Welcome to the GMC Hoops Classic Tournament Games Section of the website.  This contains the top ten games in the GMCT Boys Basketball games during the 1990s according to the Star Ledger's Guy Kipp.  As this web site grows, and we get more information, we'll add some great games of our own for you to look at. In the meantime, feel free to e-mail your comments and suggestions to gmachos@gmchoops.com


TOP TEN FINISHES IN THE GMCT TOURNAMENT DURING THE 1990s.

  1. John F. Kennedy 53, Perth Amboy 52, 1990 GMCT Championship--The Rutgers Athletic Center reverberated as loudly as it ever has for a high school event as JFK junior forward Ray Mulero stepped to the foul line and peered at the rim and the sea of boisterous fans beyond. Needing to make one of two foul shots with no time left to break a 53-53, Mulero, who was fouled after rebounding teammate Jamie Panko's missed shot, buried the first shot and never did take the second shot as the JFK faithful swarmed all over the court. The third-seeded Mustangs, dominating the offensive boards and shooting 82 percent at the foul line, scored the game's last six points to climb out from a 52-47 hole. Panko collected 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Courtney Burton made a big steal with 41 seconds left to set up the key final possession.

  2. Piscataway 65, St. Peters 60, 1995 GMCT Semifinal--The rule of thum throughout the middle 1990's was, if St. Peter's was playing in any post-season game, get to your seat early and stay on the edge of it throughout. Invariably, the Cardinals would either open a big lead then squander it, or fall way behind and stage an incredibly heroic comeback. This game was of latter variety, as John Celestand (23 points) and Justin Bailey (21) led Piscataway to a scorching 19-0 start en route to a 25-3 lead. But with gutty St. Peter's guard Mars Mellish, one of the county's best clutch shooters this decade, pumpin in jumper after jumper, the Cards came back and actually took a 40-39 lead in the quarter. It was nip and tuck the rest of the way, with Celestand and Bailey sealing it late from the foul line.

  3. East Brunswick 63, St. Peter's 61, 1996 GMCT Semifinal--Matt Van Leeuwen's three-pointer with :17 seconds left in overtime gave eventual tournament champion, East Brunswick the victory in a contest that was deadlocked on 17 different occasions. East Brunswick rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final 6:47 of regulation, helped along by two clutch treys by guard Mike Trestka. Forward Brad Caruso took over in OT with a pair of jump shots, although St. Peter's took the lead on a Mars Mellish free throw with 47.5 seconds left before Van Leeuwen nailed the decisive bomb 30 seconds later.

  4. St. Joseph's 57, South Brunswick 54, 1993 GMCT Championship--South Brunswick led by 14 points in the first half, but defensive pressure by the St. Joseph's backcourt cooled the Vikings' shooters and held them to 26 percent in the second half and overtime while the Falcons rallied. Ryan Moglia sealed the victory late in overtime by catching Tom Driscoll's fullcourt inbounds pass for an open layup. Moglia and Mike DeRocckis led a very balanced St. Joe's offense with 14 points apiece and unheralded center, Jay Hulsman contributed 11 points. South Brunswick forward Julian Tate led all scorers with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

  5. Piscataway 49, St. Peter's 44, 1994 GMCT Championship--Middlesex County's two best teams for several years in the mid-1990's staged several classic postseason duels, all of them won by the Chiefs. In this one, Piscataway trailed by six with 6:00 to go, but St. Peter's top player, Dave Capers, was hobbling on an injured foot and unable to provide much help down the stretch. Piscataway rallied behind John Celestand, who connected on all of his last eight field-goal attempts and finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.

  6. St. Joseph's 51, Perth Amboy 49, 1992 GMCT Semifinal--St. Joseph's guard Ryan Moglia hit three foul shots in the final :02 for the victory even though Moglia never drew a foul. He initially went to the line with :02 left after teammate Len Florek was fouled, injured and rendered unable to shoot his own free throws. Moglia hit one of two to tie the game, then Perth Amboy signaled for a timeout when it had none left drawing a technical foul as a result. Back to the stripe marched Moglia, where he converted both for the win.

  7. South Brunswick 59, Perth Amboy 56, 1993 GMCT Semifinal--Top-seeded Perth Amboy was undefeated and ranked fifth in New Jersey before squandering a six-point lead in the last 4:35 of the fourth quarter and falling in overtime to the fourth-seeded Vikings. Point guard Reggie Parks went 4-for-4 from the foul line in overtime and dictated a deliberate pace against up-tempo Perth Amboy throughout.

  8. St. Peter's 77, Sayreville 76, 1997 GMCT Quarterfinal--Both teams rallied from double-digit deficits in this frenetic contest that unveiled Sayreville junior guard Leland Norris (23 points) to a large audience and showcased St. Peter's four-year starter Tony Lee (29 points, eight rebounds) in possibly his finest moment. With St. Peter's trailing, 76-75, Lee grabbed a teammate's miss with :03 left and flipped up a soft follow-up shot from the lane that gave the Cardinals the victory.

  9. East Brunswick 59, Colonia 55, 1995 GMCT Semifinal--The Bears spotted Colonia an early 14-point lead before storming back behind the torrid second-half shooting of Matt Van Leeuwen, who hit 9 of 14 field-goals with five 3-pointers and scored 26 points.

  10. East Brunswick 55, Dunellen 47, 1995 GMCT Quarterfinal--The county's smallest school came so very close to conquering its largest representative before finally wearing down in a double-overtime epic. Point guard Jon Corby gave East Brunswick fits, as the Destroyers spread the floor and Corby scored 25 points, sinking 12 of 14 foul shots.



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