Shore holds off late surge

Shore holds off late surge


Shore holds off late surge


The No. 4-seed Shore Regional boys basketball team withstood a late double-overtime surge by No. 5 seed Piscataway Tech in a 41-40 Central Group I quarterfinal victory on Thursday night.

With Shore (20-6) leading, 41-38, Piscataway Tech’s Jordan Lackey made a layup with 11 seconds left and got fouled. Lackey missed the ensuing free throw and Shore’s Kevin Bloodgood eventually got the ball and was fouled with nine seconds left.

Bloodgood went to the line for a 1-and-1. He missed the front end and Piscataway Tech got the ball and drove the length of the court. But the ball got poked away and time expired while there was a scramble for it.

Shore’s Dan Pillari finished with a team-high 13 points and Bloodgood and Ben Hess each finished with nine points. Shore is 5-0 this season in games decided by three or fewer points and 1-1 in overtime games.

Shore will play at No. 1-seed Point Beach in a semifinal at 3 p.m. Saturday.

69, KEANSBURG 45: Senior guard PJ Kineavy scored nine of his team-high 17 points in the second quarter as the top-seeded Garnet Gulls (24-3) defeated the ninth-seeded Titans (14-12). Junior forward Jeff Bryant added six of his 12 points in the second quarter, junior center Dominique Uhl added five of his 12 points during the second quarter and junior forward Noah Yates finished with 10 points.

Keansburg senior center Danny Markulin scored a team-high 17 points and senior guard Tyler Walters added 13 points.

COLTS NECK 60, WALL 35: Senior forward James Sobieski scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the second half leading the top-seeded Cougars (22-5) over the eighth-seeded Crimson Knights (17-11) in Central Group III.

Sophomore guard Chris O’Reilly scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and senior guards Luke LaLima and Tim Vangelas each added 10 points.

Wall sophomore guard Trent Mitchell scored six of his team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter.

The Cougars will host No. 5-seed Lawrence at 1 p.m. Saturday in a semifinal.

ST. AUGUSTINE PREP 60, CBA 48: Junior guard Louie Pillari scored a game-high 20 points, junior guard Robbie Kennedy added 14 points and freshman forward Pat Andree added eight points as the No. 6-seed Colts (16-9) fell to the No. 3-seed Hermits (23-5) in a Non-Public South A game.

St. Augustine’s Blake Rossell scored a team-high 15 points and Mike Greenman added 13 points.

55, OCEAN 54: Senior guard Alex Cirlincione scored a game-high 16 points and sophomore guard Royal Moore had 14 points as the No. 6-seed Spartans (17-10) fell to the No. 3-seed Greyhounds. Ocean’s Taj Shomo scored 11 points.


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