A busy Friday night in the state tournament: Hillsborough girls win again, Bound Brook’s Harrell is clutch as 5 boys’ teams, 3 girls’ teams advance

NOTE: This story has been updated to show the correct date for Hillsborough’s state title game.

For some it was a routine win, maybe by a big margin, while for others, nearly a full 32 minutes was needed.

In the end, five CJSR-area boys’ basketball teams advanced in the state tournament Friday night, while three moved on in the girls’ brackets, and one on each side punched a ticket to a sectional title game Monday night.

On the boys’ side, that was Bound Brook, as the Quadir Harrell’s and-one with 1.8 seconds left gave the Crusaders a 50-49 win, and set up a date at Rumson-Fair Haven Monday for the Central Jersey Group 2 title, in their first season moving up from the smaller Group 1.

Also advancing were Gill St. Bernard’s, St. Thomas Aquinas, Rutgers Prep and St. Joseph-Metuchen, while Wardlaw-Hartridge, Immaculata and South Brunswick were eliminated.

On the girls’ side, Hillsborough is in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 title game, as the Raiders beat Franklin for a second straight time in the 2022 postseason – and in their fourth meeting this year – 62-57; they’ll play at top-seed Westfield Monday night at 7.

Also moving on were Gill St. Bernard’s and Rutgers Prep. Going home were Monroe, Franklin, Immaculata, St. Thomas Aquinas, Mount St. Mary, and Calvary Christian.

Here are the results from Friday night’s action, with all scores given in sections where CJSR-area teams are still alive:


Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals:
1-Marlboro def. 4-South Brunswick, 55-46

Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinals:
2-Bound Brook def. 6-Raritan, 50-49
1-Rumson-Fair Haven def. 4-Holmdel, 75-56

Non-Public North B Quarterfinals:
1-Roselle Catholic def. 8-Wardlaw-Hartridge, 109-56
4-Morris Catholic def. 5-Sinai Christian, 79-60
3-Gill St. Bernard’s def. 6-Montclair-Immaculate, 80-59
2-Saddle River Day def. 7-St. Mary-Rutherford, 72-35

Non-Public South A Quarterfinals:
1-Red Bank Catholic def. 9-Camden Catholic, 88-61
4-St. Joseph-Metuchen def. 5-St. Augustine, 67-60
3-Rutgers Prep def. 11-Immaculata, 84-63
2-St. Thomas Aquinas def. 7-St. John Vianney, 76-51


Central Jersey Group 4 Semifinals:
2-Jackson Memorial def. 3-Monroe, 46-44

North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Semifinals:
6-Hillsborough def. 2-Franklin, 62-57
1-Westfield def. 4-Bayonne, 64-48

Non-Public South A Quarterfinals:
1-St. John Vainney def. 8-Immaculata, 95-30
5-Camden Catholic def. 4-St. Thomas Aquinas, 64-55
2-Paul VI def. 7-Mount St. Mary, 69-29

Non-Public North B: Quarterfinals
1-Saddle River Day def. 8-St. Mary-Rutherford, 94-20
4-Gill St. Bernard’s def. 5-Lodi Immaculate, 53-38
3-Montclair-Immaculate def. 6-Roselle Catholic, 87-35
2-Morris Catholic def. 7-Villa Walsh, 78-36

Non-Public South B: Quarterfinals:
1-Rutgers Prep def. 8-Holy Spirit, 75-15
5-St. Rose def. 4-Bishop Eustace, 33-28
3-Gloucester Catholic def. 6-Ranney, 52-42
2-Wildwood Catholic def. 7-Calvary Christian, 69-22

Following is the remaining known state tournament schedule for all the sections where CJSR-area teams remain alive:



North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 Semifinals:
5-Mendham at 1-Colonia, 2:30 pm
3-West Morris at 2-South Plainfield, 12 noon


Central Jersey Group 3 Semifinals:
4-Colts Neck at 1-Ewing, 12 noon
3-Wall at 2-Colonia, 12 noon



Central Jersey Group 2 Championship:
2-Bound Brook at 1-Rumson-Fair Haven, 6:30 pm

Non-Public North B Semifinals:
4-Morris Catholic at 1-Roselle Catholic
3-Gill St. Bernard’s at 2-Saddle River Day

Non-Public South A Semifinals:
4-St. Joseph-Metuchen at 1-Red Bank Catholic
3-Rutgers Prep at 2-St. Thomas Aquinas (LIVE on CJSR)


Non-Public North B Semifinals:
4-Gill St. Bernard’s at 1-Saddle River Day
3-Montclair-Immaculate at 2-Morris Catholic

Non-Public South B Semifinals:
5-St. Rose at 1-Rutgers Prep
3-Gloucester Catholic at 2-Wildwood Catholic



North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 Championship:
6-Hillsborough at 1-Westfield, 7 pm

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