COLONIA, NJ–On Wednesday night, the second night of action took place at the 2010 Colonia JV Summer League at Colonia High School. There were four games on the schedule. GMC Hoops was in attendance for the first two games and got the results. Below are the scores from the first two contests on Wednesday night:
Colonia JV Summer League–Day Two–Some Results–June 30th
- Roselle II 45–Colonia I 44
- Hillside 43–Perth Amboy 35
GMC Hoops plans to be out at Colonia again next week.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Wednesday night, GMC Hoops was able to get out to South Amboy Middle/High School to take in the final two games of the twentieth night of action at the Raritan Bay Summer League. In addition, the site did to get the results from the other two games played from league co-director, Tom Reilly. Here are the results from all the games. There were four contests on the schedule.
Day Twenty Results–June 30, 2010
- 5:00 PM–High School Division–Union Catholic 32–Old Bridge Knights 27
- 6:00 PM–-7th and 8th Grade Division–-Manalapan over Monroe in 2 OT
- 7:00 PM–-7th and 8th Grade Division-–Jersey Shoreshots 43–Quincy Kings 42 OT
- 8:00 PM–High School Division–Monsignor Farrell 51–Old Bridge Knightmares 16
GMC Hoops plans to be back out at Raritan Bay next week.
NEPTUNE, NJ–On Monday night, GMC Hoops headed out to Neptune to see the Spotswood Chargers in action against Toms River South in the fifth night of the 2010 Hoop Group Headquarters Summer League. In their previous two outings covered by the web site, the Chargers have not fared well, but improved from game to game. First, Spotswood lost badly to Rumson Fair-Haven on June 16th in a rematch of the quarterfinal round of the CJ Group II State Tournament. The Bulldogs got out to a quick start, and Spotswood had trouble making shots as the game gradually turned into a 66-24 rout.
Last Wednesday, against a bigger, more athletic, and talented Monmouth Regional squad, the Chargers fell behind early again, but this time, they showed some resiliency thanks in part to soon to be junior, Tommy Soulias, and made it a game before losing 56-49. This week, Spotswood continued to improve with a hard fought victory over Toms River South. Originally, the Chargers were going to play Freehold Township while TRS was going against Brick Memorial. However, the Indians and the Mustangs play each other twice a season during the winter since they play in the Class A South Division of the Shore Conference. Consequently, the schedule was tweaked so that Brick Memorial faced off against Freehold Township while Spotswood faced Toms River South.
Spotswood Fends Off Late Charge By Toms River South To Win, 50-46
GMC Hoops wasn’t able to get out to this game until it was well into the second half. Unfortunately, the game’s start time was 7:30 PM, and that’s when the work day ends. Nevertheless, the site was still able to see a bit of action. Toms River South finished the 2009-10 season in third place in the Shore Conference’s Class A South Division behind Southern Regional and Jackson Memorial. The Indians were the best team in Toms River this past season with a combined record of 3-2 against the Mariners of Toms River North and the Raiders of Toms River East. According to All Shore Media, Toms River South finished 11-11 on the season including a 7-7 mark in divisional play.
The Indians qualified for the state tournament as the 14th seed, but lost in the opening round of the South Jersey Group IV tourney to third seeded Washingtown Township of Sewell by a score of 50-24. The Chargers are coming off four straight Central Jersey Group II State Tourney appearances including two Elite Eight berths in 2009 and 2010, and a semifinals berth in 2009. The Chargers also made some noise in the 2010 GMCT by upsetting East Brunswick in the Quarterfinals, and falling to eventual champion St. Joseph’s in a hard fought semifinals match. When GMC Hoops arrived, Spotswood appeared to have the game in hand.
With 7:31 remaining, Spotswood led 42-31, but Toms River South rallied with a 10-4 spurt over the next 5:10 to close within five at 46-41. The rally began with a layup at the 6:25 mark. The Indians had a chance to get closer, but Tommy Soulias came up with a block on a layup attempt at the 5:59 mark. On the ensuing inbounds though, the Indians got a three pointer from the right corner to cut the deficit to six at 42-36 with 5:41 to play. After a lull in the scoring for a bit over two minutes, Toms River South then picked up a steal, and converted it into a fast break layup to pull within four at 42-38 with 3:36 to go. The Chargers stemmed the tide for a bit as Ike Ejikeme got an offensive board off a missed floater by Garrett Walters, and put in the follow at the 3:15 mark for a 44-38 lead.
Soulias then followed Ejikeme’s score with a layup at the 2:43 mark for a 46-38 lead, but Toms River South did its best not to go away. Following a timeout at the 2:34 mark, the Indians got another three to close the gap to five at 46-41 with 2:21 to play. However, TRS was unable to get any closer. Even though he missed the front end of a one and one with 42.6 seconds to play, Soulias calmly netted a pair of foul shots at the 23.4 second mark, and the 11.4 second mark to seal the 50-46 victory. The Chargers will be back out in action on Wednesday night at the HG Headquarters with a matchup against Holmdel. The next time the site will see Spotswood will be next Wednesday, July 7th, in a game against St. Rose of Belmar.
Replaces Pat Kennedy As The Junior Eagles Coach
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–Recently, GMC Hoops learned that former Cardinal McCarrick standout, and current assistant coach, Kevin Baptiste-Ousley, has been named the new JV boys basketball coach at Cardy Mac. Baptiste-Ousley was a member of the 2002-03 McCarrick squad that won the school’s first ever county/conference championship by winning that year’s GMCT over St. Joseph’s. The Eagles that year, which were led by GMC Hoops Player of the Year, Mika Wilson as well as Mike Garcia and Billy Wagner, won the GMC Blue Division title as well as the Non-Public B South Championship over Wildwood Catholic en route to a 23-6 record. The team was selected as one of the ten greatest teams during the first five years of GMC Hoops.
Baptiste-Ousley replaces Pat Kennedy, who had his share of success at the JV level with McCarrick. Taking over for Jesse Holovacko before the 2004-05 campaign, Kennedy led the Eagles to five Elite Eight finishes in the EB/GMC JV Tournament, three straight final four appearances, and one JV tourney title over Bishop Ahr in 2008. The Junior Eagles also reached the EB/GMC JV Finals in 2009, but lost to Monroe. The success at the JV level that McCarrick has had under both Holovacko and Kennedy has helped build the foundation of success the program has achieved under Joe Lewis.
Former Monroe Standout And Assistant Coach Joins Staff At St. Joe’s
METUCHEN, NJ–Last week, GMC Hoops learned, and on Tuesday night, confirmed that former Monroe High School hoops standout and JV coach, Matt Gigliello, has joined the staff at St. Joseph’s. Gigliello, who teamed up with the likes of Chris Felix, Marcello Henriques, Tom Woolfolk, and Mario Zygaldo to lead Monroe to its last playoff berth before Bob Turco came to town, coached the Monroe JV for the past several seasons, and guided the Junior Falcons to the East Brunswick/GMC JV Tournament Championship over Cardinal McCarrick in 2009.
This past season, Monroe reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 JV tourney before losing to eventual champion, Hillsborough. In 2001-02, Gigliello was on the Monroe squad that finished third in the GMC Blue behind that year’s GMCT champion, Carteret and Highland Park, earned a 10th seed in the 2002 GMCT, and qualified for the 2002 Central Jersey Group II State Tournament. It was the last time Monroe qualified for the states until the 2005-06 season when A.J. Rudowitz was a senior, and Bob Turco took over as coach.
LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ–On Tuesday night, GMC Hoops learned from Monroe head coach, Bob Turco that his Monroe Falcons did well at the 2010 Rider Team Camp held at Rider University over this past weekend. Games were played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at this team camp. The Purple Birds played six games and went 5-1 over the three days. One of the games won by Monroe was over North Brunswick. Turco is very happy with the way his team is playing this summer, and even though he’s looking to be competitive in the always tough GMC White this coming season, he’s looking forward to the 2011-12 season as well with a solid incoming junior class that he has including Ahmid Williams, Danny Brix, and Ryan Genevive.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Tuesday night, GMC Hoops wasn’t able to get out to South Amboy Middle/High School to take any of the games of the nineteenth night of action at the Raritan Bay Summer League. However, the site did to get the results from all the games from league co-director, Tom Reilly. Here are the results from all the games. There were three contests on the schedule.
Day Nineteen Results–June 29, 2010
- 6:00 PM–-5th and 6th Grade Division–-South Amboy 25–Quincy Kings 24
- 7:00 PM–-High School Division-–Monroe 45–Metuchen 39
- 8:00 PM–5th and 6th Division–Sayreville 29–East Brunswick 23
GMC Hoops plans to be back out at Raritan Bay on Wednesday night.
ELIZABETH, NJ–On Tuesday night, GMC Hoops learned that the Monroe Falcons played at the Elizabeth Summer League, and won their game over Cranford. See the result below.
Elizabeth Summer League–Tuesday/Thursday Division–June 29, 2010
- Monroe 89–Cranford 37
GMC Hoops thanks Monroe head coach, Bob Turco for providing info on the game played.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Tuesday afternoon, GMC Hoops received the ninth week schedule of games for the 2010 Raritan Bay Summer League from the league’s co-director, Tom Reilly. The web site plans to be down at South Amboy Middle/High School for some of the action next week. Below is the schedule for the ninth week of the season. There will be full slate games this week, and the times have been moved up by a half an hour to 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:00 PM.
Monday, July 19th–Day Twenty-Nine
- 5:00 PM–East Brunswick vs. Celtics–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 6:00 PM–Metuchen vs. South Amboy–High School Division
- 7:00 PM–Franklin Park vs. Quincy Kings–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–Franklin Park vs. Manalapan–7th and 8th Grade Division
Tuesday, July 20th–Day Thirty
- 5:00 PM–Girls Game
- 6:00 PM–St. Stan’s vs. St. Matthew’s–7th and 8th Grade Division
- 7:00 PM–Metuchen vs. Monroe–High School Division
- 8:00 PM–Bulldogs vs. South Amboy–High School Division
Wednesday, July 21st–Day Thirty-One
- 5:00 PM–Metuchen vs. Knightmares–High School Division
- 6:00 PM–Monsignor Farrell vs. Old Bridge Knights–High School Division
- 7:00 PM–We Run vs. South Amboy–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–St. Ambrose vs. Quincy Kings–7th and 8th Grade Division
Thursday, July 22nd–Day Thirty-Two
- 5:00 PM–Girls Game
- 6:00 PM–Franklin Heat vs. Quincy Kings–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 7:00 PM–We Run vs. Shore Blazers–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–Old Bridge Warriors vs. Milltown–7th and 8th Grade Division
As more information comes along about this league, GMC Hoops will post it to the blog.
SOUTH AMBOY, NJ–On Monday morning, GMC Hoops received the eighth week schedule of games for the 2010 Raritan Bay Summer League from the league’s co-director, Tom Reilly. The web site plans to be down at South Amboy Middle/High School for some of the action next week. Below is the schedule for the eighth week of the season. There will be full slate games this week, and the times have been moved up by a half an hour to 5:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:00 PM.
Monday, July 12th–Day Twenty-Five
- 5:00 PM–South Amboy vs. Union Catholic–High School Division
- 6:00 PM–Metuchen vs. Monsignor Farrell–High School Division
- 7:00 PM–Franklin Park vs. Freehold–7th and 8th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–Franklin Park vs. Shore Blazers–5th and 6th Grade Division
Tuesday, July 13th–Day Twenty-Six
- 5:00 PM–Girls Game
- 6:00 PM–Knightmares vs. South Amboy–High School Division
- 7:00 PM–Celtics vs. Sayreville–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–Franklin vs. Quincy Kings–5th and 6th Grade Division
Wednesday, July 14th–Day Twenty-Seven
- 5:00 PM–Metuchen vs. Old Bridge Knights–High School Division
- 6:00 PM–Celtics vs. Quincy Kings–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 7:00 PM–Shore Blazers vs. South Amboy–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–South Amboy vs. Old Bridge Warriors–7th and 8th Grade Division
Thursday, July 15th–Day Twenty-Eight
- 5:00 PM–Girls
- 6:00 PM–Sayreville vs. Union Catholic–High School Division
- 7:00 PM–Franklin Heat vs. We Run–5th and 6th Grade Division
- 8:00 PM–Manalapan vs. Bulldogs–High School Division
As more information comes along about this league, GMC Hoops will post it to the blog.