Boardwalk Showcase Updates

January 10th — The Hoop Group is not traveling far this weekend. We are at Long Branch High School for the 15th annual Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase. With five games on slate, fans will definitely be treated to some of the best basketball in the shore. Check back here for live updates and player performances. First up, we have Shore Regional versus the host team, Long Branch.

12:00 pm: Shore Regional versus Long Branch

Preview: Shore Regional comes in this weekend to play the host team, the Long Branch Green Wave. The Waves are ranked #2 in Monmouth County by the NJ Star Ledger and #4 in the Shore by Shore Sports Network. Junior Jamar Foster should be a big time player for Long Branch. The Shore Regional Blue Pirates come in ranked 4th in Monmouth County and 8th in the Shore. They are a senior led group, with Dan Largey, Kevin Bloodgood and Jack Byrne as players to watch.

12:06 pm
Dan Largey is off to a hot start for Shore Regional. The senior knocked down a three and then followed it with three more baskets for Shore’s last nine points. Shore holds and early 11-7 lead in the first quarter. Time out Long Branch with 2:30 left.

12:18 pm
Early troubles for Long Branch. Shore’s 1-3-1 defense is causing quick shots and turnovers. Shore takes a 15-7 lead into the second quarter. Early in the second, Dan Largey openes with a lay up and Jamar Foster knocks down a three. 19-14, Shore leads midway through the second.

12:31 pm
16 minutes in the books and Shore holds a 29-21 lead over Long Branch. Long Branch cut the lead to 2, but a 6-0 run to end the half keeps some distance between the two squads. Second half about to get underway.

12:52 pm
Shore’s lead continues to grow. They came out of the break up eight and now with under a minute left in the third lead by 14. Team is playing very poised and under control with a lead.

1:09 pm
Shore hangs on to top Long Branch. Final score was 58-36. Shore’s zone caused problems for Long Branch all game. The Green Waves couldn’t get any penetration or consistent shooting from the outside. Dan Largey was the game MVP with 25 points for Shore. Tyree Morris had 10 for Long Branch. Lakewood vs. Neptune up next.

1:35 pm
Preview: Tipping off now is game number two: Lakewood versus Neptune. Lakewood is ranked #18 in New Jersey by NJ Hoops while Neptune is looking to gain some momentum and get back on track in the early part of the season. Look for Lakewood to be a balanced scoring team, getting contributions from everyone. Neptune will be led by junior Marcque Ellington and sophomore Barry Brown.

1:41 pm
Slow start for Lakewood offensively, scoring just 2 points in just over 3 minutes of play. Neptune holds the early lead 7-2.

1:51 pm
Huge first quarter for Neptune as they lead 15-2 over Lakewood. Lakewood having some trouble offensively, but Neptune’s defensive has been solid. Sophomore Barry Brown has been a source of offense for Neptune, hitting from three point land and the free throw stripe.

2:04 pm
Three pointer by Tyreek Grayson and a then five straight points by Amir Tyler has give Lakewood some life. Piners slowly cutting into their deficit. At the end of the first half, they trail Neptune 29-20.

2:26 pm
First points of the second half are an and-one by Amir Tyler. The junior has 13 points so far in the game and the deficit is down to six for Lakewood.

2:34 pm
Lakewood made a run, but Neptune held tough. After another eight minutes, Neptune still has a 7 point lead. Do they have enough to hold on for the win?

2:41 pm

2:54 pm
Not much scoring happening in the fourth quarter. Both teams have a hard time finishing at the rim. No complaints coming from Neptune though, they lead by 6 with 51.6 left to play.

3:07 pm
Neptune hangs on! They knock off Lakewood by a final score of 50-44. Barry Brown was the game MVP with 18 points for Neptune. Teammate Kerry Kirkwood chipped in 9, all in the second half. For Lakewood, Kyle Lawrence led all scorers with 17 and 3 three pointers. Amir Tyler cooled down in the second half, but still finished with 15. CBA vs St. Anthony’s is next.

St. Anthony’s vs. CBA

Preview:
St. Anthony’s comes in as one of the top teams in New Jersey (#2 by NJ Hoops and #6 by NJ Star Ledger). They feature Wichita state commit Markis McDuffie, ESPN TOP 100 player in the class of 2016, Jagan Mosely, and NJIT commit Mohamed Bendary, just to name a few. Christian Brothers Academy is the #1 ranked team in the shore by Asbury Park Press and #3 by Shore Sports Network. If the Colts are to pull and upset, Pat Andree, Jack Laffey (committed to Adelphi) and Jack McGuire are going to have to have strong games.

3:21 pm
CBA off to the start that they were hoping for. Jack Laffey buries a corner three and Pat Andree follows on the next possession. Colts lead the Friars 7-6 midway through the first quarter.

3:38 pm
Taurean Thompson has had a strong first half for St. Anthony’s. We’ve seen several highlight reel plays such as this dunk
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3:51 pm
Jagan Mosely finds Kaleb Bishop before the half and St. Anthony’s takes a 29-15 lead into the half. The second quarter was all Friars as they were able to lock down on defense and hold CBA to just 3 second quarter points.

4:13 pm
CBA came out in the 2nd half and cut into the deficit, thanks to a Pat Andree three, but that was short lived. Juvaris Hayes started to get into the action and St. Anthony’s lead is up to 17 midway through the third quarter.

4:33 pm
St. Anthony’s wins another. They take down CBA by a final score of 60-35. Balanced scoring for the Friars, led by Taurean Thompson with 13. Jagan Mosely and Markis McDuffie had 11 apiece and Juvaris Hayes had a strong second half. For CBA, Pat Andree was the bright spot with 17 points and draining 4 three pointers. Rumson vs Point Beach next.

Point Pleasant Beach vs. Rumson Fair Haven

Preview:
Point Pleasant Beach comes in as the #15 ranked team in the state according to the Star Ledger. They are led by Florida Atlantic commit Jesse Hill. They also posses strong guard play with Jimmy Panzini and Michael Rice in the back court. They face a Rumson team looking to pull off an upset this evening. If they are going to come out with a victory, Brendan Barry will have to have a strong game.

4:41 pm
A freshman is stepping up for Point Beach early. Daniel Fraunheim is poised to have a big career in the Shore.

5:06 pm
Point Beach holds a two point lead, but Brendan Barry is doing all he can to change that. Just knocked down a three and is the leading source of offense for Rumson right now.

5:24 pm
Rumson has forced 7 straight turnovers and now hold a 5 point lead with 14.7 second left in the half. Also doing a good job drawing fouls on offense and getting to the line. Point Beach calls a time out and tries to regroup.

5:36 pm
A much needed intermission for Point Beach. Rumson had them on their heels going into the break, forcing turnover after turnover and regaining the lead. They lead Beach 27-23. Brendan Barry has been the leader for Rumson. Let’s see how Point Beach responds out of the break.

5:49 pm
Rumson’s lead continues to grow. A three from the corner by Jack Luby has the lead up to 17 late in the third quarter. Everything id going the Bulldog’s way thus far.

6:02 pm
Jimmy Panzini opens up the final quarter with a bucket, but Point Beach can’t capitalize on two defensive stops. Rumson maintains a 15 point lead in the fourth.

6:26 pm
Rumson holds a double digit lead all second half and walks away with a 57-42 win. Brendan Barry finishes with 32 points, a Boardwalk record. The record was 30, held by Corey Stokes. Barry was a crucial piece to Rumson’s success, scoring in bunches, rebounding, assisting his teammates and getting steals. Great game for the junior. Manasquan and Matawan will face off in the finale.

Point Manasquan vs. Matawan

Preview:
The Manasquan/Matawan rivalry is the perfect way to end the Boardwalk Showcase. Manasquan is ranked ninth in the Shore by Absury Park Press and Matawan is one above them at eight. Look for junior Ryan Jensen and senior Luke O’Shaughnessy to make some noise for Manasquan. For Matawan, they are led by Hartford commit, senior Jason Dunne, who is just 13 points away from 1,000 entering the game. Seniors Joseph Piscopo and Samson Ore-Onitolo are also instrumental to the Huskies’ success.

6:38 pm
Manasquan gets the first bucket with a lay up from Luke O’Shaughnessy, but Matawan answers with a Jason Dunne three. It’s been all Matawan since and they lead 11-5 with under two to play in the first.

6:52 pm
Manasquan responds and the score is tied at the end of one quarter.

7:08 pm
Jack Sheehan buries a three right before the horn and gives Manasquan an eight point lead at the break. Manasquan doing a good job focusing their attention on Jason Dunne. Let’s see if they can stay hot after the 10 minute break.

7:36 pm
Time out is called as Jason Dunne has reached 1,000 career points. A few plays later, Matawan sees their first lead since early in the first quarter thanks to another three by Dunne. Matawan takes a 1 point lead and momentum into the final 8 minutes.

7:49 pm
Nick Smith draws a big charge with 58 seconds left, but Manasquan forces a turnover and gets the ball back with a one point lead and 34 seconds left to play.

8:03 pm
Ryan Jensen hits one of two free throws and Jason Dunne’s full court heave is wide right. Manasquan sneaks out with a 42-40 win, ending the Boardwalk Showcase. Dunne received MVP honors for Matawan with 16 points and Luke O’Shaughnessy was MVP with 15.

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