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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: