Jaden Anthony and the Southern Regional boys basketball team improved to 5-1 on the season with three more victories last week. (Photo by David Biggy)
It may have been cold outside during the past week, but the Southern Regional boys basketball team was scorching hot, securing three more victories to improve its winning streak to five games following a season-opening loss to Toms River North.
On Monday, Feb. 15, the Rams used a 24-9 outburst during the second quarter and cruised from there, finishing off Shore Conference Class A South foe Toms River South under a 61-26 barrage. After a 13-8 spurt in the first quarter, Southern (5-1) led 37-17 at the half, then went on 13-5 and 11-4 runs during the next two quarters to rout the Indians.
Jake Barbierri led the way with 12 points, while Jaden Anthony contributed 10 points and seven assists, and Luke Infurna delivered nine points. Ryan Dale and Nolan Schubiger each scored seven points, and Jay Silva added six points and eight rebounds.
Two days earlier, the Rams scored the same amount of points during a 61-50 win over Lacey, as Southern jumped out to a 29-18 lead by halftime and maintained the 11-point margin through the next two quarters. Anthony tallied 15 points, eight boards and four assists, while Infurna hit for 15 points, and Barbierri registered 10 points and five assists.
On Feb. 9, Southern managed a 47-34 victory over Donovan Catholic behind a 14-point effort from Infurna and 12 points from Anthony. Silva pumped in 10 points and Barbierri contributed eight points.
Snag First Victory
A 10-5, first-quarter lead led to a 23-12, halftime margin, and the Southern Regional girls basketball team scored its first victory of the season with a 43-27 triumph over division rival Toms River South on Feb. 15. Summer Davis drained four three-pointers and six foul shots to lead the Rams with 18 points. Skylar Soltis, Sarah Lally and Molly Ciliberto each tallied eight points to help fuel the victory.
The Rams (1-5) didn’t come close to winning their previous two games – a 56-35 loss to Toms River North on Feb. 13, preceded by a 62-40 downer to Donovan Catholic on Feb. 9. Against the Mariners, Davis led the charge with 12 points, while Soltis delivered 10 points, and Cuinn Deely snatched seven boards. Against the Griffins, Davis recorded 13 points and Lally finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Add Another Win
After a 1-4 start, with its only win a 37-29 victory over Ocean on Feb. 5, the Pinelands Regional boys basketball team added its second win of the season during a 51-48, overtime triumph against Shore Conference Class B South rival Point Pleasant Borough on Feb. 9.
Trailing 25-14 at the half, the Wildcats cut the deficit with a 17-10, third-quarter spurt and tied the game at 43-43 by the end of regulation, before outscoring the Panthers, 8-5, during the extra period. Josh Kline paced Pinelands with 20 points, while Andrew Jenkins and Rian O’Rourke added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Jenkins also grabbed nine boards.
Pick Up First Victories
After 15 straight losing games, the Barnegat boys bowling team picked up its first three wins of the season with a 3-0 triumph over Shore Conference South B division rival Pinelands, which had started the season 9-0. The Bengals won games of 833-761, 888-797 and 809-790 on Feb. 12.
Joe Spagnola, who leads the division with a 225.89 average, pushed Barnegat ahead in each game with scores of 222, 245 and 202 for a 669 series, while Matt Xiques helped add to the winning margins with scores of 189, 220 and 193, ending with a 602 series. Matt Hwang topped out at 169 during the second game, while Mason Rodriguez delivered a high game of 158 during the third contest, and Josh Javines registered a 150 in the second game.
Alex Ulrich led the way for the Wildcats with a 209 in the first game and a 489 series, while Ethan Edwards crested at 179 during the third game to end with a 483 series. Dylan McGowan finished with a 471 series, thanks to a 197 in the second game, and Angelo Klein’s 165 and 162 sent him to a 462 series.
Meanwhile, the Barnegat girls (10-8) scored a 2-1 victory over Pinelands (9-9), grabbing the first two games, 738-588 and 697-591, before dropping the third game, 704-659. Alexis Sugden led the way for the Bengals with games of 167, 157 and 159 for a 483 series, while Summer Burkle’s 177 set her on pace for a 429 series. Caitlin Rodrigues led the Wildcats with a 525 series, tallying a 220 in the third game.
A day earlier, on Feb. 11, the Southern Regional boys continued their hot streak, improving to 13-2 with a 3-0 win over Toms River North. The Rams cruised by the Mariners with games of 881-835, 819-752 and 963-783.
Collin Wilkinson paced Southern with games of 182, 169 and 228 to end with a 579 series, while Joe Wilkinson fired games of 187, 156 and 211 for a 554 series, and Nick Marano added high games of 208 and 174 on the way to a 519 series. Killian Horne topped out at 189 and ended with a 506 series, and Andrew Christensen tossed a 181 in the last game to finish with a 505 series.
The Southern girls dropped a 3-0 decision to Toms River North, as the Mariners rolled through games of 823-715, 897-804 and 1,005-761. Jordan Rizzo finished with a 553 series following games of 181, 170 and 202. Kaitlyn Gonsalves threw high games of 158 and 182 en route to a 476 series, and Olivia Wilbert finished with high games of 164 and 154 to finish with a 444 series.
Southern Hockey Team
Scores Pair of Wins
The Southern Regional ice hockey team played a pair of solid games last week, scoring 5-1 and 4-2 victories over St. Rose and Wall on back-to-back days, but a four-game winning streak was ended later in the week during a 7-1 bruising against Manalapan.
In the four-goal win over St. Rose, the Rams (4-3) scored twice in the first and third periods and received 22 saves from freshman goaltender Aidan Rowland. In the first period, Chris Laureigh and Matt Leonard delivered the first two goals to give Southern the only lead it needed. Will DiStefano made it a 3-1 game with a second-period goal, before Leonard and DiStefano again popped in goals during the third period.
The next day against the Crimson Knights, a scoreless first period quickly turned around when Parker Lech, Laureigh and Brooks Hradek scored Southern’s first three goals during an 8-18 span in the second. After Wall closed to within one, Laureigh finished off the contest with an empty-net goal with seven seconds to go. Trey Mattern made 30 saves in goal for the victory.
Against the Braves on Feb. 12, Leonard scored with 27 seconds left in the first period, as Corbin Siek and Yater Henry picked up the assists, to tie the game, 1-1, going into the second, but Manalapan broke the tie just over five minutes into the next period and then added five unanswered, power-play goals during the final 22 minutes. Rowland made 30 saves.
— David Biggy