Maguire, Famulary, Barry all help Rumson-Fair Haven to SCT semifinal win over Neptune

Maguire, Famulary, Barry all help Rumson-Fair Haven to SCT semifinal win over Neptune

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Maguire, Famulary, Barry all help Rumson-Fair Haven to SCT semifinal win over Neptune

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Rumson fans cheer on their team during second half action. Rumson-Fair Haven vs Neptune Boys Basketball during Shore Conference Tournament Semifinal in Middletown NJ on February, 25, 2015. Peter Ackerman/Staff Photographer

Rumson-Fair Haven senior guard Brendan Barry had the points. Senior forward Morgan Maguire and senior guard Thomas Famulary did the rest.

Barry finished with 12 points while Maguire and Famulary made one clutch player after another as the No. 11 seed Bulldogs defeated No. 10 seed Neptune, 37-29, in a Shore Conference Tournament semifinal game on Wednesday night at Brookdale Community College.

“I think it was all guts. These guys are an all-heart team. I tell them in the locker room before a game. What are you going to give us in terms of charges, steals, blocks, things that you can do with your heart? Not your natural ability.” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris Champeau said. “And that’s what those two brought to us.”

Famulary finished with five points while Maguire had 10 points but it was those charges, steals, blocks and other plays that helped the Bulldogs rally from a 17-15 halftime deficit.

“Morgan must have taken 20 charges, he looked like a prize fighter. He got cut under his eye,” Champeau said. “Famulary and Maguire stepped up. We all know teams are going to get all over Brendan Barry.”

Rumson-Fair Haven took over the game in the third quarter when it outscored Neptune, 13-5, to take a 28-22 lead after three quarters. Maguire’s best quarter was the third quarter when he scored five of his team’s 13 points that fueled the dramatic comeback at Brookdale Community College.

Overall, all five Rumson-Fair Haven starters, senior guard Jack Luby, senior guard Alex Geiger, Barry, Maguire and Famulary scored at least five points and all had critical plays at some point in the game that helped the Bulldogs (20-4) reach the Shore Conference’s ultimate game, the SCT Final at 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

The first half of this defensive battle between Rumson-Fair Haven and Neptune was a totally different story.

STORY: Quick recap of Rumson-Fair Haven vs Neptune

Neptune (15-10) jumped out to a 17-15 lead over Rumson-Fair Haven at halftime.

Neptune senior guard Sean McMillan came off the bench to score six of his team-high 12 points in the second quarter. The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and McMillan helped the Scarlet Fliers outscore Rumson-Fair Haven, 7-5, in that second quarter to get a very slim advantage (two poitns) at halftime.

Sophomore guard Barry Brown scored six of his 10 points in the second half as Brown and McMillan combined for 22 of Neptune’s 29 points on Wednesday night.

STORY: SCT semifinal boxscores for Feb. 25

The other SCT semifinal on Wednesday night was a total lopsided affair as No. 1 seed CBA defeated No. 4 seed Toms River North, 65-29. With that victory, CBA will make back-to-back SCT final appearances and will face Rumson-Fair Haven at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Monmouth University.

STORY: CBA gets off to fast start in SCT semifinal victory over Toms River North

Shore Conference Tournament

Semifinals

at Brookdale Community College

Rumson-Fair Haven 37, Neptune 29

Rumson-FH (37): Luby 1 3-7 5, Barry 4 2-2 12, Geiger 1 2-4 5, Famulary 2 1-4 5, Maguire 4 2-5 10, Schluter 0 0-0 0, McCallister 0 0-0 0, Ferrare 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 10-22 37.

Neptune (29): Ker. Kirkwood 1 0-0 3, Kei. Kirkwood 0 0-0 0, Brown 4 1-2 10, Ellington 0 0-0 0, Kerr 1 0-2 2, Kimbrough 0 1-3 1, McMillan 4 2-5 12, Fields 0 1-2 1, Curate 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 5-14 29.

RFH

10

5

13

9

37

Neptune

10

7

5

7

29

3-point goals: (R) Barry 2; (N) Brown, McMillan 2. Fouled out: (R) Maguire; (N) Ellington. Records: Rumson-Fair Haven (21-4), Neptune (15-10).

Sherlon Christie: schristie@app.com

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