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INSTANT REPLAY: No. 7 South Plainfield 54, Woodbridge 38 (Boys)

Senior guard Tyreak Williams’ 16 points led No. 7 South Plainfield past Woodbridge in a GMC White Division game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Fellow senior guard Brandon Dean chipped in 15 despite still dealing with an injury to his shooting hand, as the Tigers are now just two wins away from clinching the division title.

Kendall Pala and Nadino Jospeh paced the Barrons with 8 points each.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko call all the play-by-play from Woodbridge High School on January 26, 2023:

No. 7 South Plainfield overcomes slow start to win at Woodbridge, inch closer to GMC White crown

The first quarter may not have been they best they’d played all year.

South Plainfield and Woodbridge were tied 7-7 after one, but the Tigers were able to pull way after that.

The Tigers slowly grew the lead, then got a spark at the end of the half from senior guard Brandon Dean, who swished a pair of shots from downtown back-to-back, to close the half with South Plainfield ahead 28-13.

It would get as close as nine in the second half, as the Barrons made a bit of a run in the final eight minutes, but no closer. Final score: 54-38 Tigers.

Dean finished with those two triples and 15 points, but game high honors went to Tareak Williams, a fellow senior guard who has picked up the slack while Dean has been dealing with an injury to his shooting hand that’s been enough to slow him down, but not enough to keep him off the court.

For the Barrons, no one cracked double figures, as senior Kendall Pala and junior Nardino Joseph each finished with eight points. The trouble was the South Plainfield D did a number on Micah Eason, the team’s leading scorer. Coming in averaging nearly 15 points a game, he was held scoreless until the third quarter, and finished with just four points on a field goal and 2-of-3 shooting at the line.

The win puts South Plainfield at 11-1 in the GMC White with two games left, 15-2 overall. Woodbridge drops to 9-8, 7-5 in the White.

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South Painfield senior guard Tareak Williams
South Plainfield’s Tareak Williams (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
South Plainfield head coach John Greco

Barrons looking to play more than spoiler Thursday in White Division clash with South Plainfield

Sure, 7th-ranked South Plainfield is looking to finish the season strong and close out its third straight divisional championship in the GMC.

But that doesn’t mean Woodbridge is looking to play spoiler tonight when the Barrons (9-7, 7-4 GMC White) entertain the Tigers (14-2, 10-1) on senior night, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio

Woodbridge is trying to finish the year strong, too, after a 2021-22 campaign that saw many players get baptized by the GMC White fire, which last year included Colonia and St. Thomas Aquinas, now departed for the Red Division.

They started the year strong with three straight wins, but have had their share of heartbreaking, buzzer-beating defeats. Those include losses to rival Perth Amboy, Edison, and the Tigers themselves, in the first meeting, when senior Brandon Dean hit a runner as time expired for the victory in South Plainfield.

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Tonight’s game can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio beginning with pregame at 5:15 and tip-off at 5:30 pm. Mike Pavlichko will call all the action. Click here to listen.

The Barrons are led by Micah Eason, a junior averaging nearly 15 points a game, and otherwise have balances scoring with senior Kendall Pala and sophomore Derrick Anderson averaging just over 8 ppg.

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South Plainfield looking to close out strong, win first division title since 2005

Sure, the South Plainfield Tigers have won two straight division titles in Greater Middlesex Conference play, and are just three wins away from locking down a third all on their own.

But those came in the Blue Division.

When No. 7 South Plainfield (14-2, 10-1 GMC White) travels to Woodbridge (9-7, 7-4) Thursday night – in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio – the Tigers can take one more step toward clinching their first outright White Division title in 17 years, since the days of Jeff Lubreski as head coach, and standouts on the floor like Marquis Jones and Darren Smith.

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And the Barrons are likely their biggest hurdle.

South Plainfield won the White in the winters of 2003 and 2004, and took the GMC Tournament title in ’04 and ’05, sharing the White crown in 2005 with Colonia.

A win would would leave two remaining division games – North Plainfield and New Brunswick. A split clinches a share of the division for the Tigers, and a sweep wins it outright, as they lead North Brunswick – which is 8-2 in the White – by a half-game. The Tigers split with the Raiders this season.

You can hear all Thursday night’s action live from Woodbridge High School with Mike Pavlichko calling the play-by-play. Pregame begins at 5:15 pm with tipoff at 5:30 pm. Click here to listen.

South Plainfield is lead by Brandon Dean, a senior guard averaging 21.4 points per game, one of the tops in the GMC. He also hit the game-winning shot against Woodbridge at home to beat the Barrons 48-46 on December 22nd.

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South River clears perhaps its biggest remaining hurdle, as Santos, Rodriguez power Rams past Chargers

Ever since Spotswood took its high schoolers out of South River and opened its own high school in 1976, Chargers-Rams has been an intense rivaly. And 47 years later, little has changed.

The crowd got here for the JV game and never left, and the doors were shut well before tip-off.

Spotswood kept it close for a while, down just eight points at the half.

But the fifth-ranked Rams (13-1, 9-0 GMC Blue) pulled away, getting well into double digits in the third, and beat Spotswood (11-4, 7-3) 73-51 before a packed house in South River.

Senior Roman Santos led all scorers with 18 points, 16 in the first three quarters. By then it was well in hand for the Rams. Santos’ final bucket, his only score in the final eight minutes, was a thunderous one-handed jam in transition.

Senior Laz Rodriguez added 17 in another very balanced game.

Spotswood kept punching, but every time they cut a double-digit lead to six or seven, the Rams always had an answer, and eventually, South River was just too much for them.

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South River won its first meeting with the Chargers just two games into the season in Spotswood. That was a five-point game, and one of the toughest opponents they’ve played all year. It may have been their toughest remaining divisional challenge, as South River is widely considered to have a strong argument for the third-seed in the GMC Tournament next month – providing they don’t trip up the rest of the way – by virtue of beating St. Joseph-Metuchen after Christmas, and despite suffering its first loss of the season last weekend against Piscataway.

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Senior Alex Grospe
South River sophomore Alex Grospe (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
Senior Kobe Taylor
South River senior Kobe Taylor (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)
Head Coach Brandon Walsh0

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas 66, No. 10 St. Joseph-Metuchen 62 (Boys)

Top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas fended off every push by No. 10 St. Joseph Metuchen, and clinched the GMC Red Division title with a 66-62 road win, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. The victory also virtually locked up the top-seed for St. Thomas in the upcoming GMC Tournament.

Senior Terrell Pitts led the way with 16 for the Trojans (15-1, 8-0), while fellow senior Jalen Pichardo added 15 and ten rebounds. Junior Jeremy Clayville led St. Joe’s (8-4, 6-2) with a game-high 25, including four threes.

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St. Thomas Aquinas makes big plays down the stretch in all-out battle at St. Joseph to win Red Division title, virtually assuring No. 1 seed in GMC Tourney

Not only did top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas make big plays, but they made free throws, which so often can make-or-break a team.

It made the Trojans GMC Red Division champions Tuesday night, as they beat St. Joseph in Metuchen 66-62, in a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

In the pivotal fourth quarter, with the Falcons hanging around longer than most outside their locker room would have given them credit for, Aquinas hit 12-of-12 from the charity stripe.

“Deuce” Jones led the Trojans (15-1) with 16 points, while Jalen Pichardo tallied a double-double of 15 points and 10 boards, his fourth of the season. It was his highest scoring output of the calendar year.

The win clinched the Red Division title outright for Aquinas, which finishes the first go-through of the division schedule – the only one that counts under a one-year pilot program in the GMC Red – with an 8-0 mark.

It was also St. Thomas’ fifth straight division title – the most recent three being in the White Division, and the one before that in the Blue in 2018-19 – and the Trojans’ 54th straight divisional regular season win. They last loss in divisional play was in the Blue on January 26, 2017, by a 70-62 score at Carteret.

Jeremy Clayville had game-high honors and kept his team in it all night, hitting four treys, one from as far away as 27 feet in the second half. Josh Ingram chipped in 14.

The teams exchanged the lead six times in the first half, but never again the rest of the game. Aquinas looked like it might pull away in the second quarter, as it got out to a ten-point lead, the biggest of the game, but the Falcons stayed in it by playing good defense, chipping away to go into the home locker room down 30-27.

And it never got much bigger than a two-possession game in the second half, with Joe’s closing to within one point on several occasions, including 44-43 at the end of the third quarter, and even tying it at 50 with just under five minutes left. But they could never get over the hump.

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With 27 seconds left and Joe’s down by four, Clayville’s pass off the inbound in front of his own bench was picked off, and Pitts put his team up by six with a one-handed thunderous jam. Dave Caruso then hit two from the free-throw line to get it back to four, but on the ensuing possession, Clayville got called for a double-dribble.

Jones got fouled after the inbound for Aquinas, and hit both to make it a six-point game with seven seconds left, before Anthony Williams got a tip-in at the buzzer.

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Senior guard/forward Terrell Pitts
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St. Thomas Aquinas can all but clinch top seed in GMC Tournament with a win at St. Joseph tonight

There’s no math involved, no power points, no OSI (oh yeah, that’s football), no winning percentages to calculate, and no opinions to be asked for.

A win tonight for top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas (14-1, 7-0) over No. 10 St. Joseph-Metuchen (8-3, 6-1) would give the Trojans the Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division title outright.

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A loss, and that’s where opinions and future results could come into play. For one, it would force a three-way championship in the Red, as only the first matchups among division teams counts in the standings, under a one-year pilot program approved by the GMC last Spring.

Second, all three tied teams – Aquinas, Joe’s and Colonia – would have their tie-broken at the GMC seeding meeting to decide who comes out of the Red first, second and third. And that would take into account all four games played among the teams.

For Aquinas, the Trojans have rebounded nicely off their one-point, triple-overtime loss nine days ago against Camden Catholic in the Seagull Classic down the Shore, going 3-0 since. That’s why St. Thomas head coach Bob Turco schedules these games: to challenge his team, and maybe learn their weaknesses in time for when it really matters: the county and state tournaments.

Their win over Colonia last week put them in the drivers’ seat for tonight in the GMC Red Division race.

While the Trojans can certainly score, averaging just under 74 points a game, defense has been their calling card. And that’s what they used in the third quarter last Thursday night to put some distance between themselves and the Patriots, eventually winning 69-46.

Deuce Jones, a transfer from Trenton Catholic, is the team’s leading scorer, but a solid core is back after the graduation of Adam Silas, who’s now at Wofford, and seeing his playing time increase as the season progresses. Terrell Piits, Kamal Lee, Jaden Kelley and Jalen Pichardo – all seniors – also play critical roles.

You can hear tonight’s game live on Central Jersey Sports Radio from the Maglio Family Gymnasium at 7:00, with pregame set for 6:45 pm. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will have the call; click here to listen.

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St. Joseph still has shot at GMC Red title, but needs statement win against Aquinas

It’s January 17th. The season barely started a month ago. And yet, when No. 10 St. Joseph-Metuchen takes to its home floor against top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas on Tuesday night, it will play a game with an end-of-year feel.

After all, the Falcons will be hunting for what would be their fourth straight GMC Red crown, and it’ll be their final regular-season home game.

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It’s been a figure-it-out-quickly sort of season for Joe’s (8-3), which rides a two-game winning streak into this marquee battle with Aquinas (14-1).

The game will be broadcast on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino calling the action. The pre-game show starts at 6:45 p.m., with tip-off at 7:00. Click here to listen to the broadcast.

If Joe’s wins, the Falcons would claim a GMC Red co-championship with both Aquinas and Colonia — with the teams deadlocking at 7-1 in-division and 1-1 head-to-head. If Aquinas wins, it would complete a perfect run through the division and hoist the Red trophy outright. The early conclusion to the race for the Red is thanks to a one-year GMC pilot program, under which only one round of games through the division count towards the championship.

Should there be co-champions, however, just as with any other division ties, all games would be considered toward breaking the tie. Which leaves St. Joe’s very much in play for a top-seed in the GMC Tournament next month, providing they fore a three-way co-championship with a win against Aquinas.

The Falcons are led by the recently-paired backcourt tandem of Josh Ingram and Jeremy Clayville, each averaging nearly 20 points-per-game. Ingram — a senior and 2nd-year starter — has quickly gelled with Clayville, a junior who earned back-to-back First Team All-Division honors at DePaul Catholic.

Click below to hear St. Joe’s head coach Jan Cocozziello discuss Ingram and Clayville’s success, the team’s preparation for a playoff-like game, and Tuesday’s matchup with Aquinas:

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas 69, No. 3 Colonia 46 (Boys)

Top-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas used a 15-5 second-quarter run to take the lead, and clamped down on defense in the third quarter top beat No. 3 Colonia 69-46 in North Edison, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Junior guard Deuce Jones led the way with a game-high 16 points for St. Thomas (12-1) while Samir Thomas added 14, including four treys in the second quarter, and Terrell Pitts added 10. Senior Anthony Gooden led Colonia with 15 points.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe call all the play-by-play on January 12, 2023: