Point Beach, the first-time participant in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, pushed three-time participant Atlantic City to the limit.
After leading by as many as 19 points in regulation and trailing by as many as seven points late in the fourth quarter, the No. 6 seed Garnet Gulls forced overtime and then double overtime before falling to No. 3 seed Atlantic City, 80-73.
Despite being a rookie in the TOC, the Garnet Gulls played like they’ve been in it for years.
“It hurt when Riley Calzonetti fouled out in the second overtime but Jeff Bryant gives us length,” Point Beach junior guard Matt Farrell said. “He came in and played great. It still hurt that Riley wasn’t on the floor but he was cheering from the bench.”
Calzonetti fouled out with 3:41 left in double overtime after he produced 20 points, three rebounds and two assists.
The Garnet Gulls (28-4) forced overtime when Matt Farrell, who finished with a game-high 23 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals, made a scoop layup with 1:15 left in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 59-59.
Point Beach almost won the game in regulation when PJ Kineavy got a clean look at an open 3-pointer from the right wing but the shot hit the rim and fell to the floor.
“I’m always looking for PJ and he shoots the lights out of the ball. I thought the ball was going in from where I was standing. I ran all the way down the court,” Farrell said. “We had a great look. We turned them over and got a great look at a shot.”
Calzonetti made a big impact before he left the game in the beginning of the second overtime. With 4.5 seconds left, Farrell found him on an inbounds play and he got fouled with 3.0 seconds left in the first overtime.
“We were going to leave it all out on the floor,” Calzonetti said. “We were disappointed that we were up 19 points and lost. But we left it all out there and we played as hard as we could.”
Calzonetti made both free throws to tied the game at 70-70 to force double overtime. However, Atlantic City (30-1) was tough from the line in the second overtime. The Vikings went 7-for-9 from the foul line in the second overtime that pushed them to victory in their second straight overtime game of the season.
While Farrell led Point Beach with 23 points, Calzonetti added 20 points and Dominique Uhl add 11 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Atlantic City’s Isiah Graves led his team with 22 points, while Gabriel Chandler added 17 points and Jahleem Montague had 16 points. Atlantic City will play against No. 2 seed St. Joseph-Metuchen at 6 p.m. in the TOC semifinals Friday at Monmouth University.
Atlantic City 80, Point Beach 73
Point Beach (73): Farrell 8 4-7 23, Calzonetti 9 2-2 20, Yates 3 0-0 8, Uhl 4 1-4 11, Kineavy 2 2-3 7, VanNostrand 0 0-0 0, Bryant 2 0-0 4. Totals: 28 9-16 73.
Atlantic City (80): Totals: Graves 6 8-10 22, White 3 2-6 8, D. Reynolds 6 2-4 14, Montague 7 2-4 16, Chandler 7 3-7 17, Allen 0 0-0 0, T. Reynolds 0 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Chase 0 3-6 3. Totals: 29 20-37 80.
|Pt. Beach (28-4)||17||17||13||12-11-3||–||73|
|Atlantic City (30-1)||12||8||16||23-11-10||–||80|
3-point goals: (PB) Farrell 3, Yates 2, Uhl 2, Kineavy; (AC) Graves 2. Fouled out: (PB) Calzonetti; (AC) D. Reynolds.