Basketball Report

Pinelands Boys Basketball Team Stops Losing Skid With Double-Overtime Victory

Jan 24, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Following two consecutive losses late last week, the Pinelands Regional boys basketball team needed to stop the bleeding somehow. A double-overtime victory over a division rival on Monday did the job.

Sophomore Ryan Skeie scored 14 points and junior Andrew Schulz pitched in with 13 points to lead the Wildcats (8-6) past Jackson Liberty, 42-41, in a crucial Shore Conference Class B South contest that kept Pinelands in the hunt for the division title. With the win, the Wildcats improved to 6-2 in B South, a loss behind Point Pleasant Borough (6-1) and one ahead of Lakewood (6-3).

The day before losing, 62-50, to non-conference foe Cape May Tech on Jan. 20, Pinelands sustained its second divisional loss of the season when Barnegat avenged a loss during the first day of the season with a 47-26 victory. The Bengals got out to a 12-11, first-quarter lead, then used a 16-2 outburst to take control of the contest. The Wildcats were led by senior Caden Sundermann’s eight points, while Skeie added six. For Barnegat, Mike Revello led the way with 21 points, followed by Carson Francisco with 12.

The two-game skid came on the heels of Pinelands’ 40-36 victory over Manchester on Jan. 16. Meanwhile, the Bengals (8-5) were in the midst of a four-game winning streak before Lakewood stopped them on Monday, scoring a 55-51 victory despite a furious comeback by the Bengals in which they outscored the Piners, 24-15, in the fourth quarter before time ran out. Revello scored 17 to lead Barnegat, followed by 14 from Francsico and 12 from Sean Morris.

On Saturday, Barnegat routed Henry Hudson, 58-36, utilizing a 22-5, first-quarter spurt, followed by a 13-8 run in the second quarter, to secure control. Revello led the charge with 15 points, while Francisco poured in 13 and Alex Grogan added nine. Barnegat’s four-game win streak started with a 75-39 thumping of Jackson Liberty on Jan. 16, followed by a 64-47 win over non-conference foe Bridgeton on Jan. 17.

Southern (8-6) also is riding a four-game winning streak, the most recent victory being a 53-39 decision over non-conference opponent Cumberland on Jan. 20. Tied 17-17 at halftime, the Rams used a 13-7 run in the third quarter to create some separation, then finished off the Colts with a 23-17, fourth-quarter onslaught. Cole Markley tallied 16 points to lead the way, while Thomas Foster added 11 points and seven rebounds.

A day earlier, the Rams knocked off Shore Conference Class A South rival Jackson Memorial, 63-45, as Foster tallied 21 points and 11 boards to spark the Rams. Johnny Tilton contributed 10 points and Vinnie Deck added nine. In a 60-42 win over Toms River South on Jan. 16, Foster was pretty much unstoppable as he racked up 31 points and six boards, and Deck tossed in 12 points to lead the Rams.

Local Girls Squads
Playing Well Right Now

As for the local girls basketball teams, things are going well for the time being. Each has scored multiple victories during the past week, and the Southern and Pinelands crews were on two-game winning streaks heading into Tuesday.

For the Rams, their most recent win – a 45-40 victory over Jackson Memorial on Jan. 19 – was a huge one, as they avenged a nine-point loss to the Jaguars from the previous week. Trailing 27-26 heading into the fourth quarter, the Rams used a 19-13 spurt to grab the victory, as Mikayla Nicolini led the charge with 10 points, Colleen Brady added nine, and Kaela Curtin contributed eight points and eight rebounds.

On Jan. 16, the Rams (8-6) bounced back from their first loss, to Jackson, with a 61-38 drubbing of Toms River South, as Lauren Cruse led the way with 16 points and five steals, followed by Brady with 13 points and 11 boards, and Priscilla Nicolini with 10 points.

Following a pair of losses earlier in the week, Pinelands rebounded with a pair of wins, the most recent of which occurring Jan. 22 with a 37-31 victory over Jackson Liberty. A 17-4 third quarter was the difference for the Wildcats (5-10), after trailing 19-16 at the half. Senior Jessie Rising delivered 18 points to lead the way. Pinelands knocked off Cape May Tech, 33-20, the day before.

On Jan. 19, Barnegat (8-5) bounced Pinelands, 47-39, using a 16-8 third-quarter run to secure control of the B South contest. For the Bengals, Madeline Scott led the way with 17 points, followed by Shannon McCoy with 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Jada Baker with 10 points and 18 boards.

The Bengals didn’t have enough in the tank to get by Raritan the next day, falling 50-45, despite a 19-12 run in the fourth quarter after trailing by 11 at the half. McCoy paced Barnegat with 25 points and 17 rebounds. In Monday’s 48-28 rout of Lakewood, McCoy tallied 17 points and 13 boards, while Ginalee Erskine contributed 16 points and 13 rebounds.

—  David Biggy

biggy@thesandpaper.net

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