Boys and girls non-public state championships were up for grabs on Saturday. JSZ has complete coverage of all four games from Jersey Mike’s Arena and RWJ Barnabas Health Arena.
Roselle Catholic 74 Trenton Catholic 66 | Boys | Non-Public B State Final
There’s officially more hardware coming back to Roselle as Lions weathered through an impassioned comeback attempt from Trenton Catholic (22-5) to secure the state championship. Roselle Catholic (27-2) led by as much as 14 points in the third quarter but watched that lead disappear as TCPA jumped in front 53-50 going into the fourth quarter. A 10-0 run put the game away for Roselle Catholic, who wins its first Non-Public B championship since 2018. Nebraska commit Jamarques Lawrence led the way for RC with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Piscataway:
Bergen Catholic 66 Rutgers Prep 54 | Boys | Non-Public A State Final
Bergen Catholic defeated Rutgers Prep 66-54 for the Non-Public A Championship. The Crusaders trailed all but the opening minutes of the first quarter before staying in front the entire game. BC led 47-38 going into the fourth quarter thanks to a big effort from 6’7 sophomore Brandon Benjamin. Benjamin finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds while Julian Brown had 11 points, Terry Copeland had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Fordham commit Will Richardson finished with 14 points. Jadin Collins for Rutgers Prep led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. It’s the Crusaders first Group Title since 2019. After winning a Sectional Championship in 2020, Covid would end that season abruptly.
JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights and postgame reaction from Rutgers:
Rutgers Prep 62 Saddle River Day 51 | Girls | Non-Public B State Final
Rutgers Prep saw a 20-point lead disappear, but pulled away once again from Saddle River down down the stretch to win the state title. Mikayla Blakes poured in a game-high 27 points in the win for the Argonauts (27-2). Rhode Island commit Katie Ledden added 16 points for Rutgers Prep. North Carolina commit Paulina Paris scored a team-high 23 points for the Rebels (25-2) in the loss.
JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from Toms River:
St. John Vianney 74 Immaculate Heart 36 | Girls | Non-Public A State Final
The Lady Lancer left no doubt on Championship Saturday, powering past the Blue Eagles to win their first state title since 2016. Princeton-commit Madison St. Rose finished with a game-high 18 points in the win. Zoe Brooks chipped in with 16 points for St. John Vianney (30-1). Bella Asencio scored a team-high 12 points in the loss for IHA (24-6).
JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from game two in Toms River:
JSZ’s state championship hoops coverage is made possible by RWJ Barnabas Health.