MIDDLETOWN — Was it a foul? And did it happen before the buzzer sounded?
The officials had a conference with 0.4 seconds left in the game featuring Neptune and Rumson-Fair Haven.
After a short discussion, the ruling was a foul on Rumson-Fair Haven and Neptune’s Azmere Wilson was going to the line for one and one situation.
Rumson-Fair Haven called timeout.
Wilson made the first free throw.
Rumson-Fair Haven called timeout again.
Wilson swished the second free throw to give his team a 56-55 lead with 0.4 seconds left in the first game of the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale Community College in Middletown.
Rumson-Fair Haven inbounded the ball via a long toss to the far end but the ball was picked off in the air by Neptune’s Malik Fields to end the game securing the Scarlet Fliers’ win.
Neptune (4-4) rallied from a 26-11 first quarter deficit for the win as Wilson (14 points) was named the team’s most valuable player of the game. Teammate Saadiq Armstead led the squad with 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half while Fields had eight of his 13 points in the first half.
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Rumson-Fair Haven’s Geoff Schroeder (10 points) was named the team MVP of the game while Jack Carroll added four of his eight points in the fourth quarter and Hunter Reid and Jackson Patton each contributed eight points for the Bulldogs (5-2).
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Middletown South 58, Ranney School 45: The Eagles (9-1) jumped out to an 18-8 first quarter lead and held off the Panthers (4-4) in the second game. Middletown South’s Bobby Pirie finished with 16 of his team-high 18 points in the first half and he also had 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles to victory. He was named the team MVP of the game. In addition, James Anderson added all 11 of his points in the first half and Jack Sheridan had eight of his 10 points in the second half.
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Middletown South James Anderson drives to the basket during first half action. Ranney Basketball vs Middletown South in Boardwalk Showcase in Middletown on January 11, 2020. (Photo: Peter Ackerman)
Ranney School’s Charles Anyichie finished with 10 of his team-high 18 points in the first half and he also added 14 rebounds for the Panthers. Also, Nick Troccoli added eight points and Brandon Klatsky had seven points.
Roselle Catholic 45, Manasquan 43: The Warriors (10-1) were setting up for a final shot with the game tied but the rebound went to Roselle Catholic and the Lions’ C.J. Whilcher had an easy dunk to give the Lions (5-2) a 45-43 lead with 1.1 seconds left.
“We’d been able to get to the rim at will. Ben (Roy) was in the lane the whole game and we had a couple of basket cutter set up and spot up guys set up,” Manasquan coach Andrew Bilodeau said. “Ben had a clear path and got deep in the lane and got a really good shot, and they got a long outlet. It is what it is.’’
Manasquan had one more opportunity and Kieran Flanagan threw a pass about ¾ the length of the court that Ben Roy caught and fired toward the basket. The shot was short and Roselle Catholic had come all the way back from a 30-35 deficit at the end of the third quarter. Roselle Catholic’s C.J. Whilcher had six of his team-high 11 points in the fourth quarter while Simeon Whilcher, the team MVP of the game, finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four assists and C.J. Floyd added six of his 10 points in the third quarter.
Manasquan Ben Roy drive to the basket against Roselle Catholic Cliff Omoyuri. Manasquan Boys Basketball vs Roselle Catholic in Boardwalk Showcase in Middletown on January 11, 2020. (Photo: Peter Ackerman)
Manasquan’s Flanagan finished with five points while Tim McEneny had a eight of his team-high 13 points in the second half and Ben Roy, the team MVP of the game, contributed 12 points and two assists and Jack Collins had six points.
“I thought our kids did a good job, on the glass especially. It came down to 3 or 4 things I would have done differently,” Bilodeau said. “Just some play calls and different decision-making by me in some areas, but the kids fought like hell. I’m really proud of them.”
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Wildwood Catholic 60, CBA 39: The Crusaders (8-2) led from start to finish as Taj Thweatt, who was selected as the team MVP of the game, took control with his double-double (20 points, 14 rebounds). Tommy Belansen added seven of his 11 points in the first half and Jahlil White, who scored his 1,000th career point in his previous game, added six of his 11 points in the first half. Jacob Hopping added seven points and Martin Anguelov had six points.
CBA’s Colin Farrell had 11 of his co-team-high 15 points in the second half while Ryan Mabrey produced 12 of his co-team-high 15 points in the first half. Mabrey was picked as the team MVP of the game. Dane Moran added six points and Mike White had three points for the Colts (4-6).
Red Bank Catholic 75, Wall 60: Charlie Gordinier, who was named the team MVP, led five players in double figures with 19 points as the Caseys (6-3) toppled the Crimson Knights (6-3). Gordinier had 10 of his game-high 19 points in the second half while Alex Bauman added eight of his 15 points in the second half. Also, Cyril Arvantis tallied nine of his 14 points in the first half while C.J. Ruoff added 10 of his 14 points in the second half and Kevin Bauman provided eight of his 11 points in the second half. Wall’s Michael Caputo, who was picked as the team MVP, had 11 of his team-high 18 points in the second half and Logan Peters scored all 13 of his points in the second half. In addition, Patrick Lacey added 11 points and Colin Ackerman had 10 points.
Sherlon Christie is a sports reporter at the Asbury Park Press and has covered sports at the Jersey Shore since 2004. Contact him at email@example.com or @sherlonapp on Twitter.