Updated 8:44 p.m.
So here are Sunday’s match-ups at Brookdale
(25) Keyport vs. (1) CBA, 11 a.m.
(5) Middletown South vs. (4) Freehold, 12:45 p.m.
(7) Asbury Park vs. (2) Neptune, 2:30 p.m.
(11) St. Rose vs. (3) Monmouth
That’s three B Central teams by the way, so score one for the little guys. I told St. Rose coach Dennis Devaney about the wins by Keyport and Asbury Park before I left after the St. Rose game, and he cracked, “We’re the ACC of the Shore Conference,” before smiling.
Updated 8:38 p.m.
What do they say about the best-laid plans again? I am finally back to a working Internet connection after the debacle before the Manasquan game when St. Rose was waiting for the locker room to be unlocked and a St. Rose player decided to flip a ball from the back of the pack that landed directly on my Verizon card and split it in two, so many thanks to Rumson correspondent Josh Fendrick for helping me out with the updates. St. Rose finished off Manasquan, 74-63, as they made their free throws and the Warriors couldn’t hit anything from the outside in the second half. They now face Monmouth in the SCT quarterfinals.
The big score was that Keyport’s Cinderella journey continued as they beat Brick Memorial by a point, 49-48, to move on to face CBA in the quarterfinals.
Middletown South also edged Freehold Township, 77-75, in overtime, to earn a meeting with Freehold on Sunday, as the Colonials beat Holmdel by nine.
Updated 7:38 p.m.
Potential upset brewing down at Manasquan, as St. Rose is on top 54-42 with 5 minutes remaining.
Also, Middletown South is up 9 over Freehold Twp., 59-50, at the end of the third quarter.
Updated 7:25 p.m.
Couple finals just coming in, as Neptune beat TRE by 25, 78-53. Also, Monmouth Regional topped Lakewood, 52-41. Finally, Asbury Park will be moving on, as they downed Point Boro by 6, 58-52.
Updated 7:05 p.m.
Looks like we’re in for a good one down at Manasquan. Just received the halftime update from Stump, and the Purple Roses are beating the Warriors by 3 at the break, 29-26. Vadas contributed 10 points for Squan, and Kevin Callahan has also poured in 10. Center Sean McPaul leads St. Rose with 11 points.
In other action, Middletown South is leading Freehold Twp. 37-29 at the half. Also, Neptune is still up big, leading Toms River East 63-39 after 3.
Updated 6:43 p.m.
At the half, Neptune leads Toms River East by a score of 43-25.
Updated 6:37 p.m.
Josh Fendrick here typing on behalf of Scott Stump. An errant basketball during pre-game warm-ups snapped Stump’s wireless card in half leaving him unable to do the updates, meaning he’ll be texting me with updates, and I’ll be putting them on here as often as I can.
So without further ado, here are some updates.
First, Asbury Park is leading Point Boro 29-19 at the half.
As far the St. Rose – Manasquan game, the Warriors are leading 13-10 after the first quarter. Junior Matt Vadas already has 8 points for Manasquan.
Updated 6:03 p.m.
It’s a madhouse here at Manasquan for the St Rose game, which tips off in another 25 minutes. I got here 45 minutes early and there was a line of about 100 people outside the front of the school and when I got in the gym was just about already full. This place is going to be hanging on every basket. The Squan students are dressed all in white T-shirts behind one of the baskets so the home court advantage is in effect for sure.
Updated 5:26 p.m.
CBA has polished off Colts Neck 67-41 to advance to Brookdale, where it awaits the Brick Memorial-Keyport winner in the quarterfinals.
Christian Brothers Academy is already up 36-17 at the half on Colts Neck in the 1-17 game, as Brian Neller dropped in 14 first-half points, including 11 in the first quarter, Travis Farrell has 7 and Jon Rohan has 6, according to CBA correspondent Kevin Belbey, in a game that looks like it will turn out like most thought it would.