The season has just started so we are just starting to compile summaries on games played this season. You can catch them in the summaries section. As the season moves along, we will archive them.
Junior Eagles Rebound From Ahr
Still smarting both physically and mentally from the loss to Bishop Ahr in the Week Six edition of the GMC Hoops JV Game of the Week, the Cardinal McCarrick Junior Eagles did what they could to move on. With only about 60 hours to recover, a somewhat depleted McCarrick team took on the Junior Jays from Middlesex High School in the latest edition of the JV Game of the Week. The team was playing without the services of two key players that made up about 25 points per game. Sophomore guard, Craig Thomas, who did a fine job trying to help his team win on Saturday at BGA, sprained his ankle in the game while junior swingman, Taylor Snider suffered an even worse fate as he broke his leg in two places when he went down with 6:21 to go in the third quarter against the Junior Trojans. According to McCarrick JV coach, Pat Kennedy, "He's scheduled for surgery on Thursday." Having to forge ahead without Thomas and Snider, Kennedy called on the Freshmen calvalry. Not only did he utilize the usual frosh suspects in forward Ryan Smith, and guard, Jeremy Cruz, but he also brought up Mike Lewis, the son of head coach, Joe Lewis along with Chris Simon, and Chris Peralta.
The Junior Eagles, which only lost two games all season, were taking on a Junior Blue Jays squad that had the likes of junior Rob Menditto, and sophomores Avery Barnes and Mike Fincher. Recently, in a game seen by the web site back on January 12th prior to the start of the varsity contest played between Woodbridge and Middlesex, the Junior Jays used a 10-0 run to break free of a 27-22 quagmire for go ahead 37-22 with minutes to play, and ultimately defeat the Junior Barrons, 40-26. See the JV Roundup for details. Unfortunately for Middlesex, Menditto was in crutches, and unable to play so both squads were entering this game somewhat shorthanded. Neverthless, MHS, using the services of eight players, fought hard to stay in the contest behind the efforts of center, Terrell Mayers, who made 3 of 6 shots from the floor, and 4 of 6 from the charity stripe for 10 points on the game while he collected 10 boards over the final 24:57 of the contest including four on the offensive glass. However, it wouldn't be enough as McCarrick with their younger reinforcements broke away from a 23-18 early third quarter lead with a 19-4 surge for a 42-22 lead with just minutes to go in the contest in a 45-30 win.
Sophomore forward, Mo Isaac was the key to victory for the Junior Eagles as he clicked on 6 of 11 shot attempts from the floor, and both of his free throw attempts for a game high 14 points while pulling down five boards over the three plus periods covered by the web site. Fellow sophomore, Rob Olivieri, the younger brother of former standout, and 1,000 point scorer at McCarrick, Kevin Olivieri, chipped in with a 4 of 9 shooting performance including 1 of 3 from long range, and one of two at the line for 10 points while handing out five assists, and collecting two rebounds over the final three plus periods. Smith also helped out with 9 points on three field goals and a three pointer that capped the 19-4 surge at the 4:30 mark of the final frame. Smith also picked up five rebounds including four on the offensive glass over the final 25 minutes or so of the contest as well as an assist and a charge. Cruz also contributed by making three of six shots from the floor, and a perfect 2 of 2 at the line for 8 points as well as 3 steals and an assist from the very end of the first quarter on.
Avery Barnes, the younger brother of former Blue Jay standout, and current Rutgers-Newark player, Phil Barnes, chipped in for the losers with 6 points on 3 of 5 shooting as well as 7 rebounds over the final three plus periods of the game. The game was fairly close for the first two and a half quarters or so before the Eagles pulled away. Middlesex tried to slow things down, and not let McCarrick dictate tempo, and it seemed to work for a while as the Junior Eagles appeared to stub its toe on offense periodically throughout the contest. However, once the game began to open up for the home team, it was able to capitalize, and thus get the win.
January 28, 2008--Middlesex at Cardinal McCarrick: In a game that featured two teams already seen by the web site during the course of the 2007-08 season, the Junior Eagles of Cardinal McCarrick got a game high 14 points from Mo Isaac on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor, and 2 of 2 at the line in a 45-30 victory. Sophomore guard, Rob Olivieri chipped in with 10 points on 4 of 9 shooting including 1 of 3 from three point land while handing out five assists over the final 24:57 of play. Freshmen Ryan Smith (9 points) and Jeremy Cruz (8 points) also chipped in with a combined 17 points in the victory as well. Middlesex, which trailed 8-5 upon GMC Hoops arrival, and 10-6 at the end of the first quarter, fell behind by eight at the half thanks to a 13-9 second quarter showing by the home team. Then, in the third quarter, the Junior Jays scored the first three points of the second half on a layup by Avery Barnes (6 points and 7 rebounds) and one of two at the line by Terrel Mayers (10 points and 10 rebounds) for a 23-18 McCarrick lead at the 5:35 mark. However, the visitors would not get any closer as the Junior Eagles sparked by a lightning quick drive from the left wing across the key for a reverse layup by Cruz, embarked on the decisive 19-4 surge that was capped by a Smith three pointer from the left wing at the 4:30 mark for a 42-22 lead. From there, the Junior Blue Jays made things more respectable with an 8-3 spurt to close the game for the 45-30 final score. View the game stats from the contest. In the varsity nightcap, senior swingman, Mike Burwell connected on 9 of 20 shots including 4 of 6 from downtown, and went 9 of 10 at the line for 31 points along with 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals while junior guard, Julio Rosario chipped in 24 points on 10 of 15 shooting including nine straight field goals in a 81-68 victory for top ranked McCarrick. See the stats from this contest.
January 26, 2008--Cardinal McCarrick at Bishop Ahr: Sophomore forward, Justin Peoples came up with a layup off a Tom Lancey entry pass with 33.3 seconds left, and then connected on a pair of free throws with 21.8 remaining to help the Junior Trojans pull away from a 59-58 lead for a 63-58 win over arch rival, Cardinal McCarrick in North Edison. In a game that was perhaps the most competitive of the three contests played at all levels between the two schools, there was plenty of excitement, hard nosed play, and some controversy as well. BGA enjoyed a 30-22 lead with 1:55 left in the first half when Cardinal McCarrick went on an 18-4 run over a span of 4:22 to take a 40-34 lead with a little more than five and a half minutes remaining in the third. However, Ahr, fought back by outscoring the Junior Eagles by a 20-9 margin over the next 9:48 to retake the lead, 54-49 with 3:45 left. Cardy Mac stormed back though led by sophomore guard, Craig Thomas, who had a steal for a layup with 2:20 left that capped a 6-0 run for a 55-54 lead. Ahr's junior guard, Jordan Smith knotted the game up again at 55-55 on one of two from the charity stripe with 2:10 remaining in regulation, but the Eagles took the lead back on one of two free throws for a 56-55 lead at the 1:19 mark. Vick Napurano put the BGA ahead for good though with an offensive rebound, and putback, and then Darrius Griffin connected for two free throws for a 59-56 lead at the 53.1 second mark. Thomas would draw the Junior Eagles to within one again at 59-58 with 46.7 left to play, but later traveled after Peoples scored on the layup. See details. In the varsity contest though, McCarrick would not only pick up its JV squad, but also get revenge, and solidify their position as the No. 1 team in the GMC with a resounding 75-55 victory over the fourth ranked Trojans behind Mike Burwell's 29 points and Julio Rosario's 21.
January 19, 2008--Franklin at South Brunswick: The Junior Vikings of South Brunswick scored a non-conference victory over geographic rival, Franklin from Somerset County and the Delaware East Division of the Skyland Conference. Leading by four with less than a minute to go in the third quarter, South Brunswick gave up another point to the Junior Warriors on a one of two showing at the line for a 40-37 SBHS lead entering the fourth. After the visitors got on the board again with two offensive rebounds for a putback attempt that drew a foul, and resulted in two more foul shots for a 40-39 Junior Viking lead at the 7:36 mark, SB junior forward, Cody McHugh came up with an offensive rebound and putback on a missed second foul shot for a 43-39 lead at the 7:19 mark. McHugh then got the ball again less than thirty seconds later for a layup as he was fouled for a three point play that made the score 46-39 with 6:50 remaining. Then, a little more than a minute later, McHugh scored again on a bankshot from the right wing after being set up nicely by a fine upcourt pass for a 48-39 lead at the 5:44 mark. Following a Franklin timeout at the 5:35 mark, the Junior Vikes made it a 10-0 spurt with a drive for a layup, and a 50-39 lead with 3:19 left. Franklin tried to come back by applying fullcourt pressure, and making a 6-0 run to close the gap to 50-45 at the 2:37 mark, but Junior forward, Jean Paul Isaacs scored a couple of putbacks and McHugh added one himself to close out the 59-54 victory. In the varsity nightcap, Troy Confessore scored 15 points on six field goals, and 3 of 4 from the foul line to go along with six assists, five steals, and five rebounds in a South Brunswick 60-53 win over Franklin.
January 18, 2008--Spotswood at Metuchen: In a game that saw both teams combine to shoot just 2 of 27 in the first quarter, the Junior Chargers of Spotswood took a 30-18 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, Metuchen, led by freshman guard, Mike Crusco, who ended up with a team high 11 points including eight in the final period, went on a 20-6 surge and got a tying score with less than 30 seconds left, and then the winning score off an assist by Vinnie Sardone for the 38-36 come from behind victory. Sophomore Tyler Osofsky led the way for Spotswood with 12 points on 2 of 4 shooting from three, and a perfect 6 of 6 from the foul line. Mike Liming, another Junior Charger sophomore chipped in with 8 points on three field goals and 2 of 3 at the line. See details. In the varsity nightcap, DeJuan Miller scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for a monster double-double performance, but it wasn't enough as Ross Gerhart scored a team high 22 for Spotswood while sophomore Cody Pace added 15 and fellow junior Pat Dwyer added 11 in a 62-51 victory.
January 12, 2008--St. Joseph's at East Brunswick: After having its winning streak broken against Piscataway earlier in the week, the Junior Falcons had an opportunity to break a winning streak themselves as East Brunswick entered the contest with seven straight wins to start the season. Taking advantage of the opportunity, St. Joe's won by a score of 52-42 to get back on the winning track, and improve to 10-1 overall on the year.
January 12, 2008--Woodbridge at Middlesex: Prior to the start of the crossover clash between the Barrons and Blue Jays matchup, the Junior Barrons battled with the Junior Jays in a JV game. Upon arriving in the gym for the varsity game, GMC Hoops sat down at the 5:51 mark of the fourth quarter with Middlesex leading by five, 27-22. Both teams really struggled trying to score over the next couple minutes. Rob Menditto managed to get a steal at the 5:30 mark for the Junior Jays, but couldn't convert as he tweaked his ankle. The junior was eventually alright, but the brief scoring drought would continue as the Junior Barrons missed a shot at the other end with five minutes left. Middlesex would get on the board finally with one of two at the line from a forward at the 4:50 mark for a 28-22 lead, but neither team would get a field goal until the 2:36 mark when Adam Wells connected for a three pointer from the top of the key off a kickout by Avery Barnes that made the score, 31-22. Wells' trey opened the flood gates for Middlesex, which then got two free throws Barnes netted two foul shots at the 2:13 mark for a 33-22 lead, and then a left baseline drive by Menditto off a pass from Mike Fincher for a 35-22 lead at the 1:37 mark. The Junior Jays then closed out the 10-0 spurt with another layup by Menditto at the 1:14 mark for a 37-22 lead as the home team went on for the victory, 40-26. In the varsity game, Middlesex got a huge performance from senior forward, Nick Fariella, who made 8 of 14 shots, and 2 of 5 from the foul line for 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds for a double-double in a 64-39 thrashing of Woodbridge. See details.
January 11, 2008--South Plainfield at New Brunswick: Following the Little Zebras win over the Little Tigers in the opener of the tripleheader between these two schools, the respective JV squads also went at it. In the first period, New Brunswick jumped out to a 10-8 lead. The second period saw the Junior Zebras increase that margin with a 15-11 showing that made the score 25-19 at the half. However, South Plainfield rallied right from the outset in the third with a 13-0 tear over the first 4:54 of the frame to take a 32-25 lead at the 3:06 mark. However, the Junior Zebras got the help of a couple reinforcements from the Freshmen level as Jaquan Cook, Devin Gardner, and Nyeem Coleman all suited up to play while sophomore Nigel Scott also helped out in the 29-11 game ending surge for the 54-43 win. Cook and Gardner combined for 16 points as Cook connected on two three pointers, and a field goal for eight points while handing out a couple of assists, and Gardner had eight himself including three field field goals and two foul shots. The Junior Zebras started the rally with an 8-2 spurt over the final three plus minutes of the third that included a jumper that ended the 13-0 tear by SPHS at the 2:36 mark, Gardner's two free throws at the 1:38 mark, a turnaround jumper at the 53 second mark, and then a short jumper by Gardner to close out the period scoring with the Junior Tigers still up 34-33. In the foruth, and after South Plainfield got a field goal for a 36-33 lead, Cook connected for the first of his two trifectas to tie things up at 36-36. Gardner then got a steal that led to an offensive rebound and putback at the 4:32 mark for a 38-36 lead. The Junior Zebras then got another score to go up by four when Junior Tiger forward, and varsity reserve, Malcolm Austen scored on an offensive rebound and putback for a 40-38 game, and then later passed to a teammate, who was fouled, and made two free throws to tie things up at 40-40 with 3:31 left. Cook and Gardner teamed up again as the lanky forward dished to the manchild for a Gardner layup, and a 42-40 lead with 2:42 left. Austen tied things right back up by scoring a layup, but then was assessed a technical foul for showing too much emotion, and Scott then made one of two free throws for a New Brunswick, 43-42 lead with 2:42 left. Cook then netted his final three pointer on the subsequent Zebra side out for a 46-42 lead at the 2:28 mark, and the Junior Tigers never threatened again. In the varsity nightcap, Mike Burton scored 25 points on 7 of 14 shooting including a three pointer, and made 10 of 13 charity shots while senior teammate, Bennie Gibson clicked on 4 of 6 from the field, and 8 of 10 at the line in a 64-48 win for SPHS over New Brunswick in a game featured on WCTC. See details, and stats on the contest.
January 8, 2008--Sayreville at Colonia: In the first half of a JV/Varsity Doubleheader, Sayreville jumped out to a 32-25 lead with 2:47 to go in the third quarter before Colonia embarked on a 23-6 surge over a span of 7:42 to take a 48-38 lead, and ultimately win the game by a final score of 50-43. Junior Patriot forward, Ben DeForge led the way with a game high 14 points on four field goals and two threes while junior guard, Tyler Jackow chipped in with 11 points on three field goals, a three pointer, and 2 of 5 from the line. Varsity reserve C.J. Gray also helped out with 8 points on a field goal, and two threes while sophomore Torey Underwood scored all four of his points down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Sayreville junior guard, Rob Pizzi connected on seven field goals for a team high 14 points while sophomore forward, Dave Milewski chipped in with three field goals and 4 of 5 from the foul line for 10 points. See details. In the varsity nightcap, the Bombers got even with a stunning 55-52 victory over Colonia as senior 6'9" center, Chris Matagrano came up with a monster performance of 12 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots, and Paul DeLaCosta scored 13 points including 3 of 5 from three point range, and two go ahead layups late in the contest. J.J. D'Amico led all scorers with a game high 21 points for Colonia.
January 8, 2008--St. Joseph's at Piscataway: Entering the game with a nine game winning streak, and with a high powered offense that has a tendency to shoot the three, the St. Joseph's Junior Falcons, which had averaged 63 points per game, and outscored their opponents by a margin of nearly 28 points per game, were stopped cold by Piscataway's JV squad in a high powered clash. The Chiefs, which had recently rolled past J.P. Stevens in a GMC Hoops Game of the Week, won by the score of 54-37 to improve their record to 8-0 on the year.
January 5, 2008--Colonia at St. Joseph's: The Junior Falcons of St. Joseph's surged in the second half by outscoring Colonia by a 19-5 margin over the final two periods for their ninth straight win with a 45-32 victory. Over the last two quarters, St. Joe's only made 5 of 14 shots including 1 of 3 from three point range, but went a perfect 8 of 8 at the foul line while limiting Colonia to just 2 of 13 from the floor, and forcing 12 turnovers. St. Joseph's, which came in to the game averaging 11 three pointers per contest over its previous four games, a 64 points per game average, and an average margin of victory of 28 points per game so far this season, jumped out to a 15-11 first quarter lead, and led 26-19 midway through the second period when the Junior Patriots closed out the first half with an 8-0 run for a 27-26 halftime lead. But, the home team emerged victorious by shutting out the visitors 11-0 in the third, and winning the final frame by a 8-5 margin. See the sample play by play from the last two quarters of the game. Earlier in the GMC Hoops Freshmen Game of the Week, St. Joseph's-Green defeated Colonia's Freshmen for its eighth straight to start the season, 44-24. Slay Sudam and Kevin Mayce led all scorers with 9 points each for the winners. See details as well as the brief write-up in the Freshmen Roundup. Later on in the tripleheader nightcap played on Saturday night, Colonia senior guard, Brandon Hall, scored 27 points including 18 in the second half to propel the second ranked Patriots to a come from behind, 47-41 victory. Details now available.
January 3, 2008--Piscataway at J.P. Stevens: The Junior Chiefs of Piscataway used a 15-4 tear over the final 4:48 of the first period to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 19-10 lead. Then, after only scoring six points in the second, and leading by just seven at the half, 25-18, P-Way took command of this contest with a 14-6 showing in the third as they outscored the Junior Hawks of JPS by a 30-15 margin in the second half for a 55-33 victory. Sophomore guard, Malcolm Griggs led the way with 14 points on 6 of 12 shooting including a 1 of 3 effort from beyond the arc while also picking up 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and an assist. Junior guard, Jamar Rose chipped in with 9 points on 4 of 5 shooting from the floor, and a free throw while collecting 9 rebounds, 6 steals, and 2 assists. Coming off the bench to contribute, sophomore forward, Aaron Riggins added 8 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the floor, and 2 of 3 from the foul line while picking up 4 rebounds. Scott Kinney also contributed with 7 points on two field goals and a three pointer as well as a rebound. Freshmen forward, Kareem Jones led J.P. Stevens in a losing cause with 8 points on 4 of 7 shooting, 5 rebounds, and a steal. See details as well as the stats from the game. Meanwhile, in the varsity game, the top ranked Chiefs limited J.P. Stevens to just 2 of 22 shooting in the first half, and after the Hawks climbed to within four late in the third at 29-25, P-Way, led by senior guard James White scored ten straight points to essentially put the game away. J.D. Griggs led all scorers with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting from the floor, and 5 of 7 from the line while collecting 4 rebounds, 4 steals, an assist, and a block. See details and the game stats.
January 1, 2008--Crusader Classic JV Tournment in Bound Brook: There was only one GMC team that competed amongst the four teams in this particular JV Tournament. Spotswood, representing the GMC Blue, took on the host school Bound Brook, and lost in the first round while North Plainfield defeated Rutgers Prep in the other opening round game. In the Championship, the Junior Canucks defeated the Junior Crusaders of Bound Brook while Spotswood's JV salvage a game from the tourney by defeating the Junior Argonauts from Rutgers Prep for third place in the Consolation.
January 1, 2008--Cardinal McCarrick JV Tournment in South Amboy: There were only four teams in this year's McCarrick JV Tournament so there was just a round-robin with all the teams playing three games. Teams that participated were all from the GMC including: Cardinal McCarrick, Edison, South Amboy and South Brunswick. On the first day, South Amboy defeated Edison (see below) and Cardinal McCarrick downed South Brunswick. Day two saw, the Little Vikings of South Brunswick defeat South Amboy while McCarrick beat Edison. The final day of the tourney had South Brunswick knocking off Edison, and McCarrick beating South Amboy in a renewal of an old crosstown rivalry game. Final records in the tournament were: Cardinal McCarrick (3-0), South Brunswick (2-1), South Amboy (1-2), and Edison (0-3).
December 26, 2007--South Amboy vs. Edison (McCarrick JV Tournament): The Junior Guvs only led by one at the half, 13-12, but then pulled away in the third and fourth quarters with a 24-19 showing to get the 37-31 win. Junior guard, Tom Reilly, who also happens to be a varsity reserve, scored 19 points in the second half including 15 points on five three pointers to spur on the victory. The Junior Guvs, which hail from the smaller school dominated GMC Gold Division, defeated one of the larger teams in the conference with the victory. See the complete McCarrick JV Tournament bracket.
December 14, 2007--North Brunswick at Sayreville (Season Opener): Sayreville opened up with a 25-9 lead over the first 13:27 of the game, and never looked back to register a 56-33 win, and the first victory for former Sayreville standout, Samir Sanu. The Junior Bombers, which were led by sophomore forward Dave Milewski, who made 7 of 9 shots from the floor, and 2 of 3 from the line for 16 points, and junior swingman, Mike Greco chipped in with 4 of 6 field goals including 1 of 2 from three, and 2 of 3 at the foul line for 11 points before leaving the game with an injury in the first half, made 5 of 9 shots including a three pointer as well as 3 of 4 from the line to grab a 14-7 first quarter lead, and then opened the second with an 11-2 tear over the first 5:27 to take command of the contest.
Tarif Jackson chipped for Saryeville with 7 points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the floor, and 1 of 2 at the line along with three rebounds, three assists, and two steals while sophmore Nick Pizzi essentially put the exclamation point on the rout with back to back threes in about a minutes time to make the score, 43-25 with 2:54 left in the third quarter. North Brunswick, which turned the ball over 26 times, could never really get on track while Sayreville had 21 points off those Junior Raider turnovers, and 11 second chance points off of 20 offensive rebounds. Dan Mangiapane led the way in a losing effort for North Brunswick with 12 points and 4 rebounds. See details as well as the summary on the varsity contest involving both North Brunswick and Sayreville that the Bombers won, 60-40. Earlier in the day, prior to the start of the JV game, Sayreville's freshmen opened up the tripleheader by handing North Brunswick a 54-39 defeat after falling behind early.
December 12, 2007--New Brunswick at South Amboy (Scrimmage): On Wednesday, GMC Hoops saw its final JV scrimmage of the pre-season as the Junior Varsity squads of both New Brunswick and South Amboy went at it for two periods in addition to the varsity teams playing for four quarters. The first quarter ended in a 15-15 tie as the two teams combined for six lead changes and two ties including five lead changes and two ties in the final 4:33 of the period. Prior to that point, the Junior Zebras, which had jumped out to a 4-0 lead, had led the entire way. However, after trailing, 6-3 and 8-5, South Amboy, fought back with six of eight points including four in a row to take a 9-8 lead, and from there it was a back and forth battle. In the second quarter, however, there was no doubt that the Zebras were the better team. New Brunswick opened the period with a 13-0 tear over a 5:45 span before the Junior Guvs got on the board with a jumper from the left wing at the 2:15 mark, and the Junior Zebras ended up winning the period, 15-4, and the scrimmage, 30-19. See details on the varsity scrimmage. Commentary and analysis will be up shortly in the GMC Hoops Blogosphere.
December 11, 2007--Cranford at Middlesex (Scrimmage): The JV squads of both Middlesex of the GMC Blue Division and Cranford of the Mountain Division of the Mountain Valley Conference, battled in a pre-season scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon. After the two schools respective varsity squads scrimmaged for four periods, the JVs did battle for the final two. In the first quarter, Middlesex jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first 2:44 of the period before Cranford rallied with a 6-0 run of its own in the last three minutes for a 6-6 opening frame tie. Then, in the second though, the Junior Jays, powered by the likes of Rob Mendito, Mike Fincher, Avery Barnes, and Adam Wells took over with a 4-0 run in the first 1:53, and then after the Junior Cougars cut the lead in half with a pair of free throws at the 5:36 mark, Middlesex put the exhibition away with an 8-0 run for a 12-2 lead, and an eventual 14-4 quarter win. In total, the home team won both of the periods by a combined score of 20-10. Meanwhile, in the varsity scrimmage, the Blue Jays outscored Cranford by a 40-27 margin over the final 17:15 of their scrimmage for a 61-45 edge. See details as well as some commentary in the blog.
December 8, 2007--Edison at Dunellen (Scrimmage): The JV squads of both Edison and Dunellen went at it for two quarters on Saturday morning while their respective varsity teams took a break. The Junior Eagles, which hail from the GMC Red, where just too much for the Junior Destroyers, which reside in the GMC Gold. The first period played was a bit more lopsided than the second period although the scores were similar. Edison jumped out to a 4-0 lead, and then after Dunellen score on a layin with a bit less than six minutes to play in the period, the Junior Eagles closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run for a 12-2 edge in the frame. Then, in the final period of this scrimmage, EHS won the period by a 10-4 margin after both teams went scoreless for three and a half minutes. The Junior Destroyers didn't get their first field goal until the 2:39 mark of the period for a 6-3 Edison lead. For the scrimmage, Dunellen made only a field goal, a three pointer, and one of two at the line for six points as Edison won overall, 22-6. In the varsity scrimmage, Edison won three of the four periods, and overall by a 45-32 count. See details in the summary, and commentary on the scrimmage in the blog.
December 8, 2007--Northern Highlands at Middlesex (Scrimmage): In addition to the varsity squads playing four quarters of action, the JV squads for both Middlesex and Northern Highlands of Northern New Jersey battled for several periods to get themselves both ready for their upcoming seasons. While the MHS varsity controlled its scrimmage with the much larger Highlanders (Group III), the Junior Jays had their troubles with the Junior Highlanders. The North Jersey school won all three periods including a 9-4 margin in the first, an 8-2 margin in the second, and a dominant 16-2 performance in the third for a 33-8 advantage overall. See details courtesy of our Middlesex Hoops Volunteer in the blog.
December 1, 2007--Matawan at Middlesex (Scrimmage): In addition to the varsity squads playing four quarters of action, the JV squads for both Middlesex and Matawan Regional of Monmouth County and the Shore Conference, battled for several periods to get themselves both ready for their upcoming seasons. While the MHS varsity dominated its scrimmage with a Matawan squad that was winless in 2006-07, the Junior Jays won both of their periods with the Junior Huskies by slim margins. The GMC Blue squad won the first period, 10-7, and then the second and final period by a 10-6 margin for an overall, 20-13 edge. Adam Wells led the way with 8 points, 2 steals, an assist, and a block while Rob Mendito chipped in with 3 points, a rebound, a steal, and a deflection. See details courtesy of our Middlesex Hoops Volunteer in the blog.
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