|GMC Hoops returned to action on Friday evening with a trip out to Middlesex High School to see the Blue Jays in action against Bound Brook in a Route 28 neighborhood and non-conference clash.
Led by the efforts of Jake Robel (13 points), Chris Hendricks (11 points), and John Dickey (10 points), Middlesex took a 13-11 first quarter lead, led 28-22 at the half, and thanks to a Pat Rudawski three point play, led 45-41 after three quarters.
However, offensive rebounds and turnovers doomed the upstart Jays. Bound Brook was able to take full advantage by scoring 14 of the first 18 points of the fourth period for a 55-49 lead. Middlesex would get three pointers from Hendricks and Tyler Ha to draw within a single possession with 23.3 seconds to play, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Crusaders won, 60-55.
Noah Smith led all scorers with 19 points for Bound Brook while teammate Tyson Amaker chipped in with 18, and Evian Brown contributed with 11. Bound Brook improved to 11-1 overall and 4-0 versus GMC schools with the win while Middlesex dropped to 7-5 overall and 1-1 against schools outside of conference.
In other action, Sayreville was shorthanded in its Investors Games Showcase contest against Hunterdon Central at Kean University. Without top scorer, Ryan O’Leary, who had a sprained ankle, the Bombers trailed the Red Devils, 36-30 at the half, and then outscored HCHS by a 36-25 margin for a 66-61 victory.
Five different Sayreville players scored in double figures led by Jayson DeMild, who had 15. Jahsim Floyd collected 14 points and 3 blocks while Ope Olaloko (11 points and 12 rebounds) and Xavier Townes (10 points and 10 rebounds) tallied double-doubles. Henderson Mautes added 12 points while Elijah Clark chipped in with 4 points and 10 boards.
The win helped the Bombers rebound from losing to J.F. Kennedy the night before, and it was their 6th in the last 8 games. Sayreville, which is now 4-3 against non-conference schools, avenged a loss to Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey Group 4 Quarterfinals a year ago.
Reminder: GMC Hoops goes back out on the road after short rest with a trip out to South River on Saturday afternoon to see the Rams host New Brunswick in a GMC Crossover. Then, the site will take a couple days off before returning to action on Tuesday to see Perth Amboy host East Brunswick.
You can follow the coverage of Greater Middlesex Conference boys basketball on Twitter @gmchoops and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GMCHoops.