The opening weekend of the 33rd annual WOBM Christmas Classic presented by RWJ Barnabas Health saw no major upsets in either the boys or girls brackets but was not an especially good one for Ocean County hoops teams.

Yesterday all eight boy’s first-round games were played at the Pine Belt Arena and while two lower seeded teams prevailed neither was a real surprise.  Coming off a season-opening victory on Friday 10th seeded Red Bank Catholic followed that up with a 63-45 win over Manchester and #9 Point Boro battled past Jackson Memorial 59-56 in one of the better games of the weekend.

Top-seeded Toms River North used 20 points from Jaden Rhoden to collect a 19-point win over Middletown South while defending champion and second-seed Manasquan got a brilliant 37-point effort from Devin Jensen as they rolled past Lacey.  Other winners were Freehold Township, Marlboro, St. Rose and Wall as 7 of the 9 Ocean County teams were eliminated from championship contention before Christmas.

The boy’s quarterfinals will be held on Tuesday, December 27th with TR North facing Point Boro, Manasquan meeting RBC, Freehold Township taking on Wall and Marlboro playing St. Rose.

A milestone was achieved during the opening round on the girls side on Saturday when Point Boro senior Megan Hughes scored her 1000th career
point in the Panthers win over Toms River South

The girls return to the court the day before (Monday, 12/26) following an opening round in which form held up.  Top-seed Neptune will next play Red Bank, Toms River North looks to take out #2 Sayreville, Donovan Catholic will face Ewing and Manchester meets division rival Point Boro.

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