OCEAN CITY- The Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend concludes today (Sunday) with five games starting at noon.
Sunday starts with the two Atlantic City teams (girls at noon, boys to follow) both taking on Ewing. The Ewing girls and boys were both Central Jersey Group 3 champs last year. The Vikings boys are led by Howard University basketball recruit Ray Bethea and Maine football recruit Flash Morgan. At 3:30 on Sunday, Middle Township’s girls and Haddon Township, both South Jersey finalists last year, will meet.
Ocean City’s teams wrap up the weekend Sunday at 5:15 with the Jack Boyd Memorial Doubleheader. The OCHS girls (1-0), two-time defending South Jersey champs and led by Danielle Donoghue, will face Atlantic Tech followed by the Ocean City boys against Pleasantville. The Raiders are led by Luke Varallo and Tom Jamison while Pleasantville counts on Divine Anderson and Mainland transfer Sahmir Jones.
Saturday started with Lower Cape May edging Cape May Tech, 61-58, on a three-pointer with six seconds left by freshman Martin Anguelov, playing his first varsity game. The 5-8 Anguelov led Lower scoring with 17, including five from three-point range. Pat Moore added 15 points with Patrick Holden getting 13 points and 10 assists. James Longstreet and Josh Wright each had 15 for Tech with Longstreet grabbing 10 rebounds. Ray Abbot had 14 points and eight assists.
In the second game, Holy Spirit evened its record with a 72-60 win over Toms River East. Sam LaMonaca had 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Drew Gallagher added 15, Reece Miller had 11 and Christian Kalinowski 10. Jack Goodall had 15 and Zyaire Dorne 11 for East.
Wildwood Catholic opened its season with an impressive 69-52 win over two-time defending state champion Teaneck. Caleb Fields scored 21, Taj Thweatt added 14 and Charles Fields scored 10. Ja’Quaye James, Teaneck’s all-time leading scorer, led the Highwaymen with 24 points.
St. Joseph improved to 2-0 with an 87-61 win over Wildwood. Freshman Devin Benson scored 20 for the Wildcats, Ian Brown had 14, Marcellus Ross 13 and Dimitrius Parrish 12. Tyler Tomlin scored 27 and Will Long 17 for Wildwood, which played without two starters, including Kyion Flanders, last year’s South Jersey scoring leader. Donny Rexkepi, a transfer from Lower Cape May, had six points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks for the Warriors.
In Saturday’s finale, St. Augustine topped Winslow Township, 63-51, in a battle of two defending South Jersey champions. Marlin Hargis scored 18 for The Prep with Charles Solomon getting 15 and Nkem Ota 10. Winslow was led by Kamron Johnson with 18 points.
This year’s field features six defending sectional champions, including three of last year’s four boys sectional champions from Group 3.
Fans can see all five games Sunday for a single daily admission price of just $6.00. Portions of the proceeds go to the Edythe T. Selvagn Scholarship Fund. More information about the event is available at PrimeEvents.net.
Tipoff Weekend started in 1998 in Egg Harbor Township where it was held for four seasons. After one year at Holy Spirit and two in the Ventnor Complex, the event settled in Ocean City in 2005. It has continued in the Dixie Howell Memorial Gymnasium with the support of the Ocean City PBA and a group of other businesses and individuals.
In addition to the Ocean City PBA, the event is also sponsored by Thomas Heist Insurance, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Firefighters, the Ocean City Free Public Library, Coco-Cola Bottling, the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center, Sack-O-Subs and Schoppy.com.
20th Annual Ocean City PBA Tipoff Weekend
Noon —— Lower Cape May boys 61, Cape May Tech 58
1:45pm — Holy Spirit boys 72, Toms River East 60
3:30pm — Wildwood Catholic boys 69, Teaneck 52
5:15pm — St. Joseph boys 87, Wildwood 61
7:00pm — St. Augustine 63, Winslow Township 51
Noon —— Atlantic City Girls vs Ewing
1:45pm — Atlantic City boys vs Ewing
3:30pm — Middle Township girls vs Haddon Township
5:15pm — Ocean City girls vs Atlantic Tech
7:00pm — Ocean City boys vs Pleasantville