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Shore Kings Fall; Three Shore Teams Advance to Final

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on November 9, 2010

If you’re looking for CBA video, I’ll have it up sometime on Tuesday. I had some technical trouble that usually just needs time to fix.

Gotta tip your cap to St. Joe’s. CBA put on a clinic in the first half and with all of its second half success, you had to think it was only going to get worse. That didn’t happen, and it didn’t happen because St. Joe’s decided to push numbers up and more importantly, they just starting thinking along with CBA. St. Joe’s chased the whole first half and in the second, they started to jump some of CBA’s passes and what worked for the Colts for the first half, didn’t work as well in the second.

Brandon Allen had his moments for St. Joe’s but he probably didn’t his best game. Dimitri Vassiliadis, I thought, was the best player on the field, at least for St. Joe’s. Zach Hicks played a good game for CBA, which used only 13 players, one of which came in only on an injury. They went with their best and while I wouldn’t exactly say their best got beat, their best couldn’t quite bring it home.

Tim West missed a cookie with about a minute left that could have won the game, but I thought it was fitting that Allen – St. Joe’s leading scorer – missed an equally good chance a minute later. Finishing ain’t easy, even for top scorers – one of which is a nationally heralded prospect.

Bring on the Dogs…Again

Holmdel will play its fourth state tourny game Thursday against Hopewell and for the third straight time, the Hornets will be playing a team coming off a road “upset.” No. 10 Allentown beat No. 7 New Brunswick, No. 6 Hightstown beat No. 3 Wall and No. 8 Hopewell Valley beat No. 4 Colts Neck. This could be bad news for Lacey, the No. 1 seed in South Jersey III.

Bulldogging it

Speaking of Hopewell, the Bulldogs are looking like the “Tuck-Rule” Patriots. They have won back-to-back 1-0 games with goals just before halftime, both of which were disputed. Josh has the whole thing on his blog, but the bottom line is Hopewell caught a couple of breaks and have not allowed anyone to score. Good for them. We’ll see if they have another upset in them, and this one would definitely be an upset.

Pat on the Back

Mighty impressive win for Freehold Township in beating Rancocas Valley 3-0, but a word of caution: Old Bridge is pretty good. Luckily for the Pats, they know this because they played Old Bridge to one-goal wins in each of the past two seasons and know what the Knights are about. Still, this is a deceptively talented Old Bridge squad with a lot of junior and sophomore talent that is peaking at the right time. I see Township’s field being an advantage this round as it was on Monday, so the Pats will be the tentative favorite in the final. All that said, the FT boys deserve to enjoy this one. As I – and many others – said, they needed a win over RV to really stamp this season as a good one. Without that win, you could have looked around for the keynote victory without finding it, but no matter what happens Thursday, the Patriots have had a very nice season.

Warriors Come Out to Play

Round of applause for Squan. This was the definition of a Manasquan team: tough defense, hard-working with a flare for the dramatic. Delran, though, is the most battle-tested Group II program there is and Masasquan just didn’t have an answer. They have some skill coming back in Kyle McEvilly, Andrew Dayton an Hunter Sabins, but they are going to miss this senior group. It wasn’t the flashiest group but the Mattia boys, Nick Lustrino and Sean Woolley were not only quality high school players, but they were players who experienced a good deal of winning over the course of their careers. Manasquan may be improved by the end of next year, but it’s going to be tough adjusting without those guys.

Business as Usual

And, finally Old Reliable: St. Rose. The Roses got it done against Sacred Heart, and honestly, they should go on to win the Non-Public B title. Skill-wise, I think this St. Rose team might be a little better than last year’s team and the field just isn’t as strong, especially with MKA and Gill St. Bernard’s both losing in North Jersey. Trenton Catholic is an intriguing opponent on Thursday because although they are 20-0, they play an awfully cushy schedule. But they are still here and they will have a chance to prove themselves against a good team in the Roses.

Lacey will play for a spot in Thursday’s final against Hammonton on Tuesday. The Lions survived in OT on Friday and I see this as a slightly easier game. Hammonton has already showed itself to be a tough out in beating Central on Friday so they can certainly be a problem, but on its home field, Lacey has a great shot.

See ya later.

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  1. Nick West said, on November 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Matt,

    Could you get in touch.
    We would like to get all the CBA videos for the end of year banquet.
    thanks.
    Nick West


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