Terrell Cox scored 18 points, Dwight Clark netted 15 and Hassan Foster and Raphael Williams each added 10 as the Long Branch boys basketball team defeated host Neptune, 59-56, in a Shore Conference Class B North game on Tuesday.
Neptune (1-2, 1-1), the No. 1 ranked team in the Asbury Park Press Preseason Top Ten, was without star senior forward Keith Kirkwood for the first three quarters. Kirkwood, who was in New York City on a class trip, scored four fourth-quarter points.
The game was tied 16-16 at halftime when Long Branch (1-1, 1-1) unleashed a 23-10 third-quarter barrage to take a 39-26 lead. Cox keyed the surge with 10 points, connecting on two shots from 3-point range, and Clark netted seven.
Neptune outscored the Green Wave, 30-20, in the fourth quarter. Neptune’s Shakeem Richardson, who scored 17 points, led the output with 12 points, putting home four shots from 3-point range.
Cox answered with eight points in the fourth, while Clark scored eight on 8-for-10 shooting from the foul line. Long Branch went 13-for-17 from the foul line in the fourth.
Spencer Hubbard led Neptune with a game-high 19 points.
IN BOYS BASKETBALL:
OCEAN 41, MATAWAN 39: Senior forward Mark Diedrichsen’s 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds remaining gave the Spartans (2-0, 2-0) the win over the Huskies (1-1, 1-1) in a Class B North game.
Eric Musto led Ocean with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Matawan sophomore Jason Dunne led all scorers with 15 points.
COLTS NECK 62, CBA 46: Senior forward Brandon Federici had 12 of his career-high 29 points in the first quarter as the No. 4 Cougars (2-0, 2-0) jumped out to a 20-10 lead and then went on to defeat the No. 8 Colts (0-2, 0-2) in a Class A North game. Federici also had 12 rebounds. Chris O’Reilly added 14 points, including seven in the third quarter.
JACKSON MEM. 40, TR SOUTH 36: Eric Carter scored 14 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists as the Jaguars (2-0, 2-0) edged the Indians (1-1, 1-1) in a Class A South game. Toms River South’s Marquis Davis led all scorers with 16 points.
FREEHOLD 52, WALL 44: Dan Parr scored 12 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Colonials (1-1, 1-1) held off the Crimson Knights (1-1, 0-1) and record the win in a Class B North game.
TR NORTH 64, BRICK MEM. 49: Solly Stansbury scored 17 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and added 11 rebounds and five blocks to propel the Mariners (3-0, 2-0) past the Mustangs (0-2, 0-2) in Class A South.
IN GIRLS BASKETBALL:
MANASQUAN 39, HOLMDEL 38: Courtney Hagaman’s basket in the final minute gave the Warriors (1-1, 1-1) the lead and they held on for the win over the No. 8 Hornets (1-1, 1-1) in a Class A Central game for first-year head coach Lisa Kukoda’s first win.
Holmdel had a last-second shot after Manasquan missed two consecutive one-and-one’s, but the shot misfired.
Amanda Hagaman led Manasquan with 18 points.
HOWELL 79, MANALAPAN 77: Gabby Greene broke a 77-77 tie by making a free throw and then Allie Moreland added another free throw to give the Rebels (1-1, 1-1) a two-point lead as they recorded the win over the Braves (0-2, 0-1) in a Class A North game.
Manalapan had a chance to win it, but missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Greene led all scorers with 26 points. Danielle Rizzo led Manalapan with 21 points.
FREEHOLD 53, WALL 44: Camerin Spahn scored six of her game-high 16 points in the first quarter as the Colonials (1-1, 1-1) built a 16-8 lead and went on to defeat the Crimson Knights (1-1, 0-1) in a Class B North game.
MIDDLETOWN SOUTH 53, FREEHOLD TWP. 31: Carissa Gray sparked a 22-2 third-quarter run that turned a one-point halftime deficit into a 19-point lead by scoring seven of her-game-high 13 points as the No. 5 Eagles (2-0, 1-0) defeated the Patriots (0-2, 0-2) in a Class A North game.
JACKSON MEM. 43, TR SOUTH 39: Stephanie Mason and Hannah Missry scored 16 points each to lead the Jaguars (2-0, 2-0) past the host Indians (1-1, 1-1) in Class A South.
Mason netted 10 in the second half, while Missry scored eight in each half. Anna Bojakowski led South with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
BRICK MEMORIAL 43, NUTLEY 28: A 10-2 major decision win by Alec Donovan at 145 pounds over Stephen Scuttaro started a three-bout, 16-point run and senior Matt Moore (195) returned to the lineup after being sidelined throughout the preseason because of a knee injury with a pin in 15 seconds as the No. 1 Mustangs (1-0) defeated the Raiders (0-1) in a nonconference match.
Donovan was the District 23 champion at 132 last season. Scuttaro was the District 14 runner-up at 126 last season. Moore was the state seventh-place finisher at 195 last season.
COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Central Regional swimmer Evan Mahoney recently committed to the University of South Carolina to swim for the Gamecocks.
CORRECTION: In the Saturday, Dec. 15, All-Shore section, the photo of gymnast Maura Mills was incorrect.