Barnegat Boys Hoops Team Drops Point Pleasant with Big Third Quarter



Barnegat’s Tyler Quinn penetrates the Point Pleasant Borough defense during the Bengals’ 52-38 victory on Feb. 22. Quinn finished with 18 points. (Photo by David Biggy)
Against Point Pleasant Borough last week, the Barnegat boys basketball team couldn’t find the net in the first half. Meanwhile, the Panthers found it far too many times, particularly with three-point field goals. That wasn’t the case on Monday, Feb. 22.
The Bengals’ defense held Point Pleasant to just five treys for the game, and their offense matched that effort as Barnegat scored its third straight victory with a 52-38 win.
“Our effort and energy have carried us so far this season,” said senior Tyler Quinn, who led the way with 18 points, which included seven of eight from the foul line. “Our defense has been solid, and the energy we get from the bench has been great. With only a couple of weeks left, we have to do everything we can to make sure we bring everything we have every game.”
Borough had a 10-6 advantage after the first quarter, but the Bengals (7-2) later in the half went on an 8-0 spurt to get themselves into the lead with about a minute left. With his team down, 16-10, Jaxon Baker knocked down a pair of free throws with 3:41 left before Logan Armstrong stroked a three-pointer to make it 16-15 with just over two minutes to go in the half.
Quinn drained one of two foul shots – the only time Barnegat missed an attempt from the line – then scored a layup on a fast break with 59 seconds left to give the Bengals their first lead of the game at 18-16, but Point Pleasant’s Matt Lee gave the Panthers a one-point lead at the half with a buzzer-beating trey.
Barnegat’s Jared Krey tries to get to the basket via the baseline during the Bengals’ 52-38 win over Point Pleasant Borough on Feb. 22. (Photo by David Biggy)
The squads traded buckets to open the third quarter, but the Bengals quickly regained and increased the lead to 27-21 when Quinn buried two foul shots, Baker went to the hole on a break, and Andrew Vernieri buried a trifecta from the top of the arc with 4:35 left in the third. Just 34 seconds later, Baker, who tallied 14 points, made it an eight-point contest with a three-point play.
The Panthers closed to within five points, 33-28, with 2:15 left in the third, but Barnegat pushed the lead back to eight, 39-31, when Jared Krey scored in the lane, then powered his way through the defense for a layup before Armstrong dropped in a short jumper. The Bengals used seven foul shots during the final 1:01 – Baker dropped in a pair before Quinn sank two, Vernieri added one to a layup during which he was fouled, and Quinn capped the scoring with two more with 23.8 seconds to go – to seal the victory.
“We just woke up in the second half,” Quinn said. “In the first half, playing at home, I think we were a little lackadaisical. That’s not usually like us, only scoring 18 points in a half, so we really picked things up in the third quarter and had minimal turnovers. That was the key right there.”
Head coach Mike Puorro said the team’s six seniors have been the X-factor so far this season.
“From grammar school through AAU and middle school, they’ve grown up playing together and earned their way into the varsity lineup,” he said. “They play well together and know each other, and they complement each other. With all the things we’ve faced this season, they didn’t let any of it affect them, and they set the example.”
Against Red Bank Regional on Feb. 20, the Bengals took a 30-25 lead into halftime before burying the Bucs under a 21-6, third-quarter barrage on the way to a 64-54 win. Quinn again paced Barnegat with 18 points, while Baker added 14 and Armstrong contributed 10. Krey snatched 12 boards.
During a 58-34 bruising of Toms River East, Baker led the way with a 21-point effort, while John Hudak delivered eight points. Krey also tallied nine points and nine rebounds.
Southern Girls Snag
Two More Victories

Following its first win of the season on Feb. 15, the Southern Regional girls hoops team captured two more victories last week – a 43-34 win over Toms River South on Feb. 17 and a 41-15 triumph against Lakewood two days later.
The Rams (3-5) jumped out to a 15-9 lead in the first quarter against the Indians, added a 10-7 spurt in the second quarter and cruised from there. Summer Davis tallied 18 points, while Skylar Soltis scored seven points and snatched 12 rebounds, and Sarah Lally grabbed eight boards.
Against the Piners on Feb. 19, Southern used a 16-3, second-quarter outburst to take a 19-5 halftime lead and never looked back, finishing with a 10-0 fourth. Davis again paced the Rams, with 15 points, while Lally snagged 13 boards, and Molly Ciliberto contributed six points.
Southern Hockey Team
Captures Fifth Win

With a couple of weeks left to the season, now would be a good time for the Southern Regional ice hockey team to go on a lengthy win streak. The Rams started that process with a 4-1 victory over Freehold on Feb. 22 to improve their record to 5-4.
Chris Laureigh started the scoring with 11:31 left in the first period when he cashed in on assists from Parker Lech and Yater Henry. Ben Gautier converted an assist from Sean Rowland with 40 seconds to go in the first to make it 2-0.
In the second period, Freehold trimmed the deficit to a goal before Matt Raylman buried a Matthew Brock pass with 6:58 left in the period to put the Rams up by three. Lech scored unassisted about three minutes later to cap the scoring. Trey Mattern made 32 saves in goal to preserve the scoring margin.
Southern Swim Squads
Cruise in Season Openers

As the season began Feb. 16, both Southern swim teams made the most of their opportunity to get their campaigns started – the girls squashed Brick Memorial, 129-41, while the boys cruised to a 127-43 victory over the Mustangs.
For the girls, the 200-yard medley crew of Camilla DiGiacinto, Hallie Gallagher, Brooke Boyd and Payton Nork registered a winning time of 2:04.96 to set the tone before Mya Pierson delivered a top time of 2:15.52 to win the 200-yard freestyle, and Haley Skimmons won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.79 seconds. After Boyd won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.55, Pierson scored the win with a 1:01.43 in the 100-yard freestyle, and Phoebe Sprague recorded a 6:14.62 to take first in the 500-yard freestyle.
After Jessica Paulillo, Gallagher, Kaylyn Iusan and Pierson captured the top position in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:51.87, DiGiacinto cruised to victory in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.70, and Gallagher won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:18.49. Shae Centanni, Paulillo, Boyd and Sprague capped the victory with a time of 4:14.02 to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
For the boys, Kristian Werner, Sean White, Beck Jaffe and Cole Nemes kicked off the victory with a 1:51.33 in the 200 medley, before White won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:15.21, and Nemes was victorious in the 50 free with a time of 23.77 seconds. Following Lukas Davis’ winning time of 1:06.54 in the 100 fly, Werner won the 100 free in 53.22 seconds, and the team of Davis, Jack Matthews, Jacob Werner and Matt Adams took the top spot in the 200 free relay in 1:42.98.
Kristian Werner won the 100 backstroke in 1:02.90, while White cruised to victory in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.67, and the foursome of Jaffe, Bryan Kahl, Jacob Werner and Davis finished off the team win with a 3:50.25 in the 400 free relay.
— David Biggy
biggy@thesandpaper.net
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