This is the place to go for the roundup of the freshmen games covered by GMC Hoops. There is also a GMC Hoops Freshmen Game of the Week as well as a JV Roundup and summaries for the GMC Hoops JV Game of the Week. You can catch all the varsity action in the summaries section. As the season moves along, we will archive them.
GMC Hoops Frosh Roundup Update
It has been a few weeks since GMC Hoops has updated the Freshmen Roundup page. However, you will find that it is worth the wait. Here are some more capsules added on games that have been seen and covered as well as additional ones provided by HighSchoolSports.net. Special kuds go to Jerry Smith, the AD at St. Joseph's, and Frank Noppenberger, the East Brunswick AD. From what we've seen and heard so far, the following teams will be contending for the Championship at Perth Amboy in February: St. Joseph's-Green, New Brunswick, Cardinal McCarrick, Piscataway, East Brunswick, and Bishop Ahr.
January 19, 2008--Piscataway at Cardinal McCarrick: In a game that began a wild day at South Amboy with all three squads sweeping the competition in the three contests played, the Little Eagles scored the first four points of the game, and then didn't get a field goal for the balance of the first quarter while guard, Brian Wong connected on 7 of 8 shots including a three pointer to account for all of Piscataway's points, and give the Little Chiefs a 15-6 lead. P-Way would increase its lead to 13 midway through the third quarter despite McCarrick outscoring the visitors from the GMC Red by a 15-11 margin in the second to only trail 26-21 at the half. However, the Little Eagles behind the efforts of Aaron Radich, who scored a double-double of 14 points and 13 boards on the day, and John Appiah, the younger brother of junior forward, Dominic Appiah, outscored the Little Chiefs by a 31-14 over the final twelve minutes of the contest for the 52-48 win. Wong ended up making 10 of 14 shots including both his three point attempts for 22 points along with 3 rebounds, 2 steals, an assist, and a block for the losers. Appiah ended up with 13 points on 4 of 9 shooting from the floor, and five foul shots. Mike Lewis, the son of McCarrick's varsity head coach, Joe Lewis, chipped in with 11 points on 5 of 7 shooting including a three pointer while handing out five assists. See details.
January 14, 2008--Piscataway at East Brunswick: In a shocker, Piscataway's Freshmen team with three losses on the season, traveled to EB's Bears' Den, and knocked off a previously unbeaten Little Bear Cub squad that upset St. Joseph's some 48 hours earlier. Not only did P-Way win, but it was by a rather comfortable margin, 64-49. The Little Chiefs will be looking to continue that magic when they visit Cardinal McCarrick on Saturday afternoon.
January 12, 2008--St. Joseph's-Green at East Brunswick: In a bit of a surprise, the Little Bears of East Brunswick pulled off a nice upset by knocking off previously unbeaten St. Joseph's-Green in a clash of undefeated teams. The Little Falcons cut it to close again this time, and it turned out to haunt them in the end with a 58-52 defeat on the road at EB. While the Falcons dropped to 9-1 on the season, the Little Bears of EB, improved to 9-0 on the year.
January 11, 2008--South Plainfield at New Brunswick: The Zebras behind the efforts of talented players such as Jaquan Cook, Devin Gardner, and Nyeem Coleman, jumped out to a 22-4 first quarter lead. Then, in the second quarter, Cook took charge with Gardner on the bench. The lanky forward connected on 5 of 8 shots in the period, and made one of two foul shots for 11 points in addition to a rebound and steal that fueled a 11-8 second quarter showing for a 35-12 halftime lead. South Plainfield had actually started the frame with an 8-6 run including a three point play at the four minute mark to pull within 28-12, but Cook came up with one of two at the line with 1:40 left in the half, and then another score in the final minute for the commanding 23 point lead at the break. In the second half, the Little Tigers tried in vain to make the game respectable with an 11-8 run over the first 7:11 of the third quarter for a 43-23 score, but over the last 8:49, the Zebras, led by Andrew Gidding's six points in the fourth, shut SPHS out, 16-0 for the resounding 59-23 victory. Then, in the JV game, both Cook and Gardner played pivotal roles in a come from behind victory by the Junior Zebras over South Plainfield. Trailing 32-25 with 3:06 to go in the third quarter, New Brunswick outscored SPHS by a 29-11 margin the rest of the way as Cook and Gardner combined for 16 points. See details in the JV Roundup. In the varsity nightcap though, junior guard, Mike Burton salvaged the day for South Plainfield in a 64-48 victory over New Brunswick by scoring a game high 25 points on 7 of 14 shooting including a three pointer, and 10 of 13 from the foul line while Bennie Gibson chipped in with 16 points on 4 of 6 shooting, and an 8 of 10 performance at the charity stripe. See details.
January 8, 2008--St. Joseph's-Green at Piscataway: In a showdown between the two of the top teams in the GMC Red, the Little Falcons of St. Joseph's-Green, remained undefeated at 9-0 with a hard fought 46-44 victory over Piscataway's Little Chiefs. For St. Joseph's-Green, the two point win was the closest margin of victory it had enjoyed all season to this point. Meanwhile, the Chiefs had lost their third game of the season.
January 5, 2008--Colonia at St. Joseph's: The St. Joseph's-Green Little Falcons, which ented the game with seven straight wins by an average margin of 14 points per game, remained undefeated at 8-0 with a 44-24 victory of the Little Patriots of Colonia in a Saturday morning game feature in the GMC Hoops Freshmen Game of the Week. Kevin Mayce and Slay Sudah led the way by both scoring a game high nine points in the affair. Mayce picked up his 9 on the day with 4 field goals and 1 of 2 at the line while Sudah made three field goals and a three pointer. Matt Hratko chipped in with 8 points on a field goal and two threes while Kevin Waitikovich added 6 points on a field goal and 4 of 4 from the line. The Little Falcons jumped out to a 26-12 halftime lead, and then held Colonia scoreless for the first 6:27 of the third while increasing its commanding lead to 33-12. The Little Pats led by Ramos (8 points on two field goals and 4 of 6 free throws) and Paige (a field goal and 5 of 6 free throws for 7 points), who combined for 62.5 percent of their teams offense, got as close as 15 after a 6-0 run made it 33-18, but CHS couldn't get any closer. Details out later. In the JV game that followed, St. Joe's Junior Falcons held a 26-19 lead late in the second quarter before Colonia closed out the first half with an 8-0 run for a 27-26 lead at the break. However, in the second half, St. Joseph's outscored Colonia by a 19-5 margin to win 44-32, and remain undefeated at 9-0. Details now available in the JV roundup. In the varsity nightcap though, Brandon Hall scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half to lead Colonia to a come from behind 47-41 victory. See details.
January 1, 2008--Cardinal McCarrick Freshmen Tournament in South Amboy: It was an All Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament in this one as all eight teams: Cardinal McCarrick, Colonia, Edison, Metuchen, Monroe, New Brunswick, South Brunswick, and St. Joseph's all reside in the GMC. In the opening round, Edison defeated Colonia while New Brunswick downed St. Joseph's-White. Monroe defeated Metuchen in their opening round clash while the host school, Cardinal McCarrick defeated South Brunswick. In the semifinals: New Brunswick defeated Edison while McCarrick downed Monroe. Over in the consolation bracket, South Brunswick defeated Metuchen while Colonia upended St. Joe's-White. In the Championship, the Little Zebras of New Brunswick came home with the Gold as they defeated the Little Eagles of McCarrick, 57-38. Meanwhile, in the Third Place consolation, Monroe defeated Edison. The Fifth Place Consolation saw South Brunswick defeat Colonia, 49-46 while in the Seventh Place Game, Metuchen beat St. Joe's-White. See the tourney bracket.
January 1, 2008--Crusader Classic Freshmen Tournament in Bound Brook: The GMC had two of the four teams competing in this particular tournament including Middlesex and Spotswood from the Blue Division. Spotswood's Freshmen team, which finished third in the 2007 Perth Amboy/GMC Freshmen Tournament with a last minute win over Bishop Ahr in the consolation last February, advanced to the Championship Game by defeating the host school, Bound Brook. Meanwhile, Middlesex fell in the opening round to North Plainfield. In the Championship, the Canucks from the Raritan Division of the Skyland Conference, defeated Spotswood while Middlesex won over Bound Brook for third place in the Consolation.
December 14, 2007--North Brunswick at Sayreville (Season Opener): The Little Bombers of Sayreville started the year off right with a double digit victory over North Brunswick, 54-39. Forward, Mike Phair led the way with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting from the floor, and a 3 of 6 effort from the line to go along with 5 rebonds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist. Chris Piniero chipped in with 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting, and one of one from the line while also picking up 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. Sid Holt also chipped in for the winners with a 3 of 6 effort from the field for 6 points along with 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. Ryan Smith came off the bench to go 3 of 6 from the floor also as well as a perfect 2 of 2 from the line for 8 points while collecting 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. North Brunswick was led by Ross Kutz, who connected on half of his eight shots including a trey, and went 80 percent from the line for 13 points along with 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jake Rosenberg had his struggles from the field, but still ended up with 9 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds while Mike Mangiapane added 2 of 3 effort shooting wise for 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. The victory by Sayreville's freshmen began a big day at SWMHS as the Junior Bombers won easily 56-33, and the Varsity rolled past North Brunswick, 60-40 in the finale of the season opening tripleheader. See details in the GMC Hoops Freshmen Game of the Week section. Meanwhile, later on in the evening, Sayreville's JV rolled to a 56-33 win after jumping out to a 25-9 lead in the first half, and the Bomber varsity scored a 60-40 victory over North Brunswick for a clean sweep of the opening day tripleheader.
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