WATCH THE REPLAY: A thriller between Manasquan and Marlboro in the Shore Conference final
There is no official Shore Conference Basketball Tournament this winter due to the pandemic but when Marlboro visits Manasquan on Friday night it will be more than just the final game of the COVID-shortened season. The winner of what is the finals of the "Championship" pod of the Shore Conference Postseason can certainly proclaim they are the top team in the conference.
Manasquan is the defending SCT champion and they will maintain that honor no matter what happens on the court Friday (5:30pm) because it's not an official tournament. However the Warriors (11-0) who have been #1 all season long very much want to go out on top, especially for seniors Casey Mulligan, Jack Collins, Connor Walsh and Andrew Solomon.
Of course most basketball fans expected the finals to match Squan against Ranney but a funny thing happened on the way to a matchup of undefeated teams. Marlboro jumped out to a big lead and upset the Panthers 71-65 to earn a spot in the finals. The Mustangs (9-3) have won 7 straight following a pair of losses to Ranney and CBA in mid-February. Their high-powered attack has scored 70 or more points in four straight games and is led by juniors Jon Spatola and Jack Seidler.
Friday's game will be be streamed live on the Shore Sports Network with the free broadcast available at shoresportsnetwork.com and/or its app as well. Matt Harmon and Kevin Williams will bring you all the live play-by-play action with game time at 5:30 and coverage beginning at 5:20. Jersey Mike's and Atlantic Physical Therapy Center are the presenting sponsors of the Shore Sports Network's live basketball broadcasts.