Senior guard Terrel Cox scored 16 points to lead the sixth-seeded Long Branch boys basketball team past No. 11 Red Bank 54-50 in a Shore Conference Tournament Round of 16 game Thursday.
Cox buried one free throw with 10 seconds left in regulation for a 54-50 lead for the Green Wave (13-7). He scored five fourth-quarter points. He converted three of four free throws in the final eight minutes.
Senior forward Hassan Foster added 14 points. Sophomore forward Sadiq Palmer paced the Bucs (16-6) with 13 points.
The Green Wave opened a 17-7 first-quarter lead as Foster scored eight points, spicing his showing with two shots from beyond the arc. The Bucs replied with an 18-8 second-quarter avalanche, tying the game at 25. Palmer keyed the surge with six points, including one trey.
Long Branch replied with a 16-3 third-quarter surge. Foster led the run with six points. Palmer pumped in seven fourth-quarter points, putting home one shot from beyond the arc.
Long Branch will play No. 3 seed Lakewood at 12:45 p.m. in the second quarterfinal game on Sunday at Long Branch High School.
IN OTHER ROUND OF 16 GAMES:
LAKEWOOD 82, TR NORTH 61: Lakewood senior guard Daniel Niblack led all scorers with 33 points, including a perfect 7-for-7 showing from the free throw line, and senior center Ben Watson added 14 points as the No. 3 seed Piners (20-3) defeated the No. 19 seed Mariners (12-11). Lakewood sophomore guard Hassan Diawara added 11 points and sophomore guard Sean Barksdale added nine points. North junior guard Ted Thelemaque had 19 points and 10 rebounds and junior center Jordan Craig each had 16 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore guard Patrick Marinaccio added 12 points.
POINT BEACH 62, SOUTHERN 42: Senior guard Matt Farrell scored 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half and senior center Jeff Bryant added 16 of his career-high 20 points in the second half as the top-seeded Garnet Gulls (21-1) defeated the No. 16 seed Rams (13-8). Senior forward Dom Uhl added seven of his 13 points in the second half. Southern junior forward Jake Logue had a team-high 16 points and senior forward Mike Gesicki added 12 points. Point Beach will play No. 9 seed Jackson Memorial at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the third SCT quarterfinal game at Long Branch.
NEPTUNE 66, HOLMDEL 50: Myles Mooney scored 23 points and pulled down five rebounds and Shakeem Richardson added 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists as the No. 7 seed Scarlet Fliers defeated the No. 23 seed Hornets. Mooney shot 9-for-13 from the floor and Richardson was 8-for-18 from the field. Holmdel’s Gerard Noccera led all scorers with 27 points. He was 10-for-22 from the floor. Neptune will play No. 2 seed CBA at 11 a.m. Sunday in the first SCT quartefinal game at Long Branch.
MANASQUAN 49, RED BANK CATHOLIC 27: Senior guard Jack Fay scored 20 points and senior guard Tommy Toole added nine points and sophomore forward Ryan Jensen added six points as the No. 5 seed Warriors (17-2) defeated the No. 12 seed Caseys (15-5). Red Bank Catholic junior guard Joe Montano had eight points and senior center Quenton Nelson added seven points.
MATAWAN 46, POINT BORO 32: The fourth-seeded Huskies (18-3) set the school’s single-season wins record with a victory over the No. 13 Panthers (15-7). Junior guards Jason Dunne and Joe Piscopo keyed the win with 13 points each. Dunne added seven rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals. Piscopo contributed three rebounds, three assists and two steals. Senior guard Will Boccanfuso paced the Panthers with 17 points.
JACKSON MEMORIAL 48, MARLBORO 35: Senior forward Eric Carter had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the No. 9 seed Jaguars defeated the No. 25 seed Mustangs. Marlboro’s George Elghoul had 16 points.