Category: High School Basketball

Simmon’s clutch free throws put No. 2 St. Joe’s of Metuchen past No. 7 Montgomery

Junior Ethan Simmons hit both ends of a 1-and-1 with 2.9 seconds remaining to give St. Joseph of Metuchen its seventh win in a row.

The Falcons (8-2) beat No. 7 Montgomery 46-42 Monday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, and were led by Simmon’s 9 points. Six Falcons scored, but none reached double figures in a balanced effort.

The Cougars (7-2) were led by Ryan Curry’s 18 points, while senior Chris Rubayo chipped in 13.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Monday night’s game:

No. 1 Rutgers Prep smothers No. 2 Franklin with defense, 65-33

This one wasn’t about the scoring. It was about the defense.

A Rutgers Prep defense that kept the pedal to the medal – poking, deflecting and tipping basketballs all over the place – forcing Franklin into a slew of turnovers that fed a 27-1 run over the final 12 minutes of the first half to give Rutgers Prep a 35-2 halftime lead that would never get any closer.

No. 1 Rutgers Prep asserted its dominance in the Skyland Conference, finishing off cross-town foe and No. 2 Franklin 65-33, to remain unbeaten at 7-0, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Christina Dalce – the senior Villanova signee – finished the game with 15 point, 13 of them coming in the decisive first half. Rutgers Prep had balanced scoring, as nine other players tallied, but none reached – nor needed to reach – double figures in the game.

The Warriors dropped to 3-2.

Coupled with their 62-53 road loss to Hillsborough back on Tuesday, it’s the first time Franklin has lost to two Skyland Conference opponents in the same week since January 17th and 19th, 2017, when the Warriors lost to Rutgers Prep 69-56, followed by a 44-42 home loss to Hunterdon Central.

Click below to listen to the full game broadcast of No. 2 Franklin at No. 1 Rutgers Prep from February 20, 2016:

No. 5 Aquinas tops No. 3, undefeated Monroe in battle of GMC’s top girls’ basketball teams

The third-ranked Monroe Falcons came into Tuesday night’s GMC Red Division showdown at No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas as one of just two undefeated teams in the league.

They got back on the bus with their first loss of the season – as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – thanks in large part to the efforts of senior guard Akyia Baker. She scored 13 of her game-high 17 points after intermission, to lead Aquinas (6-1) to a 49-41 victory in the only regular season meeting between the teams – for now.

St. Thomas Aquinas is likely to be the top team in the top four-team pod when the Greater Middlesex Conference puts together its postseason matchups. It would be hard to envision a scenario where Monroe (7-1) isn’t in the same pod.

The Falcons were led by senior guard Nina Branchizio, who scored 16 points.

Click below to listen to Dom Savino call all the game action:

No. 6 Colonia uses strong 4th quarter to power past Edison, 68-55

Edison won the GMC White Division title last year.

No. 6 Colonia has put itself in a position to win it this year.

In a GMC White Division battle Thursday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – the Patriots (5-1) doubled up the Eagles (3-4) in the final stanza, 26-13, to get past Edison 68-55.

The victory means Saturday afternoon’s meeting with St. Thomas Aquinas could determine the GMC White Division winner. They play in North Edison at 4 pm this Saturday, their only meeting of the season.

It was a tight one all the way, with just four lead changes, but no one led by more than six until the fourth quarter. Tied at 42-all after three, Colonia built its lead with defense and transition.

Listen to the entire game below.

No. 1 Gill St. Bernard’s escapes tough test from Hunterdon Central

Fueled by solid second-half defense, and three-quarters of its points from its top two Division 1 prospects, Gill St. Bernard’s won its season opener Thursday night, beating Hunterdon Centtral 77-64 as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Junior point guard Denver Anglin scored 17 of his 27 points in the second half, while 6-8 sophomore combo guard Mackenzie Mgbako – ranked Top Ten in his recruiting class nationally – poured in 31.

Each hit a trio of three pointers in the game.

Head coach Mergin Sina missed the game, continuing in COVID protocol that shut Gill St. Bernard’s last week, and led to the postponement of its opening week of the season. His son, assistant coach Jaren Sina, the former standout Gill and Seton Hall point guard, took the reins and won his coaching debut.

Hunterdon Central fell to 1-0.

Listen to the entire game below, with Mike Pavlichko on the call:

Lady Crusaders use 26-0 first-half run to “run” past Manville, 70-36

Having their state tournament run get cut short by COVID just a win away from a second Group 1 title under head coach Jen Derevjanik, Bound Brook was eager to get back on the court, and it showed.

The No. 6 Crusaders blew past Manville 70-36 Thursday night in the season opener for both teams, heard live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Manville’s Angelina Sanchez scored the game’s first points, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead, but Bound Brook scored the next 26 points to go up 26-2, and lead 38-10 by halftime.

LISTEN-POSTGAME REACTION: Trio of Bound Brook standouts talk No. 6 Crusaders’ big season-opening win over Manville

Bound Brook had nine different players in the scoring column, including two in double figures.

Senior Arianna McCleod – who averaged 12 points per game last year and needed 120 at the start of the season to reach the 1,000 point mark in her career – poured in 21 in a balanced effort: 11 in the first half, 10 in the second.

Sophomore point guard Casey Miller was right behind her with 20, including a trio of three-pointers.

Click below to listen to the entire game replay of No. 6 Bound Brook vs. Manville, including Senior Night festivities:

Edison boys basketball opens season with 69-56 win at No. 10 Dunellen in GMC crossover

by Mike Pavlichko

With both teams coming off fantastic years in 2019-20, No. 10 Dunellen and Edison duked it out for about 28 minutes at Faber School last night, before the Eagles pulled away for a 69-56 win on the opening night of high school basketball in New Jersey.

In the debut of High School Basketball presented by Bellamy & Son Paving on Central Jersey Sports Radio, junior guard Nico Barnes scored 29 points, 16 of which came in the final 12 minutes of play.

Edison jumped out to an early lead, but never led by more than seven in the first half. Dunellen even had a one-point lead in the second quarter. Things stayed tight as Barnes left the game with three fouls in the second quarter.

LISTEN: Postgame reaction as Barnes’ 29 powers Edison boys past No. 10 Dunellen

But with the game getting tight in the third – within a possession for several minutes as Dunellen and Edison traded punches – Barnes came back in the game, and sparked the Eagles to pull away with a 13-point win.

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Senior forward Tim Godwin played Barnes tough, but the Edison defense also did a nice job limiting 6-2 Dunellen senior Drew Johnson. The Penn State-Brandywine commit who is in his fourth year starting, finished with just 14. He eclipsed the 1,300-point mark in the game, finishing the evening with a career tally of 1,302.

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