The winter weather’s had a grueling effect on the schedule this season, as Monday marked the fourth full day this winter that’s wiped an entire day’s worth of games off the schedule, plus the addition of other days in which a portion of games have been wiped out.
Greater Middlesex Conference Blue Division leaders Spotswood and Carteret were scheduled to play for the first time this season on Monday night in Spotswood, but the game was postponed with no makeup date announced.
The teams will also play a rescheduled game in Carteret this Saturday Feb. 8 – a makeup of the originally scheduled Jan. 22 game that was postponed.
East Brunswick, which has played only 12 games so far this season, had a makeup game against Piscataway postponed again on Monday night – the teams originally were supposed to play this game on Jan. 21, but was snowed out.
After the Jan. 21 snowstorm, the NJSIAA eased the number of games used to calculate power points for the state tournament seeding from 16 to 15 games in an effort to help teams with all the cancellations that have occurred this weekend.
Still, East Brunswick will need to hope it doesn’t snow anymore this week so its scheduled games for today, Friday, and Saturday won’t see any postponements so they can get to that 15 game number.
1,000 and growing
Sayreville senior guard Corey Taite and South Amboy senior guard Steve Herdman both scored their 1,000th career points in games on Thursday and Friday, respectively, to become the fourth and fifth players in the area this season to reach the mark.
Two more players should join them this week: East Brunswick Tech’s Mark Alston is just nine points away from the mark while Cardinal McCarrick’s Sky Harris needs 27 points.
Alston has accounted for a staggering 350 of the 528 points scored by East Brunswick Tech this season, as its next game is at Dunellen on Wednesday.
Harris meanwhile is averaging 18.5 points per game this season, as Cardinal McCarrick is scheduled to play at North Brunswick today and at Monroe on Thursday.
Not so Little
Perth Amboy Tech’s Jordan Little is anything but what his last name implies.
The 6-7 junior center is averaging 16.1 points per game while he leads the state in rebounding at 22.9 boards per game.
Battle By the Bay recap
Linden and St. Joseph both went down to the Battle By the Bay tournament this weekend at Atlantic City High School, and both fared well down there.
On Saturday Linden suffocated Southern with its defense in a 58-32 win, as they forced 25 turnovers for the game and had four players score in double figures.
On Sunday, St. Joseph came back from a 38-36 deficit to beat Newark Tech 58-53.
Karl Towns recorded 15 points, 12 rebounds, and five blocks, Wade Baldwin netted 15 points, five assists, and four blocks, and Marques Townes scored 15 points as well for the winners.
Both teams will be in action on Saturday in the prominent Primetime Shootout at Roselle Catholic – Linden will play Riverdale Baptist (MD) at 4:30 p.m. while St. Joseph will face Pace Academy (NC) at 6 p.m.