets over the Golden Eagles.

Vallillo also grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out five assists, while classmate Ben Kipnis went for 13 points and seven assists and junior Daxx Corneiro pitched in 10 points and seven rebounds in the win.

The largest lead of the second half belonged to Central at 48-43, but the Hornets hit back with a three-pointer by sophomore Jack Vallillo and a three-point play by Vallillo to give Holmdel a 49-48 lead.

Central senior Miles Chevalier answered with a basket in the paint to put the Golden Eagles back in front, 50-49, to which Kipnis responded with a layup off a feed from Vallillo for a 51-50 lead.

Chevalier again counted with a midrange jumper and a 52-51 Central lead with just over a minute to go. Vallillo came right back with a strong take to the rim, which put Holmdel ahead, 53-52, with excactly a minute to go.

Central ran the clock down, but turned the ball over underneath its own basket. Junior Jayson King kept the Golden Eagles alive by stealing an inbound pass and getting a timeout with 2.4 seconds left.

On the game's final play, King looked for junior Jaycen Santucci in the pain, but Holmdel senior Nick Seeloch broke up the pass and time expired.

Santucci led Central with 16 points and Chevalier added 14 in the loss.

Holmdel will play in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals for the third time in program history and second time in five years Wednesday, when the Hornets take on No. 3 Manasquan, which beat Holmdel, 59-37, at Manasquan in December.

(5) CBA 53, (13) Howell 45

Senior Peter Noble scored a game-high 19 points with five three-pointers and junior Justin Fuerbacher stood out on both ends of the floor as the Colts fought off the Rebels to earn their second trip to the SCT semifinals in the last three years.

Noble hit two three-pointers and scored eight points during a 12-2 CBA run to open the game -- a lead the Colts would never give up. Howell, however, would shrink the lead down the three during the first half and to four in the second half, but the Colts routinely answered, particularly Noble.

The senior guard banked in a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to extend CBA's lead to 27-20 at halftime. Noble did all of his second-half scoring on two fourth-quarter threes, including a shot from the right wing that put the Colts ahead, 50-43, with 2:20 to go.

Howell had just cut CBA's lead to 47-43 on a three-pointer by senior D.J. Orloff, who led his team with 15 points and eight rebounds. CBA junior Kevin Pikiell converted a three-point play with under a minute to go to make it 53-43, effectively putting the game out of Howell's reach.

While Orloff led Howell in scoring, he scored below his season average while battling against Fuerbacher. The 6-foot-5 CBA junior played all 32 minutes and stayed glued to Orloff while posting 12 points and 11 rebounds to his own stat line. Fuerbacher's effort was especially important because CBA was without 6-5 sophomore Connor Andree, who suffered an ankle injury in Thursday's win over Donovan Catholic.

Sophomore Charlie Marcoullier also cracked double-figures for CBA with 11 points. Junior Joe Vella also scored 11 points for Howell with three three-pointers, while senior Chris Meehan added nine points for the Rebels.

CBA advances to Wednesday's SCT semifinal at Red Bank Regional, where the Colts will take on top-seeded St. Rose.


Regular Season


Ocean 42, Long Branch 35

Wall 58, Lacey 57 (2OT)

Junior Demitri Tu scored 17 points and the Crimson Knights beat the Lions, all but eliminating Lacey's chances to qualify for a spot in the NJSIAA Tournament. Senior Logan Brash led Lacey with a game-high 18 points.

Freehold Boro 65, Monmouth 47

Junior Brian Tassey scored 23 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, handing out three assists and blocking two shots to lead the Colonials to a win over the Falcons.

Junior Qua'Mir Everett added 14 points and nine rebounds and senior Christian DiGiso pitched in 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for Freehold Boro.

Sophomore Ahmir Wiggins scored 15 points and classmate Jaylin Reeves added 14 to lead Monmouth.

No. 12 Manalapan 59, No. 10 Donovan Catholic 51

Senior Tristan Ulrich and junior Aiden Sosinov each scored 20 points and the Braves sealed a win on the road over the Griffins.

Ulrich hit six three-pointers and Sosinov delivered a key steal and dunk to effectively win it for Manalapan. Senior Anthony Leger also added 12 points in the win.

Senior Jack Malek scored 12 points and junior Ryan Jacobs added 11 to lead Donovan Catholic.

No. 14 Marlboro 86, No. 11 Ranney 59

Senior Steve Scimone scored 28 points and buried eight three-pointers as the Mustangs steamrolled the Panthers.

Freshman Nolan Gong added 17 points on five three-pointers, with Gong and Scimone combining for all 13 of Marlboro's three-pointers in the game. Seniors Dan Elmarsi and Brave Haugh also scored 12 points each for Marlboro.

Senior Drew Buck scored 19 points to lead Ranney, while junior brother Justin Buck scored 11 of his 14 in the first quarter. Freshman Brody Mauro also scored 13 points in the loss.



Henry Hudson 59, Academy Charter 49

Junior Jack Fitzpatrick scored 22 points and freshman JoJo Newell added 16 as the Admirals took down Academy Charter.

College Achieve Asbury Park 66, St. John Vianney 52

Deuce Jones scored 15 points and handed out six assists while Jebron Harris put up 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Knights to a win over the Lancers.

Senior Dylan Costa scored a game-high 19 points and senior Emanuel Domingo chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds to lead St. John Vianney.

Shore 60, New Egypt 51

Alex George led three seniors in double-figure scoring with 19 points on Senior Day as the Blue Devils picked up a win over the Warriors. Gianni Fiumefreddo poured in 18 points and fellow senior Joe Santi threw in 11 for Shore.

Point Boro 48, A.L. Johnson 28

Senior Jake Venturoso scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the Panthers rolled through the Crusaders to give coach Kevin Hynes his 400th career win.

Junior Drew Cardia added 11 points and three steals, while junior Thomas Turner posted eight points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots and junior Hudson Griffen went for six points, 10 rebounds and four steals for Point Boro.

Southern 63, Hammonton 51

Sophomore Jake Sliwinski scored 20 points and senior Leo Crowley and freshman Noah Perna pitched in 13 apiece to lead the Rams to a win over the Blue Devils.

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