ELIZABETH, NJ–On Wednesday, July 23rd, GMC Hoops headed out over to the Dunn Center in Elizabeth to take in the opening round of the playoffs in the 2008 Elizabeth Summer League. Three teams from the GMC were covered by the site in this round of playoff action: Middlesex, Sayreville, and St. Joseph’s with the latter two playing against each other. The Blue Jays have been one of the surprises in this league with their trademark teamwork, and solid defense. Mike Colacci has really stepped up his game offensively, and figures to be a key cog in the Blue Jay offense come December. The Jays, the top seed in the Monday/Wednesday Division, and the second seed overall, were matched up against New Dorp while the Bombers of Sayreville got entangled with the Falcons of St. Joe’s in the nightcap.
New Dorp Ends Middlesex’s Super Summer
GMC Hoops managed to catch the final 26:30 of this contest between New Dorp of Staten Island and Middlesex. The site picked up the action with New Dorp in front by a 20-13 score with 6:30 to go in the first half. A little more than a minute later, Middlesex connected on a field goal to pull within five at 20-15 with 5:22 to go before the intermission. Colacci then drained a three pointer from the left side for a 20-18 New Dorp edge at the 4:30 mark. Neither team would score over the next two minutes and twelve seconds before New Dorp drove in for a right handed layup from the left side that drew a foul, and produced a one of two showing from the line for a 21-18 score at the 2:18 mark.
Almost forty seconds later, Middlesex turned the ball over as soon to be senior guard, Mike Perone was called for a carry at the 1:40 mark. On the next New Dorp possession, Colacci seemingly forced a turnover, but the officials conferred and overturned the call, which gave the ball back to New Dorp. Overcoming the setback, the Blue Jays managed to tie the game up on a three pointer by Perone from the left wing for a 21-21 score at the 42 second mark. However, the tie would be short lived as New Dorp ended the first half with the final four points including two foul shots at the 18 second mark, and after grabbing the carom off a missed three pointer by Perone, a New Dorp player proceeded to go the length of the floor for a score as time expired to make the score, 25-21 at halftime.
The second half started out much like the first half had ended with New Dorp scoring the first five points including a three point play at the 5:22 mark for a 30-21 lead. A little over a minute later, the Staten Island school drained a three pointer from the top of the key to make it a 12-0 tear since the tie at the 42 second mark of the second quarter, and a 33-21 lead with 4:16 to play in the third. Following a Blue Jay timeout with 4:13 to go in the period, Rob Mendito found Chris Farley for a layup, and a 33-23 New Dorp lead at the 3:55 mark. On its next possession, New Dorp grabbed an offensive rebound, and put it back in for a 35-23 lead with 3:23 left in the third. Perone then found Colacci for a three pointer from the right corner to close the gap to single digits at 35-26 with 2:32 remaining in the frame. New Dorp then failed to convert on two free throw attempts at the 1:55 mark, and neither team scored the rest of the way for a 35-26 New Dorp lead entering the fourth.
In the fourth, New Dorp went to work right away with a score for a 37-26 lead at the 7:24 mark, and then followed that up with a jumper from the right wing that made it 39-26 with 6:31 remaining. Sparky Stockton finally got Middlesex going with a jumper from the foul line to close the gap to 39-28 at the 5:22 mark. New Dorp then went up by a dozen on a one of two showing from the foul line that made the score, 40-28 with 4:28 remaining. The Blue Jays had a chance to pull closer again, but Mendito misfired on two free throws at the 3:32 mark, and then Mike Fincher failed to put in the follow after grabbing the offensive board. New Dorp would then go up by as many as 14 with a minute and a half remaining, and despite a 5-0 run the Jays to close the game, the Staten Island school would advance with a 42-33 victory.
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St. Joseph’s Overcomes Slow Start To Down Sayreville, 64-47
In the nightcap, it was a GMC Crossover affair as the Bombers of Sayreville took on the Falcons of St. Joseph’s with the winner to take on Elizabeth, which defeated Metuchen earlier in the afternoon. The Bombers got off to a fast start in this one, but St. Joe’s eventually caught up, and surpassed them in a 64-47 victory to advance to the semifinal round. It was quite a high scoring affair considering that there was a running clock, particularly in the first half with both teams combining to score 67 points. The Falcons got the lion’s share of those points as it took a five point lead into the intermission, and then pulled away in the second half to the tune of a 28-16 showing for a 64-47 victory.
The first quarter saw Sayreville get on the board first with a field goal before Nikko Vastola passed to Matt Wagner on the left wing for a three pointer, and a 3-2 Falcon lead at the 9:15 mark. The Bomers then embarked on a 7-0 run over the next 1:55 including a three pointer at the 7:20 mark for a 9-3 lead. The Falcons began to chip away though. Following a timeout at the 5:35 mark, St. Joseph’s closed the gap as Slay Sudah dished to Morgan for a layup from the left side that made the score, 11-7 at the 5:16 mark. The bucket sparked a 7-0 run over a span of 1:16 that was capped by a three pointer from soon to be junior, Eric Peterson for a 12-11 lead at exactly the four minute mark.
Following a Sayreville timeout, the Bombers turned the ball over at the 3:42 mark, but then retook the lead thanks to three offensive rebounds that resulted in a score by Rob Pizzi to make it 13-12 at the 2:26 mark. Vastola then clicked on a jumper at the 2:08 mark that put St. Joe’s in front for good at 14-13 with 2:08 left in the third. Morgan then knocked in a pair of free throws at the 1:19 mark for a 16-13 Falcon lead after one. In the second quarter, St. Joe’s went up by five early on with a layup at the 9:41 mark that made the score, 18-13. Fifty seconds later, Sayreville cashed in on two offensive rebounds with a putback to end the 6-0 burst by the Falcons for an 18-15 St. Joe’s lead with 8:51 to go in the half. The back and forth stretch continued as Vastola connected on a straight-on jumper that made the score, 20-15 at the 8:09 mark.
Peterson then struck again with a jumper to give the Falcons a seven point cushion at 22-15 with 7:10 to go in the half. Pizzi then got into the act again with a jumper from the left side that was good for three, and a 22-18 Falcon lead at the 6:45 mark. However, on a subsequent St. Joe’s possession, Vastola replied with a three pointer of his own for a 25-18 lead at the 6:19 mark. The Bombers tried to get some of those points back when Glenn Cannon made a steal, and passed upcourt to Paul DeLaCosta for a layup attempt that drew a foul, but DeLaCosta failed to make either of his two free throws at the 5:57 mark. Rob Gomulka then put St. Joseph’s ahead by nine when he got a layup while being fouled. The soon to be junior reserved would misfire on the bonus foul shot for the traditional three point play that made the score, 27-18 with 4:42 left.
Over a minute later, Slay Sudah dished to Vastola for a layup that put the Falcons ahead by double digits at 29-18 with 3:29 left in the half. On the next Bomber possession though, Pizzi closed the gap to single digits again with a field goal that made the score, 29-20 at the 3:18 mark. The Bombers then got a three point play at the 2:25 mark to pull within six at 29-23. However, Vastola got back on the board when he took a kick on the left side for a three pointer that put the Falcons up by nine at 32-23 with 1:48 to play in the half. St. Joseph’s then went back up by double digits again when Gagan Dhaliwal inbounded to Peterson for a layup that made the score, 34-23 at the 1:33 mark. Sayreville kept scratching and clawing though with a three pointer on its next possession to pull within eight at 34-26 with 1:21 left before the brief break.
Nine seconds afterward, Vastola got on the board again with two from the charity stripe that made it a ten point game at 36-26 with 1:12 to go in the half. The Bombers then closed out the half with the final five points including a DeLaCosta dish to Pizzi for a floater with 50 seconds left, and then a steal for a three pointer from the top of the key at the 37 second mark to make up the 36-31 score at the intermission. The second half started with both teams going back and forth for a bit. Peterson opened the third period scoring with a layup for a 38-31 Falcon advantage at the 9:30 mark. James DeMild replied for Sayreville with an offensive rebound and putback at the 6:21 mark to pull the Bombers to within five at 38-33. Morgan then put the Falcons back up by eight on a three pointer from the left wing for a 41-33 score at the 5:57 mark.
A short time later, Sayreville scored when DeLaCosta fed Cannon for a layup, and a 41-35 St. Joe’s lead at the 5:15 mark. The Bombers had a chance for a traditional three point play after Cannon was fouled on the play, but he missed the bonus foul shot. Sudah then canned a jumper from the left side to put St. Joe’s back up by eight at 43-35 with 4:58 to go in the third. Moments later though, Sayreville netted a triple to pull within five at 43-38. St. Joseph’s put themselves back up by seven at 45-38 when Vastola scored on a scoop shot for a layup at the 4:05 mark. The soon to be senior, who’s been playing at another level in recent days, passed to Morgan for a three pointer from the left corner for a 7-0 run, and a 50-38 lead with 1:56 to go in the third period. St. Joseph’s had a chance to go up by more entering the fourth, but Vastola failed to connected on both his free throw attempts at the 45 second mark.
The fourth quarter saw St. Joseph’s start out with the first four points over the first 1:45 to go up by a score of 54-38. Vastola grabbed a rebound, ran the break, and dished to his left to Dhaliwal for a layup, and a 52-38 lead. Vastola then clicked on a jumper for the 16 point lead with 8:15 remaining. The Falcons then outscored the Bombers by a slim 10-9 margin the rest of the way for the 64-47 win.
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EDISON, NJ–After winning the Championship Game of the 2008 TBSA Summer League, some of the players on the J.P. Stevens Hawks were wondering about what GMC Hoops thought about its upcoming pre-season Top Ten. The Hawks, most notably Tahir Swinton and Kenny Bland were hoping for us to give them our blessing with the top spot in the upcoming poll. Unfortunately, the site hasn’t had the time to think much about polls, and doesn’t plan on having such a poll until at least late September like last year. However, if it did, it would be a little reluctant to give the Hawks the nod yet, especially after having to hang on to defeat Bishop Ahr for the TBSA Summer League title.
Stevens jumped out to a 21-10 first half lead, but the Trojans, which have much more depth and size off the bench didn’t quit as they battled back to pull within two late only to fall, 47-41. The second half charge by Ahr clearly had JPS a bit worn down and frustrated at times. You could see it in their faces at points down the stretch. Now, clearly the Hawks are one of the favorites to win the title this season. After the fine season that J.P. Stevens put in last year, it should be strongly considered to wear the conference crown. However, South Brunswick and Piscataway will be quick to tell you that the top spot is nothing to wish for since it is not a guarantee of a GMCT Championship come late February as the 2007 and 2008 tourneys have proven.
And for those in the GMC Blue like Middlesex, who think that Bishop Ahr may not be as formidable last year, and capable of winning the division crown, think again. There was that same feeling early last season before Ahr beat McCarrick in South Amboy too. The Trojans have had solid JV and Freshmen teams the past three seasons, and that talent is coming up to the varsity level if it is not already there now. It showed in this game. True, the BGA has to be more battle tested during the season with more games outside the division, and conference against formidable opponents so that come tourney time, it’s prepared to make that next step into the ranks of the GMC elite, but this team is still the team to beat in the Blue for now.
In this battle of North Edison, the web site didn’t arrive until the 3:09 mark of the first half with Stevens ahead 19-9. Bishop Ahr then got on the board with a one of two showing from the foul line by Widdoss that made the score, 19-10 at the 2:25 mark. The Hawks then got their final points of the half when Myles Reuben drove in for a bank shot from foul line to put his team up by 11 at 21-10. Stevens, which did some heavy lifting to get to this game by defeating Piscataway in the semifinals, had a chance to go up by more before the intermission, but after Bland was fouled on the floor with six seconds left, Reuben’s long three point attempt from way out on the right wing hit back iron as time expired.
The second half started with JPS picking up right where it left off as Nick Pol got into the act with a trifecta from beyond the arc for a 24-10 lead with 19:50 to go. Less than a minute later, Ahr got on the board with a field goal at exactly the 19 minute mark for a 24-12 score. A scoring drought by both teams would ensue over the next 3:49 before Jordan Smith found Matt Melnick, who did a pump fake, and then took a foul line jumper that rattled in for a 24-14 JPS lead at the 15:11 mark. The Hawks responded though with a jumper from the left corner to go back up by a dozen at 26-14 with 14:50 mark. Unwilling to go away, Bishop Ahr came back down on a subsequent possession, and netted a jumper for a 26-16 with 14:09 remaining. The Hawks would continue to keep Ahr at arm’s length by promptly responding with a layup for a 28-16 edge with just inside 14 minutes to play.
Nearly two minutes would go by before another score, and that would come from Ahr as soon to be senior Matt Sheehy used some of his football ability, and intercepted a pass for a steal at halfcourt. He then drove to the basket on the right side, where he was intentionally fouled, and that resulted in two free throws for a 28-18 score in favor of JPS with 12:07 remaining. Another minute and a half or so would go by before Matt Fiorino stepped up to the line, and made a pair of free throws for a 28-20 lead at the 10:39 mark. Reuben would give the Hawks a double digit lead again at 30-20 with a layup on Stevens next possession, but Ahr kept coming. Widdoss netted two free throws at the 9:38 mark for a 30-22 score, and then connected for a three pointer from the left wing after Swinton stole a side out of bounds on the left side, and drove in for a layup. With the score now at 32-25, the Ahr faithful began to sense the game was turning in their direction.
Nearly forty seconds later, Stevens was back on the board thanks to Pol, who curled to his right from the left wing for a floater, and a 34-25 advantage with 6:46 left. Then, the soon to be senior guard netted two foul shots for a 36-25. Seemingly caught in another precarious situation, the Trojans began to untangle themselves with seven straight points including three free throws by Fiorino, who was fouled by Swinton on a three point attempt, and a trey from the top of the key by Smith for a 36-32 Hawk lead with 4:15. At this point, you could see Stevens appeared to be pressing a bit. Nearly a minute afterward, soon to be junior forward, Manny Kroggman put in a layup, and suddenly the BGA was within two at the 3:22 mark. Bland gave JPS some breathing room with one of two free throws for a 37-34 lead at the 2:56 mark. Then, the Stevens forward came up with an offensive rebound and putback attempt that drew a foul, and resulted in a pair of free throws for a 39-34 advantage at the 2:30 mark.
Forty-five seconds later, Bland put the final nail in Ahr’s coffin by picking up a loose ball down low, and scoring a layup for a 41-34 lead with 1:45 to play. Following a BGA timeout with 1:43 to play, Kroggman came back with a pump fake and bucket in the left low block for a 41-36 score at the 1:22 mark. Ahr would call a timeout two seconds later, but couldn’t get any closer as Rueben passed to Swinton, who handed out an assist on a bounce pass to Bland for a score underneath on the right side, and a 43-36 lead at the 1:01 mark. BGA would outscore JPS by a slim 5-4 margin, but the Hawks came away with the title in a six point, 47-41 victory.
Ahr has nothing to hang its head over though. The only thing that the Trojans need to work on is putting together a solid 32 minutes of basketball game in and game out. Against Edison in the Quarterfinal round of the playoffs, Bishop Ahr got off to a huge lead only to nearly lose it late. Here, the opposite happened. If BGA can get off to a good start, and maintain it throughout, it will be able to have a chance to finally break through and reach the GMCT Final Four, where it hasn’t been since the days of Anthony Rosa, Greg Fowler, Darren Nicholas, and Gerard Wilson.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Tuesday night, GMC Hoops made one more appearance at the Raritan Summer League for the finale of the season. It was the first time since the site began covering the league in 2004 that it came out for the last day of play. After being at work, the site came down just in time to see the final 2:24 of the 7:30 PM game between G-Force and the Monmouth Breakers from the High School Division, and the stayed for the nightcap between the Sayreville Knights and St. Ambrose from the 7th and 8th Grade Division.
G-Force Prevails Over Monmouth Breakers In Intense Battle, 66-60
According to one of the league organizers, Tom Reilly, all four games were action packed intense contests that went down to the wire. Emotions overflowed in the 7:30 PM game from the High School Division as both teams fought tooth and nail until the end. The Monmouth Breakers, which had gotten off to a quick start on the summer with two wins, lost to G-Force on July 16th by a score of 52-49. The Stallions on the other hand were coming off a win against Corpus Christi of East Brunswick on Monday night, and were looking to finish up strong.
The first half was nip and tuck as the Breakers took a 33-31 advantage into the brief intermission. However, in the second half, G-Force surged with a 35-27 showing to pull out the win. Over the first 17:36 of the final period, the Stallions outscored the Breakers by a 31-21 margin to grab an eight point, 62-54 lead with 2:24 to go. Six seconds after sitting down at the scorers table, GMC Hoops was treated to a steal for a layup by Rob Gomulka for a 64-54 advantage with 2:18 to play. However, the Breakers had an opportunity to pull in a potential six point play when a player was intentionally fouled on a three point shot at the 1:24 mark. Unfortunately, the Monmouth Breakers couldn’t cash in as it made only two of the three free throws, and then made only a two pointer on a turnaround bank shot with 1:16 left for a 64-58 score.
However, it did make things interesting again, and when Gomulka put his foot on the end line for a turnover with 1:04 to go, the Breakers had a chance to pull within four. Once again though, the Monmouth County based team couldn’t cash in at the 35.5 second mark, despite getting three offensive boards. Moments later though, the Breakers forced another turnover with a steal of an errant pass for a layup, and a 64-60 G-Force lead. In the end though, it still wasn’t enough as Tomasso found Davis on the left side for a layup with 16.7 remaining that wrapped up the 66-60 victory. During the ceremonial handshakes after the game, emotions boiled over, but the acrimony and rancor was quickly quelled without much incident.
Sayreville Rallies To Defeat St. Ambrose, 33-29
In the finale of the 2008 summer at Raritan Bay, the Sayreville Knights squared off against St. Ambrose in a contest from the 7th and 8th Grade Division. It was a fitting end to a very competitive day of games as Sayreville took a two point, 15-13 lead at the half only to fall behind early thanks to a 10-0 St. Ambrose run early in the second. Nevertheless, the Knights found a way to battle back with a game ending 14-0 tear for a 33-25 lead in the waning seconds of a 33-29 victory. The Knights were paced by the likes of former Sacred Heart of South Amboy player, Chime Ekekeugbor, who will now be better known in GMC Hoops circles as Scrabble since his last time has to be one that would score a lot of points in the classic board game.
Ekekeugbor also owns another unique distinction, and that is playing for Sacred Heart head coach Billy Lewis, the brother of Cardinal McCarrick head coach Joe Lewis. Aaron Lewis, the son of Billy Lewis also plays on the Sayreville Knights. Not to be left out are the other members of the Knights: Cody Vanote, who played a pivotal role in the victory, Dan Iannaccone, Rob Seraji, who came up with several big shots down the stretch as well as a key play keeping the ball alive, Pat Kirk, Matt Zebrowski, Zach Doering, Nicky Demetriou, Zach Haskell, and William Chang. For St. Ambrose, the roster looks like this: Danny Fehl, Greg Xouris, Rob Casari, Matt Krauss, Mike Mohin, Matt Meehan, and Kevin Casari.
For St. Ambrose, it was a well balanced attack as Fehl led the squad with a team high 7 points. Xouris followed suit with 5 points while Rob Casari, Matt Krauss, and Mike Mohin each added 4 apiece. Matt Meehan collected 3 points and Kevin Casari rounded out the scoring with 2 points. In the first half, the Knights were paced by Vanote with 6 points while Iannaccone chipped in with 3 points. In the first half, the Sayreville Knights were able to establish the two point edge by connecting on a three pointer, five field goals, and 2 of 6 from the foul line while St. Ambrose made a trey, four field goals, and 2 of 9 from the charity stripe.
The scoring began at the 19:16 mark when Sayreville drew first blood on a one of two showing from the free throw stripe by Iannaccone for a 1-0 lead. A minute and eleven seconds later, Vanote connected on a jumper from the left side for a 3-0 Knight lead at the 18:05 mark. St. Ambrose had an opportunity to break into the scoring column, but misfired on one of two free throws at the 16:54 mark. Then, after the Old Bridge based parochial school called a 30 second timeout at the 15:51 mark, St. Ambrose finally scored on a nice dribble and dish to the right for a layup, and a 3-2 score with 13:45 to go in the first half. St. Ambrose then tied things up by drawing a foul on a shot attempt that produced one of two from the line for a 3-3 tie at the 12:12 mark.
The Old Bridge school then took the lead with a basket while being fouled for a three point play, and a 6-3 lead with 11:13 left in the half. Following a timeout by Sayreville with 10:24 to go in the half, St. Ambrose went up by five on an offensive rebound and follow at the 7:30 mark for an 8-3 score. On the very next possession, the Knights pulled to within three on a field goal with 7:15 remaining before halftime. Vanote then scored on a shot in the paint that closed Sayreville to within one at 8-7 at the 5:30 mark. The Knights then tied things up at 8-8 with 4:35 remaining on a one of two showing from the line. There would be a minute and a half, or so without any scoring before St. Ambrose took the lead again with a three pointer from the left corner for an 11-8 score at the 3:02 mark.
Sayreville would pull within one again on a layup with 2:51 remaining in the half only to have St. A’s go back up by three on its final field goal of the half. Scoring on a baseline runner from the left side, St. Ambrose took a 13-10 lead with 2:27 to play before the intermission. The Old Bridge school even had a chance to go up by more, but missed both free throws with two minutes to go in the first half. Sayreville then tied things up on a three pointer by Seraji that banked in from the right wing for a 13-13 score at the 1:25 mark. St. A’s would again misfire twice at the line with 1:15 left in the half, and then moments later, Sayreville scored on a layup that put them ahead by two, 15-13 at the 1:10 mark. In the waning moments of the period, Iannaccone drew a foul, and had an opportunity to make it a four point lead at the break, but failed to convert, and it remained a two point game at halftime.
In the second half, St. Ambrose got off to a strong start, and seemed poised to break the game wide open. Scoring the first ten points of the second half, the Old Bridge school had a 23-15 lead at the 14:33 mark before Sayreville realized what had happened. Capping the run was two offensive rebounds and a follow of a missed second free throw for the eight point lead. Sayreville would finally get on the board in the second half, but St. A’s went back up by eight with a baseline runner form the left side at the 13:33 mark for a 25-17 lead. St. Ambrose would then call a timeout at the 11:16 mark, but it wouldn’t be the tonic as the Knights began their final assault that would decide the game. Ekekeugbor, who only had one point in the entire first half, played a pivotal role in the game deciding surge as he started off with a drive from the left side for a layup, and a 25-19 St. Ambrose lead with 10:03 left.
Almost a minute and a half later, Ekekeugbor was at it again, but this time at the foul line with a one of two showing for a 25-20 score at the 8:38 mark. The Knights then followed that up with another score thanks to a steal for a layup that made it 25-22 at the 8:05 mark. Moments later, the Knight defense forced a steal, and converted that into a layup to close within one. Now, with the scoreboard reading 25-24 in favor of St. Ambrose at the 7:50 mark, the Old Bridge based school was compelled to call a timeout to try and stem the tide. There would be a dearth of scoring chances over the next two plus minutes before Sayreville had a chance to either tie, or take the lead. With 5:49 left in regulation, Ekekeugbor had an opportunity to put the Knights in front, but misfired on a couple free throws, and the score remained 25-24.
However, Sayreville would go ahead on a three pointer by Seraji that was a high arching shot from the right wing for a 27-25 score with 3:35 left. The Knights then went up by four on an offensive rebound and dump off to Ekekeugbor for a layup, and a 29-25 lead at the 2:53 mark. Following a St. A’s timeout with 2:42 left, Vanote scored the final four points for the Knights including a layup off a sharp pass by Ekekeugbor at the 1:05 mark, and then the two free throws at the 13.3 mark to help garner the 33-29 victory. GMC Hoops would like to take this opportunity to thank both Gary Lange and Tom Reilly for their hospitality this summer. It is always great to come over to South Amboy Middle/High School every summer. There we are always treated like royalty, and the site appreciates that.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Monday night, GMC Hoops began the next to final week of 2008 Summer League action by traveling over to South Amboy Middle/High School after work to take in the nightcap game of the Raritan Bay Summer League, which was entering its final two days of play this year. Once more there was a full slate of games although one would wind up being a forfeit. Below are the results of the first three games:
- East Brunswick 2–Union Catholic 0 (forfeit)–High School Division
- Metuchen over St. Stan’s by 6–7th and 8th Grade Division
- Milltown 29–Scarlet Nets–5th and 6th Grade Division
The finale was a contest from the High School Division between the G-Force Stallions and Corpus Christi. When GMC Hoops arrived to see the game, it entered the gym with G-Force already well out in front by a score of 30-9. The Stallions then added another basket for a 32-9 lead before Corpus Christi, which is located in East Brunswick, scored the next five points to close to within 32-14 at the 6:06 mark. Rob Gomulka, a member of the St. Joseph’s roster, then netted a three pointer from the right wing for G-Force to make the score, 35-14 with 5:38 to go in the first half. Woodbridge’s own, Pablo Ozuna then added a pair of free throws for a 37-14 advantage at the 4:28 mark of the first half.
Corpus Christi then scored three straight points including an offensive rebound and follow at the 3:39 mark, and then netted one of two at the line following a rebound a drive upcourt that resulted in a foul on a layup attempt with 3:12 to go to pull within 20 again at 37-17. However, just seconds later, G-Force pushed the margin back up to 23 with a three pointer at the 3:04 mark. After getting a field goal, Corpus Christi then was assessed a technical foul that resulted in one of two free throws by Bethea for G-Force that made it a 41-19 game with 1:49 left before the brief intermission.
The Stallions then scored the final four points of the half as Kevin Seabrook faked a three pointer, and then proceeded to drive in from the right wing for a layin, and a 43-19 lead with 37.1 seconds left. Then, before the half, G-Force got another field goal for a 45-19 advantage at the break. In the first period of action, Corpus Christi, managed to only connect on 5 field goals, two three pointers, and 4 of 8 free throws for 19 points while G-Force clicked on 13 field goals, 5 three pointers, and 4 of 8 foul shots for its 45 points. Despite the rough start, and the difficult odds, the East Brunswick based Catholic School fought back with a 31-18 showing in the second half to make things more competitive at the end. To the team’s credit, Corpus Christi refused to give up, and played until the end.
In the second half, Corpus Christi started things off with four of the first six points over the opening 3:27 for a 47-23 G-Force lead at the 16:33 mark. The East Brunswick school opened up with a pair of foul shots at the 19:12 mark for a 45-21 score. Both teams would then exchanged scores before Corpus Christi drew a charge at the 16:33 mark. After drawing a foul on a nice move for a layup attempt that drew a foul, Corpus Christi drew within 23 with a one of two showing at the foul line for a 47-24 G-Force lead at the 15:32 mark. Over the next two plus minutes, the Stallions would score four of the next six points including an offensive rebound and putback of a Seabrook miss by Ozuna at the 13:30 mark for a 51-26 lead.
From that point until the end of the game, Corpus Christi outscored G-Force by a 2 to 1 margin with a 24-12 showing. The game closing run included a three pointer from the right wing at the 11:56 mark for a 51-29 score. G-Force would get a score from Barr on a baseline jumper from the right side to cap a 4-1 mini-run that made the score, 55-30. Corpus Christi then put together a 9-4 spurt that included a three pointer from the right wing that closed the gap to 59-39 at the 5:19 mark. The East Brunswick based team continued to battle and play hard to finish with an 11-4 tear for the 63-50 final.
NEPTUNE, NJ–Earlier this week, GMC Hoops received word from Joe Stein of the Hoop Group that the 2008 Rebounds Team Camp was being pushed back a week to August 11th. In addition, the site also learned that there are eight teams that are competing in this year’s event including one from the GMC, St. Joseph’s. Below are the list of teams competing thus far:
- St. Joseph’s
- Point Pleasant Beach
- Freehold Township
- Middletown South
GMC Hoops plans to be down at Rebounds on Wednesday and Thursday to catch the action as the site wraps up its summer coverage.
UNION, NJ–On Friday, GMC Hoops plans to head out to Kean to see action in the 2008 Kean Shootout. There are a total of 10 teams competing including three from the Greater Middlesex Conference: Middlesex, Monroe, and New Brunswick. Action starts bright and early on Friday with the first two games taking place in the 8:00 AM hour. Special thanks to Monroe head coach, Bobby Turco for getting us this information. Below is the list of teams competing at Kean on Friday.
- New Brunswick
- Lenape Valley
- David Brearley
- Scotch Plains
- Bound Brook
- Hanover Park
Games will be played throughout the morning, and early afternoon before concluding with the Championship at 1:50 PM.
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–On Tuesday, GMC Hoops received some information on a team camp, or tournament like event that will be taking place at Kean University on Friday morning. The site has decided to go down there as well as pay a visit to the Summer Prime Time Shootout on Friday night. Games will be starting early on Friday morning at Kean with the first matchups in the Gold Bracket happening at 8:00 AM. Teams from the Greater Middlesex Conference that will be playing include: Middlesex, Monroe, and New Brunswick. So, the web site plans to add another notch in its belt this summer when it heads out to Kean on Friday. It will be the first time the site has been up at Kean for summer league or camp action since the final Kean Team Week in 2004.
After some delay, I finally got around to putting together the video highlights for the 2008 GMCBCA Senior All-Star Game that was held on April 17th in Perth Amboy. These highlights from portions throughout the game instead of just one quarter like I’ve done in previous video highlight posts. I hope you all enjoy them.
The final series of video highlights from the 1994-95 South Plainfield Tigers is from a game that was held a day after the loss to Bishop Ahr on January 31, 1995. On February 1st, SPHS did battle with long time arch rival, North Plainfield for neighborhood bragging rights. In this particular year, both teams tangled twice in a home and home series. Earlier in January, the Tigers won at home over the Canucks. However, this night would have the Canucks prevail in a somewhat controversial, and heartbreaking ending that gave SPHS its second loss in just 24 hours. You’ll notice a few characters in the video like longtime Tiger fan, Willie (don’t know his last name), who helped out with the Fire Department in South Plainfield for many years. Tim Lombardo, who was the JV and assistant coach at the time is also featured. Lombardo can be seen officiating games around the GMC.