Here are some video highlights from the contest played between Holy Trinity of Long Island and Colonia of the Greater Middlesex Conference in the 2012 Monsignor Kelly Christmas Classic at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. The Patriots got off to a fast start with two scores by Bleriot Thompson, but Holy Trinity answered with 22 straight points over a seven minute span for a 22-4 lead, and were never really threatened after that although Colonia put together a 10-1 run early in the third to pull within 13. The Titans went on to win 68-52. Thompson scored 18 points as well as sophomore James Corbett in a losing cause for Colonia.
Here are some video highlights from the final three quarters of action between third ranked North Brunswick and top ranked East Brunswick in the Championship Game of the 2012 Brunswick Challenge. Despite 27 points including six threes from the Raiders Iverson Fleming, East Brunswick was able to win its third Brunswick Challenge Holiday Tournament in four years thanks to a 13-1 start, and then a 18-7 tear to end the third including seven straight points in the final 1:19 from Danny Leung for a 51-38 lead. The Bears went on to win 65-46. EB had all five of its starters score in double figures including NJIT bound Rob Ukawuba (14 points), Princeton bound Amir Bell (11 points), Leung (14 points), Jake Krantz (13 points), and Gary Baumer (11 points). Both teams combined for 13 three pointers in the contest.
Here are some video highlights from the second half of action in the consolation game of the 2012 Genevieve Hawley Tournament at Henry Hudson Regional HS in Highlands, NJ between the hometown Admirals and the South Amboy Guvs. The Governors jumped out to a 16-6 lead after one period, and went on a 7-2 run late in the second for a 25-12 advantage before going into the locker room at the intermission ahead 25-15. In the third, South Amboy broke the game open with an 18-8 showing including a four point play at the 1:27 mark and a three pointer at the one minute mark by Steve Herdman for a 43-23 lead en route to a 53-37 win. Herdman led the Guvs with a game high 22 points while Joe Fruncillo chipped in with 19 and Nick Kales added 8.
Here are some video highlights from the second half of action in the Championship Game of the 2012 Gene Haley Tournament between Warren Hills and Edison. The Eagles jumped out to a 14-6 early second quarter lead as the Streaks from Warren County were only able to get two field goals in the first period along with 1 of 3 from the foul line. Warren Hills managed to stay in the contest in the second by going 7 of 8 from the foul line, and then got going offensively in the third and early fourth with an 18-7 tear over a 10:02 span for a 31-25 lead with six minutes remaining. Led by Marcus Cudjoe, who had a steal for a layup and then a jumper, Edison battled back with a 7-0 run to take a 32-31 lead with 2:36 to go in the contest. Warren Hills then closed the game with a 6-2 spurt including a steal for a dunk by Ryan Callahan (19 points including two dunks) and two free throws by Darrien Pinkman for the 37-34 victory.
Here are video highlights from the first half of action between Highland Park and Dunellen in the opening round of the Shello/Santy Tournament at The Faber in Dunellen. The Destroyers jumped out to a 15-7 late first quarter lead before the Owls rallied back with an 11-2 tear to take the lead in the second 18-17 only to have Dunellen finish the half with a 9-4 spurt for a 27-22 halftime lead. The Destroyers would pull away with the third en route to a 53-39 victory. Deon Brown led a balanced Dunellen attack with 12 points while Nadre Hepburn led Highland Park with 11 points.
Here are some video highlights from the last 18:15 of the contest between New Brunswick and East Brunswick in the opening round of the Brunswick Classic at South Brunswick High School. EB jumped out to a 43-9 lead late in the second quarter before going into the half with a 46-14 advantage. The Bears never looked back after that en route to a 76-33 victory. NJIT bound Rob Ukawuba led 11 different East Brunswick players in the scorebook with a team high 18 points while Jake Krantz chipped in with 10. Paul McKenzie was a bright spot for the Zebras in defeat with a game high 19 points.
Here are some video highlights from the second half of the opening round contest between Woodbridge and Franklin in the 2012 Keith Benovengo Tournament at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Franklin led early in the third by a score of 37-30 after the Warriors opened up the second half with the first four points. However, Woodbridge dominated the rest of the way with a 48-14 surge over the last 14:21 of the contest for the 78-51 victory. Eddie Harris, who sparked the game ending outburst for the Barrons with a foul line jumper at the 6:21 mark of the third, ended up with 20 points while Jared Pearson had a game high 29 points, and Duquan Bailey chipped in with 14. The Barrons went on to beat Scotch Plains in the Championship.
Here are some video highlights from the opening round contest between Middletown South and J.P. Stevens in the 2012 Anthony J. Cotoia Tournament at South Plainfield Middle School. Middletown South jumped out to a 6-0 lead, and went on to lead 19-16 at the half before scoring six straight points to begin the second half, and hit a three pointer to end the third for a 31-21 lead en route to a 44-29 win. The Eagles went on to beat Perth Amboy in the semifinals before losing to Hunterdon Central in the Championship.
Here are video highlights from the second half and overtime of the opening round game between Perth Amboy and South Plainfield from the 2012 Anthony J. Cotoia Tournament at South Plainfield Middle School. Perth Amboy led 34-21 with 3:44 left in regulation before South Plainfield rallied with a 15-2 spurt including a three by Justin Glover, two treys by Jordan Hankerson, a traditional three point play from Claude Payne, and a putback by Jason Lee with 1:07 left in the fourth to tie the game at 36-36. However, in the extra session, Perth Amboy got two layups from Cairo Henry, and then went 8 of 9 at the foul line including 6 of 7 from Carlos Morales to come away with the 48-39 victory. Morales ended up with 12 points for the Panthers while David Rodgers led all scorers with 13 for Amboy. Henry chipped in with 11. Glover led South Plainfield with 12 points while Lee added 10, and Payne and Hankerson chipped in with 9 and 8 respectively.
East Brunswick, Middlesex, South River, Timothy Christian, and Woodbridge Win Tourney Titles
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–It was slim pickings for the GMC this holiday season with only five tournament titles to show for. Struggles against non-conference competition with a 22-30 mark over the holidays had a lot to do with it. However, there were several teams in the conference that managed to have success despite the tough odds. Below are the six teams that won holiday tournaments.
GMC Holiday Tourney Champs
- East Brunswick–Brunswick Challenge
- Middlesex–Shello/Santy Tournament
- Perth Amboy Tech–NJTAC Holiday Tournament
- South River–Genevieve Hawley Tournament
- Timothy Christian–Patriots Holiday Invitational at Valley Forge Christian College
- Woodbridge–Keith Benovengo Tournament
In addition, there were several GMC teams that finished second in their respective tournaments. Below are the six teams that were runner’s-up in their respective holiday tournaments.
GMC Holiday Tournament Runners-Up
- Carteret–Hillsborough Holiday Hoops Tournament
- Dunellen–Shello/Santy Tournament
- Edison–Gene Haley Tournament
- North Brunswick–Brunswick Challenge
- Sayreville–Len Sepanak Tournament
- St. Joseph’s–Summit Hospitality Bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational
An additional note, Woodbridge winning the Keith Benovengo Holiday Tournament in Scotch Plains marked the first time that the Barrons won a holiday tournament since GMC Hoops was launched in the Summer of 2000. The closest the Barrons came to winning a holiday tournament during the 12 year span was in 2007 when they lost to Sayreville (80-68) in the Championship of the Wildcat Holiday Tournament at High Point.