Sadiq Palmer scored nine points and Johnny Dengler added eight, leading the sixth-seeded Red Bank Regional boys basketball team past No. 2 Long Branch 42-30 in an NJSIAA Central Group III semifinal Friday.
Corey Martin contributed seven points for the Bucs. Terrel Cox and Hassan Foster keyed the Green Wave with 10 points each.
POINT BEACH 69, FLORENCE 43: Matt Farrell’s 26 points paced top-seeded Point Beach past No. 4 Florence in Central Group I. Noah Yates added 17 for the Garnet Gulls. Matt Frauenheim contributed 16.
The Garnet Gulls snapped a 15-15 first-quarter tie with a 19-4 avalanche in the second quarter to take a 34-19 lead. Farrell and Frauenheim keyed the surge with seven points apiece. Each player put home one trey. Dom Uhl added four points.
Farrell connected for seven third-quarter points as the Garnet Gulls went ahead 47-33. Farrell netted 10 in the fourth quarter. Yates added seven.
BISHOP EUSTACE 67, RB CATHOLIC 63: Ed Hahn scored 18 points and Quenton Nelson added 15 for the fourth-seeded Caseys in their double-overtime loss to the No. 5 Crusaders in Non-Public South A.
MAINLAND 51, CENTRAL 39: Evan Lang scored 11 points for the 12th-seeded Golden Eagles in their loss to the No. 1 Mustangs in South Group III.
IN NJSIAA GIRLS ACTION:
NEPTUNE 78, WALL 56: Neptune’s Marajiah Bacon led all scorers with 29 points on 11-for-15 shooting as well as eight points from the free-throw line as the second-seeded Scarlet Fliers earned a Central Group III semifinal victory over the sixth-seeded Crimson Knights.
Neptune’s Iyonna Crenshaw added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Desiree Allen had 10 points. Wall’s Ellen Dougherty scored a team-high 26 points and recorded five steals.
Neptune will play top-seeded Middletown South in the final.
RB CATHOLIC 49, NOTRE DAME 34: Red Bank Catholic’s Alex Barazotti scored a team-high 14 points, including two three-pointers, while Grace Fallon added 13, shooting 7-of-9 from the free throw line, as the third-seeded Caseys (19-8) used a 15-3 run in the second quarter to move past sixth-seeded Notre Dame (20-6) in a Non-Public South A quarterfinal.
Notre Dame’s Nneka Ezeigbo scored a game-high 20 points.
Red Bank Catholic will play second-seeded St. John Vianney in the semifinal on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
SJ VIANNEY 87, HOLY CROSS 39: St. John Vianney’s Kellie Crouch scored a team-high 18 points, all of which came from beyond the arc, and Kelly Campbell added 16 points as the second-seeded Lancers charged past seventh-seeded Holy Cross in a Non-Public South A quarterfinal game.
Katie Berinot, Kim Evans, Jackie Gallagher and Emily Uribe all delivered eight points in the Lancers victory.
TIMBER CREEK 47, CENTRAL 35: Quinnipiac-bound junior point guard Brittany Martin scored a game-high 28 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, to lead the top-seeded Chargers (21-3) over the No. 4 Golden Eagles (19-9) in a South Group III semifinal.
Central’s 19 wins was its most since 1990. Senior Brianne Allender led Central with 17 points and junior Katelyn Kuster added 13 points.
Allender opened with nine points in the first quarter and Kuster had five in the third as the Golden Eagles trailed 30-28 after three quarters. Central then was outscored 17-7 in the fourth as Timber Creek closed the game with a 9-2 run. Martin scored 11 points in the fourth, including 7 of 9 shooting from the free throw line.