HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Rumson-Fair Haven beats Lakewood

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Rumson-Fair Haven beats Lakewood


HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Rumson-Fair Haven beats Lakewood


Placing three scorers in double figures, the 10th-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven boys basketball team upset No. 2 Lakewood 72-54 in an NJSIAA Central Group II quarterfinal Thursday night.

Senior forward Jack Herrmann led the Bulldogs with a game-high 23 points. Junior guard Thomas Famulary added 21 and sophomore guard Brendan Barry contributed 20. Herrmann picked off 10 rebounds. Famulary added eight rebounds and six assists.

“When those three — our three-headed monster — play together and play well, we can be a dangerous team,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris Champeau said. “They put it together. It was nice to see. I’ve always said, ‘We’ll go as far as Herrm will take us.’ He’s playing the best ball of his career.”

Rumson-Fair Haven will visit sixth-seeded Willingboro in the semifinals 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Bulldogs sped to a 21-12 first-quarter lead against the Shore Conference Class B South champion Piners (22-5). Barry keyed the surge with 12 points, including three baskets from beyond the arc. Barry finished with 14 first-half points, making four treys. Barry was 4-for-6 from downtown on the night.

“We sort of caught them off guard in the first quarter,” Champeau said. “Before we turned around, we had 14 points. We sort of let them know we were not going to be intimidated. We packed it in and dared them to shoot. On offense, we felt we could run with them. The minute we got a rebound, we were running.

“We wanted to play tough defense on one end and let it rip on the other.”

Rumson led 34-24 at halftime. Herrmann scored 13 second-half points and Famulary added 17. Herrmann buried nine of 15 shots from the field in the game, while Famulary connected on seven of 11 attempts from the floor overall.

Rumson also converted 15 of 19 fourth-quarter free throws. Barry made six of eight from the line and Famulary netted five of seven.

“Famulary controlled the tone of the game in the second half,” Champeau said. “He had a Rumson triple-double in my book.”

Champeau, Rumson’s fifth-year coach, said his Bulldogs played well down the stretch.

“Lakewood started pressing us,” he said, “but we did not turn it over. It’s nice to see our guys mature, play together and close out games. This was a huge win for us, one of the biggest we’ve had since I’ve been here.

“We struggled in some close games at the beginning of the season. Now, everyone is healthy and firing on all cylinders. To knock off a two seed is pretty good, but it wasn’t me. It was all about the team.”

Senior guard-forward Daniel Niblack led the Piners with 15 points, including eight in the first half.

Champeau said former Lakewood star J.R. Smith, now playing for the New York Knicks, attended the game.

“We gave J.R. Smith a show,” Champeau said. “Before the game, our guys spotted him and I said, ‘Focus on the game.’ I heard murmuring that he was there. We paid no attention to him. Even after the game, he was taking pictures, but not of us.”

WILLINGBORO 57, MANASQUAN 55: Leading by one point with 25.5 seconds left, Willingboro’s Awwal Reid made the first of two free throws and sealed the game for the No. 6 seed Chimeras (20-6) over the No. 3 seed Warriors (19-4) in the Central Jersey Group 2 quarterfinals. Reid scored five of his 15 points in the fourth quarter.

With 1:20 left, Willingboro’s Jeff Haddock was fouled while attempting a 3-pointer from the left corner. He missed the first free throw but made the final two to give Willingboro a 54-52 lead. Willingboro’s Carry Saturne then made a layup with 48 seconds left to give the Chimeras a 56-52 lead. Manasquan’s Jack Fay made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cut Willingboro’s lead to 56-55 with 38 seconds left.

Haddock scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, Thomas Farrar added six of his 11 points in the first half and Saturne had 12 of his 13 points in the second half. Fay had five of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, Tom Toole added nine of his 14 points in the first half and Ryan Jensen finished with 16 points.

MATAWAN 58, CARTERET 45: Junior guard Jason Dunne had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists and senior guard Chris Tawiah added nine points, two rebounds and two assists as the top-seeded Huskies (22-4) defeated the No. 9 Ramblers (16-12) in Central Group II quarterfinal action.

Senior center Dritin Gyrjigi added eight points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocks, and junior guard Joe Piscopo had eight points, two rebounds, four assists and two assists. The Huskies will host No. 4 Spotswood at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Central Group II semifinals.

Carteret’s Brandon Gilder and Jaquan Robertson each had 12 points.

SOUTHERN 57, ATLANTIC CITY 56: Junior forward Jake Logue went coast-to-coast and made a layup at the fourth-quarter buzzer as the No. 7 Rams (18-8) stunned No. 2 Atlantic City, the defending Group IV champion, in a South Group IV quarterfinal.

The Rams will visit No. 6 Cherokee for a 7 p.m. South Group IV semifinal game Saturday.

Logue finished with six points, four in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Mike Gesicki led the Rams with 20 points, 13 in the second half. Senior guard Logan Sheehan added 16, including 10 in the second half. Isiah Graves led the Vikings with 20 points.

SPOTSWOOD 78, MANCHESTER 66: The No. 5 Hawks (18-10) fell to the No. 4 Chargers (22-5) as senior guard KaShaun Barnes had 29 points, sophomore guard Jordan Torney added 15 points and sophomore guard Shavar Reynolds had 14 points.

Spotswood’s Jake Dadika scored 23 of his 39 points in the second half, Matthew Ciaccio had 16 points and Marlon Hart added 18 points.


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