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It’s like old times at Immaculata, with Spartans off to 4-0 start

They may not be playing their traditional Skyland Conference rivals, and they may not even be playing anyone local, but Immaculata football is looking more and more like the Spartans of old.

The Somerville school bowed out of the Big Central Conference before the league played its first game because it thought it should be playing smaller schools.

The Spartans bolted and joined the North Jersey Super Football Conference, but because of COVID cancellations and a short year would up playing three BCC schools anyway – New Brunswick, Montgomery and Bernards.

That strategy has paid off for Immaculata, which is 4-0 while playing in the NJSFC Independence Red Division, along with Essex and Hudson County schools. They’ve beaten 3-2 Shabazz and 2-2 Weequahic en route to their best start since Columbo’s first season in 2018, when the Spartans won their first four games – but also finished the season 5-5.

Having left Brooks Field for the Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater, and with a new turf field behind their high school they hope to turn into a stadium where they can play home games in the future, things are looking bright for Immaculata again.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Immaculata Head Coach Mike Columbo about the Spartans’ turnaround:

PERFECT! Bound Brook holds off frantic ‘Lata rally to win Skyland Gold Championship, finish 14-0

The game was less than perfect, but their season was.

The top-seeded Bound Brook Crusaders coughed up a 21-point third quarter lead in the fourth, but took it back and beat third-seed Immaculata 75-68 to win the Skyland Conference Tournament Gold Division Championship, heard Saturday afternoon on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.

The win put the exclamation mark on a Bound Brook season that ends up at 14-0, believed to be the Crusaders’ first-ever undefeated season, at least in the modern era.

After the first quarter ended with a 15-all tie, Brook took a nine point lead into the half, 36-27. They extended it to 21 midway through the third quarter, but Immaculata (6-8) started chipping away, and trailed only be 12 heading into the final quarter.

The Spartans kept chipping and chipping, until they tied the game at 60 with just under five minutes to go, and took a 62-60 lead soon after. Bound Brook pulled back ahead on a three by Cam’ron Summers, and went ahead by three with 3:22 to play on a Donovan Nwenyi steal and transition bucket.

Click below to listen to the sequence that game Bound Brook the lead for good:

Cam’ron Summers – a senior – finished with 16 points, all but one of which came in the second half, and 13 of them came in the fourth quarter.

Junior Quadir Harrell led all scorers with 21 points, 14 of which came after intermission, and despite not hitting a single three-point basket. He had hit three each in the first two games of the tournament.

Immaculata was led by junior Darren Tuck’s 15 points, including a pair of treys.

The win also gave Bound Brook a postseason sweep, as the Lady Crusaders took the girls’ Gold Division Pod Championship Friday night, beating Watchung Hills.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Bound Brook’s win in the Skyland Conference Tournament Gold Division Championship game:

Head Coach Anthony Melesurgo
Senior forward Cam’ron Summers
Junior guard Quadir Harrell

Spartans have a monumental task: knocking off undefeated Bound Brook

If the Immaculata Spartns – the third seed in the Skyland Conference Gold Division pod – is to win the whole thing, they will have to hand one of the last seven undefeated teams in the state of New Jersey its first defeat.

Immaculata (6-7) has played a tough schedule, with losses to Montgomery, Rutgers Prep and Ridge, so their record may be deceiving.

Bound Brook’s 13-0 record is not. They have played solid basketball all year long and are coming off a third win this season against Bernards, and their 22nd win in a row over the Mountaineers.

The two will face each other Saturday afternoon at 1:00 on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, on our final broadcast of the season. Listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino call all the action by clicking here. You can also watch the game on the Bound Brook YouTube stream, with commentary by CJSR, by clicking here.

Click below to hear Immaculata head coach Ryan McKeever talk about the matchup:

Bound Brook boys chasing basketball immortality when Crusaders face ‘Lata for title, perfection Saturday afternoon

In a normal year, unless you’re one of those teams knocked out of the county tournament early and don’t make the states, everyone’s last game is a loss – unless you’re win the whole shebang, the Tournament of Champions.

That’s not the case in 2021, just like everything else affected by COVID.

With no state tournament, the county-level pods – like the seven- and eight-team groupings in the Skyland Conference – give dozens of teams around the state to go out on a double high note: with a trophy, and a win.

For 13-0 Bound Brook, add to that the opportunity to have a perfect season.

The top-seeded Crusaders host third-seed Immaculata (6-7) Saturday afternoon for the championship of the Skyland Conference Tournament Gold Division pod, the middle of the three league groupings. The game can be heard live and free of charge on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy and Son Paving – by clicking here. Air-time is 12:45 and the game begins at 1:00.

You can also watch the game on the Bound Brook Athletics YouTube channel by clicking here.

LISTEN – POSTGAME REACTION: Bound Brook outlasts Bernards – again – to advance to Skyland Gold title game, stay unbeaten

Interestingly, should Bound Brook win the game, they would finish the year 14-0 – undefeated, and county pod champions – but it would be the fourth lowest win total in 16 years under Anthony Melesurgo as head coach, yet one of their most successful.

The Crusaders enter the game off an opening round win over 8th-seed Bridgewater-Raritan 66-54, and a semifinal win Thursday night heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, 47-42 over Bernards, their 22nd straight over the Mountaineers dating back more than eleven years.

The Spartans, meanwhile, beat 6th-seed Voorhees in their opening round game, 63-54. But they had a bye in the second round because both their potential opponents were out with COVID-related issues; the Pingry program is shut down, and North Hunterdon is in contact tracing after playing Ridge, which was also shut down.

Immaculata picked up an extra game with Franklin Thursday, which they lost at Franklin, 64-40.

Click below to hear Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo talk about the Bound Brook season, and their title game Saturday against the Spartans:

Bound Brook and Bernards set to meet for third time in two weeks, with trip to the Gold finals on the line

Bound Brook is putting its 12-0 mark on the line.

A trip to the finals is at stake.

Bernards is hoping the third time’s a charm.

There are plenty of story lines when top-seed and undefeated Bound Brook faces 4th-seed Bernards tonight in a Skyland Conference Gold Division semifinal game, which can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – starting with the pregame at 5:15. Game time is 5:30.

Coverage is also sponsored locally by Pops Bike Shop in Somerville, and the LEP Beyond Sports Foundation.

To listen to the game, click here. The game can also be viewed on the Bound Brook YouTube page, with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino providing the commentary.

The teams first met on February 19th in Bernards, with Bound Brook winning 39-33. Last week, just six days later, the Crusaders won again, but this time with more scoring, a 73-61 decision at home.

Now, they’ll meet again with a title game berth on the line.

The winner will play third-seed Immaculata. The Spartans beat 6th-seed Voorhees Tuesday in the first round, but the other opening round mathcup between 2-seed Pingry and 7th-seed North Hunterdon was scrapped, as both teams have COVID issues.

Immaculata picked up an impromptu second-round bye.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s conversation with Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo, and Dom Savino’s talk with Bernards skipper Tim Palek:

Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo
Bernards head coach Tim Palek