The St. Joseph High School boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season on Sunday, 73-45, at the hands of Maryland power DeMatha in the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Senior forward Karl Towns led the St. Joseph (11-1) effort with 21 points and nine rebounds, as he earned team MVP honors.
The Falcons led 14-7 after one quarter, but trailed 31-28 at the half. St. Joseph, which was out rebounded 35-21 and shot 39 percent from the floor, was down 48-40 through three quarters before getting out scored 25-5 in the fourth quarter. DeMatha shot 58 percent from the field.
The Old Bridge boys and host Woodbridge girls, who each placed third in their respective tournaments, had the highest finish of any Greater Middlesex Conference high schools in Saturday’s Woodbridge Classic at the Woodbridge Bowling Center.
The Brick Township boys and Brick Memorial girls won team titles.
South Plainfield’s Rebecca Armand rolled a 244 for the second highest game in the girls tournament.
The Rahway boys finished fourth overall at the NJSIAA Group II Relays after placing second in the shuttle hurdles with a time of 31.45 and second in the 4×200 in 1:33.41. Rahway’s girls placed fifth overall in Group II.
In Non-Public A boys competition, St. Joseph-Metuchen placed second in the shot put with Pat Conlon (48-2) and Alexander Borowick (46-6).