Raiders Will Go As Far As Their Talent Will Take Them
PENNINGTON, NJ–For the past two seasons, the North Brunswick Raiders have been knocking on the door to elite status in both the GMC and Central Jersey Group IV. NBTHS reached the final four of the CJ Group IV tourney in 2010 and 2011 with a finals appearance in 2010. The Raiders also won the GMC White last year, but faltered in the Round of 16 of the GMCT to J.F. Kennedy. The year before, North Brunswick lost to Sayreville in the GMCT Elite Eight.
With the likes of Dion Rogers, Chance Gadsden, Shaliek Short, and Iverson Fleming returning, the Raiders will be in contention again for not only a GMC White title, but also for a GMCT title and a sectional title. Providing depth will be a solid group coming up from a JV team that went 20-2 last season. The loss of Pirkle will hurt a bit, but there is still more than plenty of talent for the Raiders to have a solid season. Short did not play in this scrimmage, but Rogers and Gadsden were a solid duo with both combining for 23 of the team’s 33 points in the second half.
Rogers, who also had five steals and two assists in the contest, provided much of his scoring over the final two periods from beyond the arc with three treys. However, Hopewell used a couple different zone looks that made it difficult for the senior guard and his backcourt mates to penetrate, and get the ball inside to Gadsden. The Bulldogs also pushed the North Brunswick guards well out on the perimeter. North Brunswick was able to compensate though by forcing turnovers that often resulted in easy baskets. The Raiders also cashed in on offensive rebounds.
There were seven quarterly lead changes and two ties combined in the final two periods. The Raiders were able to go on a 9-2 run in the fourth to break away from an 8-8 tie in the period for a 17-10 lead. North Brunswick was able to lead by as many as 18 points in the second half en route to the 61-47 overall victory. The Raiders were outscored from three point range by a margin of 12-9, and 7-2 from the foul line. North Brunswick still has plenty of talent to repeat as GMC White champs. How far NBTHS goes in both the GMCT and the states will depend on how far its talent will take it. The Raiders still will have to contend with a veteran Cardinal McCarrick squad as well as Woodbridge and New Brunswick in the always competitive GMC White.
Big Runs By Roselle Catholic Proved To Be Too Much For Falcons
ROSELLE, NJ–Monday night’s scrimmage against Roselle Catholic was going to be a very tough challenge for the Monroe Falcons coming in. With the likes of Tyler Roberson transferring in from Union as well as the likes of Jameel Varney, Chris Gross, and Nikko Velez returning, Roselle Catholic is looking to be a major player in New Jersey High School Basketball this coming season. However, the Purple Birds didn’t back down from the challenge. Leading the way were seniors Ryan Genevieve and Victor Sorrento. The two combined for 41 of the team’s 55 points, and all ten three pointers made.
Genevieve pumped in 31 points including 16 in the second and 9 in the fourth. Genevieve netted 8 of his team’s 10 three pointers. Monroe actually outscored Roselle Catholic by a 30-27 margin from beyond the arc as both teams combined for 19 threes in the exhibition. The problem was that the Lions had too much size, talent, and depth to overcome. RCHS had five dunks in the game including four in just the first period alone. Despite that, Monroe was competitive for much of the first, all of the second and fourth, and for the final portion of the third. Roselle Catholic only edged the Falcons in the second with two free throws at the one second mark, and by two in the final frame.
Leading by only one midway through the first period, the Lions went on a decisive 11-0 tear to take a 20-8 lead with 3:15 to go in the period. During the run, the Union County school had a three pointer, and two conventional three point plays. The third period started with Genevieve connecting from long distance, but then Roselle Catholic went on a 13-0 spurt en route to a 19-9 edge in the period. RCHS jumped out to a 14-5 lead in the second period, but the Falcons, led by Genevieve, rallied with a 13-4 spurt to tie the game in the final minute of the period. The final period was the most competitive with two lead changes and two ties. Roselle Catholic went on a 9-0 run over a span of 2:09 to take the largest lead of the quarter.
In each quarter, the Lions were able to put together a big run that made things difficult for the Falcons to overcome. Roselle Catholic outscored Monroe by a 47-5 margin over a span of just 10:11 when you put all four of the spurts together. The rest of the game (21:49) was much more competitive as Monroe actually outscored RC by a margin of 50-38. If the Falcons can stay focused for 32 minutes, they can be competitive. MTHS had some trouble with turnovers, which Roselle Catholic was more than happy to cash in on. Minimizing mistakes will definitely help the Falcons prevent opponents from getting big runs. The Falcons open up against North Brunswick, and are playing in the Anthony Cotoia Holiday Tournament at South Plainfield.
It will be tough for the Falcons to compete in the seemingly always rugged GMC White Division. However, this team plays hard, and has players with county and state tournament experience. Sorrento is a 5′10″ or 5′11″ player that plays like he is 6′4″ or 6′5″. Genevieve and Sorrento can both hurt you from the perimeter. If the Purple Birds can stay focused for 32 minutes, and not let teams put together big runs, they may surprise people this season.
Ramblers Impress In Three Periods Against Hudson County School
CARTERET, NJ–One thing that impressed me a great deal during Carteret’s Scrimmage against Bayonne is how well the starters against Bayonne for three periods. The Ramblers grabbed a 13-2 lead in the first period, and despite losing the second and third quarters, they only lost them by slim margins (Bayonne won the second 14-11, and the third 14-12). CHS didn’t back down from playing physical against the Bees. Kevin Van Dyke was banging away with Bayonne’s big men down low, and it did frustrate the Bees from time to time.
Although he had his shot blocked in the second quarter, Avery Carter went back to the basket, and converted a traditional three point play. He also let the Bayonne players know about it. Carter led the Ramblers with 10 points over the two periods the starters played while Tanveer Dosanjh chipped in with 7 during the span. Joey Nigro played very smart at the point guard position while Juwuan Colston came off the bench to contribute with nice play making. Since the days that Dave Turco coached at the school, the Ramblers have made defense a cornerstone of their success. Third year head coach, Herman White has continued to emphasize this to his players.
Over the first three periods, Carteret’s defense made Bayonne score from only the halfcourt most of the time. The Bees had to basically earn everything they got during that span. The Ramblers also demonstrated great hustle by getting back on defense to prevent easy baskets, and diving for loose balls. Carter got back on a couple of occasions to thwart scoring attempts by Bayonne. Not to be left out, the visitors from Hudson County played well on defense as well with 5 deflections, 4 steals, and 2 blocks in the second period. The Bees also had 4 steals and 2 deflections in the third. Even though, Bayonne held a 2-1 edge in quarters won, Carteret still had a 36-30 lead heading into the final period of action.
The Ramblers weren’t concerned about that though. Coach White wanted to give his reserves a good deal of playing time, and it provided a good learning experience for them. It didn’t show on the scoreboard with Bayonne winning the final frame by a 34-6 margin to win three of the four quarters, and earn a 64-42 advantage overall in the exhibition. However, the reserve Ramblers will learn from this, and be much stronger when competition gets underway in the GMC Blue. In the long run, their playing time here will bring a ton of benefits. Since the days of Jose Rodriguez and Wilfredo Fuerte, Carteret has been in constant search for a consistent threat from three point range. Al Tampa did give some perimeter scoring during the Ramblers resurgence back in 2007 and 2008, but nobody else has been able to provide help from beyond the arc to support the solid defense, strong inside play, and a transition game.
Nevertheless, you can expect CHS to be a contender again for the GMC Blue crown along with Bishop Ahr, Spotswood, and Kennedy.
PENNINGTON, NJ–On Tuesday, GMC Hoops wrapped up its scrimmage coverage with a trip out to Hopewell Valley High School to take in some of both the JV and varsity scrimmage between North Brunswick and the hometown Bulldogs. The site only saw one of the two quarters of the JV scrimmage and the final two periods from the varsity scrimmage. Below are the results from the action:
GMC Hoops Scrimmages–Results–December 13, 2011
- North Brunswick 61–Hopewell Valley 47–Varsity–NBT won both quarters that we saw.
- Hopewell Valley 22–North Brunswick 16–JV–only saw one quarter.
GMC Hoops has just posted the play-by-play and an article on the varsity scrimmage.
Duo Of Rogers And Gadsden Score In Double Digits In Second Half To Lead Raiders, 61-47
PENNINGTON, NJ–On Tuesday afternoon, GMC Hoops traveled over to Mercer County to take in the contest between Hopewell Valley Regional High School, and North Brunswick. The Raiders look to be in the mix for the 2012 Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament Champion as well as the Central Jersey Group IV title. North Brunswick has reached the CJ Group IV Final Four each of the past two years, but was unable to come away with a championship.
Two years ago, the Raiders defeated Marlboro in double-overtime in the semifinals of the section before losing to Montgomery in the title game. Last year, NBTHS fell to a cinderella story Rancocas Valley team that ended up winning the section. The Devils also defeated another GMC squad in East Brunswick in the quarterfinal round. North Brunswick did take a bit of a hit to graduation with the departure of standout Tait Pirkle. The four year varsity player ended up with over 1,000 points for his career. The Raiders do have some talent returning including seniors Dion Rogers, Chance Gadsden, and Shaliek Short while junior Iverson Fleming also returns.
North Brunswick also has a number of talented newcomers coming up. Last year, the Raiders JV squad went 20-2 overall, and ultimately fell to Hillsborough in the semifinal round of the 2011 East Brunswick JV Tournament. East Brunswick, which finished undefeated, wound up the champion of that tourney after defeating Hillsborough in the final. After winning the GMC White last season, the Raiders are again amongst the favorites to win the division again. Arriving late to the scrimmage, GMC Hoops settled in with about seven minutes to go in the second period of the JV scrimmage with Hopewell Valley already in front 12-3. The Junior Bulldogs and Raiders were even for the next four minutes as both teams scored five each for a 17-8 Hopewell lead with 3:05 to go.
A little more than a half minute later, North Brunswick got a basket that forced Hopewell to call for time with 2:32 to go in the period. After a missed front end of a one and one by the Junior Bulldogs, NBTHS came right back down with a strong drive to the basket for a layup while drawing a blocking foul that resulted in a traditional three point play, and a 17-13 Hopewell lead at the 1:53 mark. The Junior Raiders got another stop, and came back down the floor to draw a foul that produced two free throws to narrow the deficit to 17-15 at the 1:32 mark. Following two missed free throws by Hopewell at the 1:29 mark, and a NBTHS timeout, the Junior Raiders used great teamwork and ball movement to set up a layup attempt underneath that drew a foul. North Brunswick then made one of two from the line for a 17-16 Hopewell lead with a minute left.
The Junior Bulldogs put the dagger into the heart of the Junior Raiders with a three pointer from the left side of the key for a 20-16 edge with 30 seconds left. Hopewell Valley then wrapped up[ the win with two free throws in the last 5.6 seconds to round out the 22-16 win. After the JV teams were done, the varsity teams went at it. Hopewell gave North Brunswick problems with its zone defense. The Raiders guards were pushed out well beyond the three point line, and had difficulty penetrating and getting the ball inside. Rogers was able to nail two long threes from the right wing while also scoring a layup for 8 points in the frame. Gadsden chipped in with four points including a steal for a layup and a 7-3 lead at the 5:44 mark, and a score down low at the 26 second mark to seal the 16-13 third quarter edge.
After four lead changes in the third period, there were two more lead changes along with two ties in the fourth. The Raiders finally broke away from an 8-8 tie with a 9-2 run sparked by another trey from Rogers at the 3:44 mark. Gadsden and Fleming helped seal the win with the senior forward drawing a foul and making two free throws at the 1:20 mark, and the junior guard scoring on a transition layup to cap the spurt at the 47 second mark for a 17-10 lead. The trio of Rogers (13 points), Gadsden (10 points), and Fleming (4 points) accounted for 27 of North Brunswick’s 33 points over the final two periods. The Raiders outscored Hopewell by a 33-27 margin over the final two quarters for a 61-47 overall edge in the scrimmage. In addition to his 13 points in the final 16 minutes of the exhibition, Rogers also collected 5 steals and 2 assists.
Hopewell Valley, which had three treys in the third quarter to keep the score close, outscored North Brunswick by a 12-9 margin from beyond the arc. Over the last two quarters, the Bulldogs were 7 of 8 from the line while the Raiders were 2 of 4. NBTHS had 14 field goals in the final two periods of play while HVHS had only 8 field goals. The Bulldogs drew two of the three charges taken in the second half of this scrimmage. North Brunswick led overall by as many as 18 points in the second half.
PENNINGTON, NJ–On Tuesday afternoon, GMC Hoops traveled down to Mercer County again to take in its final scrimmage of the pre-season between North Brunswick Raiders and the Hopewell Valley Bulldogs. After taking a 28-20 lead at halftime, North Brunswick outscored Hopewell by three in each of the final two periods for a 61-47 overall victory. Below is play-by-play from the final two quarters:
North Brunswick won by a 28-20 margin
7:32–NBT–Dion Rogers hits three from right wing for a 3-0 lead.
7:15–NBT–Rogers steals pass.
7:11–HV–steals ball after Iverson Fleming loses pass from Rogers.
6:42–HV–gets kind bounce on three pointer from top of the key for a 3-3 tie.
6:20–NBT–Fleming swipes steal, and dishes to teammate, who is fouled–
misses both FTs.
5:56–NBT–Fleming sinks jumper for a 5-3 lead.
5:44–HV–timeout after steal and drive for layup by Chance Gadsden for a 7-3 lead.
5:30–HV–three pointer from left corner for a 7-6 NBT lead.
5:22–HV–draws charge on Gadsden.
4:57–NBT–breaks trap, but misses layup.
4:40–HV–fouled on the drive–makes two FTs for an 8-7 lead.
3:23–NBT–Rogers knifes into HV defense, and dishes to teammate for layup, and a 9-8 lead.
2:53–NBT–knocks ball out of bounds off rebound–HV ball.
1:57–HV–hits floater from left baseline for a 10-9 lead.
1:50–HV–draws charge on Rogers.
1:23–NBT–Rogers drains triple from right wing for a 12-10 lead.
51.2–NBT–Rogers pokes away steal picked up by Fleming, who dishes back to Rogers for a layin and foul. Rogers misses FT for a 14-10 lead.
38.6–HV–buries three pointer from left wing for a 14-13 NBT lead.
26.0–NBT–Gadsden scores down low, and is fouled. Misses bonus FT–Khai Blackwell is called an over the back foul. NBT leads 16-13.
2.3–NBT–Fleming knocks ball out of bounds.–HV calls for 30 sec timeout.
0.0–HV–misses baseline jumper from right side at the buzzer.
7:40–NBT—Rogers swipes steal.
7:26–NBT–Gadsden scores layup from left low block for 2-0 lead.
7:05–HV–draws foul, and makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 2-1 NBT lead.
6:40–NBT–cashes in on three rebounds with a putback for a 4-1 lead.
6:26–HV–hits three pointer off kickout for a 4-4 tie.
6:00–HV–drives left baseline for floater, and a 6-4 lead.
5:50–NBT–throws ball away–turnover.
5:32–HV–nice extra pass down low for a layup for an 8-4 lead.
5:24–NBT–Gadsden throws down one handed slam for an 8-6 HV lead.
5:00–NBT–Rogers forces steal that is picked up by Fleming, but he missed layup–Gadsden missed follow.
4:39–NBT–Rogers hits one handed shot for an 8-8 tie.
4:18–OFFICIAL–timeout for substitutions.
4:03–HV–blocks NBT shot on follow.
3:44–HV–changes zone defense, but Rogers still connects for three from left wing for an 11-8 lead.
3:25–HV–gets offensive rebound, and is fouled on follow. Makes both FTs for 11-10 NBT lead.—timeout.
3:15–NBT–Rogers fouled–misses front end of one and one.
2:23–NBT–nice touch pass while in the air by Rogers to teammate for layup, and a 13-10 lead.
1:20–NBT–Gadsden fouled on rebound–NBT–30 sec timeout–Gadsden makes both FTs for a 15-10 lead.
47.0–HV–good hustle for save attempt, but NBT gets ball and scores on Fleming layup off break for a 17-10 lead.
36.9–HV–layup underneath for a 17-12 NBT lead.
17.2–HV–fouled by Gadsden–makes both FTs for a 17-14 NBT lead.
0.0–NBT–runs out the clock for a 17-14 edge in the quarter, and a 61-47 edge in scrimmage.
GMC Hoops will be posting an article on this scrimmage shortly.
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–On Monday afternoon and evening, GMC Hoops took in two scrimmages involving teams from the GMC. Both were tough challenges for our GMC squads, but they both played hard and didn’t back down. In the afternoon, Carteret took on Bayonne in a Varsity/JV scrimmage while Monroe took on Roselle Catholic on Monday night. Below are the results from the scrimmages the site saw.
- Bayonne 64–Carteret 42–Varsity–Bayonne won 3 of 4 quarters.
- Carteret 36–Bayonne 9–JV–Carteret won both periods.
- Roselle Catholic 85–Monroe 55–Varsity–Roselle Catholic won all four quarters.
GMC Hoops plans on posting analysis for both varsity scrimmages played on Monday soon.
Monroe’s Genevieve Stands Out In Defeat With 31 Points And Eight Threes
ROSELLE, NJ–After taking in action from the final three periods of the scrimmage between Carteret and Bayonne, GMC Hoops traveled up Route 27, and ended up at Roselle Catholic for a rare night scrimmage between the Lions and Monroe. Like Carteret earlier in the day, the Falcons took on a very tough opponent in their scrimmage. Roselle Catholic with the likes of Jameel Warney and Nikko Velez look to be a very tough team in the Union County Conference this year. The Lions, which moved down to Non-Public B South this year, also got a transfer from Union (Tyler Roberson) and St. Patrick’s (Hakim Saintil) in the offseason.
Meanwhile, Monroe is looking to improve on its finish last year. Second year head coach, Nick Puleio is looking for solid efforts from seniors Ryan Genevieve and Victor Sorrento. Ryan Stolte, Nick Isola, Josh Polefka, and Chris Germano will also be looking to contribute. This exhibition was a tall order for the Falcons, but literally and figuratively. The Lions brought a lot of size, athletic ability, and depth to the table. Roselle Catholic had four dunks in the first period alone during a key 11-0 spurt en route to a 20-8 lead. Roselle Catholic eventually went on to win the frame by a 29-13 margin. Sorrento helped the Purple Birds give a good fight with eight points including two threes. The Lions stayed even with Monroe in points scored from beyond the arc (9-9).
The second quarter begin much like the first one ended with the Lions jumping out to a 14-5 lead. However, Genevieve, who fired in 16 of the Falcons 18 points in the period, connected on three treys while handing out an assist on the other score. Genevieve lifted Monroe in a 13-4 tear over a span of 4:27 to tie the score at 18-18 with 11 seconds left in the first half. However, Roselle Catholic drew a foul with one second left, and made both free throws for a 20-18 edge in the period, and a 49-31 advantage in the first half. Monroe held an 18-15 edge in points scored from three. Genevieve ended up with 19 points in the half including four threes while Sorrento added 8 points, and Stolte chipped in with two.
Roselle Catholic came out strong again to start the third with a 13-3 burst. All thirteen points by the Lions came after Genevieve opened the second half with a three. Monroe got within six after four unanswered points including a score by Josh Polefka at the 2:15 mark. The Falcons wouldn’t get any closer though as the Lions finished the period with 6 of the last 8 points including a three at the 1:50 mark for a 16-7 lead, and then a long two point jumper from the right wing at the 27 second mark to close out the third quarter scoring. Genevieve had three in the frame while Sorrento and Polefka added two. Roselle Catholic had three treys in the period, and outscored the Falcons by a 9-3 margin in points from beyond the arc. The Lions also added their fifth dunk of the game.
The fourth quarter was perhaps the most competitive quarter from start to finish. There were two lead changes and three ties in the period with neither team leading by more than seven points. Genevieve again led the way for Monroe with 9 points all on three pointers while Isola chipped in with 4 points and Stolte added two. Roselle Catholic trailed 8-4 with 5:41 to go in the scrimmage, but rallied with a 13-2 tear over the next 4:29 to take a 17-10 lead with 1:12 left. Highlighting the run was a reverse layin to tie the score at 10-10 with 2:49 to go, a putback at the 2:11 mark, a three pointer with 1:47 remaining, and a foul line jumper that capped the run with a little more than a minute to go. The Falcons closed out the scoring with two foul shots by Stolte with 52 seconds left, and a three by Genevieve with two seconds to go.
RCHS wound up winning all four periods, and finished with an 85-55 overall edge. Genevieve turned in a super performance with 31 points including eight three pointers. Monroe, which scored 55 percent of its points from three point range, outscored Roselle Catholic by a 30-27 margin from beyond the arc. The Lions ended up with five dunks in the game, and missed getting a sixth one. Sorrento ended up with 10 points while Stolte and Isola chipped in with four. Polefka and two others added two points each. Genevieve and Sorrento accounted for 75 percent of the Falcons scoring.
ROSELLE, NJ–Following the scrimmage between Carteret and Bayonne, GMC Hoops traveled up Route 27 North, and into Roselle to see the scrimmage between the Monroe Falcons and the Roselle Catholic Lions. RCHS won all four quarters and earned an 85-55 overall edge, but the Falcons, led by senior guard Ryan Genevieve with 31 points including eight threes, battled throughout, and only lost two of the periods by two points. Below is the play-by-play from the scrimmage.
7:55–MON–deflects ball out of bounds.
7:50–RC–Draws foul from Stolte–makes both FTs for a 2-0 lead.
7:46–RC–deflects MON pass out of bounds.
7:09–RC–connects on three from right wing for a 5-0 lead.
6:54–MON–Victor Sorrento nails three from left wing for a 5-3 RC lead.
6:20–RC–picks up steal, and scores on easy layp for a 7-3 lead.
5:29–RC–loses ball out of bounds after getting offensive rebound off block by Ryan Genevieve.
5:11–MON–Nick Isola feeds Sorrento for layup from left baseline, and a 7-5 RC lead.
4:50–RC–steals pass off inbounds, and scores easy layup off several quick passes on break for a 9-5 lead.
4:36–MON–Ryan Stolte passes back to Genevieve for three pointer from left wing, and a 9-8 lead.
4:23–MON–timeout after RC layup for an 11-8 lead.
3:58–RC–fouled on the floor after getting offensive rebound.
3:54–RC–gets very kind bounce on three pointer from right corner off inbounds for a 14-8 lead.
3:37–RC–steals ball from Genevieve, and goes in for a one handed slam while being fouled–makes FT for three point play, and a 17-8 lead.
3:15–RC–offensive rebound and putback while being fouled–makes bonus FT for a 20-8 lead.
3:02–MON–Genevieve inbounds to Stolte for short jumper, and a 20-10 RC lead.
2:48–RC–two handed dunk for a 22-10 lead.
1:57–MON–Sorrento hits high arching three for a 22-13 RC lead.
1:42–MON–Genevieve blocks shot.
1:25–RC–steal leads to breakaway dunk, and a 24-13 lead.
1:11–MON–missed shot goes off wire on backboard–out of bounds–turnover.
0:59–RC–throws ball away–turnover.
0:30–RC–three pointer from right side of the arc for a 27-13 lead.
0:07–RC–pass upcourt for a two handed dunk, and a 29-13 lead.
RC–4 dunks in quarter–had an 11-0 run to break open period–had three treys and two three point plays in quarter
MON–3 treys in quarter–Sorrento–8 points, Genevieve 3 points, and Stolte 2 points
7:43–RC–draws foul, but misses FT.
7:23–RC–gets steal,, but turns it over.
7:07–MON–fouled on rebound.
6:56–MON–Genevieve fouled on drive to the basket–makes two FTs.
6:40–RC–hits three pointer from right wing for a 3-2 lead.
6:26–MON–Genevieve misses three–Sorrento gets offensive rebound–misses three–Falcons called for foul–RC makes two FTs for a 5-2 lead.
6:03–RC–transition layup for a 7-2 lead.
5:43–MON–Sorrento to Genevieve for high arching three from left corner for a 7-5 RC lead.
5:32–RC–baseline jumper from left side for a 9-5 lead.
5:14–MON–throws ball out of bounds–turnover.
4:57–RC–hits jumper from right wing for an 11-5 lead.
4:38–RC–three pointer from right wing for a 14-5 lead.
4:23–MON–Genevieve hits three from left wing for a 14-8 RC lead.
3:56–MON–Genevieve fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 14-9 RC lead.
3:46–RC–misses shot, gets rebound, but steps out of bounds.
3:37–MON–Genevieve fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 14-10 RC lead.
2:48–MON–Genevieve gets steal–pushes ball upcourt, and lobs to teammate for a layup, and a 14-12 RC lead.
1:53–MON–shows great hustle, and keeps possession after Sorrento and Genevieve miss threes.
1:39–MON–Genevieve fights for offensive board off own miss, and scores on the follow for a 14-14 tie.
1:17–RC–turns ball over after getting steal of errant pass.
0:57–RC–gets kind roll on baseline jumper from left side for a 16-14 lead.
0:44–both teams scramble for loose ball–Genevieve fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 16-15 RC lead.
0:33–RC–draws foul, and makes both FTs for a 18-15 lead.
0:11–MON–Genevieve buries long three from left wing for an 18-18 tie.
0:01–RC–fouled on shot attempt–makes both FTs for a 20-18 lead.
RC wins period 20-18…leads at half–49-31.
RC hits two threes in the period, and led 14-5 before MON went on a 13-4 tear to tie the period score at 18-18.
MON–his three treys in period–Genevieve scores 16 of 18 points and had assist on the other score. Genevieve hit all three treys.
MON–Genevieve 19 points at half including four threes.
7:45–MON–pokes away steal on follow attempt by RC.
7:40–RC–deflects ball out of bounds.
7:28–MON–fouled on floor.
7:07–MON–pokes away steal, but eventually lose ball out of bounds.
6:52–MON–Sorrento picks up steal off dropped pass.
6:40–MON–Sorrento gets offensive rebound and kicks out to Genevieve for three pointer,and a 3-0 lead.
6:09–MON–throws ball out of bounds–turnover.
5:58–RC–fouled down on right low block–makes both FTs for a 3-2 MON lead.
5:41–RC–draws foul on floor after getting offensive rebound off missed dunk following steal.
5:34–RC–kicks out to left wing for three pointer, and a 5-3 lead.
5:05–MON–Sorrento gets rebound–pushes ball upcourt for layup attempt that is blocked out of bounds.
5:04–MON–Genevieve–passes off RC player out of bounds–MON ball.
4:34–RC–gets break as errant pass is picked up and dunked home for a 7-3 lead.
4:11–RC–scores layin off steal at midcourt for a 9-3 lead.
3:49–RC–fouled on left low block–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 10-3 lead.
3:42–RC–gets steal in MON backcourt, but can’t score.
3:38–MON–loses ball out of bounds–turnover.
3:30–MON–Sorrento steals ball.
3:10–RC–good ball movement leads to three from left wing for a 13-3 lead.
2:49–MON–layup for a 13-5 RC lead.
2:15–MON–steals pass in paint leads to goaltending on Josh Polefka layup attempt for 13-7 RC lead.
1:50–RC–three pointer from left corner for a 16-7 lead.
1:00–RC–fouled on shot attempt–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 17-7 lead.
0:43–MON–hustle results in great recovery–get the ball back to Germano, who feeds Sorrento for layup, and a 17-9 RC lead.
0:27–RC–hits long two point jumper from right wing for a 19-9 lead.
0:11–RC–blocks Sorrento shot after he got a nice offensive rebound.
RC wins quarter 19-9.
7:49–RC–steal leads to fast break layup, and a 2-0 lead.
7:34–MON–Genevieve hits three pointer from the right of the top of the key for a 3-2 lead.
7:17–RC–fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs
7:01–MON–Stolte with nice pass to Isola for layup from right low block, and a 5-3 lead.
6:24–RC–picks off pass–goes in for layup, and draws foul–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 5-4 MON lead.
6:18–RC–draws charge on Germano.
5:41–MON–Genevieve hits three from left side off pass from Isola for an 8-4 lead.
5:00–MON–Sorrento shot goes out of bounds after both teams traded steals.
4:44–RC–nice feed for two handed jam from right low block, and a 8-6 MON lead.
4:24–RC–layup for an 8-8 tie.
3:59–RC–keeps possession after loose ball goes off Genevieve.
3:21–MON–Sorrento kicks back out to Isola for jumper from right elbow and a 10-8 lead.
2:49–RC–reverse layin for a 10-10 tie.
2:11–RC–putback for a 12-10 lead.
1:47–RC–three pointer from left corner for a 15-10 lead.
1:28–RC–deflects ball out of bounds.
1:12–RC–sinks foul line jumper for a 17-10 lead.
1:06–MON–fouled on inbounds pass.
0:52–MON–Sorrento and Stolte combine for three offensive rebounds—Stolte fouled on follow–makes both FTs for a 17-12 RC lead.
0:34–RC–shot goes out of bounds–MON ball.
0:19–RC–loses ball out of bounds–turnover.
0:02–MON–Germano to Genevieve for a three from the left corner–RC wins period 17-15.–won scrimmage 85-55.
GMC Hoops will be posting an article on this game shortly.
Ramblers Hang Tough For Three Quarters Against Hudson County Power
CARTERET, NJ–On Monday afternoon, GMC Hoops traveled over to Carteret High School to see the Ramblers in action in a scrimmage against Bayonne from Hudson County. The Bayonne Bees are a powerhouse team from the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association. The Bees were especially dominant during the early part of the first decade in the 2000s with three straight county titles. The Bees are nearly a yearly participant in the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV playoffs. So, this scrimmage is a very good challenge for the Ramblers.
After reaching the semifinals of the North Jersey Section 2 Group III playoffs two years ago before losing to Millburn, the Ramblers qualified for the Central Jersey Group II playoffs, but didn’t really get far. Carteret did notch an impressive victory early in the year over Bishop Ahr, but then lost to the Trojans at BGA in the second half of the season. The Ramblers are have always been a tough defensive team with athletic players. More of the same will be expected for Carteret to contend in the GMC Blue this season. Returning from last year are Avery Carter, Joey Nigro, Tanveer Dosanjh, Kevin Van Dyke, and Juwuan Colston among others.
Over the summer, Carteret completed in the Tuesday/Thursday Division of the Elizabeth Summer League, and played well in the two games GMC Hoops saw the Ramblers play against Cranford and Nazareth of Brooklyn. CHS actually won both games, but still wasn’t able to qualify for the playoffs in that league. In those two games, Van Dyke played very well, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Arriving late to this scrimmage, the site entered just as the first period was ending with Carteret winning by a surprising margin of 13-2. In the second frame, Bayonne scored the first eight points of the quarter, and won the period by a 14-11 margin with Carteret leading 24-16 at the intermission.
The Bees had 4 steals, 5 deflections, and two blocks in the period. Carteret didn’t score until nearly midway through the period when Nigro dished an inbounds to a teammate underneath on the left block for a layup, and a 15-10 Ramblers lead. The big play for the home team came after Dosanjh scored on a layup at the 2:31 mark for a 17-11 lead. Carteret took a nine point lead at 20-11 when Carter, who had his shot blocked just moments earlier, went up an scored a layup as he was fouled from behind for a three point play with 1:13 mark. Bayonne outscored the Ramblers by a 5-4 margin the rest of the way for an eight point lead at the half. Carter had 3 points while Dosanjh and Van Dyke each added two in the stanza.
The JV squads then played for a period with Carteret jumping out to a 13-7 lead with a little less than two minutes to go. The Junior Ramblers then made two free throws at the 1:42 mark for a 15-7 lead. CHS followed that up with a steal for a layup while being fouled at the 1:33 mark to go up by double digits en route to a 20-7 edge in the frame. Follow the JV quarter, the varsity played for another two periods with Bayonne winning each quarter. The Bees fell behind by a 6-2 margin with 5:48 to go in the third period, but then finished the frame with a 12-6 spurt for a 14-12 edge. Then, in the final period, the Hudson County team took advantage of Carteret playing its reserves for the entire period with a 34-6 onslaught to gain a 3-1 edge in quarters, and a 64-42 edge in the final score.
In the third, Carteret was led by the tandem of Carter and Dosanjh, who combined for all the Rambler points in the period. Dosanjh opened the second half with a three from the right wing at the 7:01 mark, and then a layup at the 6:44 mark to help the home team jump out to an early four point lead. Carter then closed the period with the final seven points including one of two from the line at the 5:48 mark, a jumper that tied the score at 8-8 with 3:18 to go in the frame, a drive from the left lane for a layup at the 1:13 mark, and then a putback of his own miss with 48.6 seconds remaining in the frame. Despite being outscored by two points in the period, the Ramblers still held a 36-30 overall advantage, and had a chance to end the scrimmage by winning two of the four quarters. However, Carteret went with the reserves to give them some minutes, and a valuable learning experience against the Bayonne starters.
Carter ended up with 10 points in the final two periods he played while Dosanjh chipped in with 7 points. After the varsity scrimmage ended, the JV squads of both teams went at it with Carteret’s JV winning 16-2. The Junior Ramblers won both quarters in their scrimmage by a margin of 36-9.