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Aboulkhier, Cassidy power Dunellen past Spotswood on Senior Night, 47-19

Much can be made of Salma Aboulkhier’s senior season, in which the 5-9 forward/center is averaging a double double, 10 points and nearly 11 points per game.

But was the defense she and her teammates played Friday night that was just as valuable, in a 47-19 drubbing of GMC Blue Division opponent Spotswood heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

Aboulkhier scored a game-high 16 points in a balanced effort, while fellow senior Chloe Cassidy scored 12 – nearly spot on her average – including a pair of three-pointers. She also had a 4-of-4 night at the foul line.

But on a night when Dunellen honored it four seniors – including Meghan Green (2 points) and Isabel Parcells (4 points) – the youh of the program shined as well; sophomore forward Alexa Castro chipped in 11 for the Destroyers, who improved to 7-6, 6-5 in the GMC Blue Division.

Spotswood (4-8, 4-7 in the Blue) was held to its lowest point total since a January 4, 2019 loss to at South River, 30-19. Junior forward Ally Clarke was the Chargers leading scorer with 8 points.

Click below to hear the entire Spotswood-Dunellen game from February 26, 2021, with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action:

Dunellen girls exact revenge on Spotswood on Senior Night

Twenty-three days ago, the Spotswood girls’ basketball team edged out Dunellen 45-42.

The Destroyers only scored five more points this time. The difference is they held the Chargers to 19, their lowest point total since a 30-19 loss at South River on January 4, 2019.

Dunellen pulled above .500 again, improving to 7-6 (6-5 in the GMC Blue), with a 47-19 win over Spotswood (4-8, 4-7) Friday night on High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

On a night when Dunellen honored its four seniors – Salma Aboulhkier, Chloe Cassidy, Isabel Parcells and Meghan Greene – the quartet filled nearly three-quarters of the scoring column.

Aboulkhier finished with 16 – to lead all scorers – while Cassidy chipped in 12, going 4-for-4 from the foul line, and adding a pair of treys.

Click below to hear Aboulkhier and Cassidy talk about their efforts, and victory, on Senior Night:

Senior Forward/Center Salma Aboulkhier
Senior point guard Chloe Cassidy

Take two for Spotswood and Dunellen girls Friday night

The Chargers and Destroyers were meant to meet for the second time this season a week ago. Mother Nature had different ideas.

The week in between hasn’t been kind to either team, but it just means that when they do meet Friday night – on Central Jersey High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – someone will get off the schneid.

Air time is 7:00 with game time at 7:15 pm on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko calling the action. Click here to listen. You can also watch the game on the Dunellen athletics YouTube channel by clicking here.

When last we saw Dunellen (6-5, 5-5 in the GMC Blue), the Destroyers had won three straight. But they’ve now lost three in a row: at South Hunterdon and South River, and at home to Middlesex.

Spotswood, meanwhile, had just snapped a three game losing streak with a 56-25 win over Highland Park, but they’ve since lost two in a row, and five out of the last six.

The game is also sponsored locally by Pops Bike Shop in Somerville, Roscoe’s Eatery in Dunellen, Dunellen Bagel, the Dunellen Hotel & Rathskeller, and Rising Stars Studio of Dance.

After back-to-back 12-15 seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 that snapped a 12-year string of winning seasons, Dunellen still has a chance to put together back-to-back above-.500 campaigns.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi and Dunellen head coach Keith Connery talk about the matchup.

Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi
Dunellen head coach Keith Connery

Spotswood girls visit Dunellen with 2nd place in GMC Blue up for grabs

NOTE: This game has been postponed due to Thursday’s winter storm; continue to follow Central Jersey Sports Radio for updates on rescheduling.

The Middlesex Blue Jays are the clear-cut leader in the GMC Blue Division. But right behind them, Spotswood, Dunellen and Metuchen are duking it out.

Not only is it a solid division, but four of the eight teams in it have played at least eight games, It’s little surprise those four teams are the ones in the top half of the GMC Blue standings.

Friday night, Dunellen (6-3, 5-3) will host its Senior Night – with parents now allowed, per Governor Murphy – when Spotswood (4-5, 4-4) comes to town. The Lady Chargers won the first meeting between the teams back on February 3rd, 45-42.

You can hear the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – with game-time scheduled for 6:00 pm, and pregame at 5:45. Dom Savino and Mike Pavlichko will call all the action from the Faber School in Dunellen, and you can listen by clicking here. To watch the Dunellen YouTube feed of the game, with commentary provided by Central Jersey Sports Radio, click here.The game is also sponsored locally by the following:

The game is also sponsored locally by Pops Bike Shop in Somerville, Roscoe’s Eatery in Dunellen, Dunellen Bagel, the Dunellen Hotel & Rathskeller, and Rising Stars Studio of Dance.

After back-to-back 12-15 seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19 that snapped a 12-year string of winning seasons, Dunellen is looking to put together back-to-back above-.500 campaigns.

Spotswood, meanwhile, is looking for its first winning season under third-year head coach vinnie Vizzi, whose team improved from his debut campaign’s 9-18 to 12-15 last year. A win against Dunellen would put them at .500 with three regular season games left on the schedule, and likely two GMC postseason “pod” games.

Click below to listen to Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi and Dunellen head coach Keith Connery talk about the matchup.

Spotswood head coach Vin Vizzi
Dunellen head coach Keith Connery

Rivals Dunellen and Middlesex square off tonight at Faber school

Editor’s Note: While Central Jersey Sports Radio unfortunately is unable to broadcast tonight’s game (see our Broadcast Schedule for recent changes and the current slate) we offer this preview of the Blue Jays and Destroyers.

Coming off a better than .500 season for the first time under 7th-year head coach Jared Goldstein – where they were also the third-highest scoring team in the league behind St. Thomas Aquinas and Carteret – Middlesex come into 2021 looking to build. At 2-2, they have a win over division foe Spotswood, and 0-4 Woodbridge, a step up to the GMC White Division.

With neighboring rival Dunellen coming off a 25-5 season and moving up from the GMC Gold to the Blue Jays’ Blue Division this season, Middlesex has its sights set on tonight’s game against the Destroyers at the Faber School. (The game begins at 6 pm and you can watch the game’s livestream by clicking here.)

But Dunellen has this game circled, too. At 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the division – a half-game ahead of South Plainfield (2-1 in the Blue), the win is a chance for the Destroyers to prove they belong at the next level.

Dunellen has won two straight in the series (49-38 in 2019 and 77-47 in 2018, both in holiday tournaments in December) but Middlesex leads 7-3 since the start of Goldstein’s tenure with the Blue Jays, and 6-2 since Horowitz took over the Destroyers.

Middlesex’s last win came on January 22, 2018, a 62-56 win at Faber School.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s conversations with Middlesex Head Coach Jared Goldstein and Dunellen Head Coach Howie Horowitz.

Middlesex head coach Jared Goldstein
Dunellen head coach Howie Horowitz

Gill St. Bernard’s remains No. 1, but has yet to play

Despite having all three games cancelled in Week One of the high school basketball season, Gill St. Bernard’s holds on to the top spot in the Central Jersey Sports Radio Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

Gill was in contact tracing quarantine last week, with basketball activities paused, much like Rutgers Prep, which also remained in place, staying at No. 3.

In fact, the Top 8 all stayed the same, with only one of those teams dropping a game, as St. Joseph of Metuchen dropped a 101-75 decision in its Thursday opener at Roselle Catholic. The Falcons’ original opening game was to be Tuesday against Monroe on Central Jersey Sports Radio, but Monroe shut its program down due to COVID in the program.

Below is the full Week 1 Top Ten.

How the Top Ten fared…

Of the teams that played, No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas won its opener, rolling past JFK 90-39.

No. 4 Watchung Hills – which had a game against Gill cancelled – blew by Sinai Christian of Linden 92-46.

South Brunswick – the defending Central Jersey Group 4 champions – had a 2-0 opening week and remain in the No. 5 spot – beating JP Stevens 64-44 and winning at East Brunswick 55-53. The Vikings have won six straight overall dating back to the start of last season’s state tournament. They’ve also won eight straight regular season games going back to last year.

No. 6 Colonia is the only squad to play three games in the opening week. The Patriots won at Eastside (Paterson) 63-44, beat North Brunswick at home 66-49, and won at in-town rival Woodbridge 75-45.

No. 7 St. Joseph-Metuchen – after dropping its opener on the road – rebounded to beat Piscataway in its first home game of the season, 92-69.

Bound Brook – which checks in at No. 8 – had a two-win week, beating rival Somerville at home 64-37, and winning 61-51 at Warren Hills.

New to the Top Ten this week are Ridge (No. 9) and South Plainfield (No. 10).

The Red Devils are 2-0 after a 48-37 win at Immaculata and a 44-30 victory against Phillipsburg.

South Plainfield won a pair of road games: 55-47 at JP Stevens and 54-49 at Dunellen, which dropped out of the Top Ten (previously ranked No. 10) after a two-loss week, that also included a defeat in their opener 69-56, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

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

Also dropping out of the Top Ten was previously-No. 9 Somerville, which finished the opening week at 1-2. In addition to losing to Bound Brook, the Pioneers beat Voorhees 55-39, but lost to Immaculata 67-63.

Montgomery also received consideration for the rankings after a 2-0 Week One. the Cougars beat Phillipsburg at home 68-43, while winning a non-league game at Bordentown, 64-36.

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.

Click below to listen to the entire game broadcast:

You can also watch the game – complete with CJSR commentary – on YouTube by clicking here.

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

It was the second quarter, and Nico Barnes was in a bit of foul trouble when he came to the bench. No. 10 Dunellen kept it close, never trailing by double figures.

All that changed when Barnes returned to the game in the third quarter. He scored 16 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead the Eagles (1-0) over the Destroyers (0-1). It was the season opener for both teams on the opening night of the high school basketball season in New Jersey, and the first broadcast of High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving on Central Jersey Sports Radio

Click below to listen to postgame reaction from 6-2 junior guard Nico Barnes and Edison coach Charlie Mohr.

Edison junior guard Nico Barnes:

Edison Head Coach Charlie Mohr:

Edison visits #10 Dunellen for rare meeting, season opener, CJSR debut

Central Jersey Sports Radio’s coverage of local high school basketball begins tonight, when #10 Dunellen entertains Dunellen at the Faber School.

Air-time is 5:50 pm for the game, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action.

The broadcast is sponsored by Rising Stars Studio of Dance, Roscoe’s Eatery, Dunellen Bagel, and the Dunellen Hotel.

Click here to listen to the broadcast live. The game can also be viewed live on YouTube with video provided by Dunellen, and commentary provided by Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The Destroyers have moved up from the Greater Middlesex Conference Gold Division to the Blue following a 25-5 season, their best in almost 30 years, which included their first trip to the GMC Tournament quarterfinals since 1993, and a tough loss to University in the North 2-Group 1 finals. They’re led by senior guard Drew Johnson – who’ll be headed to Penn State-Brandywine after graduation – and his 1,288 career points.

READ MORE: Check out the full Central Jersey Sports Radio Broadcast Schedule here.

Edison also had a terrific 2019-20, winning the GMC White Division, the school’s first-ever division title in the league. Nico Barnes leads the offense, coming off a season where he scored 8.5 points per game and grabbed 4.3 rebounds per contest. The Eagles also added 6-foot-6 transfer Joseph Greer, a junior who played last year at West Windsor-Plainsboro North.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko speak with both head coaches:

Edison head coach Charlie Mohr:

Dunellen head coach Howie Horowitz:

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Gill St. Bernard’s heads first CJSR Boys’ Basketball Top Ten

In the first Central Jersey Sports Radio preseason boys’ basketball rankings, Gill St. Bernard’s young but talented group takes the top nod.

Following are the full preseason rankings, with each team followed by last year’s record and postseason achievements:

  1. Gill St. Bernard’s (20-8, Non-Public North B runner-up)
  2. St. Thomas Aquinas (23-5, GMC Tournament champions)
  3. Rutgers Prep (27-2, SCT champions, Non-Public South B runner-up)
  4. Watchung Hills (25-5, SCT runner-up, North 2-Group 4 runner-up)
  5. South Brunswick (25-5, GMC Tournament runner-up, Central-Group 4 champions)
  6. Colonia (22-7, North 2-Group 3 finals)
  7. St. Joseph-Metuchen (19-9)
  8. Bound Brook (25-2, Central-Group 1 runner-up)
  9. Somerville (21-7)
  10. Dunellen (25-2, North 1-Group 1 runner-up)

Also receiving consideration: New Brunswick (20-8)