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INSTANT REPLAY-GIRLS BASKETBALL: No. 8 Old Bridge 69, East Brunswick 63 (OT)

Junior Leena Tran paced 8th-ranked Old Bridge with 20 points – 13 in the second half – to help the Knights beat East Brunswick 69-63 in overtime, sweeping the season series and taking sole possession of second place in the GMC Red Division, in a Greater Middlesex Conference game on Thursday, January 20, 2022.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action from East Brunswick High School:

No. 8 Old Bridge girls trail most of the way against East Brunswick, but pull one out in OT to sweep season series

The first time around, in the season opener, Old Bridge ran out to a 14-0 lead on East Brunswick, which clawed its way back, only to lose by two.

In their second meeting of the regular season Thursday night in East Brunswick, the script was almost completely reversed. The Bears stormed out to an 11-2 lead, but No. 8 Old Bridge clawed back, playing to within two at halftime at 28-26, and they came out with a 69-63 overtime win to take both games of the season series.

Down three in the third, Old Bridge finally tied it at 49-all with 4:30 to play, and sophomore Abby Jazmin’s big fourth quarter helped force overtime, tied at 57 apiece.

But getting to OT was almost a win in and of itself for Old Bridge. That’s because two key Bears fouled out late, in a game where both teams had multiple players in foul trouble. Senior guard Samantha Lederman – filling in for injured Nicole Motuseski at the position – fouled out with 1:24 to go, after junior Tamea El – a force down low – fouled out with 2:23 left.

Down their best ball-handler and low-post presence, Old Bridge took advantage, ratcheting up the pressure, forcing turnovers, and converting them into several buckets that proved the be the difference in the extra four minutes.

Junior guard Leena Tran led the Knights (7-3, 6-2) – who took sole possession of second place in the GMC Red Division with the win – with 20 points, 13 after intermission. East Brunswick (9-3, 5-3) junior Boorke Motusesky had a game-high 26, including four treys; she had five all season entering the evening.

Click below to hear Dominic Savino with postgame reaction from No. 8 Old Bridge’s win over East Brunswick:

Old Bridge junior guard Leena Tran
Old Bridge assistant coach Matt Donoghue

No. 8 Old Bridge girls try to regain momentum on road trip up Route 18 to face East Brunswick

Old Bridge head coach Alec Alspach says the losses aren’t always as bad as they seem, and sometimes the wins aren’t as good as they seem.

Certainly, he would have liked the season-opener against East Brunswick to be a little more comfortable, after his team raced out to a 14-0 lead. The won the game, but by a single possession, and it showed how tough the GMC Red Division would be this season.

Eighth-ranked Old Bridge (6-3, 5-2) and East Brunswick (9-2, 5-2) sit tied behind first-place St. Thomas Aquinas, but tonight’s winner will take sole possession of second place in the Greater Middlesex Conference red, a coveted spot when it comes time to seed the county tournament next month.

You can listen to tonight’s game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action. Tip-off is set for 6 pm, with pregame at 6:45. Click here to listen.

Click below to head Dom Savino talk about tonight’s game with Old Bridge head coach Alec Alspach:

East Brunswick girls look to exact revenge for season-opening loss to No. 8 Old Bridge

To say the season opener between East Brunswick and Old Bridge was a roller coaster would be an understatement.

The Lady Bears didn’t come out of the gate like they wanted to, and found themselves down early 14-0, but clawed back to within 14-11 at the first break. Then they held the Knights to just six points in the second quarter to take a 23-20 lead. Back and forth they’d go, but ultimately Old Bridge would win it 49-47.

Thursday night, East Brunswick (9-2, 5-2 GMC Red) look to even the score when No. 8 Old Bridge (6-3, 5-2 GMC Red) comes to town for a key divisional matchup. The winner would be in sole possession of second place in the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division, a coveted spot come county tournament seeding time.

You can hear Thursday night’s game on Central Jersey Sports Radio, beginning with pregame at 5:45 pm and tip-off at 6:00, as Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action. Click here to listen live.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with fourth-year East Brunswick head coach Travis Retzlaff:

This story was corrected to show Old Bridge’s record is 6-3 overall, 3-3 in division.

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 4 St. Joseph-Metuchen 72, East Brunswick 45

Seniors Amari Campbell (20 points) and Ethan Simmon (17) keyed big third and fourth quarters to power St. Joseph-Metuchen past East Brunswick 72-14 in a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division game on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action from East Brunswick High School:

No. 4 St. Joe’s-Metuchen uses strong third quarter, balanced scoring, to with 19th straight over East Brunswick

The game was played in the same gym – albeit with newer bleachers, brighter lighting and a fresh paint job – but the result wasn’t the same at all.

January 2013 was the last time East Brunswick beat St. Joseph of Metuchen in basketball, 19 meetings ago, coming into Thursday night’s GMC Red Division clash.

Now, it’s 20 meetings ago, as St. Joe’s won its 19th in a row over the Bears, 72-45 Thursday night in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Senior guard Amari Campbell, who had missed the early season and returned Tuesday against Old Bridge only to get in foul trouble and not tally in the scoring column, pumped in a near-career-high 20 – with 11 of those coming in the fourth quarter – while fellow senior guard Ethan Simmon added 17.

St. Joseph improves to 5-2, 4-0 in divisional play, while the Bears drop to 5-3, 3-2 in the GMC Red.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Dom Savino:

Senior guard Ethan Simmon
Head coach Jan Cocozziello

Simmon, Ingram lead St. Joe’s into GMC Red clash with East Brunswick

If you’re compiling a list of GMC breakout candidates, Ethan Simmon has scored his way to the top of the list. The St. Joe’s-Metuchen guard leads the team with 24.3 points-per-game, punctuated by a career-high 36 points in a blowout win over Old Bridge Tuesday.

It’s the latest triumph in a hot start for the Falcons (4-2), who stand at No. 4 in this week’s Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Rankings.

St. Joe’s now prepares for a battle of the last two GMC Red teams without a division loss, traveling to East Brunswick (3-1) Thursday at 7 p.m. for a game that will be broadcast on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Click here to listen to the broadcast with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action; pregame coverage starts at 6:45.

Simmon represents one-half of Joe’s two-headed backcourt monster, complemented by the emergence of point guard Josh Ingram. The junior is averaging a career-best 15.5 ppg, including a season-high 18 points Tuesday.

Central Jersey Sports Radio‚Äôs Dom Savino talked with St. Joe’s head coach Jan Cocozziello to preview the Falcons’ meeting with EB:

East Brunswick looks to get over the hump against rival St. Joe’s when No. 4 Falcons come to town

In the mid-2010s, East Brunswick and St. Joseph-Metuchen engaged in some epic battles. It all came to a head in the 2012-13 season, when one team, with a heady point guard, beat the other, with a future top pick in the NBA Draft, twice in the regular season, but lost to them in the county finals in double overtime.

The days of Amir Bell and Karl Towns (before he really used the Anthony in his name) are long gone, but the rivalry and hard-fought games remain: The fourth-Falcons (4-2) have beaten East Brunswick (3-2) by a sum total of 11 points in their last three matchups, bookended by a pair of three point wins.

The two will square off Thursday night in East Brunswick on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling all the action. Tip-off is at 7; coverage begins at 6:45 with the pregame show. Click here to listen live.

Despite losing Devin Kennedy’s 13.4 points per game, and not returning much in that department, ninth-year head coach Mark Motusesky says his team has a bit more athleticism and perimeter shooting than a year ago.

Click below to hear Mark Motusesky talk with Mike Pavlichko about the season so far, and the matchup with rival St. Joe’s:

Little movement in Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Top Ten as six schools sit out Christmas break

Whether due to contact tracing, positive tests, or opponents cancelling for the same reasons, a half dozen boys’ basketball teams – more than half the ranked schools – didn’t play over the Christmas break, leaving very little movement in the Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

Colonia remains Number One, despite not playing at all, and the same could be said for Rutgers Prep, which held in second.

The Patriots resume play Tuesday at North Brunswick, in a game that will be broadcast on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The Argonauts don’t resume until Thursday, when they host North Hunterdon.

St. Thomas Aquinas, on the other hand, went 3-0 at the Boardwalk Classic down in Atlantic City, beating St. Joseph by the Sea (NY), Shawnee and Archbishop Carroll (PA).

The only movement saw Monroe and Montgomery flip-flop; the Falcons went 2-0 with wins over Woodbridge and Immaculata in their own holiday tournament, while the Cougars were idle. The two will play each other Tuesday at Montgomery.

Gill St. Bernards, Bound Brook, and East Brunswick also did not play in the past week.

Below are the full Week 2 rankings:

Colonia holds top spot in Week Two Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten

Off to a 2-0 start, the Colonia Patriots have held on to their No. 1 ranking in the Bellamy & Son Paving Week 1 Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

The only movement in the Top Five this week was a flip-flop of No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas, taking over the No. 3 spot from St. Joseph-Metuchen after beating the Falcons head-to-head.

Click below for an audio top ten with Mike Pavlichko, complete with notes on each team: