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March 3, 2013The February NJ Hoops Newsletter includes complete coverage of all the county and conference tournaments from around the state. The Union County Tournament was the strongest again this year with 5 top 30 teams and 4 top 12 teams.
The coverage from the NJ Hoops Newsletter:
There were 20 teams entered in this annual event which gave the top 4 seeds byes into the quarterfinals. The event unfolds over two weeks with the championship game held at Kean University.
In the preliminary round: 20th seeded Johnson Regional beat 21st seeded Roselle Park 51-37. 6-foot-1 Sr. Lance Pecina scored 17.
In the following round: 8th seeded Union doubled up 17th seeded Governor Livingston 68-33. 5-foot-10 Sr. Jaleel Chain hit for 25. 16th seeded Scotch Plains upset 9th seeded Rahway 44-43. 6-foot-5 Sr. Tom Bonacum notched 15 points and 10 rebounds. 6-foot-0 Sr. Ba'Shawn Mickens notched 19 points as 12th seeded Summit handled 13th seeded St. Mary's Elizabeth 54-41. 5th seeded Union Catholic ousted Johnson Regional 72-51. 5-foot-11 Sr. Damon Lynn led with 19. 6-foot-3 Sr. Jamar Redmond scored 24 to power 10th seeded Roselle over 15th seeded Hillside 69-55. 7th seeded Westfield overcame 18th seeded New Providence 51-34. 6-foot-7 Sr. Scott Toresco scored 16. 6-foot-1 Jr. Clarence Hoover had 15 as 6th seeded Plainfield beat 19th seeded Oratory 66-36. 14th seeded Cranford upset 11th seeded Dayton 58-53. 6-foot-3 Sr. Stefan Fedorchak scored 16.
In the third round: Chain scored 15 as Union eliminated Scotch Plains 63-55. 6-foot-1 Jr. Ashton Lofton hit for 21 as Union Catholic beat Summit 64-56. Redmond scored another 24 while Roselle topped Westfield 62-51. Plainfield shut down Cranford 56-33.
In the quarterfinals: Union shocked top seeded Roselle Catholic 64-63. Chain was off the chain with 23. 6-foot-8 Jr. Quadri Moore scored 22 points and corralled 12 boards as 4th seeded Linden ousted Union Catholic 70-62. 2nd seeded Elizabeth doubled up Roselle 72-33. 6-foot-4 Sr. Isaiah Davis dropped in 19. 3rd seeded Patrick School eliminated Plainfield 65-51 as 6-foot-6 St. Joseph's bound Sr. DeAndre Bembry tallied 16.
In the Final Four: Linden ended Union's Cinderella run 54-45. 6-foot-3 Jr. Terrell Bagley scored 20. Bembry tallied 17 as the Patrick School edged Elizabeth 50-47.
In the chip: 6-foot-2 Sr. Chris Regus hit a runner at the buzzer when Patrick School beat Linden 44-42. Bembry scored 24
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