The end of an era has, unfortunately, finally arrived. The last Tournament of Champions finals in New Jersey history featured programs with elite talent and teams that will forever have left a mark on Garden State basketball. Stay tuned throughout the night as the highlights come in from the boys’ and girls’ finals from Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway.
Roselle Catholic 61 Camden 58 (OT) | Boys TOC Final
This was an all-time great game that will likely forever be talked about as part of New Jersey’s storied Tournament of Champions history on the boys’ side. Roselle Catholic (29-2) erased a six-point deficit in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime against fellow nationally-ranked Camden (31-3). Braxton Jones came off the bench and hit a go-ahead shot with under 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Lions a lead they wouldn’t give up. North Carolina commit Simeon Wilcher hit for a team-high 22 points while D.J. Wagner paced Camden with a game-high 23 points.
JSZ’s Jay Cook, Nery Rodriguez and Rich Chrampanis have the story:
St. John Vianney 72 Rutgers Prep 52 | Girls TOC Final
Madison St. Rose scored 21 points in the final game of her tremendous high school career and St. John Vianney completed one of the most dominating seasons in New Jersey girls basketball history with a 20 point win over the Argonauts. SJV raced out to a 19-4 lead before Rutgers Prep made a great run in the second quarter to get within eight points at the half. But the Lancers amped up on defense and pulled away with its tremendous depth. Zoe Brooks had 14 and Julia Karpell added 11 for a Vianney team that finished 32-1 with its lone loss coming to the number one team in the country. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of the last ever game in the T of C from Rutgers: