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NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Marlboro 55, (4) South Brunswick 46 - Watch

Senior Jack Seidler scored 10 of his game-high 16 points during a big first quarter for the Mustangs (26-2), who led wire-to-wire in beating the Vikings (19-9) to reach the Central Jersey Group IV final for the second time in three years.

Marlboro scored six points in the first 40 seconds of the game, raced out to a 13-2 lead and held a 21-9 advantage through one quarter. After trailing by as many as 13, however, South Brunswick chipped away at the lead and trailed, 27-23, at halftime and pulled to within two at 34-32 in the third quarter.

The Mustangs then scored seven straight points, the first five of which came from senior Vin Spatola, and built the lead back up to 53-39 with a 19-7 run.

Seniors Jon Spatola and Jay Ratner finished with 11 points each -- with Ratner scoring nine in the second half -- and senior Zack Molod added eight of his 10 points in the first half. Spatola finished with seven points to round out the Marlboro scoring.

Damien Downes scored 15 points to lead South Brunswick, which defeated Marlboro in the 2020 sectional final at Marlboro on a basket at the buzzer. This year, the Mustangs will host the winner of Friday night's game between No. 3 Jackson Memorial and No. 7 Trenton on Monday at 6 p.m.

(7) Trenton 57, (3) Jackson Memorial 56 - Watch

Junior Davontay Hudson scored a game-high 24 points and the Tornadoes (19-9) pulled off another road win by knocking off the Jaguars (20-8) to reach the sectional final Monday at top-seeded Marlboro.

Junior Respect Tyleek led Jackson Memorial with 17 points while junior Mehki Cherry pitched in 12 off the bench for the Jaguars, which made it back to the sectional semifinal for the first time in 10 years, but came up a win shy of its first sectional final appearance in 11.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 75, (4) Holmdel 56 - Watch

Senior Scott Gyimesi went off for 31 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Bulldogs (20-3) to their third win of the season over the Hornets (16-11), this time to reach the Central Group II sectional final for the third time in six years and fourth in the last nine.

Senior Cal Famula added 17 points for Rumson, while senior Geoff Schroeder, senior Trent Sloan, senior Owen Sullivan and junior Luke Mikolajczyk all added six apiece for Rumson, which wore out Holmdel in the second half after leading by just three, 31-28, at halftime.

Sophomore Ben Kipnis led Holmdel with 19 points, while fellow sophomore Nick Seeloch added 14 and classmate James Vallillo chipped in 12 in the loss.

Rumson will host the Central Group II championship game Monday for the first time since 2018 and will take on No. 2 Bound Brook.

(2) Bound Brook 50, (6) Raritan 49 - Watch

Senior Quadir Harrell capped a wild, game-ending sequence by scoring the winning layup with 1.8 seconds left and the Crusaders (22-4) won a thriller over the Rockets (18-8) to reach the Central Group II championship game.

Raritan fell behind, 18-4, through the middle of the second quarter and chipped away over the remaining 20 minutes. The Rockets took the lead in the final 10 seconds when junior Jack O'Leary rebounded his own missed free throw and found senior Tyzaya Smith for the lay-in to make it 49-48.

Bound Brook moved quickly after giving up the lead for the first time and Harrell got behind the first wave of defenders and knifed through two more for the finish as he was fouled. The Crusaders then secured the rebound on Harrell's missed free throw and time expired to set off the celebration for the home team.

Harrell finished with a game-high 17 points and also dished out five assists and nabbed three steals.

O'Leary scored 11 points and Smith netted 10 to lead Raritan. Senior Justin Rivera and junior Matt Agar each contributed eight points as well for the Rockets.

Bound Brook will travel to top-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven in Monday's sectional championship game.

 

South Jersey Group II

(1) Camden 92, (5) Manchester 40 - Watch

Junior D.J. Wagner erupted for 33 points and Hawks (23-6) were no match for the No. 1 team in New Jersey, with the Panthers (27-2) coasting into the South Jersey Group II final.

Seniors Savon Myers and D'Maari Brown capped their accomplished careers with 11 and 9 points, respectively, while junior Evan Weiner poured in 10 for Manchester.

 

Sectional Quarterfinals

South Jersey Non-Public A

(2) St. Thomas Aquinas 76, (7) St. John Vianney 51 - Watch

Junior Connor Howard scored 18 points and senior Nate Williams capped his outstanding senior season with 13 as the Lancers (20-8) bowed out to the Trojans (27-1), the No. 3 team in the state, according to NJ Advance Media.

Terrell Pitts scored 14 points to lead St. Thomas Aquinas, who had six players scored at least nine points in the win.

(1) Red Bank Catholic 88, (9) Camden Catholic 61 - Watch

Senior C.J. Ruoff scored a game-high 26 points, senior Alex Bauman posted a triple-double, and the Caseys (23-4) stormed through the Irish (17-11) to reach the sectional semifinals Monday against No. 4 St. Joseph Metuchen.

Bauman finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in his first career triple-double. Sophomore Gioacchino Panzini also added 17 points and freshman Ryan Prior canned four three-pointers for 12 points for Red Bank Catholic.

 

South Jersey Non-Public B

(3) Ranney 65, (6) Bishop Eustace 58 - Watch

Junior Isaac Hester scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half to go with three assists and four steals and the Panthers (21-5) held off the Crusaders (16-12) to advance to the sectional semifinals Monday at No. 2 St. Joseph of Hammonton.

Sophomore Drew Buck added 15 points and three assists, including a 9-for-10 showing at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

Senior Charles Anyichie chipped in nine points, eight rebounds and three blocks and senior T.J. Braswell-Brown also contributed eight points for Ranney.