After Tyler Harris rebounded an errant runner in the lane, he was fouled and hit the back end of two free throws with 1.3 seconds left in overtime on Friday afternoon to cement the South River High School boys basketball team to a 73-71 triumph over Keansburg in the championship game of the Genevieve Hawley Tournament.
The Rams (3-3) led by as many as eight points early in the second quarter only to see momentum change hands as the Titans came back to take an eight-point lead of their own with four minutes left in regulation.
South River fought back and ultimately retook the lead with 1:30 remaining on a penetration drive and dish from Matt Martinez to Harris who converted in the lane.
After the lead switched hands again, Sean Darrar drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner as time expired in regulation to force overtime for South River. Darrar kept the hot hand in the extra session, connecting twice more from downtown.
Harris led the way with 24 points and 10 rebounds while Martinez tallied 15 points and doled out 11 assists. Tim Darrar dumped in 18 points and Sean Darrar finished with 11.
South River captured this tournament’s title for the third time in four years after succumbing to Keansburg in last year’s championship.
South Amboy 53, Henry Hudson 37: Steve Herdman led the way for South Amboy (3-3) with 22 points, including five treys while Joe Fruncillo posted 19 points and 13 boards in the consolation game.
The Governors led 25-15 at the half and never looked back as they outscored the Admirals 18-8 in the third quarter to extend their lead.
HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational
St. Joseph 58, Broughton (NC) 50: The Falcons overcame foul trouble that sidelined Kentucky-bound Karl Towns for much of the fourth quarter and held on to defeat Broughton (NC) in the semifinals of the Summit Hospitality Bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational in Raleigh, NC on Friday afternoon.
The Falcons (4-1) were anchored by Towns, who scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds despite picking up his fourth foul midway through the third quarter. Marques Townes added 16 points, and Wade Baldwin finished with 15.
St. Joseph, which missed 10 straight foul shots at one point, nine in the final 1:00 and six in the final 13 seconds of regulation despite hanging on for an overtime victory against Teaneck 13 days ago, struggled mightily once again from the stripe finishing 13 of 26.
St. Joseph will face the winner of Hampton (NC) and DeSoto (TX) in the bracket championship. Tip-off is 7:20 p.m. Saturday evening and 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio and HighSchoolOT.com will air the game live on the radio and online.
Tech 73, Warren Tech 41: Kelvin Perez netted 22 points, Agnel Etienne posted 12 points and 11 rebounds and Noel Garay added 11 points to power Perth Amboy Tech (2-2).
The Patriots will face Sussex Tech in the tournament final, 12:30 p.m. Monday at East Brunswick Tech High School.
Sussex Tech 63, East Brunswick Tech 50: Joe Tiegaro netted 15 points, Mark Alstone posted 13 and Evan DeJesus added 10 as East Brunswick Tech (2-2) was ousted in the semifinals.
Gene Haley Tournament
Hills 37, Edison 34: Dennis Amuzu scored 14 points and Qaasim Bass-Ali added 10 for host Edison (3-3), but the Eagles were upended in the tournament final.
Despite trailing by five points at the half, Warren Hills tied the game heading into the fourth quarter thanks in part to Ryan Callahan. Callahan notched six points during the Blue Streaks’ third-quarter surge, and tallied 11 of his 19 points in the second half.
Sparked by a steal for a layup in transition by Marcus Cudjoe, Edison used a 7-0 run to take a 32-31 lead when Cudjoe eventually connected on a 15-foot jumper with 2:36 to play.
Warren Hills sealed the victory by scoring six of the game’s final eight points.
Mater Dei 51, J.F. Kennedy 47: Kyle Alvarez scored 13 points and doled out four assists while Pete Fiore and Joe Duffy collected nine points and four rebounds apiece but J.F. Kennedy (1-4) went cold offensively after the first eight minutes and fell in the consolation.
The Mustangs opened up on fire, building a 20-10 lead after eight minutes. However, a 32-point outpouring by the Seraphs in the second half was five points better than Kennedy would muster over the final 24 minutes of the game.
Seven players scored for Kennedy while Tom Delahanty and Sam Miles scored 13 points apiece for Mater Dei.
PrimeTime ESCIT Tournament
Westtown (PA) 50, Rutgers Prep 44: Afam Osu led the way with 17 points and Nick Brooks added nine, but Rutgers Prep (2-1) surrendered a five-point halftime lead and fell in the semifinals.
Jared Nickens (21 points) and Pierre Sarr (13 points) combined for nine third-quarter points in helping Westtown grab a 38-37 lead heading into the fourth.
The Argonauts will face the loser of Trenton Catholic and Chisholm Catholic (AU) in a consolation game, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Trenton Catholic High School.
Jingle Bells Jubilee Tournament
Piscataway Tech 46, Passaic Tech 34: Jordan Lackey led the way with 16 points while Turell McClendon posted 12 points and 10 rebounds to fuel Piscataway Tech (4-1) in the consolation semifinals.
The Raiders will play in the fifth-place game against Paterson Kennedy 4 p.m. Sunday at Paterson Catholic High School.
Spotswood 80, North Plainfield 55: Jake Dadika went off for 36 points and dished out eight assists to ignite Spotswood (5-1) in the consolation game.
Dalonte Grant scored 12 points to go along with six blocks, six assists and five rebounds while Jamal Lewis posted 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Chargers who used a 22-11 spurt in the third quarter to extend a 10-point halftime lead to 21 heading into the fourth.
Hillsborough Holiday Classic
Hillsborough 61, Carteret 35: Nick Alaimo scored 14 points and tournament MVP Jalen Parham chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead host Hillsborough to the championship.
Tyrell Lockley tallied 13 points to pace Carteret (4-2).
Msgr. Eugene B. Kelly Classic
St. Joseph by the Sea (NY) 45, Colonia 40: Bleriot Thompson scored 18 points but he was the only Colonia player to reach double figures. Seven other Patriots recorded points, but no one was able to scored more than five points.
Despite its offensive futility, Colonia made a run in the second half by outscoring the Vikings 25-15 but it fell shy.