Colonia, South Plainfield boys advance to sectional finals; Amboy Tech and Manville eliminated

Jaeden Jones and Colonia – shown here in the GMC Tournament final against St. Thomas Aquinas – is on to Saturday’s North 2, Group 3 semifinals. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

Note: Correction on South Plainfield’s game time to noon, not 11 am.

Monday’s North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Final could very much be an all-GMC affair. Or it might not.

But the potential is there, as both top-seed Colonia and second-seed South Plainfield moved on with sectional quarterfinal wins on Thursday night.

The Patriots beat 9th-seeded Cranford 57-43, sending Colonia (23-4) to Saturday’s semifinals – which they’ll host – against 5th-seed Mendham (17-8), which won at 4-seed Voorhees Thursday night, 41-34. That game is scheduled to tip at 2:30 pm.

Second-seed South Plainfield was a 73-54 home winner over 10-seed Mount Olive. The Tigers (22-6) will host 3rd-seed West Morris (16-11), which beat 6-seed Belleville 75-55. That game tips Saturday at high noon.

Meanwhile, the only two CJSR-area teams in Central Jersey Group 1 were eliminated in Thursday night’s sectional quarterfinals. Fourth-seed Perth Amboy Tech was knocked out with a 53-42 home loss to Florence, while 10th-seed Manville was beaten 82-53 at second-seed Keyport.

Overall, just ten teams from the GMC and Somerset County remain left in the boys’ state tournament.

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