Category: High School Basketball

INSTANT REPLAY-Girls’ TOC Final: (1) St. John Vianney 72, (3) Rutgers Prep 52

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The 3rd-seeded Rutgers Prep Lady Argonauts fell to top-seeded St. John Vianney, 72-52, as the Lady Lancers won their eighth TOC title, and third under head coach Dawn Karpell.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Rutgers University’s Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway on Sunday, March 20, 2022:

INSTANT REPLAY-Girls’ TOC Semifinals: (3) Rutgers Prep 64, (2) Manasquan 48

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The 3rd-seeded Rutgers Prep Lady Argonauts beat the 2nd-seeded Manasquan Warriors 64-48, behind 17 points Rutgers-bound senior Antonia Bates, and nine team treys. Rutgers Prep moves on to the TOC Finals for the first time ever, and will face top-seed St. John Vianney, which beat 4-seeed Sparta in the other semifinal Friday night, 75-54.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Toms River North’s RWJBarnabas Health Arena on Friday, March 18, 2022:

INSTANT REPLAY-Girls’ TOC Quarterfinals: (3) Rutgers Prep 68, (6) University 56

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The 3rd-seeded Rutgers Prep Lady Argonauts beat the 6th-seeded University Phoeniz 68-56, behind 23 points from Katie Ledden, and another 18 from Mikayla Blakes, winning their first ever TOC game in three tries. Rutgers Prep moves on to the semifinals against 2nd-seed Manasquan Friday night.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Toms River North’s RWJBarnabas Health Arena on Wednesday, March 16, 2022:

INSTANT REPLAY: Girls’ Non-Public Group B Final: Rutgers Prep 62, Saddle River Day 51

The Rutgers Prep girls basketball team won its third group title in program history, beating Saddle River Day 62-51 to earn a trip to the NJSIAA’s final Tournament of Champions. Sophomore Mikayla Bakes led all scorers with 27 – including 15 in a monster first quarter, while Katie Ledden had 16, and senior Leyla Castro’s seven fourth quarter points – including a trey – were key.

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Click below to listen to the game in its entirety from RWJBarnabas Health Arena at Toms River North High School, with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action:

INSTANT REPLAYS: Listen back to Rutgers Prep boys’ Non-Public South A and semifinal and championship game wins

For the first in its ten-year history of NJSIAA play, the Rutgers Prep boys’ basketball team is a sectional champion. Matt Bloom’s squad won the title down at Lenape High School Monday night, beating Red Bank Catholic 63-60.

Now, listen back to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s play-by-play of both the Non-Public South A semifinals and title game, as the Argonauts get set to face North A champion Bergen Catholic for the Group A title, and a berth in the last-ever NJSIAA Tournament of Champions.

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Central Jersey Sports Radio will broadcast Saturday’s game, set for 4 pm from Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, on the campus of Rutgers University. Click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko call all the action.

Click below to listen On Demand to Rutgers Prep in the Non-Public A semifinals and finals:

Non-Public South A Semifinals: (3) Rutgers Prep at (2) St. Thomas Aquinas (March 7, 2020)
Non-Public South A Finals: (3) Rutgers Prep vs. (1) Red Bank Catholic at Lenape H.S. (March 9, 2020)

INSTANT REPLAY-Group 3 Boys’ Semifinals: Ramapo 49, Colonia 39

In a fast-moving, low scoring Group 3 semifinal game, North 2 Group 3 Champion Colonia was ousted by North 1 champion Ramapo, 49-39. It was the second group 3 semifinal for Colonia in the last three postseasons, and both times the Patriots were eliminated by the Raiders.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko call all the action from Phillipsburg High School:

INSTANT REPLAYS: Somerset County Tournament Semifinals and Finals Coverage

Two finals, with the same two schools, produced two different winners at the 2022 Somerset County Tournament, both of them top seeds. Rutgers Prep took the girls’ title, while Gill St. Bernard’s took the boys’ championship.

Click below to listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s live play-by-play coverage of the 2022 Somerset County Tournament, including a girl’s/boys’ semifinal doubleheader from Gill St. Bernard’s, and the championship doubleheader at Montgomery High School.

Somerset County Tournament Semifinals:

Girls: (2) Gill St. Bernard’s 41, (6) Hillsborough 53: Gill St. Bernards, Rutgers Prep girls advance to Saturday’s Somerset County Tournament final

Boys: (1) Gill St. Bernard’s, (4) Montgomery 49: Top-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s boys take care of business, head back to Somerset County Tourney finals

Somerset County Tournament Finals:

Girls’ Final: (1) Rutgers Prep 64, (7) Gill St. Bernard’s 35

RECAP: “REPEAT”: Rutgers Prep cruises past Gill St. Bernard’s to win second straight SCT title, 5th of last 7

Boys’ Final: (1) Gill St. Bernard’s 84, (2) Rutgers Prep 63

RECAP: Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s just too much for Rutgers Prep, as Knights win 8th SCT title under Sina

INSTANT REPLAYS: Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Semifinals and Finals Coverage

The St. Thomas Aquinas girls’ and boys’ basketball teams swept the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament titles this year, becoming the first school ever to sweep in back-to-back tournaments. (A full GMC Tournament was not played in 2021 due to the pandemic, with eight champions crowned out of four-team pods.)

Click below to listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio’s coverage of the 2022 GMC Tournament, including in-person coverage of the girls’ semifinals from Dom Savino, as well as play-by-play of the boys’ semifinals, and both the girls’ and boys’ championship games.

GMC Tournament Girls’ Semifinals:

(1) St. Thomas Aquinas 72, (5) East Brunswick 55: Perez, Crosby guide top-seed St. Thomas Aquinas into yet another GMC Tournament Final

(7) South Brunswick 57, (3) Colonia 49: Cinderella South Brunswick continues its run as Vikings knock off Colonia, head to GMC title game

GMC Tournament Boys’ Semifinals:

(3) Colonia 70, (2) St. Joseph-Metuchen 58

RECAP: Monster game for Pressley propels Patriots to first GMC Tourney final since 2018

(2) St. Thomas Aquinas 62, (4) Monroe 41

RECAP: Top-seed St. Thomas Aquinas punches second straight ticket to GMC Tourney finals with win “at” Monroe

GMC Tournament Finals:

Girls’ Final: (1) St. Thomas Aquinas 64, (7) South Brunswick 58

RECAP: THREE-PEAT! St. Thomas Aquinas girls survive wild South Brunswick comeback to win third straight GMC Tournament title

Boys’ Final: (1) St. Thomas Aquinas 69, (3) Colonia 53

RECAP: CLEAN SWEEP! St. Thomas Aquinas boys win GMC Tourney title, make it two trophies for the Trojans in one night

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