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SCT Watch
After a significant week of results, the Shore Conference Tournament will be seeded on Sunday afternoon. Here is a look at the 24-team field and how the qualified teams stack up within the field.
1. Mater Dei Prep (19-3, 13-1)
Division Wins: Asbury Park (2), Henry Hudson (2), Keansburg (2), Keyport (2…
The Missing Link
WEST LONG BRANCH - In the immediate aftermath of her team's 59-48 victory over Manasquan Saturday to win the program's first Shore Conference Tournament championship in 11 years, St. John Vianney senior Kelly Campbell slipped out of the throng formed by her teammates to find and embrace he…
One Final Mountain
In a program that preaches the team concept and requires its players to eschew individual accomplishment with a total focus on the collective effort, Pat Andree might be the closest thing Christian Brothers Academy has ever had to a player that reached “program savior” st…
New Way or Highway
For the previous decade, the Mater Dei Prep boys basketball has been mostly irrelevant in the Shore Conference Tournament landscape, but a long run of mediocre results is not what would have made the Seraphs’ appearance in Saturday’s Shore Conference Tournament final …
SCT Semis Preview
Shore Conference Tournament Semifinals
At Pine Belt Arena, Toms River
(1) Mater Dei Prep vs. (4) Toms River North, 6 p.m.
Just one year ago, juniors Elijah Barnes and Jaden Rhoden were sophomore teammates at Central Regional High School and as part of an up-and-coming nucleus for the Golden Eagles the …
Blazing the Trail
February is Black History Month in the U.S. and while people of different backgrounds celebrate the influence of Black pioneers of the past and acknowledge the influence of contemporary figures, there will be a special tribute to African-American leadership in Shore Conference basketball Sunday at B…
Quarterfinal Preview
The Shore Conference regular season ended with eight clear selections for the top eight seeds in the Shore Conference Tournament and the result is splendid day of quarterfinal games at Brookdale on Sunday – even with one of those teams getting bounced on Thursday...
Round of 16 Picks
With 29 teams qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament this year, there were 13 opening-round games on Tuesday and Wednesday and not one of them ended with the road team pulling out an upset. If no underdog could pull off a round one upset, then there is now a real possibility that this tourna…
Breaking Down the Field
The Shore Conference Tournament begins on Tuesday evening with 26 teams playing 13 opening-round games and three more enjoying byes to Thursday’s round of 16, and all 29 of those teams are dreaming big with the entire postseason ahead of them...
Holden Ticket
With everything he accomplished as an amateur basketball player, Tahj Holden is not one to run away from high expectations. At the high school and college levels, he has played on teams with the highest of goals and went on to meet every one of them...
Klatt Out at MDP
Bob Klatt - the head boys basketball coach at Mater Dei for the last 18 years - said Wednesday he was informed he is no longer the head coach of the program after a meeting Wednesday morning with athletic director Dennis Tobin, and multiple sources who asked to remain anonymous have indicated the sc…

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