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CRUSADERS FALL IN TOC FINAL TO RANNEY 67-63
March 17, Piscataway, NJ -
The RAC saw a great basketball game on Sunday afternoon as BC and Ranney School went blow for blow for four quarters. Each team made its runs, but neither team went away quietly. Each team battled for a full 32 minutes. in the end, BC just was a few seconds short.
BC played a poised and confident style displaying heart, skill and intelligence as they fought back from 8 points down in the quarter and to take the lead under a minute. The BC faithful saw that lead slip from their grip in the final 14.9 seconds. Ultimately BC fell 67-63 to Ranney School, who won its first TOC title in school history.
Zach Freemantle once again led BC with scoring, dropping in 19 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Doug Edert popped in 3 three-point baskets on his way to 13 points and 4 assists. Will Richardson added 9 points and 3 assists and Matt Zona picked up 8 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Jayson Earle and Raejon Figues both pitched in 7 points. Earle grabbed 5 boards and assisted 3 while figures grabbed 2 boards and 2 assists.
CRUSADERS ADVANCE TO TOC FINAL WITH 79-75 VICTORY OVER NEWARK EAST SIDE
March 15, Toms River, NJ -
Bergen Catholic will advance to the 2019 Tournament of Final Championship following the school's first ever victory over Newark Eastside on Friday night. The evening saw seinor guard, Doug Edert, score his 1,000th career point and senior center, Zach Freemantle explode for a 36 points.
BC will take on the Ranney School on Sunday, March 17 at Rutgers University's Athletic Center (RAC) at 4:00 pm.
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS BRACKETS ANNOUNCED
March 10 - Robbinsville, NJ -
The 2019 NJSIAA Basketball TOC Bracket has been announced. On Wednesday, March 13 ath the RWJ Barnabas Health Arena in Toms River, #4 Haddonfield plays #5 Moorestown at 5:30 pm. #3 Newark Eastside plays #6 New Providence at 7pm.
Second-seeded Bergen Catholic
then leads Friday Night's card with the 5:30 game vs. the winner of Newark Eastside and New Providence. Ranney School earned the top seed and will play the winner of the Moorestown-Haddonfield game. Both games at Toms River.
The Final will be played on St. Patrick's Day, March 17 at Rutgers University at 4:00 PM.
STATE CHAMPIONS! CRUSADERS OVERWHELM IRISH IN NPA FINALE
March 9 - Toms River, NJ -
The Crusaders grabbed ten of the first eleven points, jumping out to a 10-1 lead and never looked back on route to a 78-61 victory in the Non-Public "A" State Championship at RWJ Banabas Health Center before 3000 spectators in Toms River. Matt Zona took over the game, finishing with 17 points and an awesome, inside/outside game making him virtually unstoppable. Doug Edert seemed to have no range, shooting the ball from anywhere on the court, draining threes for a game high 19 points. Zach Freemantle drove home a couple of statement slams on his way to a double-digit scoring evening off some very unselfish play by Jason Earle and his teammates. Congratulations, Coach Armstrong on becoming BC's second Alumnus Coach to reach the TOC (Joe Dionisio '77) and first to play on a TOC team at BC (1994) and lead his team to teh TOC.
STATEMENT WIN CLINCHES SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AND PROPELS BC TO STATE FINALMarch 6 - Somerset, NJ -
Coach Bill Armstrong's Crusader Basketball team was dominant in its execution of their plan, running to a 100-63 victory over St. Joseph Regional in the Non-Public "A" North Sectional Final at Franklin High School on Wednesday night.
Senior guard, Doug Edert, led the Crusaders with 30 points, including 6 three-point baskets. Zach Freemantle contributed 17 points and 9 rebounds, followed by senior guard Jayson Earle who deposited a cool dozen. Freshman guard Will Richardson added 10 and junior forward Matt Zona added 6 points and 6 rebounds.
The victory propels BC to a meeting with Camden Catholic High School on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Pine Belt Arena (RJW Barnabas Arena) in Toms River.Crusaders too Powerful on Seniors Home FinaleMarch 2 - Oradell, NJ -
The top-seeded Crusaders took step two in convincing fashion with a 69-52 victory over Don Bosco Prep. It was BC's third victory in sixteen days over their rival giving them the opportunity to take on St. Joseph Regional (#2 seed) who defeated Union Catholic on the other half of the Non-Public "A" North Section bracket. The Sectional Final will take place on Wednesday, March 6th at Franklin High School, 500 Elizabeth Ave, Somerset, NJ 08873
at 6:00 PM.
BC's poised point guard, Raejon Figures played the role of leading scorer. It is an interesting role for him as he normally distributes and quarterbacks the offense, but he used his deadly jumper and a number of aggressive drives to the basket to create early offense in possessions before the Ironmen were ready to support against him.
Great senior leadership from Zach Freemantle 12 points and 8 rebounds and Doug Edert 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, was out done by Jayson Earle’s 15 points, 9 rebounds an d3 assists. Matt Zona grabbed 5 rebounds and pitched in 7 points, providing outstanding toughness and physical play that the Ironmen had no answer for. Will Richardson added 6 points and Sean Regis electrified the crowd with a bucket. Onto the sectional final!
Crusaders Drop C-Note on Delbarton in State Hoops
February 28 - Oradell, NJ - Bergen Catholic began it drive toward the school's first state championship since 2002 with a 102-53 victory over the Green Wave from Delbarton. The game never materialized on the hardwood as BC jumped out to a 17-2 lead and 26-4 first quarter. It was smooth sailing from there as 5 Crusaders dropped in double-digits in points.
Zach Freemantle led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Doug Edert (18), Matt Zona (15), Julian Brown (13) and Jayson Earle (12). Will Richardson pitched in 8, followed by Justin Regis (5), Kobe Jerome (3) and Jahseim Davis, Raejon Figures, Jason Larranaga and Sean Regis two points apiece.
CRUSADERS WIN 10TH JAMBOREE CHAMPIONSHIP!
February 21 - Hackensack, NJ -
Senior guard, Doug Edert nailed two three pointers to finish off the first quarter and knot the score at 8. From there, it was all BC over Don Bosco Prep 54-41 in the Oscar F. Thompson Memorial Jamboree at the Rothman Center on FDU's Metropolitan Campus. Edert led all scorers with 21 points including four three pointers. The Crusaders are now tied with DBP all-time for second wtih Jamboree titles with 10, behind Teaneck High School's 12.
Crusader Clinch Second Straight BNC United Title With Win Over Don Bosco Prep
February 14 - Oradell, NJ -
The music played, "This is how we do it..." late into the evening as BC dismantled the Ironmen in front of a sell-out crowd in Hoehl Gymnasium on Thursday night 61-45. It was the largest margin of defeat in a rivalry which typically boasts nail-biting, heart-stopping buzzer-beating endings. Tonight, though, the Crusaders began to flex some muscle in the second quarter and relentlessly pulled away through the second half to clinic their second-straight league title.
It was the last piece to a fall and winter puzzle that was needed. BC has now won division titles in Football (Super Football Conference), Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Bowling, Swimming, Indoor Track and, Wrestling during this 2018-2019 campaign, with some great opportunities in county and state tournaments still ahead.
Crusaders Dunk Maroons 77-63
February 7 – Ridgewood, NJ – Bergen Catholic’s varsity basketball team travelled down the street to take on a spunky Ridgewood team. The Crusaders were led by Jayson Earle (22 points), Matt Zona (18 points) and Zach Freemantle (14 points). Doug Edert knocked down four field goals and a free throw for nine points while Will Richardson added 5 points. Sean and Justin Regis added four and three points respectively and Jahsiem Davis added a bucket for the BC.