Five-Star Simeon Wilcher Commits to UNC!
One of the elite, ascending players in the New Jersey high school basketball world didn’t wasted any time in announcing his future home. Class of 2023 Roselle Catholic guard Simeon Wilcher gave a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina on Friday night after an official visit last week. 10000% COMMITTED ! 🐏WASSUP TAR HEEL NATION! @UNC_Basketball pic.twitter.com/ADVelhC43w— Simeon Wilcher (@SimeonWilcher) October 16, 2021 In two seasons at Roselle Catholic, Wilcher blossomed into one of the top players in all of America. Every major scouting and recruiting service has Wilcher ranked as a five-star player and ESPN currently has him at No. 12 overall in the Class of 2023. Wilcher – a native of nearby Plainfield, New Jersey – was a Jersey Sports Zone Non-Public All-Zone team selection as a sophomore after averaging 12.3 points per game for the 12-3 Lions. His best performance came on January 25 when he recorded a 25 point, 11 rebound, 10 assist triple-double in a 101-75 win over St. Joseph (Met.). The 6-3, 175 pound point guard flashed some serious skill last season. He has range for the three-pointer and is athletic and strong enough to drive the lane, initiate contact and score in the paint. Wilcher played alongside current University of Connecticut guard Corey Floyd, Jr. at Roselle Catholic last season. Wilcher is the first 2023 player to commit to UNC and first year head coach Hubert Davis, who replaces legendary coach Roy Williams. Wilcher is also the first of New Jersey’s elite 2023 class to come off the board, too. The others are No. 1 ranked D.J. Wagner (Camden), No. 5 Mackenzie Mgbako (Gill St. Bernard’s), No. 20 Akil Watson (Roselle Catholic) and No. 22 Ahmad Bradshaw (Camden). Those rankings are courtesy of ESPN. Simeon Wilcher is the younger brother of C.J. Wilcher, a sharpshooting guard at the University of Nebraska. Watch Simeon Wilcher’s JSZ Sophomore Highlight Reel!
Top 10 Boys Basketball Games of the 2021 Season: JSZ Summer Recap Series
The 2021 basketball season was short, but certainly memorable. While most games were played in front of near-empty gymnasiums, JSZ hustled around the state to capture as much of the action as possible. Our JSZ Summer Recap Series continues with the Top 10 boys hoops games of the year! No. 10: Hightstown Wins Opener, Honoring Late AD Jim Peto The Rams started the 2021 season with heavy hearts, mourning the loss of beloved Athletic Director Jim Peto. Hightstown honored Peto with a victory over Lawrence. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez was on the call: No. 9: Delsea Crusades Back from Huge Deficit to Stun Highland Trailing by 17 points in the second half, Delsea battled all the way back to force overtime before beating Highland. Sadique Powell led the Crusaders with 28 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights: No. 8: Spatola Sizzles to Lead Marlboro to SCT Final Jon Spatola poured in 25 points, as Marlboro knocked off Ranney to punch a ticket to the Shore Conference Pod A final. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on the call: No. 7: Wildwood Wins Inaugural Tri-County Conference Tourney Title One of the smallest schools in the state made a big impression during the TCC’s inaugural tournament. The Warriors beat Overbrook on their home floor to win the championship. JSZ’s Mike Frankel had the highlights: No. 6: Roselle Catholic Beats Bergen Catholic in Heavyweight Clash The Lions got the better of the Crusaders in one of the most anticipated showdowns of the season. Simeon Wilcher and Corey Floyd Jr. both came up clutch in the OT victory for RC. JSZ’s Jay Cook was on hand: No. 5: Jeffries Hits 2OT Buzzer Beater for St. Thomas Aquinas With the Trojans locked in a double overtime battle with Hudson Catholic, Tristian Jeffries set off a celebration for STA. JSZ’s Nery Rodriquez was on the call: No. 4: East Side Sinks SHP Pirates in Overtime In a North Jersey Public vs. Non-Public powerhouse showdown, the Red Raiders came away with a dramatic OT victory over Seton Hall Prep. David Olaniyi led East Side with 23 points. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: No. 3: Camden Cruises Past St. Augustine to Help Cap Perfect Year The High didn’t really play in any close games in 2021, because the Panthers were that much better than anyone else they faced. D.J. Wagner led a dominating effort over the Hermits in one of Camden’s signature wins of the year. JSZ’s James Mooney was on the call: No. 2: The Patrick School Wins a Thriller Over Roselle Catholic The Patrick School wasn’t an NJSIAA program in 2021, but it still played a schedule that featured plenty of longtime rivals. In yet another marquee North Jersey showdown, the Celtics edged the Lions in a game that went right down to the wire. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis had the highlights: No. 1: Solomon Strength Leads Manasquan to Shore Crown An emotional season featured an unforgettable ending for Manasquan. After losing his father to COVID-19, Andrew Solomon hit the game-winner for the Warriors in OT to capture the Shore Conference Pod A championship. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis was on hand:
JSZ’s Week 5 Baseball + Softball Polls Are Up!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the fifth week of the spring season. Our Week 5 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm! The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Ball polls are made possible by NJM Insurance! Central Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. North Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JSZ Baseball and Softball Game Balls are Back!
It’s time to vote on the best performances from the first week of the spring season. Our Week 1 baseball and softball polls are now open, so get those votes in often before the polls close on Tuesday at 3pm. The JSZ team will present the Game Balls to the winners at a practice or game later in the week. South Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Submit future nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Submit future nominations to email@example.com. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll All nominations must be submitted by Saturday evening.
Meet the 2021 JSZ All-Zone Basketball Teams
All this week, JSZ will honor the top players in New Jersey from both girls and boys varsity basketball. Our week long celebration of the 2021 season concludes with the presentation of JSZ’s Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone. Watch highlight videos of every one of our honorees. The New Jersey high school basketball community made the most of a shortened 2021 high school basketball season. Even though there was a maximum of 15 games and no state playoffs, it didn’t stop great players from around the state to shine and make the most of their limited opportunities. All this week, we will honor our All-Zone teams starting with the girls on Monday and Tuesday followed by the boys All-Zoners on Wednesday and Thursday. Coming up on Friday, JSZ will announce our 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone winners. Click on each player’s name to watch their JSZ highlight reel and congratulations to all of the players who made this year’s JSZ All-Zone team: PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMr. HZ Finalists Antoine ArnettSterlingDenver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sCorey Floyd, Jr., Roselle Catholic Gannon BradyOcean CityMark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepSamson Johnson, Patrick School Jerome BrewerCamdenJayden BrownMontclair ImmaculateWill Richardson, Bergen Catholic Tazir CanteyEasternJulian BrownBergen CatholicBen Roy, Manasquan Christian CevisWest MorrisZion CruzPatrick SchoolDJ Wagner, Camden Jack CollinsManasquanMatt DelaneySt. Augustine Prep Al-Fatir ConnorElizabethRay FordSt. Peter's Prep Jordan DerkackColoniaNoah HarrisRutgers Prep Austin GreenTimber CreekIsaac HesterRanney Aidan KehoePascack HillsZach HicksCamden Catholic Elijah LewisWatchung HillsTristan JeffriesSt. Thomas Aquinas Carlos LopezEgg Harbor Twp.Amare MarshallRoselle Catholic Chad MartiniWatchung HillsKeith Mency Hudson Catholic Diante MilesWildwoodMarcus PierceSt. Joseph Academy Dave OlaniyiNewark East SideElijah PerkinsRanney Chris RubayoMontgomeryJosh RiveraSt. Thomas Aquinas Derek SimpsonLenapeWisler SanonPaul VI Jack SeidlerMarlboroAkil Watson Don Bosco Prep Jon SpatolaMarlboroSimeon WilcherRoselle Catholic TaQuan WoodleyCamdenZakai ZeiglerMontclair Immaculate PUBLIC NON-PUBLIC Name SchoolName SchoolMiss HZ Finalists Lauren AchterRamapoAbby AntognoliSaint RoseDestiny Adams, Manchester Township Nina BranchizioMonroeA'Nyah BarkerIHAZoe Brooks, Trenton Catholic Amaya BurchTimber CreekEmma BruenSt. John VianneyKatie Hill, St. John Vianney Kiley CapstrawWest OrangeMeg CahalanSt. John VianneyMadison St. Rose, St. John Vianney Rachel CapuaJackson MemorialSaniah CaldwellSaddle River DayAlexa Therien, Cherokee Julia CorsentinoRumson-Fair HavenAlly CarmanRed Bank Catholic Alexis DavisGlassboroChristina DalceRutgers Prep Mary Elizabeth DonnellyManasquanAaylah Del RosarioTrenton Catholic Keegan DouglasHaddonfieldElla FajardoGill St. Bernard's Kate HerlihyMiddle Twp.Hannah HidalgoPaul VI Brooke HollawellManasquanZanai JonesHudson Catholic Tara JohnsonUniversityMarianna PapazoglouWildwood Catholic Lexi Linton Jackson MemorialPaulina ParisSaddle River Day Brynn McCurrySpartaBelle PellecchiaRutgers Prep Colleen McQuillenCresskillJustine PissottRed Bank Catholic Grace MuntRumson-Fair HavenAlana RobinsonPope John Madison SchillerRamapoSophia SabinoRed Bank Catholic Ally SweeneySpartaAngelica VelezTrenton Catholic Chloe TeterRed Bank RegionalCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Bella VitoMontvilleMia YanogacioRutgers Prep JSZ All-Zone Basketball Coverage Monday, March 15: JSZ All-Zone Girls Public Team (20 players) Tuesday, March 16: JSZ All-Zone Girls Non-Public Team (20 players) Wednesday, March 17: JSZ All-Zone Boys Public Team (20 players) Thursday, March 18: JSZ All-Zone Boys Non-Public Team (20 players) Friday, March 19: JSZ 2021 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone announced
Meet JSZ’s 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists!
A short 2021 high school basketball season didn’t stop the top players in New Jersey to make a MAJOR impact. Jersey Sports Zone proudly announces our five finalists for our player of the year award. Watch our highlight reels from the best of the best from the Garden State and learn more about JSZ’s post-season coverage which begins next week. Mr. Hoop Zone balloting Voting for the 2021 Mr. Hoop Zone is underway. Numerous coaches from conferences spanning the entire state – along with JSZ’s staff of MMJ’s and other reputable, credentialed media – are casting ballots for the top player. Every ballot has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote with three points awarded for 1st, two for 2nd, and one point for 3rd. The winner will be announced on March 19 and will join a talented collection of players to bring home JSZ’s annual boys basketball honor. In addition, we will present our JSZ All-Zone boys and girls basketball teams featuring 40 players from public and non-public basketball for each team. That coverage begins this Monday. Here are the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone finalists in alphabetical order and their highlight reels. Meet the 2021 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists Corey Floyd, Jr. – Roselle Catholic, Junior The first two Mr. Hoop Zone winners (Naz Reid and Kahlil Whitney) are Roselle Catholic Lions and Floyd looks to add to the legacy. Floyd averaged 14.3 points per game to lead RC to a 12-3 record in a shortened season. He erupted for a career-high 30 points in a road win at St. Joe-Metuchen and reached double digits in 11 games. As a sophomore, Floyd Jr. was a major piece to the Lions’ 22-7 team that won the Non-Public B North sectional final a day before the NJSIAA shut down winter sports due to coronavirus concerns. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27 games in the 2019-2020 season. Floyd has given a verbal commitment to play for coach Dan Hurley and UConn choosing the Huskies over offers from Rutgers, Providence, Florida, Auburn, Wake Forest and Miami. Check out the dynamic reel from Corey’s junior season: Samson Johnson – The Patrick School, Senior As the Patrick School makes the shift from the NJSIAA to the Prep ranks, Samson Johnson is part of the JSZ Mister Hoop Zone podium due to the Celtics playing their traditional schedule against great teams across the state. The lone senior among our five finalists, Johnson averaged 15 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for coach Chris Chavannes. The Celtics went 13-1 in 2021 and Johnson shined in big time matchups highlighted by a 19 point, 14 rebound, 6 assist effort against Montclair Immaculate and a 15 point, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Johnson continues the New Jersey pipeline to Storrs where he’ll play for Dan Hurley and the UConn Huskies. Watch Johnson’s throw downs and all around complete game in his senior year highlight reel: Will Richardson, Bergen Catholic, Junior The four-star junior prospect saw his team shut down by COVID but still shined with 18.8 points per game in nine games. Richardson had 18 points in the Crusaders biggest win of 2021, a 60-53 victory against the Patrick School. He currently holds 12 offers including Vanderbilt, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Penn State, TCU and Saint Louis. The top-100 national prospect is more than comfortable on the big stage and his JSZ junior year highlight reel proves it. Ben Roy, Manasquan, Junior The two-time Shore Conference player of the year has seen his recruiting stock rise dramatically. Manasquan won back to back Shore Conference championships and the Warriors have emerged as a top-5 team in 2020 and 2021 despite COVID shutting down and shortening those seasons. Roy is an elite playmaker who has guided Manasquan to a 43-1 record over the last two seasons. What’s even more impressive is the out of conference wins: Don Bosco Prep, Montclair Immaculate, Trenton Catholic and Life Center. Averaging 24 points a game with great three-point shooting range and dynamic drives to the bucket, Roy’s biggest play of his junior season was a pass to Andrew Solomon in overtime to give the Warriors a 58-56 win. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Ben Roy’s sensational junior campaign: DJ Wagner, Camden, Sophomore The #1 ranked player in America for the class of 2023 continues his amazing high school career. Wagner averaged 22 points on the way to a perfect 13-0 record. In the midst of all the hype, Wagner continues to develop his game and improve. With two more years of high school basketball for The High, Wagner is going to be one of the most watched players in the nation. JSZ has the exciting highlight reel from the highly recruited phenom:
Vote for the 2021 JSZ Dunk of the Year!
2021 may have been a shortened season, but there was no shortage of high-flying jams all over the Garden State. JSZ captured dozens of dunks this winter, and picked out the top 15 as candidates for Dunk of the Year. Vote as often as you’d like between now and Friday, when the poll will close at 3pm. Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 3.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
The final day of the 2021 season is here, and JSZ has highlights from great games all around the Garden State. Thanks for watching all season long! Roselle Catholic 64 Bergen Catholic 58 (OT) | Boys The only thing missing from this duel between top five teams in New Jersey was a Tournament of Champions […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Friday 2.26 JSZ Basketball Highlights
There was plenty of action on the hardwood on Friday night, and as usual JSZ had cameras all over the Garden State. Enjoy the highlights! St. John Vianney 62 Trenton Catholic 55 | Girls One of the most anticipated matchups of the year did not disappoint as St. John Vianney (11-0) defeated Trenton Catholic (9-1) […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Patrick School scores late layin to top Roselle Catholic in Sunday showdown
Kareem Ewelle’s basket with 2.7 seconds left gave the Patrick School a thrilling 65-64 win over Roselle Catholic in a matchup of two of New Jersey’s basketball superpowers. Get your JSZ All-Access pass to watch the full highlights from one of the best games of the 2021 season! Patrick School 65 Roselle Catholic 64 Kareem […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Watch Saturday 2.13 JSZ Basketball Highlights
We have a solid Saturday slate of hoops from all corners of the Garden State. Check back all day as the highlights roll in! Roselle Catholic 80 Camden Catholic 55 | Boys Roselle Catholic took a lead inside the first 30 seconds of this game and never squandered it as the Lions ran roughshod against […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
Simeon Wilcher Wins North Jersey Game Ball
Simeon Wilcher is the next promising playmaker coming out of basketball powerhouse Roselle Catholic. In just his sophomore season Wilcher is more than half way to 1,000 career points. In the Lions game against St. Joseph (Met.) Wilcher had 25 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists. The fans have spoken and he is the Week 1 North Jersey Game Ball Winner! Thank you to all of our loyal fans that voted. Take Our Poll Be sure to vote each week for our Boys/Girls Game Balls: Sunday (9 a.m.)-Tuesday (3 p.m.)
Watch Wednesday 2.10 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has a pair of boys hoops games for you tonight, as the action continues to heat up on the hardwood! Trenton Catholic Academy 55 Roselle Catholic 50 | Boys In possibly the upset of the season so far, Trenton Catholic (2-0) defeated reigning Non-Public B North sectional champion Roselle Catholic (7-1) 55-50. The Lions […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ Game Balls are Back!
The first week of high school basketball has great performances to start the 2021 season. Vote now for JSZ Boys and Girls Game Balls all across the state! Jersey Sports Zone’s Game Balls return for the 2021 basketball season. We’ve got great performances from all around the state. Our polls are open now through Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. The winner of each poll will receive a JSZ Game Ball during the season. To nominate a player for a Game Ball please email the JSZ team before Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Mike Frankel: firstname.lastname@example.org (South nominations) Jay Cook: email@example.com (North nominations) Rich Chrampanis: firstname.lastname@example.org (Central nominations) South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Jersey Sports Zone’s South Jersey Game Balls are brought to you by NJM Insurance Central Jersey Game Ball Nominations Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Ball Nominations Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Thursday 1.28 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Opening week continues with great games and big milestones on the hardwood. Check back throughout the night as the highlights roll in! Roselle Catholic 101 St. Joe-Metuchen 75 | Boys Sophomore Simeon Wilcher delivered a triple double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists including a dunk that pushed the Lions (2-0) over the […] To access this post, you must purchase an All Access Pass. You can log in here or purchase an All Access Pass here. Become an All Access Pass Holder. You will be redirected to login or purchase page.
JSZ All Access: Hoping for Hoops
10 teams. One mission. To play 15 games in a season unlike any other. Jersey Sports Zone spent time with 10 high-profile teams as they returned to the court to prepare to play through a pandemic. The Teams Boys: Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Manasquan, Roselle Catholic and St. Augustine Girls: Manchester Township, Rutgers Prep, St. John Vianney, Trenton Catholic Academy and Wildwood Catholic Academy Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd Jr. Commits to UCONN
New Jersey’s Class of 2022 is stacked with stellar guards with the ability to change a game with a single shot or dunk. Arguably the top guard in that class, Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd Jr., was the first to make a college verbal commitment. On Jan. 14, which was Floyd’s 17th birthday, he made the announcement via social media that he’s committed to play at the University of Connecticut. COMMITED‼️12/14/20🕊 pic.twitter.com/ArPE2YvGPF— Corey Floyd Jr. (@CoreyFloydJr) January 15, 2021 WATCH FLOYD JR.’S SOPHOMORE YEAR JSZ HIGHLIGHT REEL Floyd Jr., a 6-4, 210 pound guard, started for Roselle Catholic as a sophomore last season and was a major piece to the Lions’ 22-7 team that won the Non-Public B North sectional final a day before the NJSIAA shut down winter sports due to coronavirus concerns. He averaged 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27 games in the 2019-2020 season. Floyd Jr. is the latest New Jersey product to commit to Dan Hurley’s Huskies squad, a group with numerous Garden State ties. Hurley, the son of NJ basketball legend Bob Hurley, has former Patrick School star Adama Sanogo on the roster now and also got a commitment from current Patrick School 6-9 big man Samson Johnson over the summer. Roselle Catholic will be featured in JSZ’s “All Access” series leading up to the start of the 2021 high school basketball season in New Jersey and Floyd Jr. will be profiled. The junior is quickly becoming one of the elite players across the Garden State. Stay tuned in with JerseySportsZone.com for all the latest news and recruiting updates from high school athletes all across New Jersey.
Four NJ Freshmen Land in ESPN’s Top 25 List
New Jersey basketball has been a staple on the national scene as dozens of high-profile recruits have hit the college and professional basketball leagues in recent years. It should come as no surprise that the next great crop of players is here to stay. A staggering four freshmen from the Garden State’s Class of 2023 earned a Top 25 national ranking from ESPN – California is the only other state with as many players on the list. JSZ has the breakdown and highlight reel of each New Jersey player here! No. 1 DJ Wagner, Camden, 5 Stars There’s a reason why DJ Wagner is at the top of this list. The Camden frosh came right in and was an immediate starter on the top team in New Jersey this past season. Wagner delivered 18.6 points per game as the top scorer on a 29-1 Panthers squad and scored in every way imaginable. The 6-3 point guard will be must-see TV over the next three seasons. No. 8 Simeon Wilcher, Roselle Catholic, 5 Stars It took a little adjusting, but Simeon Wilcher earned himself a spot in Roselle Catholic’s starting five early on in his freshman season. The 6-3 wing player displayed a lethal three-point shot and his speed was problematic for defenders in the paint. Wilcher is sure to be a centerpiece for Dave Boff’s team throughout his high school career. No. 11 Akil Watson, Don Bosco Prep, 5 Stars Akil Watson is quickly making himself a household name in the Garden State hoops scene. Players like Ron Harper, Jr. and Myles Ruth have all come from the Ironman program, and Watson looks to put himself among those players. He’s a 6-7 power forward who is a smooth finisher with flashy handles. No. 19 Mackenzie Mgbako, Gill St. Bernard’s, 5 Stars Gill St. Bernard’s head coach Mergin Sina has quickly established his team among the most talented in the state thanks to elite players. Mackenzie Mgbako has the size (6-7, 195 pounds) and agility to become one of the top players in New Jersey. He employs dead-on accuracy with his jumper and is the toughest finisher at the rim of this group. The future hoops stars of tomorrow 🏀Here's the first look at the ESPN Top 25 for the class of 2023. pic.twitter.com/cJVOvCiE4C— ESPN (@espn) June 9, 2020 Stay tuned with Jersey Sports Zone as our team will keep you updated on the latest recruiting news and player updates from the top athletes in the Garden State.
Lance Ware wins 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone
The Camden High standout and University of Kentucky commit earns JSZ’s boys basketball player of the year honor. Watch his feature and acceptance speech along with highlight reels of our five Mister Hoop Zone Finalists. Lance Ware was the leader of a Camden team that went 29-1, finished on top of New Jersey basketball polls and was recognized in national polls as well. The future Kentucky Wildcat won the balloting of statewide coaches and media over a stellar podium that featured Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School), Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic), Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) and Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic). JSZ’s Mike Frankel profiles Ware’s outstanding high school career, and Lance has an acceptance speech below: JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Thanks to the coaches and statewide media who casted their vote for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone. 3 points for a first-place vote, 2 points for a 2nd, and 1 point for 3rd: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Lance WareCamden23139104 Taj ThweattWildwood Catholic11171077 Cliff OmoruyiRoselle Catholic119859 Jonathan KumingaPatrick School451335 Trey PattersonRutgers Prep37730 Coaches: Cameron Bell, Egg Harbor Twp., Grant Sporny, Williamstown, Gene Allen, Atlantic City, Paul Rodio, St. Augustine Prep, Mike Jones, Millville, John Bruno, Ocean City, Dan Williams, Mainland, Dan Russo, Vineland, Matt Bloom, Rutgers Prep, Billy Armstrong, Bergen Catholic, Anthony Tavares, Newark East Side, Ben Gamble, Marist, Justin Salton, Watchung Hills, Kevin Diverio, Don Bosco Prep, Dave Boff, Roselle Catholic, Todd Powers, Gloucester Catholic, John Rosser, Overbrook, Mike Puorro, Barnegat, Matt Wolf, Lenape, Kevin McQuade, Jackson Memorial, Phil Collichio, Elizabeth, Chris Chavannes, Patrick School, Paddy McNamara, Haddon Township, RJ Conley, Lindenwold, Richard Bolds, Timber Creek, Michael Doherty, St. Joe-Montvale, Chris Raba, Nottingham, Dom DeMeo, Hightstown, Mike Antenucci, Jackson Liberty, Mike Clemente, Central Regional, Anthony Drejaj, Linden, Mike Nausedas, Marlboro, Anthony Melesurgo, Bound Brook, Bloomfield, Hightstown, Roselle Park, Perth Amboy Media: Kevin Minnick, NJ.com, Mike McGarry, Press of Atlantic City, Tom Williams, Prime Events, Richard Greco, NJ.com, Mike Kinney, NJ.com, Dave’s Joint, Adam Zagoria, NY Times/Forbes/NJ.com, Jersey Sports Zone staff Watch Highlight Reels of JSZ’s Five Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists
Meet the 2020 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team
Jersey Sports Zone has highlights of the top boys basketball players in New Jersey as we present our 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball team While the coronavirus has stopped us from our annual banquet honoring the top boys and girls basketball players in the state, that doesn’t stop us from celebrating the accomplishments of New Jersey’s top players. Saturday and Sunday we will share our highlight videos from the 2020 JSZ All-Zone boys basketball teams and coming up on Tuesday we will have highlight reels of our 2020 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists and announce our player of the year. NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross Tahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokunbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HilsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian BrownBergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir Cantey LindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justiin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr.Roselle CatholicDevin Strickland South Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny TohaMarist Alex GalvanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicJahlil WhiteWildwood Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Micah Johnson, Jr.Newark East SideDJ WoodburyBurlington City Samson JohnsonPatrick SchoolTaQuan WoodleyCamden Niels LaneRoselle CatholicMatt ZonaBergen Catholic 2020 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone Finalists JSZ will post highlight videos of our five finalists on Tuesday as well as a feature story and acceptance speech from the winner.
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Clutch Play of the Year!
We wrap up our winter sports salute with buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some creative plays on the hardwood. The voting is open so check out our nominees and cast your vote! We want to thank our loyal audience for spending this quarantine watching all the great plays captured by our cameras during the winter sports season. We wrap up our winter Plays of the Year with the JSZ Basketball Clutch Play. We’ve got buzzer-beaters, half-court shots and some non-dunks that caught our eye. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Watch our clutch plays and cast your vote now! Take Our Poll JSZ’s Clutch Play of the Year is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care
RC’s Cliff Omoruyi Staying Home, Commits to Rutgers
Rutgers basketball had a resurgence in 2020 and put together one of the best years in program history. The Scarlet Knight took that momentum onto the recruiting trail and landed one of the biggest prospects to ever walk into the RAC — literally. Roselle Catholic center Cliff Omoruyi, who was recently named New Jersey’s Gatorade Player of the Year, took to social media Sunday afternoon to announce his commitment to play for head coach Steve Pikiell at Rutgers University. 120% committed pic.twitter.com/UB4EpiZ3fX— Bigcliff77 (@wizcliff77) March 29, 2020 Watch Cliff Omoruyi’s JSZ Highlight Reel HERE Omoruyi is a 6-11, 230-pound nightmare in the paint. Anyone who saw the Lions play over the last two seasons caught a glimpse of what college coaches fell in love with. Omoruyi was a threat to jam home a vicious dunk on any possession and was the most dominant defensive player in the Garden State. He averaged 14.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks during a senior season that cemented him as a Top 50 nationally ranked player in the country. Known around the state as “Big Cliff,” he received major Power 5 interest leading into his senior season. Omoruyi chose Rutgers over programs like Auburn, Arizona State, Kentucky, Memphis, NC State, UConn and Miami. Omoruyi is a finalist for Jersey Sports Zone’s Mr. Hoop Zone Player of the Year and it the latest New Jersey talent to stay home and play at Rutgers. Former Gill St. Bernard’s star Paul Mulcahy and Ron Harper Jr., a product from Don Bosco Prep, both saw major minutes this season at the RAC. Roselle Catholic head coach Dave Boff has produced numerous high recruits like Isaiah Briscoe, Naz Reid and Kahlil Whitney in recent years, yet Omoruyi is the first player in school to win the state Gatorade Player of the Year. ** Stay tuned with JerseySportsZone.com in the coming months for the latest recruiting news on top athletes from the Garden State. **
JSZ Dunk of the Year Sweet 16 Opens!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament-style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks and voters pared us down now to the Sweet 16. Keep voting for your favorite until we get to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Friday. Round 3 (The Elite 8) begins on Friday night at 7:00 pm. Vote Now for the Sweet 16 Matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch their specific dunk. Ryan Bradley vs. Elijah Jones Take Our Poll Jack Carroll vs. DJ Woodbury Take Our Poll Connor Walsh vs. Keon Sabb Take Our Poll Trey Patterson vs. Elijah Perkins Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt vs. Otega Oweh Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. Take Our Poll Lance Ware vs. Zarique Nutter Take Our Poll Zubair Lee vs. Jahlil White Take Our Poll JSZ’s 2020 Dunk of the Year is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Vote now for the JSZ Dunk of the Year!
With everyone at home, JSZ turns things up a notch with our Plays of the Year. We’ve got an NCAA Tournament style bracket for the 2020 JSZ Dunk of the Year! Watch 32 dunks captured by our cameras and cast your vote every day! If you’re like us, we’re missing brackets during March Madness so our Plays of the Year are going to bring a chance for us to look at matchups and have some fun! We took the top 32 dunks from our archives and put them in head-to-head matchups. We’re asking for your vote every day as we narrow the field from the round of 32 down to the final two! The polls are open NOW until 6:00 pm on Thursday. Round Two (The Sweet 16) begins on Thursday night at 7:00 pm. Vote now on 16 first-round matchups! Click on each player’s name to watch the dunk and cast your vote: Jonathan Kuminga (Patrick School) vs. Ryan Bradley (Holmdel) Take Our Poll Derrick Grant (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. Elijah Jones (Pleasantville) Take Our Poll Niels Lane (Roselle Catholic) vs. Jack Carroll (Rumson-Fair Haven) Take Our Poll Quadry Adams (St. Thomas Aquinas) vs. DJ Woodbury (Burlington City) Take Our Poll Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic) vs. Connor Walsh (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Noah Farrakhan (Patrick School) vs. Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep) Take Our Poll Keon Sabb (Williamstown) vs. Justin Harcourt (University) Take Our Poll Elijah Perkins (Ranney) vs. Ben Cerrato (Haddonfield) Take Our Poll Taj Thweatt (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Alex Galvan (Manasquan) Take Our Poll Otega Oweh (Rutgers Prep) vs. Cliff Omoruyi (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Mark Armstrong (St. Peter’s Prep) vs. CJ Wilcher (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Stephen Bayard (Atlantic City) vs. Corey Floyd, Jr. (Roselle Catholic) Take Our Poll Lance Ware (Camden) vs. Kevin Bauman (Red Bank Catholic) Take Our Poll Elmarko Jackson (St. Augustine Prep) vs. Zarique Nutter (Patrick School) Take Our Poll Zubair Lee (Eastern) vs. Matt Zona (Bergen Catholic) Take Our Poll Jahlil White (Wildwood Catholic) vs. Phil Brown, Jr. (Hudson Catholic) Take Our Poll JSZ’s Dunk of the Year is presented by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Watch Wednesday 3.11 JSZ Championship Basketball Highlights
It was Non-Public sectional final night in the Garden State. JSZ has you covered with all of the highlights and reaction! Roselle Catholic 59 Gill St. Bernard’s 58 | Boys | Non-Public B North Final For a third straight year, Roselle Catholic (3) faced Gill St. Bernard’s (1) in the Non-Public B North title game. Despite being the two-time reigning champs, Roselle Catholic was considered an underdog coming in and things seemed grim for the Lions late in the fourth quarter when they fell behind by ten. However, Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher would answer with three consecutive makes from beyond the arc for nine points and then the eventual go-ahead score on a free throw with 1:04 left in regulation. RC denied the Knights any potential buzzer-beater glory with a tough defensive stand in the closing moments to celebrate a third consecutive sectional championship. Wilcher finished with 22 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Wildwood Catholic 80 Rutgers Prep 67 | Boys | Non-Public B South Final It was overtime heartache for the Crusaders against Ranney in last year’s sectional final. Catholic made it a mission to get back to Jackson Liberty, and the Crusaders jumped on the Argonauts from the start to win their first South Jersey title since 2007. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt led the with a game-high 28 points. Martin Anguelov added 17 points in the victory. Otega Oweh scored 27 points for Rutgers Prep in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: South Jersey playoff basketball coverage is made possible by Deborah Heart and Lung Center. Bergen Catholic 73 Saint Peter’s Prep 66 (2OT) | Boys | Non-Public A North Final Will Richardson scored 8 of his 21 points in the second overtime period and Matt Zona was a force with 20 points and 12 boards to give the Crusaders a second straight sectional title. Saint Peter’s Prep got a 28 point effort from sophomore guard Mark Richardson and rallied from 9 down in the 4th quarter to force overtime. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Dunn Center:L Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics St. Augustine 51 Camden Catholic 47 | Boys | Non-Public A South Final The Hermits’ magical ride through the state playoffs will continue on. After knocking off Bishop Eustace and top-seeded Paul VI, St. Augustine hoisted the Non-Public A South sectional trophy after defeating two-time defending champions, Camden Catholic. Keith Palek caught fire for a team-high 18 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jackson Liberty: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is made possible by NJM Insurance. St. John Vianney 67 St. Rose 54 | Girls | Non-Public A South Final A rematch of last years Non-Public A South girls final, the Lady Lancers sought out to avenge last years loss. All season SJV has been dominant in the state of New Jersey and they were on their game once again as they withered the Purple Roses to capture the Sectional Title. Maddie St. Rose paced the Lancers with 21 points, 4 rebound and 4 assists while Katie Hill poured in 15 points and 7 rebounds. However, it was the contribution of Christina Whitehead that lifted the Lancers to victory as she netted 13 points in the second half, 9 of which came from beyond the three point line to stretch the lead and give SJV the victory. Despite the loss, Brynn Farrell of St. Rose surpassed the 2000 point mark for her career as she scored 21 points for the Purple Roses. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Long Branch: Coverage of St. John Vianney is made possible by Reach Your Potential Training (RYPT) in Tinton Falls.
Roselle Catholic Stuns Patrick School to Advance to Non-Public B North Final
Roselle Catholic 56 Patrick School 49 | Boys | Non-Public North B Semifinal After going 0-3 in the matchup this season, Roselle Catholic (3) defeated The Patrick School (2) 56-49 to advance to the Non-Public B North championship game. TPS went ahead 20-14 after the first quarter thanks to nine points from Noah Farrakhan. Roselle Catholic would then adjust its defensive scheme in the second quarter and lead 27-26 at halftime. In the third quarter the Lion offense would start to come to life as four star recruit Cliff Omoyuri and Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher helped them take a 42-35 lead entering the fourth. Wilcher finished the night with 15 points while Omoyuri had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks. RC moves on to face Gill St. Bernard’s (1) in the sectional final on 3/11. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Saturday 2.29 JSZ Tournament Basketball Highlights
It’s the final Saturday before the state playoffs begin, and JSZ has you covered with all of the county/conference tournament action. Stay tuned all night as the highlights roll in! The Patrick School 56 Roselle Catholic 42 | Boys | Union County Tournament Final For the 22nd time in program history, The Patrick School is Union County champions. Senior Noah Farrakhan arguably played the best game of his senior season by leading the Celtics with 17 points in the win. Jonathan Kuminga had 12 points and 7 assists while fellow junior Adama Sanogo had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Roselle Catholic’s Corey Floyd Jr. led all scorers with 19 points. This was the third meeting between these two schools this year with the Celtics winning all three. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Harwood Arena at Kean University: St. Peter’s Prep 44 Marist 41 | Boys |Hudson County Tournament Final St. Peter’s Prep raised its first Hudson County Title since 2011 following an exciting 44-41 victory over Marist. The Marauders trailed in the first half before taking an eight point lead early in the fourth quarter. Ray Ford, who finished with 14 points, knocked down two clutch free throws in the closing minute to help St. Peter’s walk away with the W. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 75 Toms River North 49 | Boys | Shore Conference Tournament Final Ben Roy had a career-high 31 points to lead Manasquan to its first Shore Conference boys basketball championship since 1957. Alex Galvan had 17 points and 9 rebounds and Kieran Flanagan delivered 11 points, 7 assists and 5 steals. Manasquan raced out to a 24-7 first-quarter lead on the way to its 27th win of the season. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: Saint John Vianney 57 Manchester Township 50 | Girls | Shore Conference Tournament Final Madison St. Rose had 23 points including a key offensive rebound and putback to put Saint John Vianney ahead for good in the final two minutes to give the Lancers their 14th Shore Conference girls basketball championship. Katie Hill added 15 points for SJV who opened the game with an 8-0 run and held the lead for most of the 48 minutes. Destiny Adams had 25 points and 9 rebounds in a losing effort. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Monmouth University: Thanks to Reach Your Potential Training for supporting JSZ’s coverage of St. John Vianney girls basketball. The Shore Conference champs train with coach Bobby Smith and the team at RYPT! Wildwood Catholic 70 St. Augustine 39 | Boys | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Final The Crusaders would not be denied in their bid for a third straight CAL Tournament championship, as they dominated the Hermits at Stockton University. Taj Thweatt capped off an amazing run in the tournament, going 10-of-11 from the floor, on his way to a game-high 24 points. Thweatt earned CAL final MVP honors. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Stockton University: Atlantic City 63 Mainland 50 | Girls | Cape-Atlantic League Tournament Final The Vikings raced out to a 12-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, capturing their first Cape-Atlantic League championship since 2010. Ciani Redd-Howard scored a game-high 22 points and earned MVP honors for Atlantic City. Freshman Quanirah Cherry-Montague added 15 points and nine rebounds in the victory. Oregon commit Kylee Watson battled foul trouble all day long, but finished with a team-high 19 points for the Mustangs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Stockton University: Rutgers Prep 71 Watchung Hills 57 | Boys | Somerset County Finals After losing in the county championship the previous two season, Rutgers Prep is once again atop of Somerset County for the first time in almost four decades! The Argonauts dominated from start to finish as they raced out to a 13-0 lead to start off the game and would never look back. It was an entire team effort as Nico Galette and Otega Oweh lead the charge with 20 points each while Trey Patterson finished with 13 points and 14 rebounds and Noah Harris racked up 12 points and 7 assists. Michael Bressler did all he could for Watchung Hills as he finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in the loss. Rutgers Prep Girls also won the county championship today. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Montgomery:
Watch Thursday 2.6 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Another Thursday means another great slate of games on the hardwood, headlined by the showdown between Roselle Catholic and Elizabeth. Stay tuned as the highlights roll in! Roselle Catholic 57 Elizabeth 50 | Boys Cliff Omoruyi nearly pulled off a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and nine blocked shots to give RC a regular-season sweep of the Minutemen. Elizabeth led 13-8 after one before the Lions took control in the second quarter. Niels Lane had 12 of his 15 in the first half and Simeon Wilcher dropped a three before the buzzer to give RC a 28-26 lead. Omoruyi took over in the second half recording five of his nine blocks in the third quarter. Elizabeth got within 47-44 but the Lions were able to hold off their rival to get the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Dunn Center: Immaculata 62 Hillsborough 46 | Boys Immaculata grabbed its sixth win in a row with a 62-46 victory over Hillsborough to improve to (14-4). Darren Tuck led the way with 21 points, while Jaden Honis and Jordan Meyers both finished with 16. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough coverage. West Deptford 57 Haddon Heights 54 | Boys Antonello Baggi scored a team-high 20 points to lead the Eagles to a tight victory on the road. M.J. Iraldi added 13 points and had a tremendous floor game. Patrick Campbell went off for a game-high 26 points for the Garnets in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Colonial Conference clash: Cherokee 46 Eastern 32 | Girls The Lady Chiefs reached (18-0) on the season with a comfortable win against the Lady Vikings in Olympic Conference action. Cherokee jumped out to an early lead and never relented, despite a push from Eastern in the second half. Alexa Therien scored a game-high 22 points in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Marlton: Coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Saturday 2.1 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Welcome to February! One of the busiest basketball months of the season begins with a bang as JSZ has tons of great highlights from showcases in Roselle, Delran and Atlantic City. We’ll have the highlights coming all night long. The Patrick School 43 Roselle Catholic 40 | Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest Although The Patrick School is still without star Jonathan Kuminga due to injury, his Celtic teammates stepped up on the big stage and emerged victorious from another war with rival Roselle Catholic. Class of 2021 center Adama Sanogo put together a monster double-double by powering TPS with 17 points and 23 rebounds in the win. Xavier-commit C.J. Wilcher led the Lions with 14 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle Catholic: Seton Hall Prep 64 Wildwood Catholic 44 | Battle by the Bay The Pirates made a statement on their trip south to Atlantic City, holding off a Crusaders comeback attempt before sending fans to the exits early. Gary Hinds led a balanced attack for The Prep with 16 points. Mason Morial and Zander Zebrowski each scored 13 points in the victory. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt scored a game-high 17 points to go along with 12 rebounds in the loss for Catholic. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the Saturday finale at the Battle by the Bay: Camden 83 Holy Cross 42 | Holy Cross Prep Showcase The Panthers put on a show in a blowout win over the Lancers. The High briefly trailed in the first quarter, but went on a 24-4 run to close the quarter and they never looked back. DJ Wagner went for a game-high 22 points, and added five assists, as Camden wins its eleventh game in a row. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from the Holy Cross Prep Showcase: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Moorestown 27 Haddonfield 25| Holy Cross Prep Showcase In a battle of defending state champions, Moorestown (15-1) defeated Haddonfield (15-2) in a low-scoring affair. Haddonfield had a chance to win the game with six seconds left, but a three-point attempt was off the mark. James Byrd and Logan Jagodzinski both finished with eight points in the victory for the Quakers. Ben Cerrato had 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Haddons in the loss. JSZs Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from the Holy Cross Prep Showcase: Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring both our Haddonfield and Moorestown coverage.
Watch Wednesday 1.29 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone has three games on the Wednesday boys hoops menu. We’ve got CJ Wilcher’s 1000th point for Roselle Catholic, Dunellen’s Tjye Kelton shows why he’s a game ball winner and James Mooney has highlights of Holy Spirit’s fourth straight win Roselle Catholic 66 Ranney 59 | Jersey Shore Challenge CJ Wilcher scored his 1000th career point as part of a 20 point effort as the Lions were challenged by a young Ranney roster that was able to challenge for an upset in the fourth quarter. Cliff Omoruyi had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Lions while Ranney was paced by Elijah Perkins who had 16 points and 11 assists. The Panthers rallied from 11 down in the third quarter to get within 51-48 heading into the fourth quarter but could never take the lead. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Brookdale Community College: Dunellen 72 Perth Amboy Tech 54 Dunellen picked up their seventh win in a row with a 72-54 win over Perth Amboy Tech to improve to 14-2. The Destroyers were led by Tyje Kelton who finished the night with 23 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Holy Spirit 60 Cedar Creek 49 The Spartans pick up its fourth straight win, knocking off the Pirates in a key matchup in the Cape-Atlantic League. Henry Rovillard (game-high 23 points) and Christian Kalinowski (12 points) led the way for the Spartans. Cedar Creek’s Najee Coursey (team-high 17 points) reached 1,000 career points in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Absecon:
Watch Thursday 1.23 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ was court-side all over the state (and even in Pennsylvania) to capture some of the top players and teams from around New Jersey. Stay tuned throughout the night for all of the highlights! Camden 63 Roselle Catholic 51 The Panthers raced out to an early lead, only to fall behind to the Lions at halftime. The High then came out on a mission in the second half, and took down Roselle Catholic in front of a packed house at Neumann University in Aston, PA. Kentucky commit Lance Ware led a balanced Camden attack with 17 points. Jerome Brewer, TaQuan Woodley and D.J. Wagner all reached double-digits in the scoring column for the Panthers as well. Xavier commit C.J. Wilcher went for a game-high 21 points for the Lions in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from the heavyweight South-North showdown: Coverage of Camden is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Bergen Catholic 77 Don Bosco 65 Bergen Catholic’s reign over Bergen County is still intact going into the late stages of January after the Crusaders dealt Don Bosco its fourth loss in five games. Julian Brown scored a game-high 22 points plus Will Richardson had 20 more in the win, while Don Bosco’s Myles Ruth had a team-best 16 points. Bergen Catholic has won four straight games over Don Bosco dating back to last season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Oradell: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Bergen Catholic sports is brought to you by Rothman Orthopaedics. South Brunswick 83 Old Bridge 53 After dropping a tough game to Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division leader St. Joe’s Metuchen, South Brunswick picked up back-to-back wins with a 82-52 victory over Old Bridge (2-11). The Vikings were led by Devin Strickland and Justin Carbone who combined for 43 points on the night. Strickland finished with 21 while Carbone had 22. South Brunswick moves into the number two spot in the division. JSZ ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. CBA 79 Marlboro 74 The Colts held off a late comeback by the Mustangs to improve to (6-6). Colin Farrell lead the way for CBA with 23 points. Alex Ratner of Marlboro surpassed the 1000-point milestone with his 36 point performance in the loss. JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Marlboro:
Watch Thursday 1.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Thursday was a monster day on the high school hardwood, with tremendous games all over the state. Check back throughout the night as JSZ brings you highlights from two major North Jersey games along with another pair of huge South Jersey matchups! Roselle Catholic 68 Elizabeth 63 Roselle Catholic continues to show why they’re one of the best in the Garden State. The Lions trailed Elizabeth by 11 points with seven minutes left in regulation and took control from there on out to secure their fourth consecutive win. Xavier-bound CJ Wilcher led all scorers with 25 points while Cliff Omoruyi hammered home the game-winning dunk — he finished with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks. DJ Watkins led Elizabeth with 20 points in their first loss of the season. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Bergen Catholic 78 St. Joe-Montvale 70 Julian Brown had a career-high 32 points and fellow sophomore Will Richardson added 25 as the Crusaders (11-2) handed the Green Knights their first loss of the season. BC led 14-13 after one and opened up a 13 point halftime lead thanks to an explosive second quarter led by Brown and Richardson. St. Joe’s got within four late but Bergen Catholic put the game away at the free throw line. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Montvale: Camden 69 Paul VI 52 The High keeps on rolling, dispatching a talented Eagles squad in front of another packed house at Rutgers-Camden. Kentucky commit Lance Ware went for 20 points and 17 rebounds in the victory for the Panthers. Jerome Brewer added 17 points, as Camden improved to (10-1) on the season. The Panthers now head to Massachusetts for a showdown against Rancho Christian (CA). JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: Coverage of Camden is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Timber Creek 75 Cherry Hill East 63 The Chargers pulled away in the second half to top the Cougars and pick up another big Olympic Conference victory. Eric Benjamin put together another stellar performance, scoring a game-high 25 points, as Timber Creek improves to (11-1). Jake Green scored a team-high 24 points for Cherry Hill East in the loss. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Gloucester Township: Coverage of Timber Creek is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
Watch Sunday 1.12 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Roselle Catholic 67 Linden 49 The #2 ranked boys basketball team in the state, Roselle Catholic, won big over Linden in the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational held at Kean University. CJ Wilcher was the top scorer as he poured in 22 points. Cliff Omoruyi continued his impressive season with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 7 blocks! JSZ’s Kenneth Bradley has the highlights from Hardwood Arena:
Vote now for JSZ’s second round of Game Balls
Every Sunday during the basketball season, JSZ combs through the boxscores and comes up with 60 nominees for boys and girls basketball around the state who are up for six JSZ Game Balls. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. JSZ will pay a visit to a mid-week practice or game and present Game Balls to the winners of our polls. Thanks to coaches who have sent us nominations for their players. A reminder that you can email email@example.com by Saturday night for any players who you think is worthy of a Game Ball nomination. Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s South Jersey Game Balls all year long! NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 1.11 JSZ Basketball Highlights
JSZ has action from all over the state on a jam-packed Saturday. Check back throughout the evening for all of the highlights! Roselle Catholic 45 Manasquan 43 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase CJ Wilcher’s basket with 1.1 seconds left gave Roselle Catholic its first lead since 2-0 in the first quarter as the Lions avoided a spirited upset bid against the Warriors. Manasquan took a 30-25 lead at the end of three quarters after a Tim McEneney three-pointer. The Warriors had two chances to take the lead in the final minute. Ben Roy’s floater in the lane fell short and Corey Floyd Jr. was able to throw a long pass to Wilcher who came through. Freshman Simeon Wilcher had 11 points to lead the way for Roselle with Cliff Omoruyi providing 6 points, 8 rebounds and 8 blocked shots. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from one of the best games of the year: Wildwood Catholic 60 CBA 39 | Boys | Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase Taj Thweatt had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Crusaders to their 8th win of the season. Wildwood Catholic raced out to a 21-12 first-quarter lead and never looked back. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase: Camden 65 Camden Catholic 25 | Boys The High went on a 20-0 run in the first half to blow past the Irish in this Olympic Conference rivalry game. Freshman sensation D.J. Wagner led a balanced Panthers attack with 13 points. Kentucky commit Lance Ware added 10 points in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Cherry Hill: Camden coverage is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Highlights of Camden Catholic are made possible by NJM Insurance. Shawnee 57 Cherry Hill East 48 | Boys The Renegades gain some much needed momentum in 2020 with an upset victory over the Lions. Shawnee jumped out to a 10-1 lead and led wire-to-wire despite multiple comeback attempts by Cherry Hill West. Justin Lubin and Andrew Ball combined for 38 points in the win. JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Monroe 52 Old Bridge 33 | Girls Monroe starts the year (8-0) following a 52-33 victory over Greater Middlesex Conference rival Old Bridge. The Falcons trailed 14-13 after the first quarter, but thanks to great three point scoring performance from Nina Branchizio and Madison Carey, they pushed the lead to 20 in the second half. Branchizio had 14 points while Carey finished with 16 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Monroe coverage.
Vote for First JSZ Game Balls of 2020!
Jersey Sports Zone Game Balls are back! We’ve got 60 outstanding nominees from boys and girls high school basketball in three sections of the state. The polls are open NOW through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. We’ll present JSZ Game Balls to the winners at a mid-week practice or during a game as our camera crews bring you high school basketball action throughout the week. If anyone has a Game Ball nominee, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org before Saturday night. NJM Insurance South Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ Central Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll JSZ North Jersey Game Ball Nominees Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Watch Monday 12.23 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
Before the holiday festivities kick off, Jersey Sports Zone has you covered with exciting basketball action from across the Garden State and even in New York City, too! The Patrick School 72 Roselle Catholic 64 | 2019 Kyrie Invitational The stars were aligned for one of the most high-profile debuts in recent memory surrounding New Jersey high school basketball. Jonathon Kuminga, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the Class of 2021, made his much-anticipated first appearance with the Celtics after a judge ordered a “stay” on the case surrounding his eligibility this season. Kuminga put up 20 points in his debut while former St. Patrick’s star and current Brooklyn Net Kyrie Irving watched from center court. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn: Camden 71 Cherokee 35 The High is absolutely loaded with talent this year, as the Panthers hope to end a 20-year state title drought. They power past the Chiefs thanks to 15 points from freshman phenom D.J. Wagner, 13 points from Kentucky commit Lance Ware, and 11 points from TaQuan Woodley. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Olympic Conference clash: We’ll have plenty of Camden coverage all season long thanks to Cooper University Health Care. Hightstown 67 South Brunswick 50 With both Hightstown and South Brunswick dominating in their season openers, the Colonial Valley/Greater Middlesex Conference crossover matchup was highly anticipated by Central Jersey basketball fans. South Brunswick held onto a slim 12-11 lead after the first quarter, but the Rams offense got hot, going up by as many as 17 points by the fourth. Ben Simon would finish with 29 points for Hightstown. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hightstown and South Brunswick coverage.
Watch Friday 12.20 JSZ Boys Basketball Highlights
The first Friday night of the season brings plenty of action from all across the Garden State. Four great games from around New Jersey are posted now. Watch the action and we’ll keep bringing you hoops action from around the state all weekend. Roselle Catholic 84 Trenton Catholic 58 Expectations at Roselle Catholic are sky-high in 2019 and the Lions didn’t disappoint in their home opener. RC holdovers Cliff Omoruyi (19 points) and Corey Floyd Jr. (17 points) went to work, while senior transfers CJ Wilcher (20 points) and Niels Lane (13 points) helped power the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. South Brunswick 69 Old Bridge 52 After finishing 12-13, South Brunswick was eager to jump into the 2019-2020 season and they did so with a dominating 69-52 win over Greater Middlesex Conference rival Old Bridge, who beat them twice last year. The Vikings were able to take a tight 12-11 lead after the first quarter before going up 28-19 at halftime. Devin Strickland and Ty Murchison both finished with 22 points while Justin Carbone had 20. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our South Brunswick coverage. Bishop Eustace 45 Shawnee 30 The Crusaders shut down the Renegades to open the season with an Olympic Conference win. Jack McDonnell came off the bench to score a game-high 11 points in the victory. Matt McCaffrey added 10 points for Eustace, while David Cross scored nine. Cole Fleming scored a team-high nine points for Shawnee in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Medford: Coverage of Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care. Red Bank Catholic 75 Shore Regional 48 Charlie Gordinier scored four three-pointers in the first quarter to reach 1,000 points in the first game of his senior year as the Caseys cruised to a home win against the Blue Devils. Gordinier, who signed on Wednesday to play college football at Boston College, finished the game with 22 points. Notre Dame football signee Kevin Bauman added 13. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has highlights and an interview with the 1000 point man following the win: Two great partners are the reason we were able to cover another great moment from the Shore Conference. Thanks to JSI (Red Bank Catholic) and RYPT (Shore Regional) for supporting Jersey Sports Zone!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Boys Basketball Games of 2018
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. We’ll continue the series here with boys basketball. The 2018-2019 season in New Jersey boys basketball was truly one for the record books. We were graced with three McDonald’s All-Americans (Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney) along with plenty of other top-tier talent — it all resulted in a thrilling season. Here’s a look back on the Top 10 most viewed games captured by JSZ cameras. #10 Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 | Non-Public B North Final Led by Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney, Roselle Catholic battled and won their second straight sectional championship against Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy and his Gill St. Bernard’s Knights. #9: Ranney 63 Don Bosco Prep 51 Villanova commit Bryan Antoine had an early season feast against the Ironmen back in mid-December. Antoine dropped 33 points — the third-highest point total in his final season. #8: Ranney 84 West Nottingham 72 Ranney secured a 12-point win against out-of-state opponent West Nottingham in the first game of the highly-anticipated senior seasons for the dynamic duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. #7: Ranney 56 Bergen Catholic 55 Ranney’s toughest test of the year to this point came on January 12 when the Panthers staved off a late-game push to defeat Bergen Catholic at the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College. #6: Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 Much of the hype this past season was on Ranney and Roselle Catholic, but it was Gill St. Bernard’s who shocked the NJ basketball scene by delivering Ranney it’s first in-state loss of the season. Forward Connor Murphy led the way with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Kean University. #5: Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 | Non-Public B South Final Talk about going down to the wire — Wildwood Catholic gave everything they had in an overtime thriller, but it was Ranney’s postseason experience that proved to be the difference. Scottie Lewis led all players with 17 points and 13 rebounds in the win. #4: Roselle Catholic 62 Patrick School 61 Union County’s most intense rivalry did not disappoint as the Lions and Celtics went to the final second in an even battle. Kahlil Whitney recorded a 25 point, 10 rebound double-double — it was his sixth double-double on the season. #3: Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 | Non-Public B State Final Ranney fell to Roselle Catholic in the final seconds of the 2018 Non-Public B state final, but did get exact revenge against the Lions in the state playoffs. Kahlil Whitney scored 26 points in his final high school game and Bryan Antoine led the Panthers with 21 as Ranney secured its first ever state championship in program history. #2: Ranney 67 Bergen Catholic 63 | Tournament of Champions Final After four years and over a hundred wins, Ranney’s legacy on the hardwood reached the ultimate peak when the Panthers defeated Bergen Catholic to win the 2019 Tournament of Champions final. It was the final high school game for the decorated and historic duo of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. #1: Ranney 61 Roselle Catholic 49 The most hyped game of 2019 came in a regular season bout between Ranney and Roselle Catholic. It was the first time the two schools met after Roselle Catholic’s late-game heroics to win the Non-Public B state title over Ranney in March of 2018. McDonald’s All-Americans Scottie Lewis, Bryan Antoine and Kahlil Whitney were all honored in a pre-game ceremony and even Kentucky head coach John Calipari was in attendance.
Recruiting Heating Up for Roselle Catholic 2020 Center Cliff Omoruyi
It didn’t take long for Cliff Omoruyi to become a household name in the New Jersey basketball scene and now the 6’11” Roselle Catholic center is making waves as a major Class of 2020 recruit. Omoruyi, who played alongside Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney and Temple-bound guard Josh Pierre-Louis this past season, is becoming one of the hottest recruits in America. The Nigerian-native has begun piling up some major offers after his junior season and also playing in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders showcase. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Cliff Omoruyi’s junior season here: Here’s just some of the most recent recruiting news featuring Omoruyi: #Pittsburgh will host fast-rising 4 ⭐️6’11” Cliff Omoruyi’20 of @rc_basketball & @NY_Lightning for an unofficial visit Friday. He has a 7’6” wingspan 👀#H2P 📷 @brandondorf5 pic.twitter.com/IgMSMcEGJu— Andrew Slater (@Andrew__Slater) April 19, 2019 Kentucky just offered top-60 junior big man Cliff Omoruyi, a source tells @Rivals @RowlandRIVALS https://t.co/5wmT93evNh— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 12, 2019 Omoruyi exploded onto the scene this season and was arguably the most dominant paint player across the Garden State. He averaged 10.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per contest on a Roselle Catholic team that went 28-4 and won New Jersey’s Non-Public “B” North sectional title. His list of offers already includes (in no particular order): Seton Hall, UCLA, Kentucky, Virginia, Pitt, Xavier, Illinois, UMass, UConn, South Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, NC State, Syracuse, Florida, Rutgers, Miami, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Butler, Western Kentucky, Auburn, Georgia and Indiana. Omoruyi was named to Jersey Sports Zone’s 2019 All-Zone team, a collection of the best 40 players in New Jersey. Stay tuned in with Jersey Sports Zone as we follow Omoruyi’s recruitment, along with the other top Class of 2020 players from the Garden State.
Roselle Catholic’s Dan Keane Wins Week 2 Game Ball!
Roselle Catholic’s Dan Keane took home the Week 2 Game Ball for his performance during the game against University. He had his first career win and finished the game with 10 Ks. Check out Dan’s full ceremony right now:
Mind-Boggling Pitching Performances, Batting Feats Headline Week 2 Spring Game Balls
After two weeks of the baseball and softball season, we’re really starting to see some special performances. The Jersey Sports Zone team has scoured the state nominating the top players and performances from the diamond. Cast your vote now for our second Game Balls of the 2019 spring sports season! We have ten nominees from baseball and softball in North, Central and South Jersey. Our polls stay open through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winners of our polls will receive a JSZ Game Ball at a mid-week practice or game. Coaches, players and fans can nominate a player for a JSZ Game Ball by emailing us by Saturday night: North Jersey- Jay Cook (Jay@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey – Mike Frankel (MikeFrankel@JerseySportsZone.com) Central Jersey- Rich Chrampanis (Rich@JerseySportsZone.com) South Jersey Game Balls (Presented by NJM Insurance) Take Our Poll Take Our Poll North Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll Central Jersey Game Balls Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
RC’s Josh Pierre-Louis to Reunite with Brother at Temple
Roselle Catholic guard and JSZ Player of the Year finalist Josh Pierre-Louis is officially back off the market. Pierre-Louis has given a verbal commitment to play Division I basketball in Philadelphia for Temple University and new head coach Aaron McKie. Noted for his thunderous high-flying dunks and competitive demeanor, Pierre-Louis teamed with Kentucky-commit Kahlil Whitney to create one of the most dynamic one-two punches in New Jersey basketball. He averaged 14.2 points per game in his senior season at Roselle Catholic and was a major reason why they won repeat titles in the Union County Championship and Non-Public B North sectional finals. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel from Pierre-Louis’ explosive senior season: Josh will reunite with his brother, Nate Pierre-Louis, who averaged 13.3 points per game as a sophomore at Temple. Josh was originally committed to UNLV but recently reopened his commitment following the dismissal of former head coach Marvin Mensies. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez also profiled Josh Pierre-Louis earlier this month. Learn everything about the future Temple Owl: Josh and Nate both shared the news on their social media accounts: PHILLY YALL READY🤷🏽♂️?? pic.twitter.com/nFgzBZafs2— Nate Pierre-Louis (@Nate_PL) March 29, 2019
Antoine and Miller take home top honors at 2019 JSZ Hoop Zone Banquet
Nearly 90 high school basketball players around the state came to the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge to celebrate a fantastic 2018-19 season. Ranney’s Bryan Antoine is JSZ’s 2019 Mister Hoop Zone and Franklin’s Diamond Miller is Miss Hoop Zone 2019. Jersey Sports Zone thanks everyone for attending from every part of the state! All-Americans Antoine and Miller Steal the Show with Top Awards Villanova-commit Bryan Antoine and future Maryland Terrapin Diamond Miller decisively won the Mister Hoop Zone and Miss Hoop Zone awards, respectively. Both players take their newly-minted honors with them to Atlanta next week when they’ll both compete in the McDonald’s All-American Game. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Mike Frankel have the story: Sights and Sounds from the Banquet Before the players, coaches and family sat down for dinner and watch our videos, JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez and Madison Bess were in our social media zone talking with the honorees and getting the festivities started. Bryan Antoine wins 2019 JSZ Mister Hoop Zone With a podium featuring three McDonald’s All-Americans, Ranney’s Bryan Antoine won the vote among coaches and statewide media. The Villanova signee closed out his high school career as the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer with over 2,500 points and teamed with fellow finalist Scottie Lewis to lead the Panthers first ever Tournament of Champions title. Antoine won the vote over Lewis, the Roselle Catholic duo of Kahlil Whitney and Josh Pierre-Louis and Gill St. Bernard’s Paul Mulcahy, who’s on his way to Rutgers. 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Kevin Diviero – Don Bosco Prep, Anthony Tavares – Newark East Side, Daniele Crincoli – St. Mary’s Elizabeth, Ben Gamble – Marist, Justin Salton – Watchung Hills, Mike Clemente – Central Regional, Mike Jones – Millville, Cameron Bell – Egg Harbor, Kevin Principe – River Dell, Billy Armstrong – Bergen Catholic, Ryan McKeever – Immaculata, Matt Bloom – Rutgers Prep, Dave Boff – Roselle Catholic, Daryl Young – Trenton, Chris Raba – Nottingham, Rich Roche – Notre Dame, Randy Holmes – Lakewood, Mike Puorro – Barnegat, Mergin Sina – Gill St. Bernard’s Media: Richard Greco – NJ.Com, Adam Zagoria – NY Times, Dave’s Joint, Sherlon Christie – Asbury Park Press, Mike Kinney – NJ.Com, Phil Anastasia – Philadelphia Inquirer, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Bryan AntoineRanney193366 Scottie LewisRanney212737 Kahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic191130 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernard's63529 Diamond Miller wins 2019 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Franklin guard Diamond Miller had a perfect season and a perfect ending to her high school career when she won JSZ’s 2019 Miss Hoop Zone. The McDonald’s All-American will represent New Jersey in the national showcase in Atlanta. Miller is signed with the University of Maryland. Future teammate Faith Masonius of Manasquan was a fellow finalist along with Saddle River Day’s Michelle Sidor (Michigan), Gloucester Catholic’s Azana Baines (Duke) and Manchester’s Leilani Correa (West Virginia). 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Balloting Coaches: Mark Knapp – Gill St. Bernard’s, Kathy Matthews – Union Catholic, Dawn Karpell – Saint John Vianney, Lisa Gedaka – Gloucester Catholic, Jacquelyn Dyer – Cranford, Bob Fusik – Trenton Catholic, John Truhan – Red Bank Regional, Michael Lazur – Ocean, Scott Beston – Mainland, Tammy Nicolini – Barnegat, Joe Montano – Red Bank Catholic, David Drew – Point Pleasant Boro, Lisa Kukoda – Manasquan, Jason Lantz – Atlantic City – Pete Vincent – Hudson Catholic, Audrey Taylor – Franklin, Steve Silver – Immaculate Heart Academy Media: Gregg Lerner – Shore Sports Network, Danny LoGuidice – Asbury Park Press, Brian Deakyne – NJ.com, Rich Chrampanis – JSZ, Jay Cook – JSZ, Nery Rodriguez – JSZ Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Diamond MillerFranklin183161 Faith MasoniusManasquan27424 Leilani CorreaManchester16518 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day14615 Meet the 2019 JSZ All-Zone Boys Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Quadry AdamsSt. Thomas AquinasZach MartiniGill St. Bernard's Gianmarco ArlettiHoly Cross PrepTahjay MooreNew Brunswick James AndersonMiddletown SouthZarique NutterPatrick School Denver AnglinGill St. Bernard'sDemetrius PaynterTimber Creek Mark ArmstrongSt. Peter's PrepJayden PierreElizabeth Adetokumbo BakareSt. Benedict's PrepMoses PierreIrvington Zion BetheaMontclair ImmaculateJordan PriceElizabeth Jaylen BlakesBlair AcademyAlex RatnerMarlboro Mikey BresslerWatchung HillsWill RichardsonBergen Catholic Jerome BrewerCamdenBen RoyManasquan Julian Brown Bergen CatholicMyles RuthDon Bosco Prep Stephen ByardAtlantic CityAdama SanogoPatrick School Tazir CantleyLindenwoldDerek SimpsonLenape Justin CarboneSouth BrunswickWill SoucieGill St. Bernard's Noah FarrakhanPatrick SchoolJakari SpenceToms River North Corey Floyd, Jr. Roselle CatholicDevin StricklandSouth Brunswick Nico GaletteRutgers PrepManny Toha Marist Alex GlavanManasquanDJ WagnerCamden Sean HansenRamseyDJ WatkinsElizabeth Noah HarrisRutgers PrepJamir WatkinsTrenton Catholic Zach HicksCamden CatholicCJ WilcherRoselle Catholic Ryan Hillier West MorrisNazir WilliamsSt. Joe-Montvale Jacob HoppingWildwood CatholicDJ WoodburyBurlington City Micah Johnson Jr. Newark East SideTaQuan WoodleyCamden Samson Johnson Patrick SchoolMatt ZonaBergen Catholic Niels LaneRoselle Catholic Meet the 2019 JSZ All Zone Girls Team NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Dakota AdamsManchester Twp.Jenna JordanSaddle River DayKylee WatsonMainland Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Sarah KarpellSaint John Vianney Brelynn BellamySaint John VianneyLauren LithgowSaint RoseDiamond MillerFranklin - JSZ 2019 Miss Hoop Zone Mya BembryWest OrangeOlivia MilesBlair AcademyFaith MasoniusManasquan - Miss HZ Finalist Brielle BisognoToms River NorthAnna MorrisImmaculate Heart AcademyLeilani Correa Manchester- Miss HZ Finalist Taylor BluntPenningtonCortlyn MorrisBound BrookMichelle SidorSaddle River Day - Miss HZ Finalist Sajada BonnerSaint John VianneyLola MullaneyManasquanAzana BainesGloucester Catholic - Miss HZ Finalist Emma BosletBishop AhrOlivia MullinsRutgers Prep Isla BrennanMiddletown SouthShannon MulroyLenape Syndei CaldwellSaddle River DayJaida PatrickSaddle River Day Maniya CustisTrenton CatholicJenna PaulToms River North Daniya DarbyLincolnMariah PerezNewark Tech Dominique DariusBlair AcademyKelsey RansomBishop Ahr Emma DuerrMorris CatholicKemari ReynoldsManchester Twp. LaShae DwyerPatrick SchoolKennady SchenckFranklin Brynn FarrellSaint RoseKeona ShenckFranklin Breyanna FrazierMaristKira SidesMiddle Township Brazil Harvey-CarrLeap AcademyKenna SquierPope John Rahmena HendersonSaint John VianneyTaneshia TuckerUniversity Giana Hernandez-BouldenTrenton CatholicAmanda UlrichSecaucus Leah JohnsonPenningtonCaileigh WalshGill St. Bernard's Dezonie, Wright win JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year Thanks to everyone who voted for our JSZ Plays of the Year. Hudson Catholic’s Shane Dezonie won Dunk of the Year and Red Bank Catholic’s MJ Wright won clutch play of the year for his buzzer beater against Marlboro at the WOBM Christmas Classic. Take Our Poll Take Our Poll
Meet the JSZ 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Finalists!
Jersey Sports Zone is proud to announce the five finalists for the 2019 Mr. Hoop Zone Award, our boys basketball Player of the Year voted on by various coaches and media from across the Garden State. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, March 20 during JSZ’s second annual All-Zone Basketball Banquet at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. Watch our profiles of these five outstanding players and learn more about JSZ’s top basketball honor. Be sure to check out our Miss Hoop Zone finalists as well! Last Year’s Winner: Bryan Antoine – Ranney This Villanova University bound four year starter has been the hype surrounding one of the most up and coming programs in New Jersey. Bryan Antoine dazzles fans with his electrifying dunks and quick scoring, but it’s his play in games that matters most. Antoine capped of a season in which he received McDonald’s All-American honors, became the Shore Conferece’s All-Time leading scorer with 2,481 points and led Ranney to a State Title with the program’s first ever Tournament of Champions crown. Kahlil Whitney – Roselle Catholic When Kahlil Whitney takes the floor, the price of admission feels like a steal. One of the state’s three McDonald’s All-Americans this year, Whitney is a versatile player that is willing to do whatever to help his team win. After making the move from Chicago to NJ to play for Roselle Catholic, Kahlil put the country on notice with his heart stopping slams and signature spin move to the basket, even earring an offer from the University of Kentucky. He will continue his basketball career as a Wildcat after leading RC to back to back Union County and State Sectional Titles. Scottie Lewis – Ranney One half of “The Greatest Show in Monmouth County” Scottie Lewis was the other key component in Tournament of Champions winners Ranney’s historical run. Lewis much like his counterpart Bryan Antoine has spoiled the Garden State the last four seasons with a barrage of dunks that will forever be embedded in the minds of high school basketball fans. The McDonald’s All-American will continue his college career as a Gator at the University of Florida. Josh Pierre-Louis – Roselle Catholic Not often two sets of teammates share the podium for our highest basketball honor, but this year it was undeniable that Josh Pierre Louis was a game changer in New Jersey. Roselle Catholic’s point guard who garnered national attention this season helped lead the Lions to another County and Sectional Title with his 69 steals and 14.2 PPG. After recently de-committing from the University of Las Vegas, Pierre-Louis has reopened up his college recruitment and has offers from Georgia, Temple, Rutgers, Seton Hall and many more! Paul Mulcahy – Gill St. Bernard’s Two words say it all about this next nominee, “Headband Highlights”. 6’6 Paul Mulcahy is one of the most interesting players on our list for the simple reason you don’t see consistency like this every day. Mulcahy led Gill St. Bernard’s to the Non-Public North Final in a season in which he averaged a Triple Double! The Bayonne native plans to keep exciting New Jersey in his college career when he laces it up for Rutgers University next year.
Vote now for JSZ Basketball Plays of the Year!
With the state champions crowned, we look back on the best plays captured by JSZ cameras and ask for your vote. The winner of the Dunk of the Year and the Clutch Play of the Year will be presented a JSZ Game Ball at the 2nd annual JSZ Basketball banquet on March 20th at the Renaissance Hotel in Woodbridge. The polls are open NOW and you can cast your vote through Thursday at 3:00 pm We have 20 nominees for Dunk of the Year. Check out all the great jams from around the state and cast your vote! Take Our Poll Our Clutch Plays category features half-court shots, buzzer beaters and some amazing individual plays on both the boys and girls side. Cast your vote now! Take Our Poll
Watch Saturday 3.9 JSZ State Final Basketball Highlights
State championship Saturday did not disappoint! Jersey Sports Zone spent all day at the RWJ Barnabas Arena in Toms River and has four non-public state championship highlights ready to go. Saturday’s coverage includes the first state championship in Ranney history; Saddle River Day grabbing back-to-back titles; Bergen Catholic reigning supreme in the Non-Public A bracket and St. Rose showing New Jersey they are no joke. Enjoy the action! Ranney 56 Roselle Catholic 50 – Boys Non-Public B State Final Four years of hard work and dedication finally paid off for Ranney School as the Panthers made school history by winning their first ever basketball state championship. Bryan Antoine led Ranney with 21 points, while Ahmadu Sarnor (15 points) and Scottie Lewis (8 points, 6 rebounds) helped secure the win. This title game was a rematch of last year’s final that Roselle Catholic won dramatically won in the final seconds. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights: Saddle River Day 79 Trenton Catholic 67 – Girls Non-Public B State Final For the second year in a row Saddle River Day captured the Non-Public B Title. The Rebels after a slow first quarter were led by Michigan commit Michelle Sidor outscored TCA in the second quarter 21-3 to take a 43-37 lead at halftime. Sidor finished the game with 30 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage! No. 4 St. Rose 45 No. 12 Immaculate Heart 42 – Girls Non-Public A State Final The St. Rose Purple Roses won their second straight Non-Public A State Title on Saturday afternoon, punching their ticket to next week’s Tournament of Champions. Junior Brynn Farrell made 13 foul shots during the game, and she scored the game-high with 22 points. Sophomore Abigail Antognoli sealed the deal for the Purple Roses, breaking the tie in the last minute of the game. She scored the second highest number of points for St. Rose with 14. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reactions from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of St. Rose is being brought to you by Reach Your Potential Training in Tinton Falls! Bergen Catholic 78 Camden Catholic 61 – Boys Non-Public A State Final Bergen Catholic captured its first state title since 2002 with a 78-61 win over Camden Catholic. The Crusaders raced out to 23-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Doug Edert pumped in 19 points to lead all scorers. Matt Zona went for 17 points and Zach Freemantle scored 16 points in the win for Bergen Catholic. Baba Ajike scored 17 points and Valen Tejeda added 16 points for the Irish in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Camden Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance Group!
Watch Wednesday 3.6 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
This might have been the most jam-packed, action-filled Wednesday night we’ve seen all winter long. JSZ has highlights of Ranney’s late OT win to capture their second sectional title; Kahlil Whitney powering Roselle Catholic to a second-straight sectional championship, Haddonfield stopping a red-hot Manasquan right in its tracks, Freehold Township continuing to push through the Group 4 bracket; the IHA Lady Eagles winning their eighth-straight sectional title and the TCA girls winning a sectional title of their own. Stay tuned for all the action coming tonight Ranney 54 Wildwood Catholic 50 (OT) – Non-Public B South Final Freshman Elijah Perkins broke a 50-50 tie in overtime with a layup and added a free throw to give Ranney back to back sectional titles. Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 17 points and 13 rebounds, and fouled out in overtime. Bryan Antoine had 15, but the Panthers season was hanging in the balance thanks to hot shooting from Jacob Hopping (14 points) and great play inside from Taj Thweatt (13 points, 10 rebounds). Ranney trailed by as many as four in the fourth quarter and rallied to tie the game at 48 on two Lewis free throws. Lewis then blocked Jahlil White’s game winning shot attempt and Ahmadu Sarnor missed the buzzer beater off the back rim. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from a thriller in Jackson: Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 44 – Non-Public B North Final A pair of Kahlil Whitney free throws in the final seconds was exactly what Roselle Catholic needed to ice a tight game and capture their second-straight sectional championship. Whitney, the Kentucky commit, led the Lions with 15 points in the win. GSB’s Zach Martini dropped a game-high 19 points in the losing effort. Roselle Catholic will now face Ranney in a rematch from last year’s thrilling Non-Public B Finale, which the Lions won. Watch all the action from Franklin here: Haddonfield 53 Manasquan 43 – Group 2 State Semifinal Reigning Group 2 State Champions Haddonfield punched their way to Rutgers University for the second year in a row. The Bulldawgs coming off an epic comeback against Camden in the Sectional Title game were locked in against 13th ranked Manasquan. Haddonfield took a 22-17 lead at halftime after two big quarters from Aiden Blake. In the second half an Alley-Oop from Senior Dan Fleming got things started and eventually led to a 10 point lead for them that would remain in tact for the rest of the evening. The Bulldawgs will take on Westside on 3.10. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Haddonfield coverage! Freehold Township 44 Cherokee 42 – Group 4 State Semifinal Freehold Township punched a ticket to the first Group 4 state final in school history with a 44-42 win over Cherokee in Egg Harbor Township. Seth Meisner led a balanced Patriots attack with 10 points. Zach Barilka had nine points, while Greg Billups and Matt Santangelo each chipped in with eight points. Anthony DiCaro lead all scorers with 17 points for the Chiefs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction: Trenton Catholic 74 Gloucester Catholic 64 – Non-Public South B Girls Final Maniya Custis poured in 25 points to lead four Trenton Catholic players in double digits as the Iron Mikes rained down 12 three-pointers to reach the Non-Public B state championship and a matchup with Saddle River Day on Saturday in Toms River. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Jackson Liberty High School: Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. They are the reason we’ll have state championship highlights this Saturday in Toms River! Thanks to NJM Insurance for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic all year long Immaculate Heart 63 Pope John 47 – Non-Public North A Girls Final The #1 Immaculate Heart Academy Blue Eagles defeated the #2 Pope John Lady Lions at Passaic Tech on Wednesday night, winning their eighth straight Sectional Title. Eliya Herriott led IHA, scoring the game-high with 18 points. Brittany Graff and Anna Morris each scored 12 points for the Blue Eagles. They will face St. Rose on Mar. 9 for the Non-Public A Tournament Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Wayne:
Watch Tuesday 3.5 JSZ Playoff Basketball Highlights
Sectional champions are crowned throughout New Jersey on Tuesday and JSZ has more state playoff basketball highlights. We’ve got Roselle Catholic taking one step closer to a state crown, plus a Manasquan sweep in Central Jersey Group 2 along with an OT thriller from the Middletown South girls! Roselle Catholic 66 Hudson Catholic 54 – Non-Public B North Semifinal It was business as usual for Roselle Catholic as the Lions jumped out to an 11-point lead at halftime and displayed their usual show-stopping skills to take down Hudson Catholic. Kahlil Whitney scored 17, Josh Pierre-Louis dropped 16 and Cliff Omoruyi chipped in 15 points. Roselle Catholic has a date with Gill St. Bernard’s tomorrow at Franklin High School, 8.pm., for the Non-Public B North sectional crown. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Roselle: Moorestown 61 Mainland 43 – Boys South Group 3 Final Moorestown captured its first sectional championship in 21 years with a 61-43 victory over Mainland. The Quakers led by senior Jagger Zrada were able to explode on offense in the first two quarters to take a 36-20 lead at halftime. To make the win even more emotional it was redemption after Moorestown fell in the Central Group 3 Final at home a year ago. Zrada finished with 16 points while Nick Cartwright-Atkins had 14 and eight rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to NJM Insurance for sponsoring our Moorestown coverage! Manasquan 78 Lincoln 42 – Central Jersey Group 2 Final Brad McCabe scored 23 points to pace four Warriors in double figures as Manasquan avenges last year’s playoff loss to Lincoln with a convincing home win one year later. Manasquan raced out to a 22-6 first quarter lead and never looked back. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Jersey Shore: Clayton 64 Wildwood 63 – South Jersey Group 1 Final Clayton captured its first sectional title since 1980 with a comeback win over Wildwood. Dorien DePina paced the Clippers with 15 points, while Max Cruz and Joshua Jones each scored 12. Tyler Tomlin erupted for six three-pointers and a game-high 23 points for the Warriors in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the thrilling highlights and reaction from Clayton: Middletown South 80 Marlboro 77 (OT) – Central Jersey Group 4 Girls Final The Middletown South Eagles made a fourth quarter and overtime comeback on Tuesday night against Marlboro, winning the Central Jersey Group 4 Sectional Title. The Mustangs led by 11 points going into the fourth quarter, but it was Kayla Richardson who led the team to victory. She scored the game-high of 23 points, all of which came in the second half and overtime. Sam Keenan scored the second highest number of points with 20. In addition to this title win, this was Head Coach Tom Brennan’s 400th career win. The Eagles will face Lenape on Mar. 7 for the Group 4 Tournament Semifinal. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Middletown: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Middletown South is being brought to you by Monmouth Building Center! Manasquan 60 Rumson-Fair Haven 38 – Central Jersey Group 2 Girls Final Faith Masonius had 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Lola Mullaney added 21 points and 7 boards as the Warriors made it six straight Central Jersey Group 2 championships. Manasquan will face Manchester in the Group 2 state semifinals. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from another sectional title for the Lady Warriors: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac
Colby Rogers of Roselle Catholic Joins 1,000 Point Club!
Champion, Mc Donald’s All-American nominee and now Roselle Catholic’s Colby Rogers can add 1,000 points to his resume. The 6’4 Georgia native has been a constant contributing member to the reigning tournament of Champion Lions. Earlier this year against Top 10 opponent Gill St. Bernard’s, Rogers dropped 24 points including A pair of clutch free throws with 7. 8 seconds left in the game to help RC come out on top 48-47. In the Union County Tournament Final he reached the 1k club with a jumper to begin the third quarter as Roselle Catholic captured it’s second consecutive UCT Title. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the story:
Watch JSZ 2.23 Basketball County Finals Highlights
Let the high stakes action continue! Saturday was the final day of the county basketball finals and JSZ had cameras all over the state for the action. We’ll have highlights from Ranney’s second-straight Shore Conference Tournament win, Roselle Catholic defending their Union County crown against Patrick School, East Side nabbing its third consecutive ECT win in a nail biter, the West Orange girls capturing their first ever Essex County title and Ocean City’s late push to win a Cape Atlantic League title. Stay tuned throughout the night for the highlights! Ranney 70 Manasquan 60 – Shore Conference Tournament Boys Final Scottie Lewis delivered a 27 point, 10 rebounds, 5 steal, 4 blocked shot night that featured a 360 dunk as Ranney successfully defended its Shore Conference title. Manasquan’s Brad McCabe had a sensational 33 point effort featuring 9 of 10 shooting from beyond the arc. The Warriors kept the game close for the entire four quarters, but Ranney got a huge second half spark from Ahmadu Sarnor (16 of his 18 in the 2nd half) and Bryan Antoine added 17 in the victory. JSZ has all the big moments and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: Roselle Catholic 71 The Patrick School 66 – Union County Tournament Final For a second straight year the current No. 2 team in the NJ Top 20, Roselle Catholic took home a Union County Tournament Championship with a win over rival The Patrick School. After a slow first half the Lions were able to come alive in the third quarter thanks to some outstanding play from UNLV commit Josh Pierre-Louis to take a 44-40 lead entering the fourth. Despite being held to just five points, future University of Kentucky Wildcat Kahlil Whitney scored 11 in the fourth quarter to win MVP honors. It’s the Lions second overall UCT Title and to make things better Senior Colby Rogers scored his 1,000th point. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Newark East Side 69 Montclair Immaculate 66 – Essex County Tournament Boys Final Anas Amos has been the unquestioned leader of East Side basketball, and the senior point guard notched a pair of big accomplishments Saturday has he won his 100th career game and East Side captured its third-consecutive Essex County title in a nail biting win against Montclair Immaculate. Nasir Johnson scored a team-high 23 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Essex County College: (3) Manchester Township 58 (1) Saint John Vianney 42 – Shore Conference Tournament Girls Final Sophomore Destiny Adams had 19 points and 10 rebounds to earn MVP honors as the Hawks won their first ever Shore Conference girls basketball championship. Manchester broke open a 35-33 third quarter lead with an 11-0 run to start the fourth. Leilani Correa was a big catalyst in the final eight minutes as she finished with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Dakota Adams added 12 points as the Hawks won their 17th straight game. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: (3) West Orange 36 (5) Montclair Immaculate 25 – Essex County Tournament Girls Final The West Orange Mountaineers defeated the Montclair Immaculate Lions on at Essex County College on Saturday afternoon, winning their first ever county title. Both teams started off slow, but two of West Orange’s players ended up scoring in the double digits. Freshman Kiley Capstraw led the team, scoring the game-high 18 points. Penn State commit, Mya Bembry, walked away with a double-double: 11 points and 11 rebounds. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights from Newark: Ocean City 39 Middle Township 33 – Cape Atlantic League Girls Final Despite only scoring four points, it was Tori Rolls’ defensive prowess that made Ocean City six-time CAL champs. Rolls had a steal and breakaway layup late in the fourth quarter to secure the win. Danielle Donoghue led the Red Raiders with 12 points. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Stockton University:
Watch Tuesday 2.19 County Tournament Hoops Highlights!
It’s county tournament time and Jersey Sports Zone has you covered for all the big basketball games across the garden state! Stay tuned for semifinals matchups in Union County, Mercer County and the girls bracket in the Shore Conference Tournament. Enjoy! (3) Patrick School 48 (2) Elizabeth 39 – Union County Semifinal Al-Amir Dawes scored a career-high 28 points and was the driving force for the Celtics as Patrick School handed Elizabeth its first loss this season while also advanceing to the Union County finals. The win gives Patrick School some revenge after a loss earlier this season to Elizabeth. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: (1) Roselle Catholic 64 (5) Union Catholic 43 – Union County Semifinal Roselle Catholic had three scorers hit double digits and used a 22-8 run in the third quarter to pull away from Union Catholic in the Union County semifinals. Colby Rogers (17), Kahlil Whitney (15) and Richie Greaves (11) were the leading scorers. Roselle Catholic will defend their Union County crown Saturday against Patrick School. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Kean University: (2) Trenton Catholic 85 (3) Notre Dame 57 – Mercer County Semifinal Trenton Catholic advanced to its sixth straight Mercer County Tournament Final with an 85-57 win over Notre Dame. The Iron Mike’s were headlined Junior sensation Jamir Watkins and Butler University commit Khalif Battle. Watkins had 24 points while Battle had 27. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and Notre Dame coverage! (1) Trenton 58 (4) Hopewell Valley 50 – Mercer County Semifinal Number one seed Trenton advanced to their first Mercer County Tournament Final since 2011 with a 58-50 win over Hopewell Valley. The Tornadoes scraped by in the first two quarter to take a 30-28 lead at halftime. In the third Nassir Hodge with back to back threes helped Trenton fall more into rhythm to eventually gain a comfortable lead. Hodge finished with 15 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton and Hopewell Valley coverage! (1) St. John Vianney 53 (4) Manasquan 51 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The St. John Vianney Lancers went into Tuesday night’s SCT Semifinal wanting revenge. Last year, the Manasquan Warriors defeated the SJV Lancers during the SCT Final. However, Tuesday’s Semifinal was a close game. Manasquan had the lead up until the fourth quarter. SJV’s freshman Madison St. Rose, scored five points early on in the fourth, taking hold of the lead. The Lancers were able to hold on, winning the game by two points. William & Mary commit, Brelynn Bellamy, scored the team-high with 17 points. Quinnipiac University commit Sajada Bonner scored 11 points along with St. Rose. Fordham University commit Sarah Karpell was right behind them with 10 points. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: (3) Manchester 62 (2) St. Rose 45 – Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal The Manchester Hawks advanced to their first ever SCT Final in program history on Tuesday night. Manchester’s West Virginia University commit, Leilani Correa, scored 30 points for the Hawks, leading them to their Semifinal victory. Destiny Adams and Serenity Anderson scored the second highest number of points, each with 11. The Hawks will head to Monmouth University on Saturday night to take on St. John Vianney for the Shore Conference Final. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
Watch Saturday 2.16 JSZ Basketball Highlights!
It’s not a Saturday in February without a serious blend of boys and girls hoops. JSZ has highlights from Gill St. Bernards’ regular season finale win, Trenton’s blowout over Allentown in the Mercer County Tournament, Roselle Catholic putting in work during the UCC and Manasquan staving off Red Bank Regional in a Shore Conference Tournament thriller. Stay tuned for all the action! Gill St. Bernard’s 69 Rutgers Prep 61 Gill St. Bernard’s is ready to rumble. The Knights closed their regular season out with a road win against Rutgers Prep as Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy led the way with 24 points. One storyline for GSB as the playoffs arrive, however, is the addition of Tristian Jeffries to the starting five. The Hudson Catholic transfer dropped 18 points in his season debut for the Knights. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the action from Somerset: (1) Roselle Catholic 88 (8) New Providence 61 – Union County Tournament Quarterfinal Colby Rogers led four Lions in double digits with 22 points as the Lions cruise into the UCT semifinals and a matchup with #4 seed Union Catholic. Kahlil Whitney added 17, Josh Pierre-Louis had 16 and Ahmad Robinson scored 12. Watch the highlights from Rahway High School: (2) Trenton Catholic 84 (7) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 63 – Mercer County Tournament Quarterfinal Second seed Trenton Catholic advanced to the Mercer County Tournament semifinal round with an 86-63 victory over 7th seed West Windsor-Plainsboro North. The Iron Mike’s got ahead early and kept a hefty lead thanks to Butler University commit Khalif Battle, who finished the day with 40 points. TCA will look to get back to the Tournament Final after falling to eventual Group 3 State Champs Nottingham, but first they’ll take on Notre Dame. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Trenton Catholic and West Windsor-Plainsboro North coverage! #4 Manasquan 61 #12 Red Bank Regional 58 – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinal The Manasquan Warriors defeated the Red Bank Regional Bucs in overtime during the Girls Shore Conference Quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon. The Bucs made a comeback in the second half. RBR’s Meghan Murray scored a 3-pointer in the last four seconds of regulation time, forcing the game into OT. Manasquan’s Faith Masonius scored two for the Warriors in OT, bringing the score to 60-58. Masonius scored the game-high of 27 points for the Warriors. Manasquan will take on SJV in the Semifinals on Feb. 18. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Sponsor! Thank you to Ryser’s Landscape Supply for sponsoring JSZ’s coverage of Red Bank Regional!
Roselle Catholic holds on to take down Patrick School for second time!
Roselle Catholic 48 Patrick School 42 The current second ranked team in New Jersey, Roselle Catholic picked up its third straight win with a 48-42 victory over fellow Top 20 opponent, The Patrick School. It was second time the Lions took down TPS this season, their first matchup ended 42-41 in favor of RC. This time around the Celtics were able to hold University of Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney to just 12 points but it was the play of future UNLV Runnin’ Rebel, Josh Pierre-Louis in the second half that would be the difference maker. Roselle Catholic with this win on Senior Night improve to 20-2 on the year. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call:
Watch Saturday 2.2 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Conference tournaments are right around the corner! JSZ has Saturday hoops from around the state including the Roselle Catholic boys and girls squads in action, CBA and RBC battle for the Founders Cup and a tight matchup between Paul VI and Trenton Catholic. Roselle Catholic 56 St. Mary’s (Eliz.) 51 – Boys Basketball Roselle Catholic went on a clutch 9-0 in the final minutes against St. Mary’s (Eliz.) to secure yet another hard-fought win this season. The Lions were paced by Kahlil Whitney (23 points) and Cliff Omoruyi (10 points), but it was Josh Pierre-Louis who helped lead Roselle Catholic after being taken out of the game earlier with back and wrist injuries. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from the Tom Richel Memorial HoopFest: Paul VI 81 Trenton Catholic 77 – Boys Basketball No. 15 in the current NJ Top 20, Paul VI picked up their eighth consecutive win with an 81-77 victory over Trenton Catholic. Despite the Iron Mike’s having an eight game win streak coming in PVI was able to hold off TCA and Bulter University commit Khalif Battle. With a two point lead in the closing seconds Hantrel Haye came up with a game ending block against Battle. Haye finished the day with 24 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Trenton Catholic is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! CBA 61 RBC 39 – Boys Basketball The Colts got 20 points from Stephen Braunstein and a 17 point 11 rebound effort from Josh Cohen to retain the Founders Cup for a third straight year. CBA busted open a one point lead at the end of one quarter to a 26-16 halftime advantage and poured it on in the second half to improve to 16-3 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from Lincroft: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Playa Bowls of Red Bank Roselle Catholic 48 Notre Dame 41 – Girls Basketball The Roselle Catholic Girls Basketball team defeated Notre Dame on Saturday morning, improving their overall record to 10-6 for the season. Jenissa Encarnacion scored the game-high 18 points for the Lions. Taniya Hanner scored the second highest number of points with 17. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the full highlights from Roselle: Sponsor! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Notre Dame is made possible by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates!
Ranney Hoops Gets Revenge, Dismantles Roselle Catholic
Ranney had to wait over 10 months to get their hands back on Roselle Catholic. And it seemed it was well worth the wait. Ranney dismantled the Lions, 61-49, to get revenge from the Non-Public “B” loss dealt by Roselle Catholic last season, before a sold-out crowd at the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College. Villanova-commit Bryan Antoine led the way with 25 points in the win and also received MVP honors. Florida-commit Scottie Lewis was largely held in check but fell just short of a double-double with 8 points and 10 rebounds. The X-Factor, though, was junior Phil Wheeler, who scored 10 points, gathered 12 rebounds and dominated the paint in the 2nd half to help secure Ranney’s win. Roselle Catholic’s Kahlil Whitney, a Kentucky commit, scored 15 points and UNLV commit chipped in 13. Highly-touted junior prospect Cliff Omoruyi accounted for a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, largely coming in the first half. It was one of the most anticipated regular season games in recent memory, considering three McDonald’s All-Americans (Whitney, Antoine and Lewis) suited up to play. Kentucky coach John Calipari was even in attendance to watch the spectacle. JSZ’s Jay Cook and Rich Chrampanis have the extensive highlights and coverage from Lincroft:
Watch Sunday 1.27 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you basketball coverage from 1.27. Check back in as we continue to post games from: No. 12 Camden vs. No. 2 Roselle Catholic, Gill St. Bernard’s vs. Ranney, No. 3 St. John Vianney vs. No. 2 Saddle River Day (Girls) and more! Gill St. Bernard’s 62 Ranney 60 – Boys Basketball Connor Murphy had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Paul Mulcahy’s two free throws in the final minute proved to be the difference in an epic battle that saw the Knights knock off NJ’s top ranked team. GSB raced out to a 24-8 lead, but Ranney rallied and an Alex Klatsky half court shot made it a 32-27 Knights lead at the half. Ahmadu Sarnor in his first game this season tied the game at 60 on a driving layup, but Phil Wheeler missed the front end of a one and one with 3 seconds left to give GSB the win. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a thriller at the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational at Kean University: Roselle Catholic 97 Camden 66 – Boys Basketball Kahlil Whitney (32 points) and Josh Pierre-Louis (30 points) both post career highs as the Lions put on a dominating effort against the #12 ranked team in the state. Cliff Omoruyi added 16 points on a dazzling dunk display. JSZ has the highlights from Kean University: St. John Vianney 67 Saddle River Day 56 – Girls Basketball Senior Sajada Bonner was the driving force St. John Vianney needed to topple a stacked Saddle River Day lineup. Bonner led SJV with 26 points in a decisive win in a battle between two of the top three teams in the Garden State. The Lancers also employed stifling defense all game long. Michelle Sidor led Saddle River Day with 19 points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Holmdel high School at the Coaches Choice USA Showcase: St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) 74 West Side 58 – Boys Basketball No. 11 in the current NJ Top 20, St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) knocked off No. 8 Newark Westside with a 74-58 upset victory at Kean University on Sunday afternoon. After trailing by two points to close out the first quarter, the Hilltoppers awoke thanks to a scoring frenzy by Izaiah Robinson to lead 37-22 at halftime. Robinson would finish with 22 points and 5 assists while Phil Brown contributed 15 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Manasquan 60 Patrick School 32 – Girls Basketball Lola Mullaney and Faith Masonius left no doubt Sunday afternoon in Holmdel as Manasquan’s dynamic duo each notched double-doubles and combined for 45 points and 23 rebounds in a blowout win against Patrick School. Mullaney had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Masonius scored 19 and grabbed 11 boards. Manasquan is 13-3 on the season and has a huge rematch Friday night against St. Rose. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Holmdel high School at the Coaches Choice USA Showcase:
Watch Friday 1.25 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Grab a seat and enjoy some serious Friday night basketball highlights! Jersey Sports Zone has coverage from Roselle Catholic’s nail-biting win against Gill St. Bernard’s, All-American Diamond Miller’s next career achievement and a CVC battle between the West Windsor-Plainsboro high schools. Enjoy! Roselle Catholic 48 Gill St. Bernard’s 47 – Boys Basketball Chalk this one up as a game-of-the-year nominee. After only scoring 16 points and trailing by double-digits at the half, Roselle Catholic (16-1) relied heavily on senior guard Colby Rogers as he hit a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining in regulation to cap off a come-from-behind win against Gill St. Bernard’s. Rogers dropped a game-high 24 points with five three-pointers to spark the comeback. Newly-minted McDonald’s All-American Kahlil Whitney was off but still managed to score 13 points. Gill St. Bernard’s led 26-16 at the half and was paced by junior forward Zach Martini, who dropped a monstrous 19-point, 17-rebound double-double. Rutgers commit Paul Mulcahy chipped in with eight points in the loss. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from the Friday nightcap to the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational: Franklin 73 Patrick School 50 – Girls Basketball One day after being selected as a McDonald’s All-American, Franklin’s Diamond Miller scored her 2,000th career point in a blowout win Friday night. Miller, a University of Maryland commit, scored a game-high 27 points in the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights plus Miller’s thoughts from the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational in Gladstone: West Windsor-Plainsboro North 53 West Windsor-Plainsboro South 40 – Boys Basketball West Windsor-Plainsboro North picked up its second win in a row with a 53-40 victory over Colonial Valley Conference and crosstown rival West Windsor-Plainsboro South. The Knights took a slim 18-15 lead at halftime but turned it on in the third quarter to eventually lead by as many as 20 points. Jaden Sands had 17 points for North. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our West Windsor-Plainsboro North and West Windsor-Plainsboro South coverage! Donovan Catholic 55 Manchester Township 45 – Boys Basketball Freshman Amari Petty sparked a 13-0 run late in the third quarter with six straight points to help Donovan Catholic won its third straight game. Matt Melon led the Griffins with 14 with Petty and Braeden Kunzman adding a dozen. JSZ has the highlights from Toms River:
Four NJ hoops players to play in McDonald’s All-American Game
New Jersey’s reputation as a basketball hotbed speaks for itself and the prestigious McDonald’s All-Amercan Game has taken notice. Three NJ boys and an NJ girl are heading to Atlanta to compete in the premiere All-Star game on March 27! JSZ has highlight reels of the newest McDonald’s All-Americans. The McDonald’s All-American high school basketball game has become one of the most prestigious invites a player can receive. With an alumni list littered with current and past NBA and WNBA superstars, there are just 24 spots reserved for the very best from high school basketball. For the second straight year, New Jersey has three selections for the boys game. The Ranney duo of Scottie Lewis (Florida) and Bryan Antoine (Villanova) were selected along with fellow five star recruit Kahlil Whitney (Kentucky) from Roselle Catholic. On the girls side, Franklin’s Diamond Miller (Maryland) is the lone representative from the Garden State. Lewis is part of the East roster, while Antoine and Whitney will play together on the West squad. Bryan Antoine – Ranney One of the best scorers in New Jersey hoops history, Antoine is currently closing in on becoming the Shore Conference’s all-time leading scorer. He is signed, sealed and delivered to play in Philadelphia for Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats. Scottie Lewis – Ranney The future Florida Gator has seen his already high profile skyrocket following a sensational 26 point performance on national television in Ranney’s 73-63 win over Federal Way (WA) in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield. Kahlil Whitney – Roselle Catholic Whitney is regarded across the board as a top-10 national player and the future Kentucky Wildcat has shown that the hype is real. Like Antoine and Lewis, Whitney is projected as a lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Precious Achiuwa, Monteverde (FL) – formerly Saint Benedict’s Prep In addition to the Ranney duo and Whitney, another player with New Jersey ties is on the McDonald’s All-American list. Precious Achiuwa, who played last season for St. Benedict’s Prep and is now at Monteverde in Florida will play on the East roster alongside Lewis in Atlanta. Achiuwa is one of the top uncommitted players in the class of 2019. Diamond Miller, Franklin The Maryland signee will represent New Jersey as the lone girls reprentative. A JSZ 2018 Player of the Year finalist, Diamond’s stellar resume is highlighted by playing for the US Under 16 women’s squad and leading Franklin to a Tournament of Champions title: Click HERE to see the full McDonald’s All-American Game rosters
Watch Thursday 1.17 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Thursday night basketball on JSZ features three games from around New Jersey. Nery Rodriguez has the highlights of Roselle Catholic’s one point win over the Patrick School, Rich Chrampanis brings us Don Bosco Prep’s two point win at Bergen Catholic and Mike Frankel has Gloucester Catholic winning a South Jersey battle over Woodstown Roselle Catholic 62 The Patrick School 61 In one of the must see matchups of the basketball season No. 1 Roselle Catholic remained undefeated on the year with a thrilling 62-61 win over No. 7 The Patrick School. Early on it was the Celtics leading RC, but the Lions thanks to University of Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney were able to take the lead late in the third quarter and then hold off TPS in the closing seconds of the fourth. Whitney had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Clemson commit Al-Amir Dawes finished with 19 points and 9 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Don Bosco Prep 56 Bergen Catholic 54 Kyle Maurer had 16 points including four first-half three-pointers to lead a Don Bosco barrage of ten long-range shots as the Ironmen make it four straight wins over their archrival. Myles Ruth added 12 points including an acrobatic putback in the 4th quarter. Don Bosco improves to 8-1 on the season. JSZ has the highlights from a sold-out gym in Ramsey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs Gloucester Catholic 71 Woodstown 62 Ryan Roney and Conor Regan combined for 43 points to give Gloucester Catholic its 10th win of the season. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance
Roselle Catholic moves to 12-0, Ranney suffers first loss at Empire Invitational
Two New Jersey basketball powers journeyed to the Bronx for the Empire Invitational. JSZ has the highlights of Roselle Catholic facing Stepinac in a matchup of last year’s top-ranked squads from NJ and NY in addition to Ranney’s battle against New England Prep school power Macduffie out of Massachusetts. MacDuffie 79 Ranney 75 Wake Forest signee Ismael Massoud scored 26 points and UConn pledge James Bouknight added 17 points and 11 rebounds to hand Ranney their first loss of the season. The Panthers were playing their second high profile game in the span of 24 hours after beating Bergen Catholic at the Hoop Group Showcase before turning right around to play in the Bronx. Bryan Antoine had 29 points and Scottie Lewis had 25. Antoine had a three-point attempt for the lead in the final seconds, but the shot was off the mark. JSZ has the highlights from a fantastic game at the Empire Invitational: Roselle Catholic 70 Stepinac 60 Kahlil Whitney scored 24 points and hauled down 11 rebounds to lead four Lions in double digits as Roselle Catholic gets to 12-0. RC got the win without Josh Pierre-Louis who missed the game due to injury. JSZ has the highlights of the NJ/NY top ranked battle from the Empire Invitational in the Bronx:
Watch Friday 1.11 JSZ Hoops Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you Friday night basketball highlights from across the Garden State, including a rebound win by Carteret and Roselle Catholic continuing its undefeated season. Roselle Catholic 61 St. Mary (Eliz.) 47 It’s time to dub Kahlil Whitney, Josh Pierre-Louis and Cliff Omoruyi as New Jersey’s most talented Big Three on the hardwood. All three players helped Roselle Catholic continue their undefeated season by a display of athletic dunks, earth-shattering blocks and magic trick shots. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Elizabeth: Carteret 76 South River 63 Following a close loss to crosstown rival Bishop Ahr, Carteret rebounded with a 76-63 divisional win over 7-2 South River. The Ramblers dominated early on taking a 40-25 lead at halftime and didn’t let up till the closing minutes of the fourth. Carteret snapped a 6 game win streak the Rams had coming into the matchup. Tim Ellis finished with 19 points while Starrell Hearns had 16 points and 19 rebounds. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Campozino restaurant for sponsoring both our Carteret and South River coverage!
Watch Thursday 1.3 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Rahway 49 Carteret 46 – Boys Basketball Rahway remained undefeated on the year with a nail biting 49-46 win over Carteret. After trailing by six to close out the first quarter, the Indians took a 23-21 lead at halftime. While still ahead by two with 4.5 seconds remaining Amari Thompson made a crucial steal to end the game as they improve to 6-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Campozino restaurant for sponsoring our Carteret coverage on JSZ! Roselle Catholic 82 Linden 44 – Boys Basketball Kahlil Whitney had 29 points as the Lions raced out to a 25-5 first quarter lead and never looked back on the way to a dominating win to reach 9-0. JSZ has the highlights from Roselle: Hillsborough 49 West Windsor-Plainsboro North 41 – Girls Basketball The Hillsborough Girls Basketball team won their fourth straight game on Thursday night, improving their overall record to 4-2. The Raiders had four players score eight points: Grace O’Connor, Olivia Gaspar, Peyton Quackenbush and Jill Stanton. JSZ’s Madison Bess has the highlights as well as post-game reactions: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Hillsborough and West Windsor-Plainsboro North coverage on JSZ!
Watch Tuesday 1.1 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Happy New Year, Jersey Sports Zone fans! What better way to kick off 2019 then with some basketball? JSZ has coverage of Roselle Catholic’s high-flying win over Montclair Immaculate, plus two upset wins from St. Joe’s (Mont.) and Bergen Catholic over state-ranked opponents. Stay tuned throughout the night for the highlights from the New Year’s Jump Off held at Don Bosco Tech Academy! Roselle Catholic 72 Montclair Immaculate 60 Kentucky-commit Kahlil Whitney and UNLV-commit Josh Pierre-Louis combined to score 43 in a dominant, explosive win over Montclair Immaculate Tuesday night. The Roselle Catholic Lions are playing fantastic basketball and now welcome another new piece to the lineup: 6-11 forward Cliff Omoyuri. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Paterson: Bergen Catholic 49 Gill St. Bernard’s 48 Zach Freemantle scored 11 points and hauled in 13 rebounds to help Bergen Catholic win the battle of unbeatens in Paterson. Gill St. Bernard’s had a 27-21 halftime lead, but the Crusaders built a 49-44 lead in the 4th quarter following a Matt Zona hoop and foul. The Knights had a chance to win at the buzzer, but Bergen Catholic’s made a strong defensive stand to win the game. JSZ has the highlights of this top five showdown at Don Bosco Tech: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs. They are the reason we could bring you this big Crusaders win on New Year’s Day! St. Joe-Montvale 61 Hudson Catholic 57 (OT) Nazir Williams scored a career-high 26 points including the go-ahead three-pointer in overtime to give the Green Knights the lead for good as St. Joe-Montvale upsets the #11 ranked team in the latest state polls. St. Joe rallied from six points down in the final three minutes to force overtime. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Don Bosco Tech
Watch Thursday 12.20 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Three games on the Thursday JSZ menu highlighted by an amazing comeback by St. Mary’s Elizabeth, a career night for Roselle Catholic’s Josh Pierre-Louis and the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs rained down threes against rival RBC! St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) 84 Trenton Catholic 72 In one of the best regular season games you’ll see all year a Top 20 matchup between No. 13 St. Mary’s (Elizabeth) and 15th ranked Trenton Catholic lives up to the hype. TCA leading for most of the game went ahead by 21 points to begin the fourth quarter. St. Mary’s slowly clawed their way back and in the closing seconds when trailing by two a missed free throw was recovered by Jay Solano and converted to tie the game which sent the Hilltoppers to overtime. However, one extra quarter wasn’t enough between these two as St. Mary’s would have to pull away in the second overtime. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage! Rumson-Fair Haven 67 Red Bank Catholic 41 Jackson McCarthy had 33 points and 14 rebounds and Ian O’Connor had a monster double-double of his own with 20 points and 17 boards as RFH bounces back from a loss to Manasquan with a big rivalry win at home. JSZ has the highlights from a dazzling shooting display from three-point range: Two great sponsors are the reason we can bring you highlights from RFH and RBC. Thanks to Playa Bowls and Gold Coast Cadillac for their support of Jersey Sports Zone Roselle Catholic 69 Union 59 Josh Pierre-Louis scored a career high 25 points as the Lions improved to 4-0 despite not having Kahlil Whitney in the lineup. Whitney suffered an injury during Roselle Catholic’s win at the Barclays Center in the Kyrie Irving Invitational. JSZ has the highlights of Pierre-Louis and company from Thursday afternoon in Roselle:
Watch JSZ 12.14 Opening Night Hoops Highlights
It’s opening night of high school basketball in New Jersey! JSZ brings you four games of action from around the state highlighted by this year’s top two ranked boys teams: Ranney and Roselle Catholic! We also have Rumson-Fair Haven’s opening road win at Monmouth Regional and an impressive first game for Paul Mulcahy and Gill St. Bernards Roselle Catholic 74 Trenton Catholic 53 The reigning Tournament of Champion winners, Roselle Catholic might not be ranked as the No. 1 team in the state, but gave a statement with their opening night 74-53 win over No. 15 Trenton Catholic. University of Kentucky commit Kahlil Whitney and UNLV bound Josh Pierre-Louis put on a high-flying frenzy of what we can expect from the two in their collegiate careers. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage. We look forward to bringing you more Iron Mike athletics year-round! Ranney 84 West Nottingham Academy (Md.) 72 Bryan Antoine scored 36 points and Scottie Lewis nearly had a triple-double with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists as the Panthers open the 2018-19 season with a quality win against the prep school out of Maryland. Alex Klatsky had 16 points and freshman Elijah Perkins poured in 13 in his varsity debut. JSZ has highlights from the Panthers season opener in Tinton Falls: Rumson-Fair Haven 66 Monmouth Regional 43 Ian O’Connor had 25 points and 17 rebounds and Jackson McCarthy added 17 points and 13 boards as RFH busted open a three point halftime lead to score a convincing Shore Conference “A” Central road win. JSZ has the highlights from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Monmouth Regional is made possible by Monmouth Building Center in Shrewsbury Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by Gold Coast Cadillac Gill St. Bernard’s 86 Hillsborough 43 Future Rutgers Scarlet Knight Paul Mulcahy started his senior season with a 25 point effort as the Blue Knights cruised on the road. JSZ has highlights of GSB’s season opener: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates
Roselle Catholic’s Pierre-Louis is Vegas bound
Roselle Catholic guard Josh Pierre-Louis has given a verbal commitment to play Division I basketball for the UNLV Runnin Rebels. Watch his JSZ highlight reel from his junior season that saw him run the floor for New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions winner Pierre-Louis averaged 8.8 points and 2 points per game for the Lions playing alongside Naz Reid (LSU), Alanzo Frink (South Carolina), Ithiel Horton (Delaware) and Kahlil Whitney (Kentucky). Whitney and Pierre-Louis are back for their senior season at Roselle Catholic as they look to defend their T of C title. The Roselle Catholic point guard chose UNLV over Georgia and Oklahoma State. Adam Zagoria of Zags Blog was the first to report the commitment: pic.twitter.com/fQjDAllbPo — Josh Pierre-Louis (@mvojet1) September 9, 2018
Kahlil Whitney commits to Kentucky
One of New Jersey’s mega-recruits from the class of 2019 has made his choice. Roselle Catholic forward Kahlil Whitney has given a verbal commitment to play in the SEC for coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Whitney chose the Wildcats over Illinois, Oregon and Georgetown. Whitney was part of a Roselle Catholic squad that won New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions. Watch Jersey Sports Zone’s junior year mix-tape of the newest member of Big Blue Nation:
Former Roselle Catholic Star Isaiah Briscoe Signs with Orlando Magic
It’s been three years since Isaiah Briscoe was terrorizing Union County competition guiding Roselle Catholic to a State Championship and scoring over 2,000 career points along the way. Those three years have been quite the journey for the 6 foot 3 point guard. Two seasons playing under John Calipari at The University of Kentucky saw Briscoe average 12.5 points and 4.5 assists per game, while going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft. Following brief stints with the Sixers and Blazers in the 2017 Pre-Season, Briscoe was waived by the NBA. The No. 1 Ranked Point Guard in the Class of 2015 found himself playing professionally in Estonia, where it seems his career has taken a turn for the best. At 22 years old, Briscoe averaged 18.5 PPG while leading BC Kalev/Cramo to a League Championship in 2017-18. Isaiah was also named Russian Young Player of the Year, and MVP of the Estonia All-Star Game after scoring 50 points. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported on Thursday that Briscoe is back on the NBA scene and has signed a deal with The Orlando Magic. The move shows the confidence the Magic have in Briscoe’s ability as Orlando’s Summer League session has yet to begin, which is set to tip off Friday in Las Vegas, Nevada. Free agent guard Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a deal with the Orlando Magic, league sources tell ESPN. Briscoe, 22, impressed in a team mini-camp recently. He worked way back onto NBA radar after an outstanding season in Estonia. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 5, 2018 Watch Highlights of Isaiah Briscoe’s High School Days at Roselle Catholic! Former @RC_Basketball Star Isaiah Briscoe has Signed a Deal with The Orlando Magic! 💫 Watch High School Highlights of @ZayBriscoe & Read the Story on JSZ: https://t.co/w7st273Fpo #njhoops pic.twitter.com/49WNML4r1T — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) July 5, 2018
JSZ Year in Review: Top 10 Boys Basketball Games from 2017-18
Jersey Sports Zone’s high school basketball coverage produced hundreds of thousands of views during the 2017-18 season. It’s no surprise to see the elite teams from New Jersey dominate our top 10 most watched games. Look back on an amazing season and check out our top dunks from this past season and our profiles of the top talent honored at the JSZ basketball banquet #10: Ranney 59 Mater Dei Prep 45 Junior guard Scottie Lewis led the Panthers with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career, as The Ranney School captured a 59-45 win over their arch rival Mater Dei Prep. Savior Akuwovo chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 2 blocks for Ranney, as Kenny Jones and Alexander Rice scored 12 points each for the Seraphs in the loss. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from Ranney vs Mater Dei, including Scottie Lewis’ 1,000th point. #9: Montclair Immaculate 60 Hudson Catholic 49 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North State Playoffs Only in the world of Non-Public B North could a team with multiple division-1 prospects be considered an underdog story, but that’s exactly what Montclair Immaculate has become. After defeated the defending TOC Champions Patrick School in the opening round, The Lions then traveled to Jersey City and took down the star-studded lineup of Hudson Catholic. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 13 of his 18 points in the 2nd Half, and Zion Bethea added a game-high 21, as Montclair Immaculate shocked the state with a 60-49 win. #8: Roselle Catholic 65 Linden 45 Naz Reid celebrated being named a McDonald’s All-American with a 10 point, 19 rebound performance as the Lions snapped a three-game losing streak to Linden. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo was there to capture one of the great rivalries in NJ high school hoops: #7: Ranney 71 Trenton Catholic 56 – Non-Public “B” South Finals Ranney’s electric Class of 2019 duo Bryan Antoine (30 points) and Scottie Lewis(20 points) combined for 50 points and 17 rebounds as The Panthers made history, capturing their 1st ever Sectional Title. The 71-56 win over Trenton Catholic is the 2nd historic victory of the season for Ranney, after bringing home their 1st ever Shore Conference Tournament Championship in February. #6: Hudson Catholic 83 Archbishop Malloy 64 – SNY Invitational Jahvon Quinerly had one of the most electrifying performances of his high school career dropping 37 points at the SNY Invitational in Harlem. Luther Muhammad added 23. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo went across state lines for the highlights of a tremendous showcase game: #5: Roselle Catholic 57 Gill St. Bernards 40 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Finals Roselle Catholic has not so quietly become New Jersey’s premier boys basketball program in recent years. On Thursday night at Rutgers, the Lions added yet another sectional title to an impressive trophy case with a 57-40 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior Kahlil Whitney scored a game-high 19 points in the win, including the 1,000th of his career while Paul Mulcahy scored 15 in the loss for the Knights. #4: Roselle Catholic 75 Ranney 49 – Jersey Shore Challenge At Brookdale Community College, Naz Reid scored his 1000th career point and the Lions dominated a depleted Ranney squad at the Jersey Shore Challenge. Ranney played without Scottie Lewis, who was hampered by an ankle injury. It was the first of two meetings between these two teams (see #1 for our game of the year!) #3: Roselle Catholic 61 Don Bosco Prep 54 – Tournament of Champions Final Naz Reid closed out his high school career with 22 points as the Lions held off Don Bosco Prep to claim their third T of C title. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from the final game of the 2017-18 season: #2: Roselle Catholic 92 Montclair Immaculate 63 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” North Playoffs Montclair Immaculate’s amazing run through the Non-Public B North playoffs came to a halt on Saturday thanks to New Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team. Roselle Catholic used a high flying aerial attack and hellacious defense to shut down Montclair Immaculate, and advance to the sectional championship on Wednesday at Rutgers University. Khalil Whitney poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Joshua Pierre-Louis added 18. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 20 in the loss for Immaculate. #1: Roselle Catholic 63 Ranney 61 – NJSIAA Non-Public “B” State Championship Naz Reid blocked a game-winning shot attempt and raced up the floor to slam down an alley-oop pass from Ithiel Horton with under 10 seconds left to give the Lions a state championship. Roselle Catholic overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter in an amazing come from behind win. Reid finished the game with 22 points and 9 rebounds and led the comeback in crunch time. Ranney played inspired basketball against New Jersey’s #1 ranked team. The Panthers had four players in double digits led by Ahmadu Sarnor’s 16 points. Scottie Lewis had 12 points, 9 rebounds + 8 assists. This game was an instant classic! JSZ has multiple angles of the play that won the state title and a full breakdown along with post-game reaction in Toms River: Naz Reid Named JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone for 2018 Jersey Sports Zone capped off the season with a celebration of the best players across the state. CLICK HERE for full coverage of the JSZ Basketball Banquet including profiles of our Player of the Year finalists and highlights of every player honored at the event. JSZ Dunks of the Year!!! Thanks to the hoopsters from every part of the state for giving us countless highlights and memories. Our Dunks of the Year reel shows why New Jersey high school basketball has a stellar reputation across the country
Roselle Catholic’s Whitney Climbs Recruiting Rankings After Breakout Year – Watch Highlights
Kahlil Whitney made the move from Chicago, Illinois to Roselle, New Jersey in 2016, and it has been a steady ascent to the top of the recruiting rankings ever since. The 6 foot 6 small forward entered his first season with the Lions as a raw but extremely athletic sophomore in 2016-2017, wowing crowds and showing signs of what would come in the future. As a junior in 2018, Whitney took his game to another level, adding an accurate outside jumper to go along with an already established finishing ability at the rim. After a junior season that saw Whitney guide Roselle Catholic to a Union County, Non-Public B, and TOC Title, Kahlil has become one of New Jersey and America’s top prospects in the class of 2019. Rising to No. 14 overall in the National Rankings and garnering 5-Star status according to The ESPN Top 100. With recruiting ramping up this summer before a big senior season at Roselle Catholic, Kahlil currently holds offers from over 20 Division-1 schools including the likes of; Kansas, Syracuse, Florida, and Illinois. Watch Full Highlights and The Top 5 Dunks from Kahlil Whitney’s Junior Season at Roselle Catholic High School! Top 5 Dunks from @KahlilWhitney’s Junior Year with @RC_Basketball! pic.twitter.com/ZUAlBTC04K — Jersey Sports Zone (@JSZ_Sports) June 27, 2018
Mabrey, Reid grab top honors at JSZ Basketball Banquet
Lights, Camera, Action! Before the big night begins we caught up with our Player of the Year finalists, the best dressed and get answers to burning questions from the best in the garden state. Check out post-banquet interviews with some of our All-State Stars and coaches, as well as, highlights from the first ever JSZ All-State Basketball Banquet: Dara Mabrey wins JSZ 2018 Miss Hoop Zone Manasquan’s Dara Mabrey led her team to a triple title: Shore Conference, state and Tournament of Champions winner. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo chronicles an amazing senior season: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Dara MabreyManasquan276294 Diamond MillerFranklin212838 Faith MasoniusManasquan27626 Tori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven18726 Leilani CorreaRutgers Prep41418 Michelle SidorSaddle River Day22313 Mikayla MarkhamSaint Rose1127 Lucy ThomasSaint Rose0146 Kylee WatsonMainland1014 Danielle RobinsonUniversity0011 A special thanks to the coaches and statewide media who vote for Miss Hoop Zone Coaches: Piscataway, Red Bank Regional, Mendham, Waldwick, Holmdel, Cherokee, Pascack Valley, Gloucester Catholic, Point Pleasant Beach, Southern Regional, Saint John Vianney, Barnegat, Ocean Township, Mater Dei Prep, RBC, Middletown South, Delaware Valley, Somerville, Hunterdon Central, Bernards, Patrick School, Bishop Ahr, Passaic, Allentown, Hopewell Valley, Trenton Catholic, Franklin, Steinert, Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown South Media: Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press, B. Gould, NJ.com, Jason Bernstein, NJ.com, GThing Basketball, Rich Chrampanis, JSZ, Alex Lorenzo, JSZ, Jay Cook, JSZ, Gregg Lerner, Shore Sports Network Meet JSZ’s Miss Hoop Zone Finalists! Three outstanding players with bright futures ahead of them Naz Reid wins JSZ 2018 Mister Hoop Zone Roselle Catholic’s Naz Reid has claimed JSZ’s Player of the Year honor. The future LSU Tiger led the Lions to the Tournament of Champions title with spectacular play in March. Learn more about a future star in college basketball and beyond: Name High School 1st 2nd 3rd Total Naz ReidRoselle Catholic149565 Jahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic7141059 Jalen CareyMontclair Immaculate45931 Ron Harper, Jr.Bergen Catholic61323 Bryan AntoineRanney60321 Scottie LewisRanney24519 Tavon JonesLinden24115 Paul MulcahyGill St. Bernards1218 Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic City1003 Dean Noll Shawnee0113 Thanks to the coaches and media who voted for our Mister Hoop Zone in 2018 Coaches: Union, Manasquan, Barnegat, Bergen Catholic, Delsea, Newark East Side, Watchung Hills, Roselle Catholic, Bishop Ahr, Matawan, Middletown North, Rumson-Fair Haven, Somerville, Don Bosco Prep, Bloomfield, Verona, Ranney, Hun School, West Milford, Central Regional, Montclair, Linden, River Dell, Notre Dame, Camden Catholic, Hopewell Valley, Saint Peter’s Prep, Media: Adam Zagoria, Sherlong Christie – Asbury Park Press, Jay Gomes, R. Greco, Coast to Coast, Dave’s Joint, Nj.Com, Rich Chrampanis JSZ, Alex Lorenzo JSZ, Jay Cook JSZ Meet the other finalists for JSZ’s Mr. Hoop Zone – two players destined to do great things next year in college hoops! Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Girls Basketball Team! NameSchoolName SchoolNameSchool Alexis AdamsSouth BrunswickBridgett AndreeTrinity HallDara MabreyManasquan - 2018 JSZ Miss Hoop Zone Destiny AdamsManchester Twp.Brelynn BellamySt. John VianneyDiamond MillerFranklin - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Julia CunninghamWatchung HillsSajada BonnerSt. John VianneyTori HydukeRumson-Fair Haven - 2018 JSZ Miss HZ Finalist Alexandra GeorgeOld TappanMadison DoringSt. John VianneyFaith MasoniusManasquan - 2018 Miss HZ Finalist Camille GrayFranklinSarah KarpellSt. John Vianney Mya GrimesEwingMikayla MarkhamSaint Rose Nicole JohnsonEast BrunswickLovin MarsicanoSaint Rose Lindsey MackSecaucusLucy ThomasSaint Rose LaNiya MillerPiscatawayRose CaverlyRed Bank Catholic Lola MullaneyManasquanHayley MooreRed Bank Catholic Teresa OrtizUniversityKatie RiceRed Bank Catholic Danielle RobinsonUniversityLeilani CorreaRutgers Prep Kylee WatsonMainlandJahsyni KnightRutgers Prep Ryan WeiseAllentownMegan HornPingry Teresa WolakBridgewater-RaritanKaley RansomPingry Imani LewisLife Center Academy Jada Queen Trenton Catholic Kaela ReedTrenton Catholic Michelle SidorSaddle River Day Jaida PatrickSaddle River Day Sydney WatkinsSaddle River Day Meet the 2018 JSZ All-Zone Boys Basketball Team NameSchoolName SchoolName School Ray Bethea, Jr.Atlantic CityPrecious AchiuwaSt. Benedict's PrepLester QuinonesSt. Benedict's Prep Mike DePersiaHaddonfieldSavior AkuwovoRanneyAhmadu SarnorRanney Dylan DeveneyShawneeBryan AntoineRanneyBrendan ThieleSt. Peter's Prep Aaron EstradaWoodburyAl-Amir DawesPatrick SchoolAndre ToureSt. Benedict's Prep Kyion FlandersWildwoodCartier BowmanNotre DameKahlil WhitneyRoselle Catholic Danny FrauenheimPoint Pleasant BeachAaron ClarkePope JohnJustin WinstonMontclair-Immaculate Steve GeisWallMarc DadikaSt. Mary's-Rutherford Corey GreerCamdenMarcellus EarlingtonDon Bosco PrepNaz ReidRoselle Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. Hoop Zone Rob HigginsMiddletown NorthCaleb FieldsWildwood CatholicJahvon QuinerlyHudson Catholic - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Jahid JenkinsNewark East SideZach FreemantleBergen CatholicJalen CareyMontclair-Immaculate - 2018 JSZ Mr. HZ Finalist Darell JohnsonNottinghamAlanzo FrinkRoselle Catholic Tavon JonesLindenRon Harper, Jr. Bergen Catholic Cliff JosephNottinghamAlex ImegwuSeton Hall Prep Jared KimbroughNeptuneKenny JonesMater Dei Prep Chris MannPhillipsburgLouis KingHudson Catholic Dean NollShawneeScottie LewisRanney Ian O'ConnorRumson-Fair HavenValdir ManuelPatrick School BJ Saliba, Jr.HackensackAshton MillerSeton Hall Prep Atiba TaylorHackensackPaul MulcahyGill St. Bernards Myles ThompsonCamdenLuther MuhammadHudson Catholic 2018 JSZ Hoops Plays of the Year – thanks to everyone who voted!! 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Naz Reid Powers Roselle Catholic to 3rd TOC Title in 6 Years – Watch Highlights on JSZ
2018 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions Final Roselle Catholic – 61 Don Bosco Prep – 54 6 foot 11 senior Naz Reid took his game to a new level during Roselle Catholic’s 2018 State Playoff Run and it resulted in a third TOC Title for the Lions. The LSU bound forward scored 22 points, including a flurry of ferocious dunks to lead Roselle Catholic to a 61-54 win over Don Bosco Prep and the 2nd TOC Title of Reid’s career in Roselle. Alanzo Frink added 16 for the Lions, while Ron Harper Jr. scored a game high 33 in the final game of his career for Don Bosco. JSZ has highlights and post game reaction from the TOC Title Game in Trenton. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Roselle Catholic, Don Bosco to meet in T of C Finals
Roselle Catholic 75 Nottingham 62 Alanzo Frink scored 23 points and didn’t miss a single shot and Naz Reid added 20 points and 9 rebounds to get the Lions into the Tournament of Champions title game on Sunday in Trenton against Don Bosco Prep. Roselle Catholic fell behind 8-2 early, but turned up the offense to lead 21-11 after one. The Northstars made a number of surges to stay in the game and still trailed by only single digits in the fourth quarter. Darrell Johnson led the way for Nottingham with 18 points who finished the season with a 30-3 record. JSZ has the highlights of another batch of incredible highlights courtesy of New Jersey’s #1 ranked team: A special thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for supporting our Nottingham Northstars coverage during a special season. We’ll have many more Mercer County highlights this spring thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates! Don Bosco Prep 49 Shawnee 39 The duo of Marcellus Earlington and Ron Harper, Jr. has once again led the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen to victory. Harper, Jr. had 17 points and nine rebounds and Earlington had 12 points and 16 boards as Don Bosco was able to come back from a 20-8 deficit to open the game. Dean Noll was sensational for the Renegades with 24 points. Don Bosco Prep is back in the Tournament of Champions final for a second straight year. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River:
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Roselle Catholic 63 Ranney 61 – Non-Public “B” Boys State Championship Naz Reid blocked a game-winning shot attempt and raced up the floor to slam down an alley-oop pass from Ithiel Horton with under 10 seconds left to give the Lions a state championship. Roselle Catholic overcame a seven-point deficit with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter in an amazing come from behind win. Reid finished the game with 22 points and 9 rebounds and led the comeback in crunch time. Ranney played inspired basketball against New Jersey’s #1 ranked team. The Panthers had four players in double digits led by Ahmadu Sarnor’s 16 points. Scottie Lewis had 12 points, 9 rebounds + 8 assists. This game was an instant classic! JSZ has multiple angles of the play that won the state title and a full breakdown along with post-game reaction in Toms River: Jersey Sports Zone’s state basketball playoff coverage is made possible thanks to the support of RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training is where the Shore Conference’s top athletes train to get ready for their season. New York Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and Eagles Super Bowl champ Vinny Curry are just two of the many who had incredible success thanks to the foundation set by coach Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff! Don Bosco Prep 61 Camden Catholic 54 – Non-Public “A” Boys State Championship Marcellus Earlington had 24 points and 12 rebounds as Don Bosco Prep held off a fourth quarter rally from to make it back to back state titles. JSZ has highlights of Earlington’s inside-outside prowess and all the action from RJW Barnabas Arena in Toms River: Saint Rose 53 IHA 39 – Non-Public “A” Girls State Championship Ariana Dalia led a balanced attack with 11 points as the Purple Roses used smothering defense to win the Non-Public “A” Girls State Championship. Leading 22-15 at the half, Saint Rose used a 15-8 third quarter to bust the game open. JSZ has highlights and post-game reaction from Toms River: Saddle River Day 73 Rutgers Prep 49 – Non-Public “B” Girls State Championship Saddle River Day jumped out to an early start in the first quarter with a 10-2 lead and ran the table from there. Star point guard, Michelle Sidor set the tone with 28 points and six assists, leading her team to a 73-49 victory over the Argonauts. Check out full highlights and a post-game interview with Sidor now:
Watch State Playoff Hoop Highlights from March 8th on JSZ
Roselle Catholic – 57 Gill St. Bernard’s – 40 | Non-Public B North Final Roselle Catholic has not so quietly become New Jersey’s premier boys basketball program in recent years. On thursday night at Rutgers, the lions added yet another sectional title to an impressive trophy case with a 57-40 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior Kahlil Whitney scored a game high 19 points in the win, including the 1,000th of his career while Paul Mulcahy scored 15 in the loss for the Knights. Up next for Roselle Catholic will be a mega-showdown with The Ranney School for The Non-Public B State Championship. Don Bosco Prep 60 St. Peter’s Prep 59 (2OT) – Non-Public “A” Boys North Sectional Final A double OT thriller! Don Bosco leads almost all of regulation, but in the fourth quarter St. Peter’s Prep pulls out the big guns. Mark Walker with an outstanding offensive push and Shayne Simon nailing clutch foul shots almost wins the game for the Marauders. But Matt Herasme is the day’s hero. He hits a clutch three and nails two foul shots with .6 seconds left on the clock to take home the “W” for Don Bosco. Full highlights now available. Nottingham 77 Delsea 70 – Boys Group 3 Semifinals Nottingham sure does know how to raise the blood pressure of their fans. In Thursday night’s Group 3 State Tournament Semifinal against the southern champions Delsea, the Northstars took a commanding 25 point lead at half time. However, that lead would be demolished in the fourth quarter as the Crusaders would claw their way back to be down by two with under a minute remaining. In the closing seconds Nottingham saw the heroics of seniors Darell Johnson and Cliff Joseph that would knock down free throws to help the Northstars escape an epic come back. Nottingham advances to the Group 3 Final to face Chatham or Demarest on 3/11 at Rutgers University. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthpaedic Associates for sponsoring our Nottingham coverage on JSZ! Haddonfield 43 Rumson-Fair Haven 39 – Group 2 Boys Semifinals Dan Fleming had 10 points and 6 rebounds including the go-ahead three-pointer with just over a minute to go to lead Haddonfield to the RAC and the Group 2 state finals. Ian O’Connor led RFH with 19 points and gave RFH a 39-37 lead with 1:46 to go. Fleming’s answered with a triple with 1:06 remaining. After a stop by Haddonfield, RFH fouled multiple times in the final seconds to get Mike DePersia to the line with five seconds remaining. DePersia missed the front end of a one-and-one, but grabbed the rebound and sank two free throws to put the game away. Watch the highlights and post-game reaction from a fantastic game at RJW Barnabas Arena in Toms River: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch Saint Rose 73 Red Bank Catholic 59 – Non-Public “A” South Girls Final Lucy Thomas had 22 points to lead four Purple Roses in double digits as Saint Rose reaches the Non-Public “A” state championship by knocking off the defending champs. Saint Rose opened the game with a 10-0 run and had a 37-20 halftime lead sparked by four Lauren Lithgow three-pointers. RBC had a fantastic third quarter as Rose Caverly led a comeback charge. Caverly scored 24 points as the lead whittled down from 17 to 5, but Saint Rose would never give up the lead. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Long Branch High School: Jersey Sports Zone’s state basketball playoff coverage is made possible thanks to the support of RYPT. Reach Your Potential Training is where the Shore Conference’s top athletes train to get ready for their season. New York Mets 3rd baseman Todd Frazier and Eagles Super Bowl champ Vinny Curry are just two of the many who had incredible success thanks to the foundation set by coach Bobby Smith and the RYPT staff! A special thanks to Playa Bowls of Red Bank for making our RBC Caseys coverage possible all year long Camden Catholic 44 St. Joseph (Metuchen) 39 Non-Public A South Final It’s been almost ten years since No. 18 in the NJ Top 20 Camden Catholic won the Non-Public South A Title. The Irish came out blazing against third seed St. Joe’s (Metuchen) to take a 10-5 at the end of the first. Camden Catholic would control most of the match until the fourth when St. Joe’s creeped within two with under three minutes to play. However, Dom Dunn would help the Irish take the 44-39 victory thanks to some clutch free throw shooting in the final seconds of the fourth. Camden Catholic will take on Non- Public North A Champs Don Bosco at the Pine Belt arena in Toms River on Saturday 3/10. Check out the highlights:
Watch State Playoff Hoop Highlights from March 3rd on JSZ
JSZ will be posting highlights from around the state throughout the night – check back in for great hoops highlights! Roselle Catholic – 92 Montclair Immaculate – 63 | Non-Public B North Semi-Finals Montclair Immaculate’s amazing run through the Non-Public B North playoffs came to a halt on Saturday thanks to New Jersey’s No. 1 ranked team. Roselle Catholic used a high flying aerial attack and hellacious defense to shut down Montclair Immaculate, and advance to the sectional championship on Wednesday at Rutgers University where they’ll take on Gill St. Bernard’s. Khalil Whitney poured in 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Joshua Pierre-Louis added 18. Syracuse bound Jalen Carey scored 20 in the loss for Immaculate. Ranney 77 Mater Dei 60 – Non-Public “B” South Boys Semifinal Bryan Antoine scored 31 points to lead Ranney to a fourth consecutive win over their Shore Conference rival. Ranney will face Trenton Catholic on Tuesday at Jackson Liberty. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Tinton Falls: JSZ’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by Gold Coast Cadillac Rumson-Fair Haven 59 Bordentown 49 – Central Jersey Group 2 Boys Semifinal Phillip Wheeler broke a 44-44 tie with a thunderous putback slam to spark a 10-0 run in the final three minutes of the 4th quarter to lead RFH back to the Central Jersey Group 2 finals. Ian O’Connor had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the RFH scoring and Elijah McAllister had 4 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists and 7 blocked shots. Bordentown trailed 29-18 in the second quarter before scoring 15 straight points into the third quarter to take a 34-29 lead. Rumson-Fair Haven rallied behind Wheeler (10 points and 8 rebounds) and key three-pointers by Teddy Sourlis (12 points). RFH will host Carteret on Monday in the Central Jersey Group 2 finals. Watch the highlights from a thriller in Rumson: Jersey Sports Zone gets all the great moments from RFH sports thanks to the support of ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch Trenton 70 Hightstown 56 – Central Group 4 Boys Semifinal It was the third meeting between seventh seed Trenton and fifth seed Hightstown this season. With both teams splitting the match up this season the rubber match would not only give bragging rights but the winner would head to the Central Group 4 Final. Despite being an underdog Trenton came out of the gate fired up as the Tornadoes took a 18-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Captain Ji’Ayir Brown was the spark plug and helped put his team up 38-20 at halftime. Brown would have 18 points, 12 rebounds, 7 steals and 2 assists in the 70-56 victory to send Trenton to the Central Group 4 Championship on 3/5 to face top seed Colts Neck. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton and Hightstown coverage on JSZ! Lower Cape May 59 Barnegat 44 – South Jersey Group 2 Boys Semifinals Khamar Matthews scored on a putback to beat the buzzer to force overtime and Lower Cape May outscored the Bengals 15-0 in OT to advance to the South Jersey Group 2 finals and a matchup with Haddonfield. Martin Angelov and Pat Holden scored 24 each for the Tigers. Carson Francisco led Barnegat with 14. The Bengals season comes to an end with an outstanding 22-7 record. Watch the highlights from South Jersey – thanks to the Cape May Herald for the highlights! JSZ’s coverage of Barnegat Basketball was made possible this season thanks to the support of BSR Physical Therapy Franklin 65 Bridgewater-Raritan 32 – North 2 Group 4 Girls Semifinal No. 1 seed Bridgewater-Raritan Panthers was knocked out of the North 2 Group 4 girls basketball state semifinal by the No. 6 seed Franklin. Diamond Miller dominated offensively once again scoring 21 points! Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Bridgewater-Rartian is brought to you by Princeton Ortho and Urgent Care. Thanks to our generous sponsors JSZ will bring you the best of Panther athletics all season long!! Thanks to BCB Bayshore for sponsoring our Keyport coverage on JSZ. You can look forward to more Red Raider moments all year round! Somerville 55 West Morris Central 39 – North 2 Group 3 Girls Semifinal Somerville took an early lead in the first, but in the 2nd West Morris Central scores 8 unanswered points to tie the game up. Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, in the second half Somerville’s Christina Cernuto turned it up a notch. Cernuto lead the scoring with 23 points and lead her team to this 55-39 victory. Full highlights now available: Bound Brook 69 Keyport 31 – Girls Central Jersey Group 1 Semifinals Looking to repeat as Central Group 1 champions, top seed Bound Brook got off to a hot start in the semifinal round against fourth seed Keyport to take a 17-4 lead at the end of the first. The Crusaders had an unstoppable attack from three to extend that lead to 36-10 going into halftime. Cortlyn Morris who tore her ACL in last year’s title game was able to help lead her team back to the Championship game with a 12 point game in the 69-31 win over the Red Raiders. Bound Brook will face second seed Middlesex on 3/5. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor!
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Roselle Catholic 68 The Patrick School 58 – Union County Boys Tournament Championship The final of the Union County Boys Tournament featured the number 10 team in the state and defending champs the second seed The Patrick School facing off with the number one team in the state and the top seed, Roselle Catholic. The Lions who were in search of their first ever UCT title fell behind early but were able to turn it on in the second half thanks to a 19 point performance from four star recruit Khalil Whitney to come away with a 68-58 victory. Watch the highlights and post game reaction from Whitney, Ithiel Horton and Head Coach Dave Boff now: Ranney 52 Mater Dei Prep 28 – Shore Conference Boys Championship The Panthers raced out to a 10-0 lead and used incredible defense to stifle the two time defending Shore Conference champions. Ahmadu Sarnor led Ranney with 15 points and Scottie Lewis scored all 14 of his points in the first half. Bryan Antoine scored 10, as Ranney made it three straight wins over Mater Dei Prep this season. It’s Ranney’s first ever SCT crown. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University: JSZ’s coverage of Mater Dei Prep is made possible by Gold Coast Cadillac Manasquan 70 Saint John Vianney 52 – Shore Conference Girls Championship Dara Mabrey delivered a dominant 33 point performance and Faith Masonius had 21 points and 14 rebounds as Manasquan knocked off the #1 team in New Jersey in convincing fashion at Monmouth University. Mabrey had 17 in the first half and helped put the game away in the third quarter as the Warriors built a double-digit lead they never surrendered. Madison Doring had 17 and Sajada Bonner scored 15 for the Lancers, who suffered just their second loss of the season. Manasquan wins its fifth SCT and the Warriors were emotionally charged after pulling off the win. JSZ has highlights of a great game played in front of a capacity crowd: A special thanks to Paver Restoration and BCB-Bayshore for allowing us to capture great moments from Saint John Vianney all year long Hudson Catholic 62 Saint Peter’s Prep 52 – Hudson County Boys Championship Jahvon Quinerly scored 24 points to lead the Hawks to a 7th straight Hudson County title. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction from Jersey City: Lincoln 49 Secaucus 39 – Hudson County Girls Championship Alaisha Mumford scored 11 of her 22 points in the 4th quarter to lead Lincoln to its 4th Hudson County girls title. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the action and post-game reaction from Jersey City: Newark East Side 58 Montclair Immaculate 54 – Essex County Boys Championship Jahid Jenkins led a trio of Red Raiders in double digits with 19 points as Newark East Side repeated as Essex County Champs. Montclair Immaculate was seeking its first county title since 1961 and Jalen Carey’s 25 point effort nearly got them there. After Carey scored four straight points to tie the game at 52, East Side took the lead on a Shamir Jackson basket and never looked back. Watch the highlights from an exciting battle at Essex County College in Newark: Gill St. Bernard’s 56 Rutgers Prep 54 – Somerset County Boys Championship: Gill St. Bernard’s has reached the Somerset Tournament Final every year since 2015 and standout guard Paul Mulcahy says that’s because the Knights are simply the best team in the county. Not much to argue about that seeing as the Knights have also won the last four titles, including this year’s 2018 Somerset Championship after a nail-biting game with the Rutgers Prep Argonauts. Check out full highlights and a post-game interview with Mulcahy now: Franklin 66 Rutgers Prep 49 – Somerset County Girls Championship Two state powers battled in the Somerset County title game. Rutgers Prep came out hot thanks to an electric start by Leilani Correa and Andrea Gamboa; however, the Argonauts could not stop Franklin’s Diamond Miller. Miller led in scoring with 30 points as the Warriors won the 2018 Somerset County Title. Check out full highlights and post-game now:
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Don Bosco Prep – 61 Bergen Catholic – 59 A buzzer beating three-pointer by Bergen Catholic’s Matt Zona decided the first matchup between these two rivals earlier this season, and the 2nd meeting would go down to the wire once again. This time, Don Bosco Prep was able to avenge that loss and come away with a 61-59 win at home. Ron Harper Jr. battled the flu and scored 14 of his 16 points in a sensational 2nd half performance for the Ironmen. Marcellus Earlington added 15 in the win. Watch Highlights of Bosco – Bergen below! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Bergen Catholic is brought to you by Equinox Fitness Clubs. Equinox is the reason we can bring you great Crusaders highlights and features all year long No. 1 Roselle Catholic 70 No. 11 Linden 55 After an exciting 69-67 game against No. 5 Patrick School, No. 1 ranked Roselle Catholic and LSU commit Naz Reid were back in action Tuesday night to take on No. 11 Linden. The Lions were able to outscore Linden 20-7 in the opening quarter. In the second Roselle Catholic was unstoppable, playing good defense and rocking the rim to take a 42-26 lead at half time. RC would go on to winch match up 70-55 thanks to Khalil Whitney and Colby Rogers who both scored 13 points. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the call: Gill St. Bernards 97 Immaculata 62 Needless to say, the Immaculata Spartans were the underdogs in this matchup, seeing as the Gill St. Bernard’s Knight came into tonight 15-3. However, in the first period, the Spartans gave the Knights some trouble thanks to the offensive stylings of senior forward, Stephen Dwyer. In fact, the first quarter the score was only 22-15 Knights. Fortunately for Gill St. Bernard’s Alex Schachne was electric from the three point line contributing 27 points (6 3FGs), and Paul Mulcahy tacked on 22 more for the Knights 97-62 win over the Spartans. Full highlights now available: Bridgewater-Raritan 59 Hillsborough 45 Crosstown rivals, the Hillsborough Raiders and the Bridgewater-Rartian Panthers met tonight for an aggressive game between two long-term rivals. In the first, the Raiders tied the game up thanks to an offensive push by star guard Elissa Nsenkyire, but in the second half Jordyn Hawthorne, and last week’s game ball winner, Teresa Wolak, went off and each score 14 points for the Panthers. Bridgewater took this one 59-45, full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan and Hillsborough is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho JSZ can bring you the best Raider and Panther highlights all year long! Coverage of Bridgewater-Raritan is brought to you by Urgent Injury Care. Thanks to Urgent Care, Jersey Sports Zone will bring you the best of Panther athletics all season long! Camden 61 Camden Catholic 55 Corey Greer hit the 1000 point mark in his career to lead Camden to a road win against rival Camden Catholic. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights: Glassboro 83 Gloucester 36 Kyree Myers scored 17 points to lead four players in double digits as Glassboro improved to 15-3 on the season. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Jersey:
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Each week, JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo posts ten nominees from outstanding performances from boys and girls basketball in the Big North and GMC conferences. Voting is open now through Tuesday at 3:00 pm. The winner of the poll will get a JSZ Game Ball presented to them with their teammates. Boys Poll Take Our Poll Girls Poll Take Our Poll Coaches & Fans: You can nominate your top performer every week. Just drop a line to email@example.com no later than Saturday evening and we’ll nominate your player. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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Roselle Catholic – 75 Ranney School – 49 LSU Bound Naz Reid posted a double-double 14 points, 10 rebounds, and scored the 1,000th point of his high school career on Wednesday night at The Jersey Shore Challenge. Ithiel Horton led No. 1 Roselle Catholic with 19 points, and Kahlil Whitney added 17 as the top ranked Lions came away with a 75-49 win over The Ranney School, who was without starters Scottie Lewis (ankle) and Alex Klatsky (concussion). Watch Highlights of Roselle Catholic vs Ranney below! Rumson-Fair Haven 47 Red Bank Catholic 42 Sophomore Phillip Wheeler scored 11 points highlighted by a pair of thunderous dunks as RFH improved to 14-1 on the season. Six RFH players scored at least six points. RBC was led by Charlie Gordinier’s 11. JSZ has the highlights from Brookdale Community College at the Jersey Shore Challenge: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Red Bank Catholic is made possible by Playa Bowls of Red Bank. ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch is the reason we can bring you great RFH action all year long. Roselle Catholic 52 Rumson-Fair Haven 46 – Girls Taniya Hanner had 20 points and 11 rebounds to pace Roselle Catholic to a 52-46 upset win over #13 Rumson-Fair Haven at the Jersey Shore Challenge at Brookdale Community College. The Lions raced out to a 31-19 lead and got the state’s leading scorer, Tori Hyduke, in foul trouble with three fouls in the first half. But Hyduke would get going by scoring all 12 of RFH’s points in the third quarter. The Bulldogs got within three points in the fourth quarter but were never able to pull even. Watch the highlights of the start of a big day for Roselle Catholic in Lincroft: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is made possible by ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch South River 61 Dunellen 37 – Girls Wednesday’s Greater Middlesex Conference matchup between Dunellen and South River was headlined by the impressive play of Ashley Fisher who scored 20 points and 16 rebounds. She helped South River take a 15 point lead going into halftime. Fisher wasn’t alone though her counterpart Tara Beachum put on a dazzling 16 point performance as the duo helped lead South River to a 61-37 victory over the Destroyers. Rams are now 12-6 on the year and are sitting in the three spot of the standings for their conference. Watch the highlights now: Thank you to Campozino Restaurant for sponsoring our South River coverage! Barnegat 58 Middletown South 49 Alex Grogan led a balanced Barnegat scoring attack with 14 points and the Bengals used a 19-8 fourth quarter to score a quality road win. Cam Lenhard led all scorers with 15 points and his hot streak from three-point land in the third quarter helped Middletown South build a four-point advantage. Carson Francisco scored 13, Sean Morris added 10 and Mike Revello had 9 including a critical three-pointer in the final two minutes. Barnegat has now won 11 of its last 13 games and stands at 12-5 on the season. JSZ has highlights from a great back and forth game in Middletown: Thanks to Prown’s Windows & Doors in Middletown for allowing us to bring you great coverage of Middletown South sports all year long. JSZ’s coverage of Barnegat Basketball is made possible by BSR Physical Therapy Carson Francisco wins this week’s JSZ Shore Boys Game Ball! Following the Bengals road win at Middletown South, we presented Carson Francisco with this week’s Monmouth Building Center Game Ball. Thanks to everyone in Barnegat for voting! to Monmouth Building Center has been supporting athletes on the Jersey Shore for the past four years. Coming up on Friday, we’ll present a Monmouth Building Center Game Ball to Colts Neck’s Camryn Foltz.
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Red Bank Catholic 62 Manasquan 57 – Girls The Caseys got six key free throws in the final 1:30 to end a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors and knocking off New Jersey’s top-ranked girls basketball team. Freshman Sophia Sabino had 20 points to lead the way for RBC and Katie Rice added 15 points and 10 rebounds to go along with a gritty defensive effort. Dara Mabrey led all scorers with 29 points and Faith Masonius had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Manasquan, who lost for just the second time this season. JSZ has the highlights and post-game reaction from another great game from the Shore Conference: Playa Bowls in Red Bank is the reason we can bring you great moments from RBC sports all year long! Rumson-Fair Haven 56 Matawan 34 – Boys Elijah McAllister delivered a sensational triple-double: 10 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 blocked shots to help give RFH a 7th straight win. The Bulldogs opened the game scoring the first 14 points and led 14-2 at the end of one quarter. Jackson McCarthy led Rumson with 16 points and Ian O’Connor added 11. McAllister brought down the house with his defensive swats and a slam. Watch the highlights of RFH’s home win and a regular season sweep of the Huskies: JSZ’s coverage of Rumson-Fair Haven is brought to you by ServPro of Eatontown/Long Branch – thanks to ServPro for allowing us to capture great RFH action all year long! Roselle Catholic – 65 Linden – 45 Ithiel Horton led the way with 15 points, and senior Naz Reid added 10 Points & 19 Rebounds in Roselle Catholic’s 65-45 win over Linden. For Reid and this senior group, it was the 1st win at Phil Colicchio Court of their careers. Tavon Jones scored 18 in the loss for the Tigers. Watch Full Highlights of Roselle Catholic vs Linden below! Rutgers Prep 58 Gill St. Bernards 17 – Girls Rutgers Prep lead the Skyland Conference Delaware Division with an 10-2 overall record and a 6-0 in-conference coming into today’s game, and we saw why. Gill St. Bernards could not get their offense moving, and in fact, did not score until the final seconds of the first quarter. Rutgers Prep on the other hand, dominated offensively. Leilani Correa and Chiara Tibbitt both scored 11 points and the Argonauts took the game 58-17, getting their 11th win of the year. Check out full highlights coming up: Phillipsburg 58 Montgomery 38 – Boys Montgomery defeated Phillipsburg earlier this year in a nail-biter, 54-53; today Phillipsburg wanted redemption. In the first period, Chris Mann and Jayshawn Grant put on a show and get the Stateliners a 14-5 lead. That lead would grow and in the end P-Burg takes this one 58-38. Phillipsburg redeems themselves and get their 10th win of the year with playoffs right around the corner. Full highlights coming up: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of the Phillipsburg Stateliners is brought to you by the Garnet Booster Club.Thanks to the Garnet Booster Club of Phillipsburg High School, Jersey Sports Zone will bring you the best of P-Burg athletics all season long! Coverage of Montgomery is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. Thanks to Princeton Ortho JSZ can bring you the best Cougar highlights all year long!
NJ trio selected for McDonald’s All-American Game
The McDonald’s All-American basketball game has been a precursor to future stars of major college basketball and the NBA. With just 24 slots, being selected the game is a true honor for the best high school basketball players in America. New Jersey will have three players playing on the big stage. The Hudson Catholic duo of Louis King and Jahvon Quinerly were selected along with Roselle Catholic big man Nazreon Reid. While King and Quinerly are teammates for the top ranked Hawks, they will play on opposite rosters in the McDonald’s All-American game. King is on the East roster along with Reid, while Quinerly is on the west roster. King has signed with the University of Oregon and Reid is on his way to the SEC to play at LSU. Quinerly originally committed to Arizona, but is currently undecided. JSZ has highlight reels of all three McDonald’s All-Americans! Click here to see the entire McDonald’s All-American roster which includes Louis King’s future teammate at Oregon, 7-foot-2 Bol Bol. JSZ captured highlights of the nation’s #4 ranked recruit
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No. 1 Roselle Catholic 89 Trenton Catholic 49 @Trenton Catholic In this North/ South Jersey crossover show down we have Trenton Catholic Academy fresh off a dominating 18 point victory against Trenton facing off with the No. 1 ranked team in the state- Roselle Catholic who is coming off a loss to Oak Ridge (FL). The Lions got ahead early thanks to LSU bound star Naz Reid, the 6’11 senior pulled out all the stops as his high flying 18 point, 10 rebound, 6 assist performance helped capture an 89-49 win over the Iron Mike’s. Lions improve to 9-2, both losses of which are to out of state teams. They assert their dominance as the number one team in New Jersey and prove any team’s hopes of a state title run will have to go through them. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor!!! Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ. Because of Princeton Orthopaedic Associates we will be able to bring you more Iron Mike athletics all year round! Piscataway 88 Trenton 84 Trenton coming off two tough losses to undefeated Nottingham and 6-2 Trenton Catholic looked to snap their losing streak at the New Brunswick High School Martin Luther King Jr. Basketball Classic. Unfortunately the Tornadoes ran into yet another skilled opponent in Mattias Arrindell and 9-1 Piscataway. The Chiefs held the lead for most of this one until a fourth quarter rally from Trenton tied the game to send it to OT. In the end Piscataway would hold off the Tornadoes to improve to 10-1 on the year. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor!!! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton coverage on JSZ! Coming up: Roselle Catholic-Trenton Catholic MLK Showcase at Long Branch High School Matawan 58 Long Branch 57 Mike Dunne’s short jumper in the paint with under 30 seconds to go proved to be the game-winning bucket as the Huskies battle back to improve to 9-2 on the season. The Huskies led by 14 at the half, but Long Branch stormed back to take a 57-54 lead. Matawan got a pair of free throws then Dunne’s clutch basket. Long Branch’s Tyree Morris had a three-pointer that just missed at the buzzer. Dunne finished with 20 points. Watch the highlights of a fantastic finish to wrap up Long Branch’s MLK Showcase: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Long Branch is being brought to you by Rosario Realty. Thanks to Rosario Realty for giving us the chance to showcase the Green Wave all year long! Neptune 48 Arts-Newark 32 Jared Kimbrough had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Scarlet Fliers built a 26-6 lead in the second quarter on the way to a 16 point win over Arts. The Scarlet Fliers improve to 8-3 on the season. Watch Neptune’s win and some Kimbrough jams from Long Branch High:
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A full Sunday of hoops action with big showcases at Kean and Holy Spirit SFIC Basketball Festival – Kean University St. Benedict’s Prep – 66 Hudson Catholic – 60 USA’s No. 4 St. Benedict’s Prep came away with an impressive win over NJ’s No. 1 ranked Hudson Catholic in front of a capacity crowd at Kean University that included North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams. Junior Precious Achiuwa finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds, while Lester Quinones led the Grey Bee’s with 23 points, including the 1,000th of his career. Watch Highlights and post game reaction from the thriller between St. Benedict’s Prep and Hudson Catholic below! Roselle Catholic 64 St. Mary’s Elizabeth 59 (OT) Seagull Classic @Holy Spirit High School Patrick School 76 Winslow Township 44 Less than 24 hours after losing to Ranney in Central New Jersey, the Patrick School bounced back with a dominating effort at the Seagull Classic. Al-Amir Dawes had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to get MVP honors. SNJ Today’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Holy Spriit HS: Wildwood Catholic 56 Lenape 51 Bowling Green commit Caleb Fields poured in 26 points to get Wildwood Catholic to 7-0. Mike Frankel has the highlights from Holy Spirit HS: Orange HS 52 Elizabeth 45 Elizabeth start off with a strong start, leading the Tornadoes 6-0 early, but in the end Elizabeth’s big men won the game. D’Angelo Blackmond was the leading scorer with 17 points, even after sitting out the majority of third period due to foul trouble. The Tornadoes are now 5-3 and will play University on Tuesday. Check out full highlights now: West Orange 66 Westfield 56 Westfield came out strong in this game and even tied it up before halftime, but in the 2nd half the West Orange Mountaineers and Jelani Jackson took over. Jackson scored 5 three-pointers and 21 total points to help West Orange defeated Westfield 66-56 at home. The Mountaineers are now 5-3 overall. Check out full highlights now: Sponsor Alert! Coverage of Westfield is brought to you by Jon Bramnick. Thanks to Mr. Bramnick JSZ will be bringing you the best Blue Devil Highlights all season long! Trenton Catholic 68 Montclair Immaculate -70 Sunday’s game between No. 13 Montclair Immaculate and Trenton Catholic was what the fans payed to see at Kean University. The Iron Mike’s of TCA led 13-11 at the end of the first quarter, but Montclair Immaculate quickly answered back in the second thanks to Syracuse bound guard Jalan Carey to lead 33-29 at halftime. The second half would feature a stellar performance from Carey and UCONN recruit Mike Winston as the duo combined for 38 points in the 70-68 victory. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor Shout Out! Thanks to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring our Trenton Catholic coverage on JSZ! Bergen Catholic 69 Union Catholic -40 No.11 Bergen Catholic riding a 4 game win streak came to play Sunday at the SFIC tournament. The Crusaders took on 6-2 Union Catholic who had a 6 game win streak. Thanks to the help of Center Zach Freemantle who scored 19 points in the matchup, Bergen was able to take down the Vikings in a stunning 69-40. Watch the highlights now: Sponsor Shout Out! A special thanks to Equinox Fitness Clubs for sponsoring our Bergen Catholic coverage on JSZ! Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
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JSZ brings you high school hoops from around the state. We’ll be posting our games throughout the night. Thanks for supporting Jersey Sports Zone! Barnegat 54 Raritan 37 The backcourt of Brendan Revello and Carson Francisco combined for 35 points as the Bengals led wire to wire for a road win. Revello had 15 in the first half and 18 to lead the way while Francisco added 13 of his 17 in the second half. Barnegat improves to 3-3 on the season. Watch the highlights from Tuesday night in the Shore Conference from Hazlet: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Barnegat basketball is being brought to you by BSR Physical Therapy. We bring you highlights and features from the Raritan Rockets thanks to BCB Bayhsore-Your Community Bank Hudson Catholic-72 North Bergen 58 Given the score Tuesday’s matchup between No.1 ranked Hudson Catholic and North Bergen may have seem like another day at the office for the Hawks, but it was anything but that. Although Hudson Catholic led for most of the game the Bruins were able to hang with the best team in the state as they never fell behind more than 10. With highly recruited PG Jahvon Quinerly sitting the first half due to an off the court incident it would be Luther Muhammad and Shane Dezonie who stepped up to help lead Hudson Catholic to a 72-58 victory following two losses over Holiday break to out of state opponents. JSZ has all the highlights: 2018 Eric Legrand Classic Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers player who was paralyzed during an on field collision, has become an inspirational figure throughout the sporting world and beyond during his journey to one day walk again. The Eric LeGrand Classic, a basketball showcase hosted by Roselle Catholic, aims to raise money for Eric’s foundation, the Team LeGrand of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Patrick School – 89 Olympus Prep – 52 The defending TOC Champion Celtics of Patrick School had a dominating 37 point win over Olympus Prep at the Eric Legrand Classic. Alejandro Vasquez led the Celtics with 22 points in the win. Watch Highlights of Patrick School vs Olympus below! Roselle Catholic – 66 Prestige Prep – 49 Nat Reid and Khalil Whitney led the way, as Roselle Catholic cruised to a 66-49 win over Prestige Prep on their home court. The game was the nightcap of the 2018 Eric LeGrand Showcase. With Eric sitting sidelines taking in all the action, he was highly impressed by some of the best basketball talent New Jersey has to offer. Watch highlights of Roselle Catholic vs Prestige Prep, and post game interview with Eric LeGrand below!
Naz Reid commits to LSU
One of the nation’s top big men has made his college choice. Roselle Catholic forward Naz Reid has given a verbal commitment to play for the LSU Tigers. Reid made his commitment via his Twitter account: 🐯#Geuxtigers pic.twitter.com/h8CIDKIJDi — Naz Reid (@NazReid) September 12, 2017 Reid is ranked among the best in the class of 2018 by major national recruiting lists. He’s #15 in the nation by 247 Sports, #18 in the class of 2018 by ESPN and has a 19th place ranking from Rivals. During this past summer, he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game while playing for SportsU on the Under Armour AAU circuit. Jersey Sports Zone’s Alex Lorenzo has covered the state basketball scene over the years and brings us some of the best moments from Reid in high school and AAU competition. Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.
Jersey’s Top Recruits Shine on AAU Circuit
July is a critical month on the college recruiting radar and some of New Jersey’s top prospects stepped up on the Under Armour AAU circuit. Hudson Catholic’s Jahvon Quinerly made his mark by committing to the Arizona Wildcats last week. Roselle Catholic’s Nazreon Reid is one of the top big men in the class of 2018 and has a final seven of college basketball super powers on his list. The Ranney duo of Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis are two of the nation’s top recruits in the class of 2018. A highlight of their summer was taking part in Steph Curry’s SC 30 Elite Camp in San Francisco and picking up an official offer from the Duke Blue Devils. JSZ’s Alex Lorenzo hit the road with these four outstanding players on the AAU circuit and gives us a glimpse of what it is like to showcase your skills in front of some of the biggest names in college basketball: Highlight Reels! Jersey Sports Zone will bring its cameras around the state and capture some of the top athletes in all sports. Here’s a taste of our basketball higlhight reels starting with Jahvon Quinerly’s Jelly Fam reel and the Top 10 Dunks from Antoine and Lewis: Welcome to Jersey Sports Zone! After three years on the Jersey Shore, we’ve expanded our coverage to every part of the Garden State. We are excited to bring you high definition highlights and features of high school sports all year long.