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Monday, March 7

NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Marlboro 75, (7) Trenton 67 - Watch | Preview

Senior Jack Seidler scored 21 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists and the Mustangs (27-2) tamed the Tornadoes (19-10) to capture the program's first ever NJSIAA sectional championship.

Senior Zack Molod added 20 points, five rebounds and six assists despite battling foul trouble throughout the game. Senior Jay Ratner chipped in 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists, senior Vin Spatola chipped in 10 points and senior Jon Spatola added eight points for Marlboro.

Junior Devontay Hutson scored a game-high 24 points to lead Trenton, which took its first and only lead, 55-54, with 6:50 remaining in the game. Jon Spatola answered with a basket off a steal and Seidler scored on a drive to make it 58-55.

Trenton fought back to tie the game, 60-60, and again at 62-62, at which point Marlboro ripped off eight straight points, capped by a basket-and-foul by Vin Spatola to make it 70-62 with 1:26 left.

Marlboro advances to the Group IV semifinal Wednesday at Egg Harbor High School, where the Mustangs will face South Jersey champion Lenape at 7 p.m.


Central Jersey Group II

(1) Rumson-Fair Haven 75, (2) Bound Brook 44 - Watch | Preview

Senior Scott Gyimesi scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead four Rumson players in double-figure scoring and the Bulldogs (21-3) completed a dominant four-game run by routing the Crusaders (22-5) to capture the program's third sectional championship in six years and fourth overall.

Senior Cal Famula added 16 points, senior Owen Sullivan poured in 15 and senior Geoff Schroeder pitched in 11 for Rumson-Fair Haven, which blew the game open with a 10-0 start to the third quarter, stretching the lead from 14 to 24, 43-19.

Rumson shut down Bound Brook's top two options in junior Jordan Summers (21.5 points, 13.7 rebounds heading into the game) and senior Quadir Harrell (14.9 points and 6.9 assists). Summers finished with seven points after going scoreless in the first half and Harrell finished with 10.

While the Bulldogs now have three sectional titles in six years, they have never been to a Group II final and getting there this season would mean pulling off the upset of the season in New Jersey. Nationally-ranked Camden awaits Rumson in Wednesday's Group II semifinal in Egg Harbor, which will tip off at 5 p.m.


Sectional Semifinals

South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) Red Bank Catholic 70, (4) St. Joseph Metuchen 58 - Watch

Sophomore Gioacchino Panzini and senior Cyril Arvanitis both caught fire in the second half and the Caseys (24-4) erased a 17-point deficit to upend the Falcons (21-7) and reach the sectional final for the first time since 2000.

Panzini scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, while Arvanitis poured in 15 of his 18 after halftime, which saw RBC trail St. Joseph, 36-22.

Senior Alex Bauman added 12 points and senior C.J. Ruoff pitched in 11 for Red Bank Catholic, which advances to play Rutgers Prep in the South Jersey Non-Public A final Wednesday at Lenape High School.

Red Bank Catholic already owns a head-to-head win over the Argonauts with a 90-79 win on Jan. 29 at Central Regional High School the Jimmy V Showcase.

(3) Rutgers Prep 68, (2) St. Thomas Aquinas 59 - Watch

Jadin Collins went off for 30 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and seven steals to spark the Argonauts (25-3) to a win over the Trojans (27-2) and putting them in the sectional final Wednesday against top-seeded Red Bank Catholic at Lenape High School.

Senior Ryan Zan -- who spent his last two high school seasons at Ranney -- also posted a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Rutgers Prep and also blocked three shots.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(3) Ranney 67, (2) St. Joseph Hammonton 43 - Watch

Junior Isaac Hester scored a game-high 23 points and the Panthers (22-5) jumped all over the Wildcats (19-8) and did not let up, advancing to the South Jersey Non-Public B championship game for the third time in five seasons.

Seniors Charles Anyichie and T.J. Braswell-Brown each added 13 points, with Anyichie turning in a huge all-around game with 15 rebounds, five assists and six blocks as well. Braswell-Brown also pulled in eight rebounds.

Sophomore Drew Buck chipped in 10 points and senior Brandon Klatsky contributed eight points, seven rebounds and six assists for Ranney, which will take on top-seeded Wildwood Catholic Wednesday in the sectional final at Lenape High School.

(1) Trenton Catholic 54, (4) Holy Spirit 35 - Watch

Jameel Morris led a balanced scoring effort with 14 points and the Iron Mikes (21-4) rolled past the Spartans (16-9) and into the sectional final Wednesday against Ranney at Lenape High School.


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