Shore Conference Tournament

Opening Round

(15) St. John Vianney 36, (18) Point Boro 34

Senior Mark Augello scored 11 points, including the putback that gave St. John Vianney the lead for good with two minutes to go as the Lancers edged the Panthers to reach Thursday's round of 16 at No. 2 Central.

Senior Emanuel Domingo added seven points, eight rebounds and eight blocks shots and also found classmate Deon Jackson for a layup with under 30 seconds to go that extended Vianney's lead to 35-32.

Point Boro senior Jake Venturoso answered with a layup on the other end for Point Boro and St. John Vianney senior Dylan Costa knocked down one of two free throws to make it 36-34. The Lancers came up with a defensive stand on Point Boro's final possession and avoided a foul to run out the clock.

Venturoso and sophomore Jovin Steinmetz each scored 11 points to lead Point Boro, with Venturoso scoring nine in the second half and Steinmetz scoring all of his points in the first half.

Point Boro stormed out to a 14-5 lead early in the second quarter before SJV closed the half on a 16-3 run to go up 21-17. Point Boro surged in front, 30-26, during the fourth before Costa hit his first shot of the game -- a three-pointer from the wing -- to cut the Panthers lead to 30-29.

Costa hit a jumper to give Vianney a 31-30 lead before Venturoso answered with a pair of free throws with under three minutes to go for a 32-31 Panthers lead. Augello then put back a missed three-point attempt by Domingo to kick off the final two minutes.

St. John Vianney lost to Central, 48-40, in the first round of the WOBM Christmas Classic on Dec. 26. Costa -- a transfer from Arthur L. Johnson -- was not yet eligible to play in that game. Central will enter Thursday's game on a 14-game winning streak.

(14) Marlboro 54, (19) Barnegat 48

Senior Dan Elmasri scored 17 points to go with four assists and three steals and the Mustangs outlasted the Bengals to advance to the SCT round of 16 Thursday at No. 3 Manasquan.

Senior Brave Haugh put up 16 points, 11 rebounds and three assists for Marlboro, while senior Steve Scimone scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including 4-for-4 at the free-throw line to help the Mustangs put the game out of reach. Freshman Nolan Gong also contributed nine points for Marlboro.

Marlboro hit shots in the final seconds of each of the first three quarters to curb Barnegat's momentum. Elmasri scored as he was fouled with one second left in the first quarter to give the Mustangs a 15-12 lead. Scimone found senior Nick Epp for a layup to send Marlboro to halftime with a 23-21 lead and Scimone canned a contested corner three to put the Mustangs ahead, 36-30, at the end of three.

Senior Jamari Smith scored a game-high 23 points for Barnegat, including 16 in the first half on 7-for-8 shooting. Junior Todd Muhammad pitched in eight points off the bench for the Bengals.

(22) Shore 41, (11) Colts Neck 40

Senior Gianni Fiumefreddo led a balanced scoring effort with 11 points and scored the go-ahead putback with three seconds left as the Blue Devils upset the Cougars on the road to move on to the SCT round of 16 for the second straight season.

Last year, Shore beat Brick Memorial on the road in the SCT first round and lost at Toms River North, 50-45, in the following round. Once again, Shore will travel to Toms River North on Thursday to face the sixth-seeded Mariners in the round of 16.

Senior Alex George scored 10 points and senior Dom DiFiore pitched in nine for Shore, which gained control of the game by outscoring Colts Neck, 13-6, in the third quarter to take a 26-22 lead going into the fourth.

Senior Vova Trotsko scored a game-high 17 points to lead Colts Neck and junior Lukas Sloane chipped in 12 in the loss.

(10) Manalapan 67, (23) Toms River East 55

Junior Aiden Sosinov poured in a game-high 23 points and senior teammate Anthony Leger struck for 20 as the Braves beat the Raiders in the opening round of the Shore Conference Tournament for the second time in five seasons.

Senior Phil Pearlman added 14 points for Manalapan, which has won two Shore Conference Tournament games since reaching the quarterfinals in 2013 and both were against Toms River East. Manalapan's next game will be Thursday at No. 7 Holmdel in the round of 16.

Senior Jason McKelvey scored 21 points and freshman Gabe Feliciano added 12 to lead Toms River East.

(12) Donovan Catholic 59, (21) Southern 53

Junior Ryan Jacobs pumped in a game-high 23 points and the Griffins held off the Rams to reach Thursday's SCT round of 16 at No. 5 CBA.

Senior Jack Malek chipped in 13 points and junior James Gibbons added nine for Donovan Catholic, which built a 28-18 halftime lead.

Senior Caden Schubiger and sophomore Jake Sliwinski led a balanced Southern offense with 14 points apiece, while senior Leo Crowley added nine in the loss.

(16) Freehold Boro 73, (17) Ranney 55

Junior Brian Tassey scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half to go with 14 rebounds and six assists and the Colonials blitzed the Panthers in the third quarter on the way to their first SCT win in 14 years.

Ranney took a two-point lead into the halftime locker room before Freehold Boro took control by winning the third quarter, 27-10, for a 55-40 lead heading to the fourth quarter.

Three other Freehold Boro players reached double-figure scoring, with junior Qua'Mir Everett chipping in 14 points and six rebounds, senior Christian DiGiso pouring in 12 and junior Aidan Hamlin-Woolfolk netting 10. DiGiso also grabbed 11 boards and dished out four assists.

Six Freehold Boro players scored during the third-quarter barage, led by six points apiece from Tassey and Hamlin-Woolfolk. Senior Will Hon scored five of his seven-points off the bench in the quarter and senior Sam Cranwell hit one of his two three-pointers in the third.

Senior Drew Buck scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to lead Ranney and is now six points from 1,000 for his career. Junior MeSean Williams scored nine of his 11 points in the first half for the Panthers.

St. Rose will play at top-seeded St. Rose in Thursday's round of 16. The Colonials played the No. 1 team in the state without Tassey available to play due to illness and fell to the Purple Roses, 69-41, in Freehold.

(7) Holmdel 65, (26) Monmouth 45

Seniors Nick Seeloch and James Vallillo combined for 55 points and the Hornets broke open a tight game at half to turn away the Falcons and reach the round of 16 Thursday, when Holmdel will host No. 10 Manalapan.

Seeloch scored 30 points to lead the way and Vallillo poured in 25 for Holmdel, which nursed a 28-24 lead at halftime before pumping it up to 47-36 by the end of the third. Seeloch scored 11 during the third quarter and Vallillo poured in 11 in the fourth.

Holmdel senior Nick Seeloch. (Photo: Tom Smith |
Holmdel senior Nick Seeloch. (Photo: Tom Smith |

Junior James Curley and sophomore Jaylin Reeves each scored 14 points and sophomore Ahmir Wiggins posted 12 points and eight rebounds to lead Monmouth.

(8) Rumson-Fair Haven 100, (25) Henry Hudson 65

Sophomore Luke Cruz scored 24 points and hit four of Rumson's 12 three-pointers as the Bulldogs reached the century mark in a round-one win over the Admirals.

Senior Nick Rigby scored 11 points, junior David Carr poured in nine and senior Evan Keane contributed 10 off the bench for Rumson, which will host No. 9 Red Bank Catholic Thursday in the round of 16.

Red Bank Catholic defeated Rumson, 71-63, in Red Bank on Jan. 25 and the rematch will be in Rumson, with the Bulldogs looking to avenge a loss that cost them a share of the Class B North division championship.

Senior Jack Fitzpatrick scored a game-high 26 points to lead Henry Hudson. Sophomore Mike Fitzpatrick added 14 and junior Kevin Pharo threw in 10 in the loss.

(9) Red Bank Catholic 89, (24) Point Beach 66

Senior Pasquale Sabino scored 17 of his career-high 29 points in the first half and the Caseys pulled away to beat the Garnet Gulls and earn a round-of-16 road rematch at No. 8 Rumson-Fair Haven.

Senior Tyler Burnham dropped 19 points, junior Ryan Prior chipped in 13 and senior Brian Vecchio contributed 11 for Red Bank Catholic.

Sophomore Jacob Edgecomb scored 23 points and freshman Danny Cavanaugh went for 21 to lead Point Beach, which trailed, 17-16, through one quarter before falling behind by 12 by the end of the first half.

(13) Howell 57, (20) Toms River South 51

Senior D.J. Orloff scored a game-high 27 points and the Rebels closed out a win over the Indians for their first home win in the SCT since 2011.

Toms River South cut Howell's lead to two points on four different occasions in the fourth quarter, but Howell had an answer each time. Only once did the Indians have the ball with a chance to tie the game or take the lead and sophomore Cayden Parker stole the ball and found Orloff for a layup.

With Toms River South within 48-46 and 2:30 to go, Howell rattled off an 8-1 run in a span of under two minutes to put the game on ice.

Junior Joe Vella also scored 11 points for Howell, which will travel to play No. 4 Red Bank Thursday in the round of 16. Howell took Red Bank into overtime when the two teams met in Red Bank on Jan. 4, with Red Bank prevailing, 62-58.

Senior Kai Barckley scored 25 points and sophomore Shane Gambarony pitched in 15 to lead Toms River South.


Regular Season


Brick 67, Raritan 61

Sophomore Mike Sullivan put up 15 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Sean Nausedas chipped in 13 points to pace the Green Dragons to a win over the Rockets.

Long Branch 69, Lakewood 37

Senior Peter Da Cruz scored 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead the Green Wave over the Piners. Havier Gonzalez and Josh Da Cruz added 11 points each, with Gonzalez also picking up four assists and five steals.

Middletown South 85, Lacey 82

Junior Brady Hahn scored 21 points and the Eagles clipped the Lions on the road. Sophomore Matt Trimble added 14 points, while seniors Will Nugent and Ryan Denery poured in 13 apiece for Middletown South.

Senior Logan Brash scored 20 points, junior Jon Stabile posted 19 points and 10 rebounds, and junior D.J. Duffy pumped in 18 points to lead Lacey. Junior Anthony Mazza also scored 11 points and freshman Derek Roth put up 10 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the loss.


Monday, Feb. 5

Central Crossover

Point Beach 68, Jackson Liberty 43

Senior John Coakley poured in 24 points and freshman Tyler Preston contributed 13 as the Garnet Gulls raced past the Lions to finish off their division schedule with a win.



Keyport 54, Keansburg 42

Junior Dominico Dispenza scored 19 points and senior Mike Nichols added 17 to lead the Red Raiders to a win and a season sweep of the rival Titans.

Senior Ason Young scored 12 points and junior Matt Rock added nine to lead Keansburg.



Ocean 63, South River 56

Senior Keith Allen scored 23 points and sophomore Aidan Saint Louis threw in 15 to pace the Spartans to a win over the Rams, who were led by a game-high 33 points from Alex Grospe.

Central Jersey College Prep 80, Asbury Park 34


Sunday, Feb. 4


At Holy Cross Prep

Hightstown 60, No. 7 Toms River North 56

Senior Micah Ford scored 19 points, but the Rams held off the Mariners for a neutral-court win, led by 19 points from Ben Duverglas.


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