High School Boys Basketball

No. 9 Bound Brook and Bernards face off in a Skyland Conference Valley Division game on Feb. 25, 2021.

Boys’ regular season wrap-up: Bound Brook heads into Skyland Tourney as lone unbeaten area team, and other notes of interest

What a year the Bound Brook Crusaders have had. Lucky enough to have no COVID pauses, Anthony Melesurgo’s squad has persevered, and reaped the rewards of their sacrifice to stay safe and stay on the court. Bound Brook has finished the regular season with an 11-0 mark, entering the postseason as the only undefeated team out of the 54 calling either the GMC or Skyland Conference home. All but one of Bound Brook’s games came against league competition, with their lone out of conference game coming against a Linden team whose 1-11 record is deceptive, by virtue of playing in […]

St. Thomas Aquinas boys lock down top GMC postseason pod seed with weekend win over state-ranked Hudson Catholic

It took double overtime, but St. Thomas Aquinas – minus its biggest star – picked up a huge win Saturday afternoon, beating state-ranked Hudson Catholic 60-58 in North Edison. The Trojans (7-4) learned they earlier this week they would be without junior guard Jaquan Harris for the rest of the season – as first reported by Greg Tufaro of mycentraljersey.com – with tendinitis in his left knee that requires surgery. Not to say they didn’t miss him Saturday afternoon, but they pulled off a big win over the No. 11 team in the NJ.com statewide rankings. The Hawks entered the […]

North Brunswick upends No. 2 St. Joe’s, fueled by Fitzpatrick

St. Joseph of Metuchen has played a strong out of conference schedule, and the 2nd-ranked Falcons had just come off a big win over state-ranked Hudson Catholic. None of that mattered to North Brunswick Saturday afternoon. The unranked Raiders got 29 points from senior guard Jabri Fitzpatrick, including nine free throws – and 5-of-5 at the line in the fourth quarter – to beat St. Joe’s at home 61-57. And it helped mix up the debate over the upcoming GMC postseason pod seeding Monday morning. St. Joe’s and St. Thomas Aquinas were considered widely to be battling for the top […]

Bound Brooks Quadir Harrell dribbles up the floor against Bernards in a Feb. 25, 2021 game at Bound Brook.

No. 9 Bound Brook outlasts Bernards 73-61 to win 10th straight, remain unbeaten

Undefeated Bound Brook is a win away from completing a perfect regular season, short as it may be due to COVID-19. The 9th-ranked Crusaders had balanced scoring in a 73-61 home win over Bernards Thursday night, heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio and powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Junior guard Quadir Harrell led all scorers in the game with 19 points. He had ten in the first half – including a pair of treys – and then added nine straight fourth-quarter free throws to help seal the win. Junior point guard Davie McLarty and senior forward Cam’ron Summers each […]

Central Jersey Sport’s Radio’s Dom Savino interviews Bound Brook junior guard Davie McLarty after a 73-61 win over Bernards on Feb. 25, 2021.

Harrell, McLarty, Melesurgo talk No. 9 Bound Brook’s gut-check win over Bernards

In a back and forth game, Quadir Harrell took charge – from the foul line. The junior guard hit nine straight fourth-quarter free throws – and finished with a game-high 19 points – to help the Crusaders get past Bernards 73-61, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. It was quite the turnaround from the first meeting between the teams, which came less than a week prior – just last Friday – and saw both teams score season lows in points, in a 39-33 Bound Brook victory. By contrast, it was the third-highest point […]

No. 9 Bound Brook seeking sweep of Bernards when Mountaineers come down for a visit

The first time Bernards and Bound Brook met, neither managed 40 points. It was the lowest offensive output of the season for both teams. Will things be different this time around? The Mountaineers (5-2) have since dropped to third in the Valley Division (a misnomer for Bernards if we ever heard one) behind Somerville, while the No. 9 Crusaders are looking to finish off a wire-to-wire lead over their peers. Tonight, they face off in Bound Brook at 5:30 pm, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino on the air at 5:15 for High School Basketball on Central Jersey Sports Radio, […]

Instant reaction: How did Skyland postseason seeding go? Chair Jason Miller weighs in.

To say the 2021 high school basketball season was unique is an understatement. And it deserved a unique postseason event. The payoff came Wednesday afternoon when the Skyland Conference released its postseason tournament seedings, with three pods each on the boys’ and girls’ side. The girls have three eight-team pods, while the boys have one eight-team pod and two pods of seven, since there’s no Mount St. Mary girls’ team and Phillipsburg is out, in COVID protocol. I got the chance to sit down with South Hunterdon Athletic Director Jason Miller, the chair of the seeding committee that drew up […]

Denver Anglin and Gill St. Bernard’s – to no one’s surprise – are the top overall seed in the first-ever Skyland Conference Tourney (Source: GSB website)

No drama here: Gill boys, Rutgers Prep girls earn top seeds in top pods of one-off Skyland Conference postseason

There were no gasps, no OMGs. no jaws dropping when the Skyland Conference released its first-ever postseason tournament brackets, featuring three pods each for the boys and girls, playing down to a champion, and guaranteeing each team three games of postseason play. The Bound Brook boys and girls also swept top seeds in the middle pod. On the boys’ side, Gill St. Bernard’s – ranked No. 1 in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Top Ten – got the top seed in the top pod, which is being called the “Blue Division,” followed by Rutgers Prep, Montgomery, Hunterdon Central, Watchung Hills, […]

Plenty of cardboard cutout fans packed the stands at the “Cougars’ Den” for Monday night’s game against St. Joseph-Metuchuen.

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:

St. Joseph head coach Jan Cocozziello.

St. Joe’s Cocozziello, Simmon on Falcons’ slim win over Montgomery

It came down to two free throws to salt the game away and Ethan Simmon’s blood was as cold as the ice and snow blanketing the Montgomery High School campus. The 6-3 junior hit both ends of the only one-and-one in the game to gave No. 2 St. Joseph of Metuchen a 46-42 win over No. 7 Montgomery, in a GMC-Skyland Conference crossover game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Simmon led the Falcons (8-2) with nine points, while the Cougars (7-3) were led by Ryan Curry, the junior point guard who led all […]

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