Thurs. S.J. boys’ roundup: Huge rally boosts Burlington Twp.

Posted: March 03, 2011

Burlington Township basketball coach Scott Kupersmit called for a change in his team's defense when the Falcons trailed visiting Monmouth Regional by 22 points early in the third quarter on Thursday night.

The Township (18-9) players, using a full-court, man-to-man defense, responded by creating numerous turnovers and forging a comeback that resulted in a 69-65 overtime win in the Central Jersey Group 3 tournament quarterfinals.

Danny Rodriguez (23 points) provided eight points and seven rebounds in the fourth quarter, and David Coulanges (15 points) hit a tying three-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation.

Jalon Wilson (21) had four of the Falcons' six points in overtime, putting his team in the semifinals on Saturday against Freehold Boro, a 59-53 winner over Neptune.

Also in Central Jersey Group 3, Northern Burlington's bid for a second straight upset came up short as the 13th-seeded Greyhounds (11-17) fell, 56-46, at No. 5 seed Hamilton West. Cory Cort deposited 15 points for Northern Burlington.

South Jersey Non-Public A. Paul VI (24-3), ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, suffered a 75-73 quarterfinal loss to visiting Red Bank Catholic.

The Eagles gunned in 31 fourth-quarter points, including nine each by Rob Poole (18) and Ron Curry (16), but it was not enough to catch the Caseys.

South Jersey Group 1. Alec Matchett scored eight points in a 21-9 second quarter as Pitman widened a two-point first-quarter advantage to 14 at halftime en route to a 63-34 quarterfinal win over visiting Haddon Township (12-16).

Matchett finished with a team-high 15 points, Luke Dickson scored 14 and dished out seven assists, and Dylan Colgate netted 10 points and hauled down 15 boards for the Panthers (26-2).

Paulsboro (19-8) got 19 points from Xavier Lundy during a 62-37 success at Gloucester (15-13).

Penns Grove (23-3) held off visiting Woodbury's late comeback bid and advanced with a 61-57 victory. Ameer Sorrell scored 14 points, and Malcolm Chase added 10, while Woodbury's (14-13) Aamir Petrose topped all scorers with 15 points.

South Jersey Group 3. Kingsway's defense allowed no more than seven points in a quarter en route to a 48-23 quarterfinal triumph over visiting Highland (12-14) - the sixth time this season the Dragons have held an opponent under 30 points.

On offense, the top-seeded Dragons (21-5) got a pair of three-pointers and 13 points from Rondell Gilmore-Lane and 10 points from Troy Jenkins.

Balanced scoring by Lindenwold's Cruize Rainey (17), Bruce Hicks (15), Jason Hutzler (14), and Denzel Turbeville (10) offset a 26-point game by Woody Furbush of Salem (17-7), allowing the host Lions (18-9) to advance, 65-60.

Central Jersey Group 1. Burlington City (13-10), seeded No. 7, brought back a 55-48 upset from second-seeded Piscataway Tech (16-8).

The Blue Devils started fast, grabbing leads of 14-4 after one quarter and 31-18 at halftime as Shaquille Butler finished with 17 points and Swa Gray added 13.

New Egypt (23-5) dominated visiting Metuchen, 60-35, and will be Burlington City's semifinal opponent on Saturday. New Egypt beat the Blue Devils by 15 and 13 points in a pair of regular-season matchups.

Desmond Hubert contributed 20 points and nine rebounds, and Tyler Barnes collected 10 points and eight boards for the Warriors.

Florence's season ended with a 79-58 loss at Asbury Park (20-4). Kevin Allison led all scorers with 25 points, but the Flashes were outscored by 42-19 in the first half.

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