2016 T of C Starts Today; St. Joe's Season Ends With Tough OT Loss

Note: Scroll down to the bottom to read about the start of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions on Tuesday as well as Thursday's Non-Public A Championship Game between top ranked St. Joseph's and St. Augustine's. If you don't see the home page updated, check out the blog, the GMC Hoops Facebook page, or GMC Hoops @twitter for updates.

On Tuesday evening, play will begin in the 2016 NJSIAA Tournament of Champions with two quarterfinal round games at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The first contest will begin at 5:30 PM between the fifth seeded and Group 3 State Champion, Teaneck Highwaymen and fourth seeded Group 2 State Champion, Newark West Side Roughriders. In the nightcap, third seeded Linden, the Group 4 State Champion for the third time in the past 4 years, will take on 6th seeded University of Newark, the Group 1 State Champion. Check out the T of C history including past brackets in our NJSIAA T of C Section.

On Thursday, the season came to an end for St. Joseph's as the Falcons quest for a 4th Non-Public A South sectional championship was halted thanks to an overtime loss to St. Augustine's of Richland, 69-67. The Hermits, led by Saeed Nelson, who scored 31 points, led 55-42 midway through the fourth before St. Joe's rallied with an 18-5 tear including two dunks by Bree Tyree to tie the game at 60-60 and force an extra session. However, Nelson opened the overtime with a traditional three point play, and Walt Harvey (14 points) netted the winning free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining. Tyree finished with 12 points to end his career with 1,221. Tyus Battle chipped in with 15 to finish his career with 1,508 points, and sophomore Alanzo Frink led the way in defeat with 26 points. View highlights from 2nd half and overtime.

Check out highlights from action last week between Middlesex and Perth Amboy Tech in the CJ Group 1 Playoffs on Monday, A.L. Johnson and EB Tech in the CJ Group 2 Playoffs on Tuesday, East Orange Campus and Woodbridge in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 4 Playoffs on Tuesday night, Colonia versus Somerville in the North Jersey Section 2 Group 3 Quarterfinals, South River against Henry Hudson in the Central Jersey Group 1 Quarterfinals, Sayreville at Hunterdon Central and East Brunswick versus South Brunswick in the CJ Group 4 Quarterfinals, Florence versus South River in the CJ Group 1 Semifinals, St. John Vianney vs. St. Joseph's in the Non-Public A South Quarterfinals, South Brunswick at Colts Neck in the CJ Group 4 Semifinals, Mater Dei against Gill-St. Bernard's in the Non-Public B South Semifinals, Middlesex versus Bound Brook in the Central Jersey Group 1 Championship, St. Joseph's versus Notre Dame in the Non-Public A South Semifinals, Camden versus Bordentown in the Group 2 State Semis on Wednesday night, Florence against Paulsboro in the Group 1 Semis and St. Joseph's versus St. Augustine in the Non-Public A South Championship on Thursday.

You can follow all of the action on twitter @gmchoops, or on the GMC Hoops Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GMCHoops. You can also take a look at the updated 2016 GMCT Quick Links section of the blog for recently posted video highlights.

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