Conference Teams Combine For Over .500 Record Entering Final Stage Of Season
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ–On Monday, state tournament play began for 25 of the 31 teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference that qualified for the various tourneys categorized by school enrollment. As of the end of play, Wednesday night, the GMC has gone 9-9 against teams outside Middlesex County in state tourney play.
Entering the state tournament season, the 31 teams in the GMC had combined for an 82-76 record during the regular season against teams from other conferences. The conference is now 91-85, and has gone 22-16 since dropping to .500 in the middle of February. It has been an up and down, and streaky season for GMC schools against non-conference foes. The GMC began the year with 8 wins in its first 9 games, and then was clobbered over the holidays.
From that point on, the GMC schools have been on a roller coaster ride against teams outside of Middlesex County. For the most part though, the conference has held its own against many of the conferences in the Central Jersey area. Entering play on Thursday, the GMC is 4-3 against the Colonial Valley Conference, 23-22 versus the Skyland Conference, 10-10 against the Union County Conference, and 16-19 versus the Shore Conference. While the conference has not been dominant against schools from these other conferences, it has been able to hold its own.
A couple conferences that have done fairly well against the GMC this year have been the Burlington County Scholastic League, which has won 5 of 8 games against GMC schools, and the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association, which has won 6 of 9 against the GMC. Breaking down the 91-85 GMC non-conference record by division: The Gold is 32-19. The Red is 27-21. Blue Division is 20-17 while the White has struggled at 12-28. Teams that have done well against non-conference schools this season are: Perth Amboy Tech (8-1), St. Joseph’s (7-2), South River (7-3), East Brunswick Tech (6-2), Dunellen (4-0), Old Bridge (5-2), East Brunswick (5-2), Middlesex (3-0), Piscataway Tech (4-2), and Spotswood (3-1).
Good morning everyone. Here is the latest schedule for the GMC-Skyland Challenge set for today. GMC Hoops plans to be at Immaculata for the two games there, and then go over to Bound Brook to see Cardinal McCarrick take on the home town Crusaders.
At Bound Brook
Colonia vs. Warren Hills, 5:00 PM
Cardinal McCarrick vs. Bound Brook, 7:00 PM
At East Brunswick
Timothy Christian vs. Voorhees, 2:00 PM
Piscataway vs. Montgomery, 4:00 PM
Bridgewater vs. East Brunswick, 6:00 PM
South Brunswick vs. Hillsborough, 12:45 PM
North Brunswick vs. Franklin, 2:30 PM
Bishop Ahr vs. Pingry, 3:00 PM
Woodbridge vs. Immaculata, 5:00 PM
At North Plainfield
J.F. Kennedy vs. North Plainfield, 1:00 PM
South Hunterdon vs. Middlesex, 12:00 PM
Hunterdon Central vs. Monroe, 7:00 PM
At North Hunterdon
Edison vs. North Hunterdon, 1:30 PM
At Perth Amboy
Delaware Valley vs. Perth Amboy, 1:00 PM
Old Bridge vs. Phillipsburg, 2:30 PM
Carteret vs. Somerville, 2:00 PM
At South Amboy
Manville vs. South Amboy, 11:30 AM
Bernards vs. Spotswood, 1:30 PM
New Brunswick vs. Ridge, 2:30 PM
Sayreville vs. Watchung Hills, 7:00 PM
SAYREVILLE, NJ–On Tuesday night, GMC Hoops traveled down to the Bomb Shelter in Sayreville after work to see the final 11:48 of the contest between the Bombers and the Monroe Falcons of the GMC White. Monroe took a 52-39 lead with less than a half minute gone by in the fourth only to have Sayreville respond with a 13-4 tear over a span of 6:47 to pull within four at 56-52 with 54 seconds to go. The Bombers had three treys during the run courtesy of Malik Pressley, Anthony Manning, and Corey Taite. However, Monroe was able to pull out the 59-53 win by making three foul shots down the stretch. Nick Isola had game high for the Falcons with 21 while Matt Siemons chipped in with 12, and Chris Germano added 10. Corey Taite led Sayreville with 12 points while Jason Saldiveri chipped in with 10. Below are game notes from the contest.
Sayreville jumped out to a 15-12 lead thanks to 7 field goals including a three by Brian Rubio. Donald Johnson led six different players in the scorebook for the Bombers in the period with 4 points. Meanwhile, Monroe had 9 first quarter points from senior forward, Nick Isola, who made four field goals and one of two from the line in the frame. Senior guard, Zach Gorham accounted for the only other Falcon points with a 3 of 4 effort from the foul line. Monroe had 4 field goals and made 4 of 6 from the foul line.
Monroe closed the gap two just a field goal at the half with a more balanced attack as four different players broke into the scoring column in the period led by junior guard Chris Germano, who scored 9 points including two threes while Isola added 5 points. The Falcons had 7 field goals including two threes while making only 2 of 5 from the line. Meanwhile, Sayreville, which had no free throw attempts in the first half, had five different players score in the period led by Jason Saldiveri with 6 points. The Bombers had 8 field goals including a three.
Monroe–11 field goals including 2 3s and 6 of 11 from the foul line.
Sayreville–15 field goals including 2 3s.
Monroe First Half Scoring
Nick Isola–6 FGs and 2 of 4 FTs for 14 points
Chris Germano–3 FGs including 2 3s and 1 of 3 FTs for 9 points
Zach Gorham–FG and 3 of 4 FTs for 5 points
Andrew Ha–FG–2 points
Sayreville First Half Scoring
Jason Saldiveri–4 FGs for 8 points
Donald Johnson–3 FGs for 6 points
Corey Taite–2 FGs including a three for 5 points
Brian Rubio–2 FGs including a three for 5 points
Justin Luna–2 FGs for 4 points
Jon Bracero–FG for 2 points
Anthony Manning–FG for 2 points
Monroe asserted itself in the third with a 19-7 showing to take a 49-39 lead into the fourth. Four different players did all of the scoring for the Falcons led by Matt Siemons, who scored all six of his points in the quarter during the final 3:48 of the frame when MTHS went on an 11-5 spurt. Nick Isola also had 6 points for Monroe while Ryan Stolte, who scored all seven of his points in the 2nd half, had 5 in the frame. Sayreville could only manage three field goals and one of two from the foul line. The Bombers were led by Corey Taite, who had two field goals for four points in the stanza. Below are notes from the final 3:48 of the period.
3:48–arrive–MON leads 38-34.
2:34–SAY–timeout after a layup by Matt Siemons on Monroe–Falcons on an 6-2 run since arriving with Siemons scoring four points and Ryan Stolte putting in a layup for a 44-36 lead.
2:00–MON–Chris Germano drives in and scores on a runner for a 46-36 lead.
1:25–SAY–Anthony Manning fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 46-37 MON lead.
0:35–SAY–Corey Taite hits jumper from right elbow on the follow for a 47-39 lead.
0:05–MON– Siemons scores on a follow of a blocked shot by SAY’s Jason Saldiveri.
0:00–SAY–heave from three quarters court is off the mark.
Monroe Third Quarter Scoring
Matt Siemons–3 FG for 6 points
Nick Isola–2 FG and 2 of 2 FTs for 6 points
Ryan Stolte–2 FG and 1 of 1 FTs for 5 points
Zach Gorham–FG for 2 points
Sayreville Third Quarter Scoring
Corey Taite–2 FG for 4 points
Justin Luna–FG for 2 points
Anthony Manning–1 of 2 FTs for 1 point
Thanks mostly to a 13-4 tear over a span of 6:37, and four threes in the quarter, Sayreville was able to make a game of it after Matt Siemons hit a three for Monroe to make the score 52-39 with 7:31 left. Corey Taite, Malik Pressley, and Anthony Manning all had treys in the period as the Bombers pulled within four at 56-52 with 54 seconds to go. However, Monroe was able to pull out the 59-53 win thanks to two free throws by Siemons and another by Germano over the last 53 seconds of the game. Sayreville had five field goals including those three treys along with one of two from the line for its 14 points. Monroe had only two field goals in the entire quarter including a three while going 5 of 12 from the charity stripe. Below is play-by-play from the period.
7:31–MON–Siemons–three pointer for a 52-39 lead.
6:54–SAY–Manning drives in from left side, and dishes left to Brian Rubio for jumper and a 52-41 MON lead.
6:20–SAY–Jon Bracero feeds Saldiveri with entry pass from left side for a scoop shot and a 52-43 MON lead.
6:03–SAY–Manning draws charge.
5:45–MON–Stolte deflects pass for a steal that leads to his layup and a 54-43 lead.
4:30–SAY–Rubio draws charge on Nick Isola.
3:55–SAY–Malik Pressley connects on three from right wing for a 54-46 MON lead.
2:52–SAY–Jason Saldiveri goes down clutching his knee, but eventually gets up and goes off the floor with some assistance.
2:02–MON–Nick Isola fouled–makes one of two FTs for a 56-46 lead.
1:47–SAY–calls timeout after Taite passes to Manning for a three from the left corner for a 56-49 MON lead.
0:55–SAY–Taite connects on three from left corner for a 56-52 MON lead.
0:53–MON–Siemons fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 57-52 lead.
0:32–MON–Siemons fouled–makes 1 of 2FTs fora 58-52 lead.
0:19–SAY–Manning–fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 58-53 MON lead.
0:17–MON–Germano fouled–makes 1 of 2 FTs for a 59-53 lead.
0:07–MON–Siemons fouled after Justin Luna’s three point attempt went in and out–misses both FTs.
0:03–MON–gets offensive rebound, and backs it out to run out the clock for a 59-53 win.
Monore Fourth Quarter Scoring
Matt Siemons–3 PTR and 3 of 8 FTs for 6 points
Ryan Stolte–FG for 2 points
Nick Isola–1 of 2 FTs for 1 point
Chris Germano–1 of 2 FTs for 1 point
Sayreville Fourth Quarter Scoring
Anthony Manning–3 PTR and 1 of 2 FTs for 4 points
Corey Taite–3 PTR for 3 points
Malik Pressley–3 PTR for 3 points
Jason Saldiveri–FG for 2 points
Brian Rubio–FG for 2 points
Nick Isola–8 FGs and 5 of 8 FTs for 21 points
Matt Siemons–4 FGs including a 3 PTR and 3 of 8 FTs for 12 points
Chris Germano–3 FGs including 2 3s and 2 of 5 FTs for 10 points
Ryan Stolte–3 FGs and 1 of 1 FTs for 7 points
Zach Gorham–2 FGs and 3 of 4 FTs for 7 points
Andrew Ha–FG for 2 points
Totals–21 FGs including 3 3s and 14 of 26 FTs for 59 points
Corey Taite–5 FGs including 2 3s for 12 points
Jason Saldiveri–5 FGs for 10 points
Brian Rubio–3 FGs including a three for 7 points
Anthony Manning–2 FGs including a three and 2 of 4 FTs for 7 points
Justin Luna–3 FGs for 6 points
Donald Johnson–3 FGs for 6 points
Malik Pressley–3 PTR for 3 points
Jon Bracero–FG for 2 points
Totals–23 FGs including 5 3s and 2 of 4 FTs for 53 points
Here are some video highlights from the final 11:48 of Monroe’s 59-53 win over Sayreville in GMC White Division action at the Bomb Shelter in mid-January 2013. The Falcons led 52-39 with less than a half minute gone by in the fourth after a three by Matt Siemons. However, the Bombers rallied with a 13-4 spurt over a span of 6:37 to pull within four with 54 seconds left as Malik Pressley, Anthony Manning, and Corey Taite all hit treys during the run. However, the Bombers couldn’t get any closer as Siemons (2 made free throws) and Chris Germano (one made FT) sank three from the foul line over the final 50 seconds to seal the six point victory. Nick Isola led Monroe with 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting while Siemons added 12 and Germano had 9. Ryan Stolte and Zach Gorham each added 7 for the winners while Corey Taite led Sayreville with 12 and Jason Saldiveri chipped in with 10.
Here is a slideshow from photos and video captures made of Monroe’s 59-53 win over Sayreville in GMC White Division action at the Bomb Shelter in mid-January 2013. The Falcons led 52-39 with less than a half minute gone by in the fourth after a three by Matt Siemons. However, the Bombers rallied with a 13-4 spurt over a span of 6:37 to pull within four with 54 seconds left as Malik Pressley, Anthony Manning, and Corey Taite all hit treys during the run. However, the Bombers couldn’t get any closer as Siemons (2 made free throws) and Chris Germano (one made FT) sank three from the foul line over the final 50 seconds to seal the six point victory. Nick Isola led Monroe with 22 points on 8 of 9 shooting while Siemons added 12 and Germano had 9. Ryan Stolte and Zach Gorham each added 7 for the winners while Corey Taite led Sayreville with 12 and Jason Saldiveri chipped in with 10.
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–GMC Hoops will be back in action on Tuesday with another trip to Sayreville High School’s Bomb Shelter to see the Bombers in GMC White action against Monroe. There eight games involving GMC teams on tap including two non-conference contests. Below is the schedule for Tuesday afternoon and evening:
GMC Boys Basketball Schedule–Tuesday, January 15, 2012
- St. Joseph’s @ Old Bridge, 5:30 PM
- Perth Amboy @ Colonia, 6:00 PM
- Monroe @ Sayreville, 7:00 PM
- East Brunswick @ Piscataway, 7:00 PM
- J.P. Stevens @ New Brunswick, 7:00 PM
- Cardinal McCarrick @ Woodbridge, 7:00 PM
- Edison @ Scotch Plains, 7:00 PM
- New Egypt @ Metuchen, 7:00 PM
GMC Hoops plans to cover Monroe at Sayreville on Tuesday night, a JV/Varsity Doubleheader between St. Joe’s and EB on Thursday, and some of the contests from the GMC-Skyland Challenge on Saturday.
Here are some floor cam highlights from two of the four games seen on Friday, January 4th. The first contest was a non-conference battle between Monroe and Elizabeth from the Dunn Center. The second game was a GMC Blue Division contest between Piscataway Tech and Carteret at CHS. In the first contest, the Minutemen raced out to a 26-6 lead by the 5:00 mark of the second quarter, and never looked back in a 66-23 win over Monroe. Then, the second contest was much closer with 9 lead changes and five ties with all but one lead change coming in the from the very end of the third quarter on. Piscataway Tech emerged victorious though as Aziz Austin knocked down a three pointer from the right side with 43.2 seconds to go for the 54-52 win.
Here are video highlights from two quarters of action in the non-conference matchup between Monroe and Elizabeth from the Dunn Center. The Minutemen were already up by the score of 23-6 with 6:05 to go in the first quarter when P.J. Walker drained a three from the left corner. The trey sparked a 16-6 half ending run for EHS including a buzzer beating three from the right wing about 30 feet out for a 39-12 lead at the intermission. Elizabeth, which outscored Monroe by a margin of 41-10 in the middle two periods, scored the last 19 points of the third for a 58-14 lead en route to a 66-23 win. Hakeem Rogers scored 20 points while Isaiah Davis added 10 for the Minutemen. Chuka Onukwugha led Monroe with 7 points while Ryan Stolte chipped in with 6.
Proceeds from Games Will Go To Brayden Carr Foundation
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–Among the array of boys basketball showcases this season is the upcoming showdown between GMC and Skyland Conference teams on January 19th. According to a recent article from MyCentralJersey.com, there will be 20 games at 15 different locations. Some key matchups include Bridgewater-Raritan at East Brunswick, South Brunswick vs. Hillsborough, Piscataway vs. Montgomery, Spotswood vs. Bernards, and Woodbridge vs. Immaculata.
All proceeds from the games will go toward the “In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation,” Brayden Carr, was the son of former Rutgers assistant coach, Jim Carr and Natalie Zeno Carr, who was an athletic trainer at South Plainfield in the mid-90s. Brayden died back in May 2011 at the age of 2. In Brayden’s Eyes, The Brayden Carr Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization that raises money for provide athletic, social, rehabilitative, and academic opportunities to children with seizure conditions, with or without motor delays from associated cerebral palsy, as well as to provide humanitarian support/relief to their parents. The idea was brought up by South Plainfield Athletic Director Al Czech last year according to an article at nj.com.
Below is a schedule of the boys games on tap for January 19th
Bound Brook HS
Colonia vs. Warren Hills
Cardinal McCarrick vs. Bound Brook
East Brunswick HS
Piscataway vs. Montgomery
Timothy Christian vs. Voorhees
East Brunswick vs. Bridgewater-Raritan
North Brunswick vs. Franklin
South Brunswick vs. Hillsborough
Bishop Ahr vs. Pingry
Woodbridge vs. Immaculata
J.P. Stevens HS
J.F. Kennedy vs. North Plainfield
Middlesex vs. South Hunterdon
Monroe vs. Hunterdon Central
North Hunterdon HS
Edison vs. North Hunterdon
Perth Amboy HS
Perth Amboy vs. Delaware Valley
Old Bridge vs. Phillipsburg
New Brunswick vs. Ridge
Carteret vs. Somerville
South Amboy HS
South Amboy vs. Manville
Spotswood vs. Bernards
Watchung Hills HS
Sayreville vs. Watchung Hills
I’m still currently working out getting all the details including start times for the games. Girls games may also be involved as well. According to Al Czech in a recent e-mail, there will be games at South Plainfield 10:00 AM, 12:00 PM, and 2:00 PM as well as at J.P. Stevens. I’m planning to at least see the game between Cardinal McCarrick at Bound Brook. We’ll have further details on GMC Hoops Coverage of this upcoming event soon.
ELIZABETH, NJ–On Friday afternoon, GMC Hoops started a busy day of basketball with a trip up to the Dunn Center to see the Monroe Falcons take on defending North Jersey Section 2 Group IV Champion, Elizabeth in a non-conference matchup. It was a tough task for the Purple Birds as the Minutemen jumped out to a 23-6 lead within the first 10 minutes of the game, and never looked back in a 66-23 victory. Below are game notes from the final 22:05 of the contest.
Monroe enters this game at 3-4 after defeating Edison in a GMC White Division matchup by the score of 48-38. The Falcons started off the season with losses in four of their first five games with three of those defeats coming by six points or less: Woodbridge (53-47), North Brunswick (48-47), and Southern Regional (54-53). MTHS is 2-2 in divisional play with both wins coming against Edison Township teams (beat Stevens before Christmas).
6:05–arrive–EHS leading 23-6.
5:39–EHS–#11–three pointer from left corner for a 26-6 lead.
4:00–MON–on a 4-1 run including a transition layup by Ryan Stolte for a 27-10 EHS lead.
3:24–EHS–#10–three point play for a 30-10 lead.
2:57–EHS–30 sec timeout after scoring layup for a 32-10 lead.
2:16–EHS–draws charge on Nick Isola on a drive for layup.
1:47–EHS–layup for a 34-10 lead.
1:32–EHS–steal leads to another layup and a 36-10 lead.
3.9–MON–Isola drives in from right side for layup, and a 36-12 lead.
0.0–EHS–three pointer from well beyond the arc as time expired for a 39-12 lead at the half.
4:05–EHS–after Stolte opened up the second half with a basket off the opening inbounds, the Minutemen have reeled off five straight points for a 44-14 lead.
3:24–EHS–now up 48-14 after a transition layup, and then a steal for another score.
1:59–EHS–three pointer for a 51-14 lead.
1:31–EHS–another three for a 56-14 lead.
12.8–EHS–fouled–makes both FTs for a 58-14 lead
0.0–EHS–blocks MON shot at the buzzer, still leads 58-14.
7:45–EHS–three pointer for a 61-14 lead.
7:30–MON–three pointer from left wing for a 61-17 lead.
7:02–EHS–layup off steal for a 63-17 lead.
5:39–MON–Chuka Onukwugha scores on a putback for a 63-19 EHS lead.
0:00–EHS–wins the game by a score of 66-23 after MON finished the game on a 6-3 run in the last 5:39.