GMC Tournament first round
Sayreville 49, Cardinal McCarrick 46: Despite going the entire fourth quarter without a field goal, the 14th-seeded Sayreville High School boys basketball team stunned third-seeded Cardinal McCarrick 49-46 on Thursday night in South Amboy.
“Huge upset, through the adversity we have had with all these close game I think it finally clicked with them,” Sayreville coach John Wojcik said. “These last two games are our two best games by far this season.”
Cardinal McCarrick (19-2) had the ball in the front court down three with eight seconds remaining — Sayreville fouled them to send them to the free throw line rather than give up a potential game-tying 3-pointer, as the Eagles missed the front end of a 1-and-1.
Jayson DeMild led Sayreville (10-12) with 16 points while Holy Cross-bound senior center Jehyve Floyd recorded 14 points, five rebounds, and five blocks as the Bombers managed to take a one point lead into the half despite Floyd sitting the entire second quarter with two fouls.
Mike Valentin netted 15 points for the Bombers, who exploded for 24 points in the third quarter, knocking down four 3s, as they took a 44-35 lead into the final quarter.
Sayreville made 5-of-7 free throws in the fourth quarter for its only scoring as McCarrick never took the lead.
Jahsim Floyd blocked seven shots for the Bombers.
NyQuan McCombs led all scorers with 21 points in the loss for the Eagles, who have now dropped two straight games after starting 19-0.
St. Joseph 70, Piscataway Tech 52: Breein Tyree scored 22 points with seven rebounds to lead top-seeded St. Joseph. Branislav Vujadinovic scored 15 points, while Bryce Layne and Marcus Ashamole each added 12 points for the Falcons, who will face ninth-seeded Woodbridge in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Aziz Austin scored 21 points for 17th-seeded Piscataway Tech (15-6).
Perth Amboy 45, Monroe 43: Carlos Done scored 12 points as fifth-seeded Perth Amboy (11-8) nearly blew an 11-point fourth quarter lead but made one final defensive stop in the final 11 seconds as Monroe never got a shot off. Nate Melendez and Marquise Irizarry each added 10 points for the Panthers, who wil lface fourth-seeded South Brunswick in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Matt Cocorikis led 12th-seeded Monroe (12-7) with 12 points and David Okoh added 10.
South Brunswick 44, Piscataway 35: Mike Ugarte scored 13 points and Jack Engel netted 12 as fourth-seeded South Brunswick (14-6) carried a 23-8 halftime lead. Ty Juan Dugger added nine points for the Vikings, who will face fifth-seeded Perth Amboy in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Shahmir Ahmed and Donzell Cunningham each recorded nine points for 13th-seeded Piscataway (4-16).
Colonia 53, Bishop Ahr 34: James Corbett scored 15 points to lead second-seeded Colonia (17-4). Chase Barneys and Jodrell Thompson each added nine points for the Patriots, who will face seventh-seeded Carteret in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Pat Astarita and Sean Kudelka each scored eight points for 18th-seeded Bishop Ahr (9-10).
Woodbridge 54, Perth Amboy Tech 39: Zahneer Shuler scored 17 points to lead ninth-seeded Woodbridge (17-5). Zaire Robinson added 16 points for the Barrons, who will face top-seeded St. Joseph in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Jordan Little posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds for eighth-seeded Perth Amboy Tech (15-4).
East Brunswick 50, J.F. Kennedy 32: Matt Ross paced sixth-seeded East Brunswick (14-6) with 11 points as the Bears outscored the Mustangs 8-0 in the second quarter after trailing 12-11. John McHenry added 10 points for the Bears, who will face 14th-seeded Sayreville in Sunday’s quarterfinal. Kush Patel scored 10 points for 22nd-seeded J.F. Kennedy (8-14).
Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals
Rutgers Prep 57, Immaculata 45: Levi Holmes scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in fourth quarter, going 11-of-11 from the free throw line over the final eight minutes, to lead second-seeded Rutgers Prep (20-3). Karl Charles added 14 points, seven rebounds, and four steals for the Argonauts as both he and Holmes battled foul trouble all night. Rutgers Prep will face third-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s in Saturday’s semifinals. Julian Alexis and George Browning scored 13 and 11 points, respectively, for seventh-seeded Immaculata (12-11).
Ridge 66, Watchung Hills 45: Max Mahoney scored 19 points to lead top-seeded Ridge. Dan McCreesh tallied 13 points and Padraic Brady added 12 points for the Red Devils (19-2), who will face fourth-seeded Montgomery on Saturday’s semifinals.
Gill St. Bernard’s 72, Bridgewater-Raritan 54: Tyus Battle netted a game-high 25 points and John Michael Mea added 19 to power third-seeded Gill St. Bernard’s (14-8), which outscored the Panthers 24-7 in the third quarter. The Knights will face second-seeded Rutgers Prep in Saturday’s semifinals. Matt Mancuso led sixth-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan (11-10) with 16 points.
Hunterdon Central 66, Delaware Valley 38: Tucker Richardson scored 11 points for Hunterdon Central (10-12). Myles Thomas added nine points for the Red Devils. David Giordano scored a game-high 20 points for Delaware Valley (8-13).
Voorhees 57, Northwest Prep 41: Mike Snellen paced Voorhees with 20 points. Tyler Kroll scored 10 points and Sean Szymczak added seven points for Voorhees (9-12).