The tip-off contest of Thursday night’s slate of games saw Howley Financial match up with Findaballer. The game was close throughout, and came down to the wire. It was Romell Bateman who led the way for Howley Financial in the first half, scoring eight points to give his team a 29-24 halftime advantage. Charlton Wilson helped Howley extend its lead to 41-33 with nine minutes to go in the game, but Findaballer fought back. The duo of Deondre Smith and Blake Hamilton ignited Findaballer to a 10-0 run, giving them a two point lead with 4:48 left. However, that was all she wrote for Findaballer. Howley Financial turned up the intensity on defense, and held Findaballer scoreless the rest of the game. Bateman hit two clutch free throws down the stretch, and his team notched the victory.
Crazees 64, Block Group 57
The following game was another entertaining contest, between RFH basketball players of the past and present. Alex Geiger, a shooting guard who graduated this spring, was hot in the first half for the Block Group. Geiger hit four three-pointers in the first half for his squad, and was a large part in the Block Group’s 35-32 halftime lead. Unfortunately for the Block Group, Crazees came out of halftime firing. Led by RFH alumni Luke Glass and Jack Donnelly, Crazees embarked on a 16-6 run out of halftime to push ahead 48-41 with 11 minutes to go. The Block Group would cut Crazees’ lead to three, but that was the closest they’d get the rest of the game.
Welsh’s Wildcats 69, Red Bank Armory 65
The third contest of the night was another tight one, this time between Welsh’s Wildcats and Red Bank Armory. The Wildcats jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead four minutes in, prompting a Red Bank Armory timeout. The timeout proved useful for the Red Bank Armory, who got back on track to end the half. Thanks to the hot shooting of Brian Wong, the Red Bank Armory found itself down just two points at halftime. Wong and the Armory might’ve had the lead at halftime, had it not been for Colts Neck product Chris O’Reilly’s 13 points in the first half for the Wildcats. Red Bank Armory tied the game at 31 right out of halftime, but Liam Byrne of Red Bank Catholic promptly responded with two threes for the Wildcats to give them a six point cushion. However, the Wildcats’ lead was just one with 39 seconds left when Will Sanborn’s and-1 layup put the game away for his team.
MTV 74, Undici 47
The nightcap saw reigning Thursday Night Lights champions MTV face off against Undici. The game was tight in the beginning, and at halftime the MTV lead was just 35-29. However, in the second half MTV got hot and showed why it’s the reigning champion. Josh Treadwell carried the load offensively, scoring 16 points in the second half alone. Treadwell totaled 21 points on the night, the most important coming on a back-breaking three with ten minutes to go. Brian Nerney added 15 points of his own, including four by way of two fastbreak dunks.
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