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Franklin picks up second win since COVID stoppage with 76-44 win over Timothy Christian

The Warriors might have won by 32 points, but considering how the day started – with bus issues that delayed the game by a half an hour – it could have been a lot worse.

And like everyone involved in the third game of the Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Challenge at Bound Brook would agree, at least it had nothing to do with COVID.

But it did, in a way, for Franklin, which played its opening game December 17th, but due to COVID-related issues, was shut down for over two weeks, until resuming play this Tuesday against Hillsborough, picking up a win.

Against Timothy Christian, the Warriors (2-2) bounced back after a heartbreaking two-point home loss to Hunterdon Central, getting 15 points from game MVP Jake Novielli, including three treys, in a 76-44 win.

Josh Migledolph chipped in 14 while Cameron Brown added 11 off the bench. All of that coming with starting point guard Darnell Marche and starting center Peyton Bonds missing the game for non-COVID-related issues.

Guard James Hayes led Timothy Christian (3-3) with 13 points in defeat, while Jonathan McNulty added 11.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from junior Jake Novielli and head coach Tony Mento:

Franklin guard Jake Novielli
Franklin head coach Tony Mento

Eight teams, four games, one day: Bound Brook hosts Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus showcase

Starting anything outside the confines of a pandemic is challenging enough, but doing so in the midst of one is hit or miss.

And so it went last year with what should have Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo’s inaugural Coaches vs. Coronavirus showcase, a fundraising event meant to raise money for those hit hard by the the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year? He again got plenty of interest, and the fates have smiled on the event, at least for the participants.

Though cases continue to surge in New Jersey – and across the U.S. – spurred by the omicron variant, all eight teams are healthy enough to play in today’s event, including the Crusaders, who are coming off a two-week layoff and only got back onto the practice floor as a group yesterday.

Scroll down for previews and notes on today’s games.

Click below to hear organizer and Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo talk about the event with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Skyland vs. GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Schedule
Saturday, January 8 – Bound Brook High School

Dunellen vs. South Hunterdon, 12 pm
South Plainfield vs. Pingry, 2 pm
Franklin vs. Timothy Christian, 4 pm*
Bound Brook vs. Middlesex*

*games broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio; click here to listen


Timothy Christian unfazed by big schools; Tigers face Franklin Saturday in Skyland-GMC Challenge

They play in in opposite counties, in divisions perched on opposite ends of the size spectrum.

Timothy Christian is a member of the GMC Gold Division, which features Middlesex County’s smallest teams, like South Amboy and East Brunswick Tech.

Franklin plays in the Sklyand Conference Delaware Division, which features some of the largest schools in Somerset County, like Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan, as well as perennial powerhouse Gill St. Bernard’s.

But that doesn’t matter to third-year Tigers’ head coach Dennis McNulty, who likes to challenge his team, and, in fact, already has done so this year, having scheduled a last-minute tussle less than a week before Christmas against Monroe.

Though the Tigers lost 18-point per game scorer Ronnie Burwan from last year, they return senior guard Gian Wagner, who also scored 18 a game last season, while averaging four rebounds. And others have helped dampen the blow as well.

Saturday, it’s another large school on the docket for TCS, which plays Franklin at 4 pm in the Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Challenge at Bound Brook. You can hear the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action; pregame is set for approximately 3:45. You can listen for free by clicking here.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with Timothy Christian head coach Dennis McNulty:

Franklin still getting back in a groove as Warriors face Timothy Christian in Skyland-GMC Challenge

After a long layoff for Franklin, one of many teams across Central Jersey that were in COVID protocol over the Christmas break, the Warriors got back on the court this week, and are still working to find that groove.

Following an 88-45 season-opening loss at Rutgers Prep, the Franklin boys’ basketball team – along with the girls at the same time – had to pause due to COVID-19. Both were able to resume play this week.

For Tony Mento’s boys’ team, they picked up a hard-fought win over a good Hillsbroough team in their return to action, their Skyland Conference Delaware Division opener. Josh Mingeldolph scored 15 and Jake Novielli added 14 in a 53-40 road win over the Raiders.

But the followed it up with a tough 68-66 setback at home against Hunterdon Central.

Saturday afternoon, Franklin with take on Timothy Christian out of the GMC Gold Division in the Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Challenge at Bound Brook. Game time is 4 pm. Mike Pavlichko will call all the action live on Central Jersey Sports Radio, with pre-game slated for approximately 3:45.

Click below to hear Franklin head coach Tony Mento talk about the early season, and the matchup with the Tigers:

Instant Replay: EB Tech bats explode in 5th to beat Timothy Christian 12-5

East Brunswick Tech saw its early 3-0 lead erode, but the Tigers stormed back with a six-run fifth inning to beat Timothy Christian Tuesday 12-5, clinching at least a share of the GMC White Division title.

Now 10-1 overall, 9-0 in the division, EB Tech got a solid relief outing from sophomore Scott Pede, didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings and got the win.

Pede seemed to get stronger as the game wore on, striking out the side in the seventh inning to end the ballgame.

Click below to listen to the entire game broadcast of East Brunswick Tech’s 12-5 home win over Timothy Christian:

East Brunswick Tech clinches share of GMC Gold with 12-5 win over Timothy Christian

Sophomore Scott Pede struck out five – including the side in the 7th inning – and helped East Brunswick Tech (10-1) clinch at least a share of the GMC Gold Division with a 12-5 win over Timothy Christian Tuesday afternoon at Ray Cipperly Field.

In a game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio, ace starter Joe Moye struggled to find the plate early. He’d already been put on a 50-pitch limit by head coach Todd Sak, who wanted to save him a bit for Friday’s rematch against TCS in Piscataway.

With one out in the third, Pede came in the game from second base, and took over.

Even though he allowed two more Timothy Christian runs in the fourth, to allow the visiting Tigers to take a 5-4 lead, he settled down once EB Tech sent 11 men to the plate in the fifth to regain a lead the home Tigers would never relinquish.

Pede finished strong, not allowing a single hit over the last three innings, striking out the five, six and seven hitters to end the game.

Click below for combined postgame reaction from 2B/reliever Scott Pede, starting pitcher/1B Joe Moye, and head coach Todd Sak:

East Brunswick Tech puts perfect divisional record on the line when Timothy Christian comes to town

For a program that didn’t cut anyone this year – not having a jayvee team – East Brunswick Tech has managed pretty well.

The Tigers are 9-1 – their lone blemish coming to Metuchen – and undefeated in the GMC White Division (8-0) heading into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup with Timothy Christian (4-3).

You can hear the game on Central Jersey Sports Radio with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action, by clicking here. Game time is 4:00. Coverage begins at 3:45 on CJSR. The game is sponsored locally by Kingdom Kidz, and Middlesex County Vocational Technical Schools.

While Todd Sak is coaching his 12th season at EB Tech, he is less sure what to expect from the other Tigers, who are in their first season under head coach Josh Decker, who was actually hired in the winter of 2020 but didn’t get to coach last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Brunswick Tech is led by an offense that has scored at least 10 runs in seven of its nine victories this year, including 22 or more runs three times, with a season best effort in a 27-2 win at Wardlaw-Hartridge on April 26th.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko of CJSR talk with EB Tech head coach Todd Sak:

Timothy Christian hopes to keep putting up runs, make a statement at EB Tech

After dropping three of its first four games for first-year head coach Josh Decker, Timothy Christian has won three straight games heading into a big home-and-home divisional series that starts Wednesday afternoon at East Brunswick Tech.

In a battle of Tigers, the teams will square off for the first time this season at 4 pm Tuesday at Ray Cipperly Field, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio. Mike Pavlichko will call all the action, and you can listen to the game by clicking here.

Part of the reason for Timothy’s success of late has been the offensive production, which has generated 39 runs in the last three games, including 20 and 13 in a home-and-home sweep of Wardlaw-Hartridge.

The game is sponsored locally by Kingdom Kidz, and Middlesex County Vocational-Technical Schools.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko speak with Timothy Christian head coach Josh Decker: