GMC Teams Playing Well Against Non-Conference Squads

Solid Start In States Features 8-4 Showing On Tuesday

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ–Every year, GMC Hoops goes to great lengths to point out the Greater Middlesex Conference’s play against teams from outside the conference.  Many times, the discussions and analysis hasn’t been good.  However, this year, teams in the GMC have held their own against foes from other conferences.

After Tuesday night’s performance in the state tournament, the GMC is 91-75 overall on the season against opponents outside the conference including an 11-9 mark in state tourney play.  The solid effort against non-conference foes is not just limited to the smaller school divisions.  Teams in the GMC Red have also done very well.  Led by St. Joseph’s with a 7-1 mark including wins over Seton Hall Prep, St. Patrick’s, Our Savior New American, Academy New Church, and Marist, the Red Division has compiled a 27-17 mark against foes outside the GMC.

Thanks to wins by Monroe over West Windsor-Plainsboro South and North Brunswick’s win over defending CJ Group IV champion, Rancocas Valley, the GMC White went 3-1 on Tuesday night, and is 18-17 on the season against teams outside of Middlesex County.  The Blue Division is the only division that has struggled against non-conference foes this season with a sub .500 record after Tuesday night’s action, but Carteret and Spotswood advance in the CJ Group II state tourney with wins over non-conference foes from the Skyland Conference and the Burlington County Scholastic League.

The GMC Gold still has several teams alive in the states after play on Tuesday night.  Piscataway Tech and Timothy Christian have a chance to reach the Final Fours of their brackets while Amboy Tech have their work cut out for them against a second seeded Florence team that soundly defeated Highland Park in the opening round of the Central Jersey Group I tournament.  If you recall, the Owls knocked off Amboy Tech in overtime in the GMCT Play-In round.  Coming into the states and after the first night of play in the various tournaments on Monday, the GMC had taken some lumps against non-conference foes.

However, winning 8 of 12 matchups in four different state tourneys on Tuesday puts the GMC in a good spot.  There are still 14 GMC teams still alive in eight different state tourneys.  After losing ten straight games to the Burlington County Scholastic League last year, the GMC has gone 4-2 versus teams from the BCSL.  The GMC has also gone 6-4 against teams from the Super Essex Conference despite a Columbia win over J.P. Stevens in the first round of the North Jersey Section 2 Group IV state tourney on Tuesday.  After taking some lumps this season versus the Skyland Conference, GMC teams have put together some recent wins to even up at 12-12.

Piscataway’s win over Dickinson of Jersey City on Tuesday gave the GMC a 5-5 record against teams from the Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association.  However, teams in the conference continue to struggle against squads from the Shore Conference (13-20), Union County Conference (8-12), and the Colonial Valley Conference (3-5).  The conference resumes play in the state tourney on Wednesday with five more games against non-conference foes.