Author: Mike Pavlichko

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 1 Rutgers Prep 75, No. 3 Gill St. Bernard’s 36 (Girls)

Mikayla Blakes scored her 1,000th point and the junior finished her night with 1,026 as top-ranked Rutgers Prep kept the pedal to the metal all day on defense, en route to a 75-36 home win over 3rd-ranked Gill St. Bernards, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. The win locked up the Skyland Conference Delaware Division for the Lady Argonauts, and the top seed in the Somerset County Tournament.

Blakes had game-high honors with 29, including five threes, while Katie Ledden chipped in 14 – including two treys – and Chloe Escanillas added 13, helped by three from downtown.

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No 3. Rutgers Prep boys make their case for top SCT seed with tip-to-horn win over No. 2 Gill St. Bernards

Jadin Collins got third-ranked Rutgers Prep out to a 2-0 lead, and the Argonauts never looked back.

And now they may be looking at the top seed in the Somerset County Tournament.

They sure have a strong case after their defense suffocated No. 2 Gill St. Bernard’s for the full 32 minutes Tuesday night, in a 64-43 win heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The wins mean the teams split the regular season series, and should be co-champions in the Skyland Conference Delaware Division, assuming Prep (12-6) beats Bridgewater-Raritan at home Thursday night. That would leave the Argonauts and Knights (12-4) both at 7-1 in the division.

Comparing the head-to-head matchups, Gill won by two back on January fifth, and Prep just won by 21.

It was all Rutgers Prep in this one, virtually wire-to-wire. Marist commit and senior Jadin Collins finished with a game-high 22 points, including one of the team’s seven treys, to Gill’s three. In the earlier meeting, Gill hit 12 times from downtown, and Prep only once.

But Cameron Piggee missed that game – and several others – with a high ankle sprain. Back in the lineup for his fourth game since returning from injury, he had two first quarter threes that got Prep out to a 22-5 lead after one quarter.

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That extended to 18 in the second before GSB got it down to five, but Rutgers Prep extended it to eleven by the break, and it never got under ten the rest of the way. Johnny Nsenkyire added a paire of threes, while John Kelly and Jordan Atkins each hit one.

The win was just the third in the last 20 meetings between the teams, but they’ve also split their last four. Rutgers Prep won their meeting in the 2019-20 season, but Gill won last year’s Somerset County Tournament final against Prep 84-63, and then had the January fifth win this year.

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Senior Jadin Collins
Head coach Matt Bloom

Blakes scores 1,000th point, finishes with 29 to power convincing No. 1 Rutgers Prep girls’ win over No. 3 Gill St. Bernards

It was a big moment, it just wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been.

But that didn’t keep Mikayla Blakes’ teammates from mobbing her on the court, presenting her with balloons and flowers, and celebrating the junior’s 1,000th career point, which came on a free throw less than midway through the first quarter Tuesday afternoon.

It was just the third point of the game for Blakes, who finished with 29 – and five treys – as No. 1 Rutgers Prep sprinted out to a 26-4 lead at the end of one quarter, and beat No. 3 Gill St. Bernards for the 19th straight time since 2015, by the final score of 75-36.

That 39-point lead was the Lady Argonauts’ biggest of the game, mainly because of Prep’s three-point shooting in the second half, as both teams kept their starters in well into the fourth quarter, as they are the best conference teams they will face in the regular season.

Overall in the game, Rutgers Prep (11-3, 9-0 Skyland Delaware) hit 10 times from beyond the arc, with Chloe Escanillas adding three, Katie Ledden hitting a pair from downtown, and Ava LaMonica adding another.

Brooke Baisley led the Knights with 14, and while it bested her season average of 11.4 points per game, she only had four in the first half when the game was really decided. That was more a testament to Prep’s defense than anything, which ran its full-court press the majority of the first half.

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Junior Mikayla Blakes
Assistant coach Michelle Sharp (Note: Head coach Mary Klinger left the game after Blakes’ 1,000th point to travel to an athletic director’s conference, leaving Sharp to take over.)

Gill St. Bernard’s may have upper hand, but after buzzer-beating win, top SCT seed up for grabs in battle at Rutgers Prep tonite

In a series that has been dominated by Gill St. Bernard’s over the years – which has won 17 of the last 19 meetings between the schools, there’s a lot legitimately on the line tonight when the 2nd-ranked Knights travel to Somerset to square off against No. 3 Rutgers Prep.

Gill (12-3, 7-0 Skyland Delaware) is in the driver’s seat, of course, thanks to a buzzer-beating three-point shot by Nick Losada that gave the Knights a 67-65 win at home back on January 5th. A win, and they lock up the Skyland Conference’s top division title, and the top-seed in the Somerset County Tournament.

But a Rutgers Prep win would likely leave them co-champs, and then you can let the debate begin.

You can hear tonight’s game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio with pregame beginning at 6:45 pm and tip-off at 7. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action. Click here to listen.

The Argonauts (11-6, 5-1) have not won in this series very often, but there have been some close games. In addition to this month’s previous matchup, Prep beat them in 2020, played to an eight-point game in February 2019, and lost by two in the county final the year prior.

Add to that the fact that Rutgers Prep has been without captain Cameron Piggee for a good chuck of the season, including the prior matchup this month with Gill, in which the Knights drained 12 three-pointers, while the Argos only hit one.

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Chris Tsakonas with Gill St. Bernard’s head coach Mergin Sina
Mike Pavlichko with Rutgers Prep head coach Matt Bloom

Rutgers Prep, Gill St. Bernards girls play a big one Tuesday, with top seed in SCT on the line

To be clear: there is no disputing what single team has been the best in Somerset County for the last several years.

Since losing to Franklin in the 2019 Somerset County Tournament Final, Mary Klinger’s Rutgers Prep squad has not lost a single game against a Skyland Conference opponent. The streak is at 50 games and counting, and should it stretch to 51 Tuesday night, the Lady Argonauts will all but have sewn up the top seed in the upcoming Somerset County Tournament.

Again.

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Standing in their way when they meet at 3:45 Tuesday afternoon – in a game you can hear on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas on the call (click here to listen) – will be Gill St. Bernard’s. The third-ranked Knights (11-3) could at least make a case for the top seed in this year’s SCT if they are to knock off No. 1 Prep (10-3) in a Skyland Conference Delaware Division game. A win would be monumental.

Gill is 39-11 since the start of the COVID-shortened year, but three of those loses have come to the Lady Argonauts, and none by closer than 28 points, which came in the final of the top Skyland Conference pod in 2021.

Rutgers Prep, meanwhile, has won eight of its ten games this year by 10 points or more, and the only two that weren’t double-figure margins – came two weeks ago to non-Jersey opponents Pickering Central of Ohio and South Shore out of New York.

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They are led by junior Mikayla Blakes at 22 points per game, and backed up with Rhode Island-bound senior Katie Ledden’s 15 point per game average, while getting significant contributions from freshman Gigi Battle (9.2 ppg) and Ava LaMonica (4.8) among others.

Gill has no one pouring in points like Blakes, but they have a balanced scoring attack, with four players averaging over 7 points a game, including standout junior Brooke Baisley (11.6) and sophomore Maya Abramson (9.4 ppg).

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Rutgers Prep Head Coach Mary Klinger
Gill St. Bernard’s Head Coach Mark Gnapp

Rutgers Prep girls keep on keepin’ on, lead Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Top Ten again

Make it 24 straight weeks at No. 1 for Rutgers Prep in the Central Jersey Sports Radio/Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Top Ten, as the Lady Argonauts remain the only team ever to hold the top spot in the rankings, now in their third year.

Rutgers Prep (10-3) went 2-0 in an abbreviated week gone by, with wins at Hunterdon Central and Hillsborough by a combined 166-71. They will take a nearly four-year and 50-game winning streak against Skyland Conference opponents into a huge clash Tuesday afternoon at home against Gill St. Bernard’s, which can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. It’ll determine the Skyland Conference Delaware Division winner, and could figure into who gets the top seed in the Somerset County Tournament with the seeding two weeks from today.

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St. Thomas Aquinas (12-3) held in second with wins over South Brunswick and Old Bridge, while Gill (11-3) had a 2-0 week with wins over Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan, keeping them in third.

The rest of the rankings, however, saw some shifts.

Bernards (11-3), Edison (14-2) and Middlesex (12-2) all edged up one spot each to fourth, fifth and sixth, while South Brunswick (12-4) dropped from No. 4 to No. 7 after a 1-2 week that saw them beat Piscataway, but lose to No. 2 Aquinas and unranked Colonia.

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The bottom three also saw some shuffling: Watchung Hills (12-4) moved up two spots to eighth on the strength of a 3-0 week that included wins at Ridge and Hillsborough, and at home over Immaculata.

Mount St. Mary (11-5) dropped one spot to No. 9 after a 1-1 week: a win over Somerville and a loss at Warren Hills.

Spotswood (12-4) entered the rankings after a 3-1 week where they lost to East Brunswick, 56-41, but rebounded with wins at Carteret and at home over South River and Keansburg. Metuchen (12-3) – previously ranked No. 9 – dropped out with a 2-1 week that included a loss at Woodbridge. The Chargers and Bulldogs square off against each other Monday.

Below are the full Week 6 Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Rankings:

Aquinas continues winning, stays atop Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball rankings

On the strength of a 3-0 week, St. Thomas Aquinas continues to hold the No. 1 ranking in the Bellamy & Son Paving Week 6 Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

The Trojans (16-1) had a 2-0 week, beating St. Joseph-Metuchen Tuesday 66-62 on the road to clinch the GMC Red Division and likely the top seed in the upcoming GMC Tournament, as well as Miami Northwestern 78-59 in a showcase game.

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Gill St. Bernard’s (12-3) held at No. 2, with a 2-1 week that included divisional wins over Franklin and Hunterdon Central and a weekend loss to St. Benedict’s Prep. Rutgers Prep (11-6) inched up to third on a 3-1 week, with wins over Hunterdon Central, Saddle River Day and at Ranney, while losing to Manasquan Sunday 64-54.

The Knights and Argonauts will face off Tuesday night at 7 in Somerset in a game with Skyland Conference Delaware Division implications, but which also could determine the top seed in the upcoming Somerset County Tournament. Gill won their previous meeting on January 5 on a buzzer-beating corner three from Nick Losada.

Colonia (12-4) dropped a spot to fourth despite wins at JP Stevens and against South Brunswick, as the Patriots also lost to St. Joe’s 47-45.

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South River (14-1) and Bound Brook (12-1) had perfect weeks and held steady in fifth and sixth, respectively.

South Plainfield (13-2) nudged up two spots to seventh on a 3-0 week, with a non-conference win over New Providence, as well as divisional wins over Perth Amboy and Edison.

St. Joe’s (10-4) went 1-1 in divisional play against the two top teams in the GMC Red, splitting with Aquinas and Colonia, while also beating Roselle this past weekend in non-conference play, and moves up to No. 8.

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Ridge (11-3) drops to ninth after a 1-2 week that included losses to Immaculata and Phillipsburg, despite a win over North Brunswick (12-3), which dropped out of the rankings on a 2-1 week that included a loss to Ridge.

Immaculata (12-2) – tied for tenth last week with the Falcons – holds the spot all on their own, with a 3-0 week that included the win over Ridge, and victories over Watchung Hills and Koinonia.

Below are the full Week 6 Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Rankings:

Still plenty of girls’ basketball to be played in Somerset County before seeding time

The boys’ and girls’ Somerset County Tournament seeding meeting is two weeks from Monday, and there’s still a lot to be decided when some of the best squads in the area face each other over the next couple of weeks.

So how are things shaping up?

It’s been this way for a while, but the Rutgers Prep girls are clearly the class of Somerset County right now. They have won 36 straight games against county opponents, including six tournament games, two “pod” games in 2021, and an NJSIAA game in 2020. Their last county loss came in the 2019 SCT finals to Franklin, which again is not its usual self this year.

But the Lady Argonauts still have some work to do. Should they beat Gill. St. Bernard’s at home Tuesday afternoon (3:45 on Central Jersey Sports Radio) they will pretty much wrap up the Delaware Division, with only one more division game left against Bridgewater-Raritan, a team they beat at home eleven days ago by 47.

Should Gill St. Bernard’s win, it would force a tie atop the division, but the Knights lost 74-46 to Prep at home back on January 5th. Even with a co-championship, you’d have to put Mary Klinger’s squad first, because they likely would have beaten Gill by more (i.e., there’s no way Gill is beating Prep by 28 points).

Either way, these two teams would very likely be the top two seeds, but the third and fourth places could get interesting. And if you’re third, you potentially avoid Rutgers Prep until the finals. That said, Watchung Hills is 6-0 against the county at 11-4 overall heading into the weekend, while Bernards (11-3) is 4-0 vs. Somerset opponents and doesn’t play anyone else from the county before the seeding.

Generally, it’s likely it would go to the larger school, but Bernards also hasn’t lost to anyone in the conference, with defeats at the hands of Madison, Governor Livingston and Hanover Park. Watchung Hills counts a loss to Mount St. Mary among its four defeats – the others are to Union City, Chatham and Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Does that bump Mount up and drop Watchung to the five? Good question.

Mount St. Mary has challenged itself out of conference, with losses to Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney (which recently knocked off the No. 1 team in the country, Long Island Lutheran), Middletown North and Staten Island Academy, but they’ve also lost a division game to Warren Hills.

They also play Franklin the Saturday before the seeding. And while the Warriors aren’t in their TOC championship form, they’re still a solid top-division opponents, and a win could impress the coaches.

It seems like there are the top teams, and then the rest this year, less of a gradual drop-down, so-to-speak. In the Delaware Division, after Rutgers Prep and Gill at 10-3 and 11-3, respectively, coming into the weekend, you have Franklin at 6-7 and Hillsborough 7-6. That’s probably not good enough to merit consideration before Bernards, Watchung Hills, or even Mount St. Mary, a small school in a small division that challenges itself.

Same thing in the Raritan after Watchung Hills. The next best team in the division is Ridge at 7-7, and after Phillipsburg (not in Somerset County) it’s Immaculata, also 7-7.

Down the home stretch, how do the top GMC and Somerset County boys’ teams shape up?

We’re less than two weeks away from the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament seeding meeting, and a little more than two weeks away from the Somerset County Tournament gathering. The future for some teams is fairly certain, while others still have a lot up in the air with a lot of moving parts.

Here’s a look at the teams in our Central Jersey Sports Radio coverage area:

GREATER MIDDLESEX CONFERENCE:

Red Division: With a pilot program in place for this year that only requires teams to play each other once, the division title in the GMC Red was determined back on Tuesday night, when St. Thomas Aquinas outlasted St. Joseph in Metuchen, 66-62, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. That left the Trojans undefeated in league play (8-0). Nicely and neatly, they’ve essentially locked up the No. 1 seed in the county tournament.

Some teams are playing each other twice, including Aquinas, Colonia and St. Joe’s. In fact, the Falcons avenged a triple-ovetime 83-78 loss to Colonia back on December 20th with a 47-45 win Thursday night. But that win doesn’t matter. After the first pass through the regular season, Aquinas finished first in the division, with Colonia (7-1) second and St. Joe’s third (6-2). So, when it’s time for seeding Aquinas will come first, Colonia second and Joe’s third, even if the Falcons come back and beat Aquinas in North Edison next Tuesday.

White Division: Since all the other divisions are “normal” this year, there’s a lot of basketball yet to be played for many teams. South Plainfield and North Brunswick are both 12-2, but the Tigers are 8-1 in divisional play and the Raiders’ 7-2. They split with each other, but North’s extra loss is to Perth Amboy. They best the Raiders’ can do to get a shot at the division title is to run the table, and hope the Tigers trip up somewhere. That would force at least a co-championship, with the tie to be broken at the seeding meeting.

South Plainfield only played “up” once, losing to St. Joseph in Metuchen by 14 on January 3rd. North Brunswick beat two Red Division teams in their own holiday tournament: East Brunswick (5-10) and South Brunswick (9-5). If it got that far, you’d have to think, advantage: Raiders.

The Tigers have four more divisional games left, with three against the bottom half of the White, and another next Thursday against Woodbridge (8-6), which should be their toughest test of the bunch. Central Jersey Sports Radio will be there to bring you all the live play-by-play.

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Blue Division: Even though Piscataway was the first team to beat South River this season, it’s looking like no one in the division will beat the Rams, who pulled away from Spotswood Friday night in the second half of their rematch game, en route to a 73-51 win. They’re 9-0 in division play, but even with five games left, who else is going to beat them? Spotswood and Middlesex – both 11-4 overall – are the only .500-or-better teams in the division. The Rams have already taken the Chargers twice, and Middlesex is coming up at home next Friday.

Gold Division: Calvary Christian leads the pack at 7-0 with the second half of their divisional schedule left to play, a half-game ahead of 7-1 Highland Park. The problem for the Owls is this: their rematch game with Calvary is scheduled for 5:30 on February 3rd, about ten hours after the GMC seeding will take place, so it won’t be considered. Unless that game gets moved earlier, Highland Park may need to rely on them to trip up somewhere.

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GMC Tourmanent Projection: It’s still way too early for a lot of teams, but it’s pretty clear the top two seeds will be St. Thomas Aquinas, followed by Colonia. That would leave most likely St. Joseph, North Brunswick/South Plainfield, South River, and Calvary Christian/Highland Park on the board. Which means the three-seed will come down to St. Joseph or South River. We think it’s a no-brainer: despite the Rams’ loss to then-5-8 (now 5-11) Piscataway, they beat St. Joe’s head-to-head, making the Rams an easy choice for the No. 3 seed.

Why does it matter? You’d potentially avoid St. Thomas Aquinas until the final, even though you’d still have to get through Colonia or St. Joe’s (again) in the semifinals to get there. It may be a pick-your-poison scenario, but hey, everyone has to play the games.

So we think South River at three, then Joe’s at No. 4. Five is likely the White Division winner. Then the question is whether the six-seed will go to the second-place team from the White, or the fourth-place team from the Red. That’s a choice between South Brunswick or South Plainfield/North Brunswick.

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Should the Tigers win the division, that should go to North Brunswick, which beat South Brunswick head-to-head, as well as East Brunswick from the Red. So if South Plainfield takes the White, it should go: Tigers at five, Raiders at six, Vikings at seven.

If North Brunswick winds up winning the division, they would go at five, then it’s down to South Plainfield and South Brunswick for six and seven, and that would make a good debate. Against teams already seeded, the Vikings would have lost to St. Joe’s and Aquinas once each, as well as Colonia, and they play the Patriots today at 1:00 on the road. They also would have split with North Brunswick, making them 2-4 against teams “on the board,” with one more game to play against Colonia. South Plainfield would have split with North Brunswick and lost to St. Joe’s, going 1-1.

The eighth seed would automatically go to the Gold winner, whoever it is, Calvary Christian or Highland Park, as the seeding rules call for all four division winners to be seeded among the top eight.

SOMERSET COUNTY:

While the coveted seeds with double-byes are the top eight in the GMCs, the Somerset County Tournament only has the top four teams getting the double byes. And it’s a little more difficult because those teams play in the Skyland Conference, with divisions combining Warren and Hunterdon County teams, which have their own tournament with Sussex County squads.

Nonetheless, the top seed will come down to Tuesday night’s game – which can be heard at 7 pm on Central Jersey Sports Radio – between Gill St. Bernard’s and Rutgers Prep. In their only meeting last year, the top-seeded Knights beat the Argonauts 84-63 in the Somerset County Tournament Final. But this year, Gill beat Prep 67-65 on a buzzer-beating three by Nick Losada up in Peapack-Gladstone on January 5th.

That was without Cameron Piggee, who got banged up against Neumann Goretti on December 30th and missed two weeks, returning to play against Seton Hall Prep a week ago. But he sat out wins against Hunterdon Central and Saddle River Day this week. It remains to be seen whether he’ll suit up – or be at full strength – against the Knights on Tuesday.

That being said, Tuesday night’s game essentially is for the top seed. A Gill win would make it easy, sweeping the two-game season series. A Prep win would spark an interesting debate, since neither team has come close.

Rutgers Prep has played only three games against Somerset County competition so far, and won all three, beating Franklin twice and Bridgewater-Raritan once, by an average 17 points. The wins over the Warriors were by eight on opening night, and by seven last week. After gill, they only play Bridgewater-Raritan the rest of the way.

Gill has done the reverse, beating Bridgewater twice and Franklin once, with just Franklin coming up – besides, of course, the game at Prep Tuesday. The margin in those three games has been just under 16 points.

So, if Rutgers Prep forces a split in the season series with Gill, it may come down more to how they beat them.

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For the Somerset County Tournament, the coaches fill out their seeds, top to bottom, and each team is scored. The one that gets the most points is awarded the top seed. An Argonauts win would make it real interesting.

As for the third and fourth seeds, there really are three teams in play, and the one that gets in could face the one that get left out in the 5-vs.-4 game in the quarterfinals. Under consideration would be Immaculata (11-2 overall), Ridge (10-3) and Bound Brook (12-1).

At this point – remember, there’s still much basketball to be played – Immaculata is likely the third-seed. The Spartans are 7-1 against Somerset County foes this year, their lone loss to Hillsborough (8-4), which moved down from the Delaware Division to the Spartans’ Raritan this season. That was a 60-55 defeat, on the road, on January 10th, and their first loss of the season. (Their other came to Ranney out of Monmouth County.)

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Here’s where it gets interesting: Ridge is 5-2 against Somerset County competition, with a pair of wins over Hillsborough, and wins over Montgomery, Watchung Hills and Pingry. Their two losses came to Immaculata. They still have Montgomery, Watchung Hills and Somerville before the seeding.

Bound Brook is 4-0 against Somerset County competition, with two wins over Pingry – both by a single point – and single victories over Bernards and Somerville. They still have Somerville, Franklin and Immaculata before the meeting.

If it ended today, we might give a super slight edge to Bound Brook. But it’s the game against the Spartans that likely will be the difference. A win over Immaculata would seal the deal. That game is Friday, February 4th at 7 pm in The Brook, a tough place to play. The last time they met on that side of Route 287 was in the 2021 Skyland Conference one-off Gold Pod Final, which the Crusaders won, capping a 14-0 season for Bound Brook.

Ah, intrigue!

South River clears perhaps its biggest remaining hurdle, as Santos, Rodriguez power Rams past Chargers

Ever since Spotswood took its high schoolers out of South River and opened its own high school in 1976, Chargers-Rams has been an intense rivaly. And 47 years later, little has changed.

The crowd got here for the JV game and never left, and the doors were shut well before tip-off.

Spotswood kept it close for a while, down just eight points at the half.

But the fifth-ranked Rams (13-1, 9-0 GMC Blue) pulled away, getting well into double digits in the third, and beat Spotswood (11-4, 7-3) 73-51 before a packed house in South River.

Senior Roman Santos led all scorers with 18 points, 16 in the first three quarters. By then it was well in hand for the Rams. Santos’ final bucket, his only score in the final eight minutes, was a thunderous one-handed jam in transition.

Senior Laz Rodriguez added 17 in another very balanced game.

Spotswood kept punching, but every time they cut a double-digit lead to six or seven, the Rams always had an answer, and eventually, South River was just too much for them.

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South River won its first meeting with the Chargers just two games into the season in Spotswood. That was a five-point game, and one of the toughest opponents they’ve played all year. It may have been their toughest remaining divisional challenge, as South River is widely considered to have a strong argument for the third-seed in the GMC Tournament next month – providing they don’t trip up the rest of the way – by virtue of beating St. Joseph-Metuchen after Christmas, and despite suffering its first loss of the season last weekend against Piscataway.

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Senior Alex Grospe
South River sophomore Alex Grospe (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
Senior Kobe Taylor
South River senior Kobe Taylor (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
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