Green Wave, Patriots score Thursday road wins

SSZ has highlights of Marc Dennis and Long Branch picking up their second win of the season, plus Freehold Township getting to 8-0 with a win against rival Colts Neck

Long Branch 56 Middletown North 45

Marc Dennis poured in 22 points and Tyree Morris added 16 as the Green Wave get their second win of the season.  Long Branch upset Manasquan earlier this season and pick up their second quality win in “B” North play.  The Lions are without top scorer Rob Higgins who has a wrist injury.  Marc Cerbo led the way for Middletown North with 20 points.  The Lions got within 35-32 at the end of three quarters, but never took the lead.  Watch the action from Thursday night in Middletown:

Freehold Township 40 Colts Neck 32

The Patriots used a 14-4 run in the third quarter to take the lead and hold off the Cougars in a rematch of last year’s sectional final.  Ryan Zyskowski had 11 points and 10 rebounds and Steve Staklinski added 10 as head coach Brian Golub’s team is now a perfect 8-0.  Ben Bosland and Brendan Clarke had 9 points each in a losing effort.  Watch the action from the Cougars Den:


Top Scoring Performances from Thursday


Naseim Brantley, Howell – 31 points

Mark Valeriani, Southern – 31 points

Terence Calandrillo, RBC – 25 points

Ryan Purcell, Middletown South – 22 points

Steve Geis, Wall – 22 points

Gene Scott, Wall – 21 points

Scott Fields, Neptune – 20 points

Gianni Linfante, Brick Memorial – 20 points

Marc Cerbo, Middletown North – 20 points


Hailee Hallard, Middletown North – 33 points

Desiree Allen, Neptune – 29 points

Ashley Tutzauer, Toms River North – 24 points (1000 career points)

Dara Mabrey, Manasquan -21 points

Sponsor Shout Outs!

Four great schools with four great sponsors!  Thanks to Hit Training (Colts Neck), Extraordinary Productions (Freehold Township), Beacon Awards (Middletown North) and Rosario Realty (Long Branch) for teaming up with SSZ.  When we have two teams with two sponsors, it’s our top priority when it comes to shooting highlights!