Shore Conference Coaches Cup


(8) Middletown North 72,  (7) Middletown South 69

Senior Luke Sheehan, junior Colin Byrne and sophomore Eddie Lopez combined for 50 points and 10 three-pointers as the Lions won a thriller over the rival Eagles to win the first ever Shore Conference Coaches Cup in boys basketball.

Byrne and Lopez each scored 17 points and Sheehan poured in 16 while also dishing out four assists. Senior Jason Quardt also poured in 16 points for Middletown North, including a huge three-point play to pull the Lions within 64-63 with under three minutes to go.

Sheehan then hit the fourth of his four three-pointers to give Middletown North a 66-64 lead. Middletown South answered with a floater by senior Will Nugent to even the score, 66-66, and Sheehan again came through with the go-ahead points. The senior earned a trip to the free-throw line and sank both attempts for a 68-66 Lions lead with 1:01 left.

Middletown South senior Owen Richter hit one of two free throws to cut the Lions lead to one, then Lopez hit a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 70-67.

The Lions gave the Eagles a chance to pull even when they fouled junior Brady Hahn on a three-point attempt with 16 seconds left. Hahn made the first two but missed the third and Middletown South sent Lopez back to the line.

Lopez completed a 6-for-6 quarter from the foul line to push the lead to 72-69. Hahn missed an initial three-point attempt on the other end, followed by a missed three by sophomore Matt Trimble as time expired.

Hahn scored a game-high 23 points to lead Middletown South, while Nugent added 18 points and seven rebounds. Richter finished with seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the loss.


Class B South

Lacey 80, Brick 74

Senior Logan Brash scored 22 points and senior Joe Miereles put up 15 points and 14 rebounds as the Lions beat the Green Dragons with five players scoring in double-figure scoring.

Sophomore Mike Sullivan scored a game-high 31 points and freshman Jamel Pitts added 20 to lead Brick.



No. 8 Red Bank 64, Brick Memorial 54

Junior Ryan Fisher scored 16 points and classmate Zayier Dean pitched in 15 as the Bucs topped the Mustangs on the road.

Senior Tyler Ellerbrock scored a game-high 22 points to lead Brick Memorial.

No. 16 Colts Neck 54, Manchester 34

Senior Mike Belcher led a balanced attack with 14 points and the Cougars cruised to a win over the Hawks.

Junior Aidan Lunn led Manchester with a game-high 18 points.

Southern 58, No. 10 Manalapan 53

Freshman Noah Perna scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Rams to a win over the Braves.

Freehold Twp. 51, Monmouth 49

Senior Brandon Norero scored 20 points, including the game-winner with 11 seconds left, to lead the Patriots to a win over the Falcons. Senior Andrew Silverman added 13 points for Freehold Township.

No. 13 Marlboro 61, No. 14 Freehold Boro 55

Senior Steve Scimone scored 19 points and freshman Nolan Gong poured in 15 to help the Mustangs top the Colonials in a battle of ranked teams. Senior Dan Elmasri also pitched in 12 points for Marlboro.

Junior Brian Tassey scored 13 points and classmates Aidan Hamlin-Woolfolk and Qua'Mir Everett each added 12 to lead Freehold Boro.

No. 6 Toms River North 58, No. 11 Donovan Catholic 47

Senior Sean Gathers scored 20 points and classmate Owen Baker added 19 to spark the Mariners to a win over the Griffins on a crosstown road trip.

Junior Ryan Jacobs led Donovan Catholic with 19 points.

Barnegat 76, Point Beach 49

Junior Mason Krey scored a game-high 22 points and the Bengals grounded the Garnet Gulls. Senior Jamari Smith chipped in 14 points and junior Todd Muhammad added 11 for Barnegat.

Senior John Coakley led Point Beach with 12 points.

Matawan 48, Toms River South 40

Junior Chauncey Brown pumped in a game-high 26 points to carry the Huskies to a road win over the Indians.

Senior Kai Barckley led Toms River South with 17 points.

Wall 52, Toms River East 44

Senior Bo Pepe scored a game-high 23 points and the Crimson Knights knocked off the Raiders. Senior Jason McKelvey led Toms River East with 20 points.

No. 12 Howell 77, Ranney 48

Senior Chris Meehan led four Howell players in double-figures with 23 points and the Rebels routed the Panthers to match a single-season school record with their 17th win of 2023-24.

Senior D.J. Orloff added 12 points, sophomore Cayden Parker netted 11 and senior Charlie Marino chipped in 10 on Senior Night.

Senior Drew Buck led Ranney with 14 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Shaan Nayar added nine points and 11 rebounds in the loss.



Point Boro 63, Timothy Christian 50

Sophomore Jovin Steinmetz scored 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds and picked off three steals to lead the Panthers to a win over the Tigers. Junior Jake Venturoso and freshman Hunter Hynes each scored 10 points for Point Boro.

Henry Hudson 72, East Brunswick Magnet 43

Freshman JoJo Newell scored a game-high 21 points and the Admirals rolled to their 19th win of the season by handling the Tigers.

Perth Amboy Magnet 63, Lakewood 53

Christian Torres put up a near-triple-double with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to sink the Piners.

Junior Rahmel Anderson led Lakewood with 21 points while senior Alex Colon scored 18 in the loss.

South Amboy 60, Keyport 53

Jaden Eagan scored 20 points and Jake Eberle (17 points and 12 rebounds) and John Kelly (11 and 13) each posted a double-double to lead the Governors over the Red Raiders.

Senior Mike Nichols scored a game-high 22 points and junior Andrei Matthews added 17 to lead Keyport.

Seton Hall Prep 67, No. 9 Red Bank Catholic 59

Ryan Prior scored a game-high 23 points and the Caseys took a one-point lead into the second half, but the Pirates took control with a 24-16 third-quarter on the way to a win at home.

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