Barnegat Basketball Squads Capture First-Ever Conference Tournament Wins

Shore Conference Tourney Hoops Roundup
Feb 21, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds Mike Revello and the Barnegat boys basketball team scored the first Shore Conference Tournament victory in program history on Feb. 13.

The Barnegat High School boys and girls basketball teams didn’t merely earn spots in this year’s Shore Conference Tournament, they each went a step farther by scoring their first SCT wins in program history last week. Unfortunately, the SCT road ended quickly after that feat.

Following a 57-47 win over 17th-seeded Middletown South in the preliminary round on Feb. 13, the 16th-seeded Barnegat boys were ousted by top-seeded Ranney, 77-44, in the first round two days later. The Bengals (18-6)  were never in the contest, falling behind, 16-5, in the first quarter. The Panthers increased their lead to 16 points by halftime, then unloaded a 23-9 outburst in the third quarter to secure the win. Carson Francisco led Barnegat with 16 points and Alex Grogan added 11.

In their 10-point win over the Eagles, the Bengals trailed by one, 13-12, after the first quarter, but used a 15-7 spurt in the second quarter to create some a gap. After leading by five, 39-34, heading into the fourth quarter, Barnegat outscored the Eagles 18-13 to earn the victory. Francisco led all scorers with 22 points, while Mike Revello tallied nine, including six from the foul line.

Meanwhile, the 20th-seeded Barnegat girls won their first SCT victory in program history with a 47-38 triumph over 13th-seeded Long Branch. The Bengals (15-8) trailed by two, 6-4, after the first quarter, then went on a 17-11, second-quarter run to grab the lead for good. Senior Shannon McCoy tallied 25 points, sinking 10 free throws, and taking 16 rebounds to lead the way, while Jada Baker added 11 points and nine boards. Ginalee Erskine snagged 10 rebounds as well.

Barnegat’s SCT winning streak went up in smoke two days later during an 84-35 rout at the hands of fourth-seeded St. Rose, the defending tourney champs. A 20-2, first-quarter onslaught, followed by a 22-11, second-quarter run, gave the Purple Roses all they needed. McCoy managed 21 points, which included four three-pointers.

Southern Girls Win First Round Contest

With three more local squads in the Shore Conference Tournament last week, the 19th-seeded Southern Regional girls were the only other winner, scoring a 58-53, triple-overtime thriller over 14th-seeded Red Bank Regional in the preliminary round.

The Rams (16-8) fell behind, 15-11, during the first quarter, but erased the deficit and grabbed the lead with a 12-5 spurt in the second quarter. The Bucs chipped away at the margin and forced overtime. Each team scored four points apiece in the first and second OT periods to go into a third overtime knotted at 51-51. Southern then won with a 7-2 spurt.

Lauren Cruse led the way with 14 points and six rebounds, while Jacqueline Ward contributed 13 points and seven assists, Colleen Brady delivered 11 points and four steals, and Mikayla Nicolini hit for 10 points and grabbed five boards.

Two days later against third-seeded Red Bank Catholic, the Caseys cruised to a 46-28 win. RBC led, 37-16, after three quarters. Cruse led the Rams with eight points, while Nicolini and Brady scored seven and six, respectively.

Pinelands, Southern Boys Bounced Early

After qualifying for the SCT for just the second time in program history, the Pinelands Regional boys didn’t have enough in the tank to knock off 11th-seeded Point Pleasant Beach. In the preliminary round on Feb. 13, the Wildcats (13-9) lost, 73-57. Andrew Schulz led Pinelands with a 24-point effort, while Anthony Diaz contributed 19 points.

The same night, the 27th-seeded Rams (12-12) couldn’t keep up with sixth-seeded Colts Neck, falling behind by 10 in the first quarter as the Cougars notched a 66-47 victory. Jake DuBois led all scorers with 27 points and he also grabbed five rebounds.

David Biggy

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