Watch Thursday 12.19 JSZ Opening Night Boys Basketball Highlights

We’re officially off and running with the 2019-2020 high school hoops season! JSZ has a handful of games for you to tip things off. Highlights from four boys matchups around the state are posted NOW!

Patrick School 89 Olympus Prep 50

The #4 ranked team in the USA Today Super 25 opened the 2019-20 season with a dominating win against the South Jersey Prep school. Jonathan Kuminga, the nation’s top-ranked 2021 recruit was not in the lineup but the Celtics were still able to showcase its deep and dangerous roster to a convincing opening night win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Rahway High School:

Trenton Catholic 64 Burlington Twp. 59

Trenton Catholic opened the season with a close 64-59 victory over Burlington Township. The Iron Mikes trailed 15-10 after the first quarter but rallied back to lead 26-22 at the half. With the game tied late in the fourth quarter, Virginia Commonwealth University commit Jamir Watkins, who scored 27 points and had nine rebounds, was able to convert a clutch three point play in the closing seconds to help TCA begin the year 1-0. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:

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Atlantic City 61 St. Joe (Hamm.) 44

The Vikings finished under .500 last season for the first time in 50 years. Gene Allen’s team is on a mission to bounce back in a big way this winter, and the journey begins with a win over the Wildcats. Stephen Byard dominated the paint, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Marcus Pierce scored a team-high 21 points for St. Joseph in the loss.

JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape Atlantic League clash:

Wildwood Catholic 56 Holy Spirit 38

Poised to be one of the top teams in South Jersey this season, the Crusaders did not disappoint in a dominating season-opening win over the Spartans. West Virginia commit Taj Thweatt led all scorers with 22 points on the night, while Temple commit Jahlil White chipped in 20 points of his own. Joe Glenn scored a team-high 13 points for Holy Spirit in the loss.

JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights from Absecon: