Rumson-Fair Haven topples St. Rose in SCT opener

Rumson-Fair Haven topples St. Rose in SCT opener

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Rumson-Fair Haven topples St. Rose in SCT opener

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The Rumson-Fair Haven boys basketball team left no doubt that it was a serious contender for the Shore Conference Tournament title.

With all the other SCT boys basketball games postponed due to inclement weather, the No. 11 seed Bulldogs hosted No. 22 seed St. Rose on Tuesday night and sent a resounding message to the rest of the Shore Conference.

With its best defensive effort of the season, Rumson-Fair Haven toppled St. Rose, 72-35, in a preliminary round game.

“I’ve said all along to the guys that we can’t just be (about) Brendan Barry making shots,” Rumson-Fair Haven coach Chris Champeau said. “When we swing the ball and move it around and if other guys make shots, we can be very hard to deal with.”

St. Rose (15-9) found that out on Tuesday night.

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The Bulldogs started the game on a 7-0 run and that led to a 16-3 lead after the first quarter. That lead became 36-12 at halftime and it was 61-26 after three quarters.

Barry, the team’s leading scorer, didn’t need a herculean effort on Tuesday night but still finished with 12 points. However, Alex Geiger, led four Rumson-Fair Haven players in double figures with 13 points while Barry and Morgan Maguire each added 12 points and Mickey Schluter supplied 10 points.

“So, if you get looks, you have to make them,” Champeau said. “If you make them, you win.”

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That formula was proven correct on Tuesday night as Rumson-Fair Haven (18-4) made 10 three-pointers during its largest margin of victory, 37 points, this season.

Geiger lead the way with three three-pointers and Maguire and Schluter each made two three-pointers. The Bulldogs also shot 8-for-9 from the free throw line as Barry didn’t miss a free throw (3-for-3), neither did Schulter (2-for-2) while Thomas Famulary went 3-for-4 from the foul line and finished with five points.

Meanwhile, St. Rose’s Bob Sun came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 11 points. Sun scored all 11 of his points in the second half. Nolan Slattery added 10 points and Matt Frost supplied seven of his 10 points in the second half. This was St. Rose’s worst loss of the season eclipsing a 21-point loss to Donovan Catholic on Jan. 23.

The Bulldogs advanced to Thursday’s second round game at No. 6 Red Bank.


Rumson-Fair Haven vs Shore Regional basketball. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry grabs a rebound as Shore’s Kevin Bloodgood and Jack Byrne (14) defend. West Long Branch, NJ Thursday, January 29, 2015 Doug Hood/Staff Photographer @dhoodhood

Rumson-Fair Haven 72, St. Rose 35

St. Rose (35): Hueth 1 0-0 2, Forlenza 0 0-0 0, Slattery 3 2-2 10, Sucheki 0 0-0 0, M. Frost 3 3-4 10, Krotulis 0 0-0 0, Gowen 1 0-0 2, Sun 4 0-2 11, Paterno 0 0-0 0, Murphy 0 0-0 0, Kennedy 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 5-8 35.

Rumson-Fair Haven (72): Maguire 5 0-0 12, Luby 2 0-0 5, Geiger 5 0-0 13, Barry 4 3-3 12, Famulary 1 3-4 5, Schulter 3 2-2 10, McCallister 1 0-0 2, Ferrare 2 0-0 4, Reid 0 0-0 0, Morales 2 0-0 4, McCann 1 0-0 2, Bedell 0 0-0 0, Healey 0 0-0 0, Ruane 0 0-0 0, Pierson 0 0-0 0,

St. Rose

3

9

14

9

35

RFH

16

20

25

11

72

3-point goals: (SR) Slattery 2, M. Frost, Sun; (RFH) Maguire 2, Luby, Geiger 3, Barry, Schulter 2, McCann. Records: St. Rose (15-9), Rumson-Fair Haven (18-4).

Wednesday, Feb. 18

Boys Basketball

Shore Conference Tournament

Preliminary Round

(17) Manchester at (16) Red Bank Catholic, 6 p.m.

(18) Matawan at (15) Pt. Beach, 6 p.m.

(23) Howell at (10) Neptune, 6 p.m.

(24) Pinelands at (9) Colts Neck, 6:30 p.m.

(25) Asbury Park at (8) Manasquan, 6:30 p.m.

(20) Marlboro at (13) Shore, 6:30 p.m.

(21) Donovan Catholic at (12) Southern, 6:30 p.m.

(19) Central at (14) Toms River South, 6:30 p.m.

Sherlon Christie: schristie@app.com

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