Boys basketball roundup: Somerville wins as Spotswood's Dadika scores 1,000th; Carteret's Robertson nets 44 in loss

Boys basketball roundup: Somerville wins as Spotswood's Dadika scores 1,000th; Carteret's Robertson nets 44 in loss


Boys basketball roundup: Somerville wins as Spotswood's Dadika scores 1,000th; Carteret's Robertson nets 44 in loss


South River Tournament

South Amboy 74, South River 60: Senior forward Joe Fruncillo and senior guard Nick Kales combined for 16 first-quarter points while staking South Amboy to an early lead en route to a 74-60 victory over the host Rams in Saturday’s South River Holiday Tournament final. Senior guard Matt Martinez scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the third quarter, including six 3-pointers, to help the Rams close the 19-9 first-quarter deficit to 51-45. Fruncillo netted 12 of his team-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win and earn tournament MVP honors. South Amboy (2-2) shot 27 of 40 from the foul line. Kales finished with 15 points, while South River’s Sean Darrar had 10 points.

Crusader Classic Tournament at Bound Brook

Somerville 57, Spotswood 56: Spotswood’s Jake Dadika scored a game-high 24 points, including the 1,000th of his career, but Somerville got the victory when junior forward Nasir Clark hit a layup off an inbounds play with three seconds left in overtime of the final. Matt Cardonne added 13 points for Somerville (3-1), which trailed most of the night but took a 3-point lead at the end of regulation, only to see Dadika bank in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force the extra session. Dadika, who reached the 1,000-point milestone with a 3-pointer in the third quarter, also chalked up six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Teammate Matthew Ciaccio added 15 points and 13 rebounds as Spotswood fell to 2-2.

Bound Brook 63, North Plainfield 55: Shane Stevens scored 25 points for Bound Brook (3-1) in the consolation game. Freshman guard Khalil Dock scored 19 points to lead North Plainfield (2-2) in scoring in the loss.

Len Sepanak Tournament at Ridge

Westfield 52, Parsippany Christian 50: Dylan Elliott netted a team-high 14 points, while teammates Parker Hess (12) and Ben Schuman (10) also scored in double figures for the Blue Devils (3-1). Elliott’s fourth 3-pointer of the game in the fourth quarter iced the victory.

Ridge 70, Sayreville 64: Senior forward Ryan Byrnes posted 15 points and nine rebounds, sophomore Max Mahoney scored 15 points and junior guard Derek Lyons chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds as Ridge improved to 4-0.

Mike Shello Tournament at Dunellen

Manville 38, Highland Park 34: Nick Harenza scored 9 points to lead Manville to a consolation-game victory. Will Jacob-Perez scored 18 points for the Owls in the loss.

Middlesex 37, Dunellen 31: Emilio Gonzalez-De Olio scored a game-high 12 points to lead Middlesex (3-1) to victory in the final. Nick Petrozelli scored 10 points on four field goals to lead Dunellen in the loss.

Gene Haley Tournament at Edison

J.F. Kennedy 61, Edison 54: Stepp Oziegbe netted 18 of his career-high 20 points in the fourth quarter when the Mustangs (2-1) used a 28-18 run to win the consolation. J.F. Kennedy shot 13 of 18 from the line in the final stanza. Raekwon Ross (18), Trayvon Washington (15) and Devon Johnson (10) all scored in double figures for Edison (2-2). Joe Duffy contributed 15 points to the win.

Bishop Ahr 47, Mater Dei 38: Senior Owen McLeod scored 14 points and added five rebounds, five assists, and five steals to lead Bishop Ahr to a win in the final. Junior Tom Weiler added 10 points and five rebounds to pace the the Trojans.

Keith Benovengo Tournament at Scotch Plains-Fanwood

Woodbridge 61, Franklin 45: Zahneer Shuler netted a game-high 28 points for Woodbridge, while Brandon Bennett paced Franklin with 14 points.

Somerset Tech Tournament

Perth Amboy Tech 51, East Brunswick Tech 30: Louis Rodriguez scored 10 points and Jordan Little recorded 18 rebounds for the Patriots, who will play Sussex Tech in the final Monday at 1 p.m. Mark Alston netted a game-high 24 points for the Tigers.

Sussex Tech 40, Somerset Tech 24: Jeff Kelliher collected six points and 11 rebounds for the host Jaguars, who will face East Brunswick Tech in Monday’s third-place game.

Anthony J. Cotoia Tournament at South Plainfield

South Plainfield 54, J.P. Stevens 48: After the Hawks trimmed an eight-point deficit to one with three minutes remaining, the Tigers turned turnovers into points down the stretch to post the consolation-game win.

Ewing 76, Hunterdon Central 52: John Patrick scored 10 points for Hunterdon Central (1-3), which led by eight after the first quarter but got hit by a 30-12 second-quarter run by Ewing (3-1) in this semifinal matchup.

Al LoBalbo Tournament at St. Mary-Elizabeth

Union Catholic 60, St. Mary’s 58: Junior Isaiah Still scored 22 points and senior Ashton Lofton chipped in 20 points to pace Union Catholic in the final.

Summit Tournament

Watchung Hills 49, Piscataway Tech 47: Anthony Rocchietti scored 14 points, including four 3-pointers, to pace Watchung Hills (2-2) to the win in the consolation game. Jordan Lackey scored a game-high 22 points for Piscataway Tech (0-2), while Aziz Austin added 13 points in the loss.

Hillsborough Tournament

Hightstown 58, Delaware Valley 48: Josh Christ scored a team-high 18 points for the Terriers in the consolation round.

Cairn University Tournament in Langhorne, PA

Atlantic Christian 64, Timothy Christian 60: Zach Coyle scored 20 points and Brandon Summers added 19 points as Timothy Christian (1-4) fell.

Morris Knolls Tournament

Governor Livingston 55, Parsipanny Hills 50: Rob Imbalzano scored 21 points and teammate Javon Reis-Wilson added 13 in the consolation.

Chatham Tournament

New Providence 46, Madison 41: The Pioneers improved to 2-2 with a victory in the round-robin tournament.

Matawan Tournament

Tottenville (N.Y.) 69, Old Bridge 63: Stephen Strom scored 18 points to pace Old Bridge, who outscored Tottenville 34-30 in the middle quarters. Tottenville outscored Old Bridge by four points in the fourth quarter to secure the win.

Manalapan 74, Carteret 71: The Braves overcame Jaquan Robertson’s brilliant 44-point, seven-rebound effort to win the consolation game. Carteret trimmed a 14-point deficit to single digits with four minutes remaining. Robertson led the comeback with five 3-pointers. A failed shot at the buzzer averted overtime.

Rotary Roundball Classic

Imhotep (P.A.) 48, Linden 45: Juwan Jones scored 22 points as Linden dropped its second-round matchup.

Whitehall (Pa.) Tournament

Whitehall (Pa.) 51, North Hunterdon 47: Michael Magaleski scored 19 points and was named to the All-Tournament team, but it was not enough as the Lions fell in the final. Ryan McDowell added 16 points for North Hunterdon (1-3).


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