JSZ’s Year in Review Series: 2021-22 Boys’ Basketball Season

The 2021-2022 New Jersey high school sports season is officially over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on what was an incredible year.

Jersey Sports Zone’s team of multimedia journalists had boots on the ground from August 2021 through June 2022 and covered over 1,000 games in over a dozen different sports during that timeframe.

So, before we turn the page on the past year, our team gets together and looks back on their favorite moments in each sport.


The 2021-22 Boys’ Basketball Season

Jay Cook | North Jersey: Roselle Catholic 61 Camden 58 (OT); March 20, 2022

“The last Tournament of Champions final in New Jersey history was one for the history books. Roselle Catholic and Camden went the distance and then some at Jersey Mike’s Arena on the campus at Rutgers University. Simeon Wilcher and D.J. Wagner led each of their teams into battle, but it was Braxton Jones’ go-ahead field goal late in overtime that put the Lions in front for good.”


Rich Chrampanis | Central Jersey: Marlboro 63 Manasquan 46; Feb. 27, 2022

“The Shore Conference Tournament is a gauntlet and has proven that it’s as hard to win as a state championship. Marlboro left no doubt who was the best on the Jersey Shore and went on to win a sectional title.”


Nery Rodriguez | Central Jersey: Gill St. Bernard’s 86 Watchung Hills 53; Jan. 20, 2022

“This regular season Skyland Conference matchup featured one of the best performances from Duke basketball commit Mackenzie Mgbako where the future Blue Devil dropped 36 points and collected 20 rebounds. Despite a large deficit, Watchung Hills senior Elijah Lewis put on a show of his own to finish with 39 points.”


Mike Frankel | South Jersey: Gloucester 51 Salem 41; March 8, 2022

“It had been decades since either Gloucester or Salem had won a South Jersey hoops title. The blue-collar Lions helped cap off a magical season with their first championship since 1971.”


James Mooney | South Jersey: Rutgers Prep 63 Red Bank Catholic 60; March 10, 2022

“Rutgers Prep and RBC left everything on the court at Lenape High School in the Non-Public A South title game. Ryan Pettit’s buzzer-beater to end the third quarter set the stage for an electric fourth quarter which saw the Argonauts bring home its first-ever sectional crown.”