It was a night of highs and lows, sometimes in the same game, on the boys’ side of Day 3 of the NJSIAA state basketball tournament.
In Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinal action, fourth-seed South Brunswick edged 12-seed Montgomery 68-62 at home, to advance to the semifinals on Friday, where they will travel to Monmouth County to take on top-seed Marlboro, a 77-64 winner over 8th-seed Howell.
On the other side of the bracket, second-seed Monroe lost at home, getting upset by 7th-seed Trenton.
All four area teams in North Jersey< Section 2, Group 4 got knocked out, all in separate games, clearing the section of any local teams. The stunner was top-seed Watchung Hills, which lost on a buzzer-beating put-back by Elizabeth, 58-56, moments after the Warriors had tied the game at 56. It was eerily similar to a regular season home loss to Franklin, heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
Fourth-seed Franklin, 6th-seed Ridge, and 10th-seed Edison also were eliminated. It was a bittersweet night for senior Niko Barnes; on Monday, he became just the second Eagle to score 1,000 points in a career as they won their first playoff game since 1979. Monday, in a 59-43 loss at second-seed Westfield, he moved past Tom McKenzie (1971) to become the program’s all-time leading scorer, his 15 points finishing his career at 1,017.
In the non-publics, the highlight was Immaculata, the 11th seed, which beat 6th-seed CBA on the road 56-41 behind a double-double from junior Davis Adams – 21 points, 12 rebounds – and another 18 points from Isaiah Honis, who missed much of the season with a broken wrist.
Below are all quarterfinal scores from Monday night in sections where at least once CJSR-area team remains:
Central Jersey Group 4:
1-Marlboro def. 8-Howell, 77-64
4-South Brunswick def. 12-Montgomery, 68-62
3-Jackson Memorial def. 6-Northern Burlington, 62-49
7-Trenton def. 2-Monroe, 65-59
North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4:
9-Elizabeth def. 1-Watchung Hills, 58-56
5-Newark East Side def. 4-Franklin, 46-43
3-Linden def. 6-Ridge, 64-58 (OT)
2-Westfield def. 10-Edison, 59-43
Central Jersey Group 2:
1-Rumson-Fair Haven def. 8-Delaware Valley, 69-52
4-Holmdel def. 12-New Providence, 72-52
6-Raritan def. 3-South River, 78-64
2-Bound Brook def. 7-Nottingham, 65-61
Non-Public North B:
8-Wardlaw-Hartridge def. 9-Timothy Christian, 72-51
5-Sinai Christian def. 12-EasternChristian, 68-48
6-Monctlair Immaculate def. 11-Montclair-Kimberley, 86-59
7-St. Mary-Rutherford def. 10-Koinonia, 83-75
Non-Public South A:
8-Paul VI def. 9-Camden Catholic, 66-65 (OT)
5-St. Augustine def. 12-Notre Dame, 56-51
4-St. Joseph-Metuchen def. 13-Pingry, 68-56
3-Rutgers Prep def. 14-Union Catholic, 81-58
11-Immaculata def. 6-Christian Brothers Academy, 56-41
7-St. John Vianney def. 10-Donovan Catholic, 69-43
Non-Public South B:
7-Holy Cross Prep def. 10-Calvary Christian (Old Bridge), 67-44
Following is the full Friday schedule of games in sections with teams remaining. All games are at the higher seeds.
Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals:
4-South Brunsiwck at 1-Marlboro
7-Trenton at 3-Jackson Memorial
Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals:
4-Holmdel at 1-Rumson-Fair Haven
6-Raritan at 2-Bound Brook
Non-Public North B Quarterfinals:
8-Wardlaw Hartridge at 1-Roselle Catholic
5-Sinai Christian at 4-Morris Catholic
6-Montclair Immaculate at 3-Gill St. Bernard’s
7-St. Mary-Rutherford at 2-Saddle River Day
Non-Public South A Quarterfinals:
8-Paul VI at 1-Red Bank Catholic
5-St. Augustine at 4-St. Joseph-Metuchen
11-Immaculata at 3-Rutgers Prep
7-St. John Vianney at 2-St. Thomas Aquinas