Second-seed Monroe was a favorite to win the GMC Tournament.
But a year after upsetting St. Thomas Aquinas to win the league’s top-pod in a COVID-abbreviated season, they won’t get the chance.
Seventh-seed South Brunswick avenged two regular season losses to Monroe, and knocked off the defending de facto GMC champion Falcons 58-56 Saturday afternoon at Middlesex County College in Edison. The Vikings now will face third-seed Colonia in the first semifinal Tuesday evening at 5 pm at Monroe High School.
The Vikings trailed 23-18 after one quarter, and 33-31 at the half, but took the lead by four over Monroe (15-5) going into the fourth quarter on the strength of a 12-6 third period, and hung on to win by two.
Katie Rausch led a balanced scoring attack for South Brunswick (17-6) with 16 points, including four treys, while Carla Seyfarth added 14 and Meher Viig had 10.
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In the opening game at MCC, third-seed Colonia topped 6-seed Middlesex 56-34 to improve to 22-2. As has been the case all season long, it was Mattison Chiera and Taylor Derkack leading the scoring, with 21 and 19 points, respectively.
The Patriots (22-2) have won 14 straight games since a January 12th loss to Westfield, and have not lost to a GMC opponent since last year, when they finished with a March 1st loss at Middlesex, 57-51.
The Blue Jays fell to 19-3.