Senior forward Robert Jastrzebski made two clutch free throws with 0.5 seconds left as the No. 25 seed Marlboro boys basketball team upset host No. 8 seed Shore Regional, 52-50, in a Shore Conference Tournament first-round game on Tuesday night.
According to Marlboro coach Michael Nausedas, senior guard Justin Markowitz (nine points) took a shot from the wing with 12 seconds left. After Markowitz’s shot missed, there was a wild scramble for the basketball and Jastrzebski ended up with the ball as he was fouled as time expired.
Nausedas said the officials put 0.5 back on the clock and Shore called timeout to freeze Jastrzebski at the line. However, he made both shots and finished with four of his six points in the fourth quarter to seal the game for the Mustangs (12-9). Senior guard Mike Fasano finished with 14 points and junior guard George Elghoul had 13 points.
Marlboro will play at No. 9 seed Jackson Memorial on Thursday evening in the Round of 16.
Shore’s Kevin Bloodgood finished with a game-high 23 points and Dan Largey added 16 points.
IN OTHER SCT FIRST-ROUND GAMES:
SOUTHERN 57, MONSIGNOR DONOVAN 55: Junior Jake Logue scored 26 points and senior Mike Gesicki added 22 and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading the 16th-seeded Rams past the No. 17 seed Griffins.
Logue netted 12 in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter. Gesicki connected for 14 in the first half, eight in the second quarter, for the Rams (13-7).
Alex Cerami led the Griffins (13-7) with 14 points, including nine in the second half, five in the fourth quarter. Matt Migdon added 12, including six on two fourth-quarter treys. Eamonn Kearney contributed 10, five in the final eight minutes.
TR NORTH 74, MANCHESTER 60: Ted Thelemaque had four 3-pointers in the first half and wound up with five 3-pointers and 19 points, and Jordan Craig had 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter as the No. 19 seed Mariners (12-10) defeated the No. 14 seed Hawks (13-8).
Freshman guard Mike Nyisztor added 12 points, all on 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Pat Marinaccio had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Toms River North.
KaShaun Barnes led Manchester with 15 points.
Toms River North will play at No. 3 Lakewood on Thursday in the Round of 16.
ST. ROSE 44, BRICK MEMORIAL 42: Nolan Slattery’s 18 points led the No. 15 seed Purple Roses (16-5) to the win over the No. 15 seed Mustangs (12-8).
Aaron Scheiderman led Brick Memorial with 12 points.
St. Rose will play at No. 2 CBA in the Round of 16.
RED BANK 70, COLTS NECK 67: Sophomore forward Sadiq Palmer had 15 of his team-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a 5-for-6 performance from the free-throw line, and sophomore guard Jack Navitsky added six of his 11 points in the first quarter as the No. 11 seed Bucs (16-5) defeated the No. 22 seed Cougars (10-8).
Junior forward Eddie Hendrex had six of his eight points in the first quarter. Red Bank will play at No. 6 Long Branch in Thursday’s Round of 16.
Colts Neck junior guard Chris O’Reilly had 16 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and sophomore guard Lloyd Daniels added eight of his 15 points in the second half.
LONG BRANCH 77, KEYPORT 42: Senior guard Terrel Cox scored 23, sophomore guard Jamar Foster scored 16 and freshman guard-forward Raheem Carter netted 13, powering the No. 6 Green Wave (13-6) past the No. 27 Red Raiders (12-7).
The Green Wave sped to a 25-8 first-quarter lead as Cox hit for 15 points, putting home three shots from downtown. Carter added six. Foster added two treys for six points in the second quarter as Long Branch went up 38-25.
Foster and Cox netted eight each in the third quarter. Foster drained two treys in the third quarter. Carter scored seven in the final eight minutes.
Sophomore center Travis Alvarez led Keyport with 21 points, including 13 in the first half, seven in the second quarter.
RED BANK CATHOLIC 60, TOMS RIVER SOUTH 40: Senior center Quenton Nelson had 17 points, including a 7-for-8 showing at the free-throw line, and junior guard Liam Byrne added 14 points as the No. 12 seed Caseys (15-4) defeated the No. 21 seed Indians (13-8). Toms River South senior Marquis Davis had a team-high 15 points.
HOLMDEL 67, FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 66: Jeff Harris made seven three-pointers and finished with a game-high 27 points, Gerard Nocera added 14 points and Luke Mayell had 10 points as the No. 23 seed Hornets (12-11) upset the No. 10 seed Patriots (15-7). Freehold Township’s Chris Talbott had a team-high 25 points, including five three-pointers, and Jordan McGill added 14 points.
JACKSON MEMORIAL 47, RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 45: Senior forward Eric Carter had 17 points and 14 rebounds as the No. 9 seed Jaguars (17-5) edged the No. 24 seed Bulldogs (11-10).
MANASQUAN 68, MATER DEI PREP 33: Jack Fay had 15 points and Ryan Jensen had 14 as the No. 5 seed Warriors (17-2) defeated the No. 28 seed Seraphs (9-10). Mater Dei junior Tysaun White had 10 points.
POINT BORO 48, MIDDLETOWN NORTH 46: Peyton Wejnert tallied 21 points as the No. 13 seed Panthers (15-6) defeated the No. 20 seed Lions (11-9).