Lakewood’s Ryan Lawrence drive to the basket as Neptune’s Sean McMillan tries to catch him. Lakewood vs Neptune boys basketball in Hoop Group Showcase in Long Branch, NJ on January 10, 2015. Peter Ackerman/Staff Photographer
LONG BRANCH – Sophomore guard Barry Brown scored 10 of his 18 points in the first half and earned team most valuable player honors as he helped the unranked Neptune boys basketball team to an impressive 50-44 victory previously unbeaten No. 2 Lakewood at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase.
Senior twin guards Kerry and Keishawn Kirkwood each added six points and freshman center Jared Kimbrough provided five points as the Scarlet Fliers (3-5) edged the Piners (7-1) in the second game of the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase at Long Branch High School
“Tonight, Marcque, Micah, and Jared brought it. If they are that good, we are going to be pretty good. They just have to do that every night,” Neptune coach Joe Fagan said. “That’s our challenge and that’s what we’ve been talking about in practice.”
Marcque Ellington had four points and Micah Kerr had six points as the trio gave Neptune an inside presence on Saturday afternoon.
“We are learning from each other still and those guys haven’t played 32 minutes to the best of their ability,” Fagan said. “Finally, tonight each one, including O’Shane Curate coming off the bench and doing what is probably the hardest thing to do in basketball and make two free throws (after you haven’t played in the game).”
Lakewood senior guard Ryan Lawrence finished with 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half and was picked as the team MVP. Junior guard Amir Tyler added 10 of his 15 points in the first half.
RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 57, POINT BEACH 42: Junior guard Brendan Barry scored a Boardwalk Hoop Group showcase record 34 points (17 in each half) and was named team MVP as he helped the unranked Bulldogs (6-2) to the upset over No. 3 Point Beach (5-3) in the fourth game of the showcase. Barry went 13-for-17 from the foul line including a 7-for-8 showing in the fourth quarter. Senior guard Thomas Famulary added nine points and junior guard Mickey Schluter added six points. Point Beach junior guard Jimmy Panzini had a team-high 11 points and was picked as the team MVP.
MANASQUAN 42, MATAWAN 40: Luke O’Shaughnessy had 10 of his team-high 15 points in the first half and gained team MVP honors as the No. 9 Warriors (8-1) edged the No. 8 Huskies (4-4) in the final game at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. Jack Sheehan added 10 points. Matawan’s Jason Dunne scored 10 of his team-high 15 points in the second half and he had eight rebounds and four assists and gained team MVP honors. He also surpassed the 1,000th point plateau and has 1,004 career points after making a 3-pointer in the third quarter to get over the milestone.
ST. ANTHONY 60, CBA 35: Junior forward Pat Andree had nine of his team-high 17 points in the second half and earned team MVP honors as the Colts (6-3) fell to the Friars in the third game at the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. Senior forward Jack Laffey added six of his eight points in the first quarter and junior guards John Salcedo and Derek Leohner each finished with three points. St. Anthony’s Taurean Thompson had 13 points and was the team MVP and Markis McDuffie added 11 points.
SHORE 58, LONG BRANCH 36: Senior Dan Largey had 13 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and was picked as the team most valuable player and senior Jack Byrne added 12 points and senior James Kelly had five points as the No. 10 Blue Devils toppled the unranked Green Wave (0-7). Long Branch freshman Tyree Morris had six of his 10 points in the second half and was picked as the team MVP. Juniors Jamar Foster and Jaquel Presley each added six points.
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