South Brunswick 57 North Brunswick 50
Coming off a one-point setback to the Scorpions in their season opener, South Brunswick avenged the loss to earn a split in this year’s home-at-home non-conference series as the Cougars outlasted North Brunswick 57-50 on Friday night.
After the game was decided by one point on Dec 1, the seesaw battle included 11 ties, 19 lead changes and never more than a two possession lead for either side until South Brunswick went 10 of 12 from the free throw line in the final 90 seconds of overtime.
“We’re learning how to win,” said South Brunswick Coach Scott Wainwright, who picked up his first victory over the cross-county rival in five seasons. “We have good young players, one senior who works his tail off and understanding what it takes to get things done down the stretch.”
Despite a 30-14 advantage on the glass, the Scorpions committed seven turnovers over a four-minute span during the extra period. Kareem Randolph grabbed two steals in the push and knocked down a pair of foul shots with 1:07 to play, putting South Brunswick in front 49-48. Randolph scored a team-high 18 points to lead three players in double digits. Andrew Mosely chipped in with 13 points and Brandon Gonzales added 11.
“Our guys have put in a ton of work this offseason and the conditioning definitely played a part in overtime,” Wainwright added. “I’m glad we won’t have to match up against Mitch [Layton] anymore. He’s killed us down low and he’s a good kid, but glad we won’t have to see him again.”
Layton controlled the paint for North Brunswick and recorded a double-double with 22 points and 15 boards, including back-to-back put backs to give the Scorpions a 48-46 edge with under two minutes to play in the extra frame.
South Brunswick hit just one field goal during the opening eight minutes of action and used eight foul shots to get within two heading into the second quarter. A three-ball by Xavier Williams put the Cougars ahead 24-22 with under 60 seconds remaining in the first half, but Layton answered inside to square things 24-all at the break.
Jaheed Cason knocked down a long range shot for the Scorpions’ largest lead of the night at 29-25 early in the third period as both teams traded baskets over the next couple of possessions. North Brunswick carried a one-point lead into the final eight minutes of regulation, but Mosely scored in transition and Randolph sank his second trey of the game to put South Brunswick back in front. A drive to the lane by Jathan Deberry made it 44-43 in favor of the Scorpions before Gonzales hit 1 of 2 from the charity stripe with 51 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
The Cougars moved to 3-1 overall, while North Brunswick fell to 2-5 on the young season. Both teams return to the hardwood early next week.
N. Brunswick 12-12-11-9-6=50
S. Brunswick 10-14-10-10-13=57
S. Brunswick- Kareem Randolph, 18 points; Andrew Mosely, 13 points; Brandon Gonzales, 11 points; Robert Watkins, 8 points; Xavier Williams 6 points; Trey Gilbert 1 point
N. Brunswick- Mitch Layton, 22 points; Josh Brown, 6 points; Jaheed Cason, 5 points; Jathan Deberry, 8 points; D’angelo Walker, 2 points; Isiah Neptune, 4 points; Ian Hinson, 1 point; Thomas Jackson, 2 points;
Hoggard 56 Jacksonville 46
A.J. Frye led the way with 20 points as Hoggard improved to 4-1 overall following a 56-46 victory against Jacksonville at James Hebbe Gymnasium on Friday night.
Laney 52 Pender 51
Laney edged Pender 52-51 on Friday night to improve to 5-2 overall. Chris Bennett had 25 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler French also recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.
Trask 63 Topsail 40
Cape Fear Academy 58 Epiphany School 34
Grant Reed had 22 points to lead Cape Fear Academy past Epiphany School 58-34 on Friday. William Coverdale chipped in with 11.