Battle of Boardwalk Preludes Shore Conference Tournament Matchups

Boardwalk

For 12 years the Battle of the Boardwalk has showcased some of the finest talent at the Shore and surrounding NJ/NY rival teams. Players who went on to be stars in college and even the NBA. This year didn’t have the marquee names of the past or the outside rival teams but did feature some competitive Shore match ups that didn’t disappoint the locals.

Colts Neck 47 – Lakewood 46

Long Branch high school’s gym didn’t take long to warm up in the first game of the day. The Colts Neck Cougars and Lakewood Piners were exchanging baskets early. The Piners pulled away in the 2nd quarter extending to a double digit lead.

The Cougars came out in the 2nd half and chipped away. Sean O’Reilly and Brandon Federici both got hot combining for 30 of Cougars’ 47 points. It wasn’t until 10 seconds left in the game the Cougars saw their first lead since early in the 1st quarter when Brandon Fererici banked a floater in the lane.

Lakewood had two chances to score in a dramatic ending but couldn’t convert.

MVPS: Brandon Federici (Colts Neck), Jameer Jones (Lakewood)

Middletown North 36 – Jackson Memorial 32

The battle for the famed #1 ranking in the APP Poll was on the line as the two highest ranked teams in the Shore faced off. Defense was clearly the initiative for both Middletown North and Jackson Memorial. It was a game the basketball purists hope for with both sides running good offensive sets in the half court countered with good ball pressure and strong defensive close outs.

Middletown North had a balanced scoring attack with Jason Huelbig 8, Cody Thompson 8, Will Boman 7, and Eric Youncofski had 6 points.

Jackson Memorial was led by Brian Kenney’s 10 points.

MVPS: Jason Huelbig (Middletown North), Brian Kenny (Jackson Memorial)

CBA 41 – Point Beach 36

The Point Beach Garnet Gulls kept close with the Colts of CBA but this game never seemed in doubt. CBA held a close lead throughout the game but anytime Point Beach got within reach senior Kieran Hughes countered with a bucket.

Hughes finished with 12 points for the Colts.

Point Beach was led by P.J Kineavy 19 points and Riley Calzonetti with 10 points.

MVPS: Evan Gordinier (Colts Neck), PJ Kineavy (Point Beach)

Neptune 68 – Raritan 39

Raritan Senior Mike Aaman was honored prior to the game for scoring his 1,000th point. Neptune spoiled the celebration sprinting out as soon as the game tipped off. The Scarlet Fliers fast paced offense was too much for the Raritan Rockets to handle.

Neptune was led by the all around play of Keith Kirkwood who scored 14 points and notched 12 rebounds.

Mike Aaman scored a game high 20 points for the Rockets.

MVPS: Keith Kirkwood (Neptune), Mike Aaman (Raritan)

Manasquan 45 – Long Branch 42

The Green Wave fans waited all day for their youthful Long Branch team to take their home floor to play the Warriors of Manasquan.

Long Branch played hard till the very end but Manasquan’s inside out duo of JR Hobbie and Jimmy Walsh were too much to handle.

JR Hobbie netted 23 points while Jimmy Walsh complimented with 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Dwight Clark led Long Branch with 17 points.

MVPS: Jimmy Walsh (Manasquan), Dwight Clark (Long Branch)

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