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Cougars’ Ryan Curry talks opening round Montgomery upset of Hightstown

It was a big night for Montgomery boys’ basketball, an especially big night for Ryan Curry, and it’s only the first round of the playoffs.

The West Point-bound senior point guard notched a triple-double Monday night for his 12th-seeded Cougars in a 73-55 upset of 5-seed Hightstown, the biggest upset of the night by seeds among any local team.

But Kris Grundy’s ballclub – if you spend any time around them – probably doesn’t see it that way. They are better than their 14-11 record would indicate, that mark being the result of COVID issues, and the injury bug which has nagged at Curry all season. But he – and his team – have soldiered on.

The win sets up a Skyland-GMC showdown in Wednesday night’s Central Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals, as Montgomery will travel to 7th-seed South Brunswick (18-8) for a 5:30 game. The Vikings beat 13-seed Middletown South 61-47 Monday night in the opening round.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Montgomery senior point guard Ryan Curry:

Curry’s 22 lead Montgomery’s 3rd quarter charge to upend Immaculata, sweep season series

In the first quarter in Somerville Tuesday night, it looked like Montgomery and Immaculata might be locked into a see-saw battle. After all, the game saw seven lead changes in the first seven minutes.

Immaculata settled in, though, got to a six-point lead a few times, and led until the halftime break, 30-27.

But Ryan Curry took over on offense, and the scoring seemed to fuel the Cougars’ defense. Their work on one end of the floor feeding it on the other allowed Montgomery to outscore the Spartans 25-5 over the next eight minutes, build a lead that was as big as 28, and win going away, 65-47 in a hard-fought Skyland Conference Raritan Division road game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Curry – who his coach says is only at about 85-percent after suffering a high ankle sprain earlier in the season – looked like he was at about 185-percent the entire game, not content to dish it out – though he did – but also slashing through the lane and finishing with a soft touch.

He had nine points – including a trey, his 17th of the year – in the decisive third quarter, while Aryan Gorty cleaned the offensive glass well; the senior center had several putbacks and finished with 14 for Montgomery, now 8-7, 5-3 in the division, still in second-place behind leader Rutgers Prep.

Immaculata drops to 6-10, 3-7 in the Raritan.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko with postgame reaction:

Senior point guard Ryan Curry
Head coach Kris Grundy

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. 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 scorers with a game-high 18.

St. Joseph has won seven straight since starting the season 1-2.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from St. Joseph guard Ethan Simmon and head coach Jan Cocozziello:

St. Joseph guard Ethan Simmon
St. Joseph head coach Jan Cocozziello

Montgomery’s 6-0 start hasn’t taken a single Cougar by surprise

Not a single player or coach in the Montgomery boys’ basketball locker room – even if they can’t use the locker room – is surprised by a 6-0 start that has them No. 7 in the Central Jersey Sports Radio rankings, and the only six-win undefeated team in the Greater Middlesex or Skyland Conferences.

Only Bound Brook (4-0) and Bernards (2-0) remain unbeaten in the CJSR coverage area.

To a man,the Cougars say the ground work was laid in the off-season with a lot of hard work. But having a solid core back – led by 6-9 Lafayette-bound senior Chirs Rubayo and junior point guard Ryan Curry, and a host of key starters and off-the-bench players – doesn’t hurt either.

Montgomery coach Kris Grundy is in his 16th season. This one might rival the team he had in 2014 that made it all the way to the Central Jersey Group 4 title game. Unfortunately, there’s no state tournament for Rubayo and this group of seniors. But they have their sights set on making the Top 8 pod of the one-off Skyland Conference Tournament this year.

Click below to listen to Montgomery coach Chris Grundy, senior Chris Rubayo and junior Ryan Curry talk about the Cougars’ red-hot 6-0 start: