The state semifinals continue with tremendous action! Enjoy the highlights!

Manasquan 46 Middle Twp. 43 | Boys | Group 2 State Semifinal

The Warriors held off the Panthers to secure their first trip to a state final in 19 years. Darius Adams led the way with 20 points, while Ryan Frauenheim added 13 points for Squan (27-4). Jamir McNeil scored a team-high 15 points for Middle (20-12) in the loss.

JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from an instant classic: 

Egg Harbor Twp. 56 Trenton 51 | Boys | Group 4 State Semifinal

The Eagles built a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter, and hung on late to punch a ticket to their first Group 4 state final in program history. Jay-Nelly Reyes dropped a game-high 22 points for EHT (28-5), including a buzzer-beater to end the third quarter. DJ Germann added 17 points, coming up with a pair of clutch three-point plays in the fourth. Antwan Bridgett and Kabrien Goss each scored a team-high 16 points in the loss for Trenton (29-2).

JSZ’s James Mooney has the highlights and reaction from Central Regional High School:

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Paterson Eastside 71 Linden 40 | Boys | Group 4 State Semifinal

Paterson Eastside advances to its first Group 4 State Final since 2015 following a dominating 71-40 win over Linden. The Ghosts led by 10 after the first quarter, but would immediately take advantage of key defensive stops to increase the deficit to 48-17 at halftime. Eastside would remain ahead by twenty in the second half as Preston Brown finished with 21 points while Bryce Stokes finished with 24 to go along with 10 rebounds. Paterson Eastside will take on Egg Harbor Township at Rutgers on 3/4.

JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights from Elizabeth:

Thank you to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Rahway) for sponsoring our Linden coverage.