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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 FINAL


March 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 Finale

March 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.


BC Moves Foward in Jamboree

February 2 – Allendale, NJ – The 2019 Jamboree entered the Second Round with #2 seeded Bergen Catholic taking on 15th seeded Bergen Tech who won their play-in game last weekend at BC.
     The game was all BC with the Crusaders dominating the Knights 69-36.  Doug Edert was on fire, scoring a season-high 35 points for the Crusaders and almost outscoring BT by himself.
     That said, no single man a team makes.  He was lifted by 8 points from Matt Zona, 6 from Will Richardson, 5 from Jayson Earle and Jason Larranaga, 4 from Zach Freemantle and Julian Brown and 2 by Jahsiem Davis.
 
Crusaders Disarm Green Knights

January 31 – Montvale, NJ – Matt Zona was just the spark BC needed as he recorded the first 8 points to knock SJR from contention of the BNC United Red Division Title with a 56-52 victory on Thursday night.  It was a successive night where BC had to play a quality opponent and the Crusaders lived up to the challenge with a strong start and finish to the evening.  Doug Edert led BC scorers with a dozen and Zona and Jayson Earle each contributed 11.  Zach Freemantle hit for 8 points and Will Richardson and Raejon Figures each pitched in 7.
     The home team only suffered a mere flesh wound in the first half and made a third quarter run with a series of back door cuts that accounted for a number of easy layups.  Coach Armstrong changed defenses and the team took away those passing lanes to get the game back under control. 
     The biggest defensive changes came on the offensive side, though as BC employed a 1-2-2 press.  Freshman guard, Will Richardson, used some exceptional anticipation, closing speed and leaping ability to tip away a number of passes which generated offense and helped BC to regain the momentum needed to hold off SJR in the final quarter.



Crusaders Cage Immaculate Conception – We Ain’t Lion!

January 30 – Teaneck, NJ – Big game hunters, Zach Freemantle and Doug Edert played the roles of Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside in Highwayman-land last night as BC Defeated IC-Montclair 75-67.  Freemantle dropped in 13 field goals, scoring a game-high 27 points and Edert bombed 5 three pointers from the outside, finishing with 24 points on the night.
     It was a big start to each half that spotted the Crusaders enough to maintain the lead and achieve victory over the Lions.  Will Richardson scored 8 points and Matt Zona dropped in 5 of his own.  Justin Regis and Jayson Earle each scored 4 points and Jahseim Davis added three.



Crusaders Cruise By DePaul

January 28 – Oradell, NJ – Much in the same fashion the Crusaders deposed DePaul in Wayne, BC generated a large first quarter lead and rode it to a
93-62 victory.  Zach Freemantle scored 10 of his game-high 21 in the first stanza with 5 field goals.  Jayson Earle led the second quarter scorers with 10 (finishing with 15 on the night) and was joined in double digits by freshman, Will Richardson and his 13 points.
     It was a relentless offensive assault with unstoppable junior, Matt Zona contributing 9 in the effort.  Senior, Armani Cruz had his best night of the season dropping in 8 and he was matched by Jahsiem Davis.  Senior guard, Doug  Edert provided 4 and was joined by the Regis twins Justin (4) and Sean (2) who got in on the action. Raejon Figures scored 3 as did  Jason Larranaga and Tommy ScancarellaKobe Jerome 2 rounded out the scoring with a basket and BC’s second highest offensive output on the season and fourth effort over 90 points.
 



Varsity Basketball vs. Ramapo

January 22 – Franklin Lakes, NJ – After a tough week where Mid-terms were the highlight for a very talented, varsity basketball team, the Crusaders were in need of a win over Bergen County’s #4 ranked Green Raiders from Ramapo HS. 
     The Crusaders jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter and maintained an 8 point lead at the half.  Jayson Earle led BC’s offensive effort with 19 points on the evening. 
     BC’s big men, Zach Freemantle (16 points) and Matt Zona (15 points) extended with a 21 point third, making the score 54-40 as the two entered the fourth quarter.
     An enthusiastic crowd and foul trouble for the visitors made for an edge-of-your-seat finish.  Fortunately Doug Edert (6 points) Raejon Figures (5 points) and Jahseim Davis (4 points) all pitched in enough for BC to come away with a solid 65-61 victory.



Cardinal Hayes Hands BC Third Straight Loss 59-53

January 19 – New York, NY –
BC was unable to snap its skid vs. a very talented Cardinal Hayes basketball team on at the Big Apple Classic.  Matt Zona led Crusader scorers with 16 points.  The showcase recognized excellence in two other areas on Saturday night.  Zona was awarded the sportsmanship award and senior, Justin Regis received an Academic Award.



Varsity Basketball Drops Heavyweight Battle 56-54

January 17 – Ramsey, NJ –
In a night, BC didn’t have its best stuff, the Crusaders scrapped and clawed for four quarters and nearly pulled off a great win on Thursday night.
     The Ironmen opened a 12-4 lead and rather than let the game get away, the Crusaders continued to push tempo. Doug Edert completed a four-point play to close the lead to 16-13, but Bosco hit one more three before the end of the quarter and led 19-13 at the quarter.
     In the second, Zach Freemantle’s dunk ignited the Crusader offense which closed a 30-22 deficit to close it to 30-28 at the half.
     Edert gave BC its first lead of the game, 2 minutes into the 3rd, 33-32, but it lasted all too little and Don Bosco took a 40-38 lead into the final stanza.
  While no other player on the roster could find a welcome rim, Matt Zona had everyone thinking about lightning striking again as he drained an impossible 3 pointer with under about 5.9 seconds to play. BC fouled the Ironmen who made one of two free throws. A last second shot was wide and a BC victory denied. 
     Zach Freemantle led BC scorers with 19 points. Matt Zona dropped in 18 and Doug Edert rounded out all BC scoring with 17.
     Round 1 to the Ironmen. All of Crusader Nation looks forward to the rematch at Hoehl on Valentine’s Day!



Crusaders Fall to Ranney 56-55

January 12 – Lincroft, NJ –
For anyone who claims to be a high school basketball fan, Saturday night was a feast for the eyes. In a game which featured 16 lead changes, two heavy-weight contenders toed the line for four quarters in a game that was a decided on the last shot.
     Matt Zona had a strong night, with a team high 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zach Freemantle was consistent as well, scoring 12 and Doug Edert added 10. Will Richardson and Raejon Figures added 7 and 6 points respectively as the Crusaders also got quality time from Jayson Earle and the Regis twins! Yes, welcome back to Sean who has been out with an injury. He was able to get out to pitch in with Justin.
     This could very well be a preview of what is to come as BC is a Non-Public “A” team and Ranney Non-Public “B.” Right now, there is a long way to go before that, including multiple games with Don Bosco Prep, the first coming on Thursday.


Crusaders Knock off SJR in Top 20 Showdown

January 10 – Oradell, NJ – In
 the rubber game, BC jumped all over their rivals, with a 19-6 first quarter, led by Matt Zona and Doug Edert who started with six apiece. The second quarter saw BC maintaining a comfortable lead and going into halftime leading 29-17. The Crusaders expanded their lead in the third as Zach Freemantle began to take control of the game, scoring seven of his game-high 16 during that quarter. But it was poise and execution which got the Crusaders through the end as they scored 12 of their 14 fourth quarter points at the free throw line. Doug Edert finished with 14 points, including 4 for 4 free throws in the last stanza and Will Richardson dropped in 4-for-4 from the line as well and finishing with 6 points. Zona finished with double-digits at 11 points, despite dealing with foul trouble for much of the night. Jayson Earle finished with 8 points, Justin Regis - 5, and Raejon Figures added 3 as BC finished off SJR 63-48. Up next is #1 Ranney School at the Boardwalk Classic.


Four Crusaders Score Double Figures as BC Downs The Sack

January 8 – Hackensack, NJ –
BC opened up an eleven-point lead in the second quarter with a 30 point explosion and maintained that lead to finish off the Comets in the County Seat, 88-77. Freshman guard Will Richardson dropped five 3-pointers on his way to a team high 22 points. Matt Zona added 21 and Raejon Figures scored 18 and Zach Freemantle 14 points.


BC Jumps Out Early vs. DePaul Catholic

January 3 – Wayne, NJ –
Jason Earle helped BC jump out to a 25-10 first-quarter lead, dropping in three-3’s on his way to a 13-point night. BC defeated the Spartans 85-49 after its “Shock and Awe” campaign of outside shooting and inside dunking, swatting and rebounding. Freshman, Will Richardson scored a team-high 15 in the effort.
   Jason Larranaga scored a team-high 4, three-point baskets and finished with 12 points. Matt Zona also dropped in a dozen, working beautifully in tan-dem with Zach Freemantle who scored eleven. Doug Edert showed tremendous leadership and hustle, playing great defense and sharing the ball as Armani Cruz (3 pts), Jahsiem Davis (3) Kobe Jerome (3), Raejon Figures, Justin Regis and Tommy Scancarella all helped to extend the lead to a 36-point victory.


Hoops New Year’s Day Celebration

January 1 – Paterson, NJ –
The Crusader Basketball team celebrated a Happy New Year, erasing a 7 point halftime deficit to defeat Gil St. Bernard’s 49-48.     The Crusaders entered the game as the top scoring team in the state of New Jersey, averaging 88.1 points per game, but a stingy GSB defense made BC scap for every point.
 

Crusaders Scorch Dutchtown (GA) in Florida Hoops Event

December 28 – Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Once again a red-hot Doug Edert tore it up, hitting 8 three-pointers on his way to 24 points for the BC. The Crusaders built a 23-14 lead after one and Raejon Figures (12 points) and Matt Zona (11 points) helped to extend the lead by 8 at the half, 49-32. Zach Freemantle hit 7 field goals and 7 free throws on his way to 21 points and BC led 76-52 after 3. Armani Cruz (7 points), Jahseim Davis (4), Jayson Earle (3), Kobe Jerome (2), Jason Larranga (7), Justin Regis 3 and Will Richardson (8) helped to extend BC’s season high offensive output of 102.



Four Score in Double Figures as BB Holds Off Calvary Christian

December 26 – Palm Beach Gardens, FL –
The Crusaders built a fourteen point lead after, scoring 32 in the first quarter, then held off a relentless effort from CC for the remainder of the game, earning a hard-fought 80-68 victory.  Senior Guard, Doug Edert, led all BC scorers with his season-high 21 points. Matt Zona dropped in 15 and Jayson Earle 14 with Zach Freemantle adding 12. Raejon Figures was 6 for 6 from the free-throw line and added a three-pointer to finish with 9 on the evening.



Varsity Basketball Wins Thriller at Hoop Group New Jersey Tip Off
 
December 16 – Elizabeth, NJ – New Jersey’s fifth-ranked Crusaders played just enough defense and had the offense going again as they defeated St. Mary of Elizabeth 77-75 on Sunday at Elizabeth High School’s Dunn Center. Senior, Zach Freemantle led BC scorers with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
 
 
 
 
Hoops Off to Strong Start

December 14 – Oradell, NJ – The Crusaders entered their 62nd Season of Varsity Basketball on Friday night vs. the Ghosts of Paterson Eastside. If the first night is any indication of how North Jersey’s Pre-Season#1 Ranked Team can be, we’re in for an exciting season!
 
The 26-11 first quarter scoring for BC set the tone for a night that would put on display BC’s speed and dynamic play. Zach Freemantle led BC with 15 points, most coming during the first half as the Crusaders built an insurmountable 58-23 lead. Justin Regis was nipping at Zach’s heels with 14 points and the well-rounded Crusaders saw St. Peter’s-bound guard, Doug Edert and teammate Will Richardson deposit 13 of their own.
 
Of course, the Crazies really got wound up on Tommy Scancarella’s, nothing-but-net three in the fourth. Bergen finished with a 92-44 victory.
 







Tryout Schedule Announced

November 14 - Oradell, NJ -
Coach Armstrong has announced his basketball tryout schedule for this seaosns' teams.

Monday and Tuesday November 19 and 20 
Freshmen 3:45-5:15
JV 2:15-3:45 
Varsity 5:30-7:30 
 
Wednesday November 21st 
Varsity 8am-10am 
JV 10-11:30am 
Freshmen 11:30am-1pm

Good luck to all of those trying out!


2018-2019 Basketball Schedules Announced
 
This winter looks to be an exciting one as the defending Big North United Co-Champs take on a tremendous field and look to make a return to the Jamboree finals.
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