Thursday, February 3, 2011
Braves take third straight; will be first Manalapan team on Shore Conference bracket since 2006.
Get your brackets ready, Manalapan. For the first time in five years, there's a spot reserved for the Braves in the Shore Conference boys basketball tournament. Manalapan (10-5 overall, 5-4 Class A North) clinched their berth in front of a hometown crowd with a 61-37 slaying of the visiting Brick Township Dragons (2-15 overall, 0-9 Class B South) Wednesday evening. Senior Kyle Rubbinaccio led the Braves with 16 points, a game-high, and was followed closely by Greg Baker, who netted 14, and Anthony Firkser and Nicky Kreiger, who both posted 12. Brick Township's James Walker scored 10 for the Dragons. This Saturday, Feb. 5, marks the cutoff date to qualify for the Shore Conference tournament. To qualify, a team must have a record of .500 or …
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Postponed basketball game only heightens the anticipation
War has been averted, if only momentarily. A snow-covered battlefield between them, the Braves and Patriots will stay in their respective homes today rather than collide on the basketball court of the Freehold Township gymnasium. When the two teams meet tomorrow at 2p.m., a powder keg awaits. Manalapan (7-5 overall, 4-3 Class A North) needs little prodding to stoke the fire in the tribe's collective bellies. The Braves are hungry for revenge. On Jan. 3, the Patriots (6-9 overall, 2-6 Class A North) ruined their housewarming party by wrestling away a game that the Braves led by 21 points, snatching up what should have been a Manalapan victory in double-overtime. "We led most of that game and they got real tough and made good decisions and …
Friday, January 21, 2011
Class A North leading Tigers tag Braves with 63-58 loss in close, physical game.
The Manalapan Braves (7-5 overall, 4-3 division) boys varsity basketball team fell to the Middletown North Tigers (13-1 overall, 7-0 division) by a score of 63-58 in a Shore Conference Class "A" Division matchup in Manalapan Thursday night. Braves senior Kyle Rubbinaccio posted the game-high with 20 points. Shilique Calhoun paced the Tigers with 18 points.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Braves reign on Keegan's 1000th point parade; beat Rebels 56-50
HOWELL - Rebels (3-6) senior Ryan Keegan scored his 1,000th career point and a game-high 26 points, but it was not enough to stop the Manalapan Braves (7-3), who took home their fourth straight victory by defeating the Rebels 56-50 in Howell Friday night. With four minutes remaining and Howell trailing Manalapan by only 3, Keegan finessed past the Braves defense and underhanded the ball up into the hoop for the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career, bringing the game within a point -- and to a complete halt -- as the packed gymnasium burst into an exuberant three minute celebration. Keegan acknowledged the crowd chanting his name and posed for photo ops with his mother, father, and coach as the Braves used the extended timeout…
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Braves squeak by 'Stangs 53-46; Garretson: "We're a much better defensive team than we showed tonight"
The Manalapan Braves Boys Varsity Basketball team (5-3, 2-2) held on to narrowly defeat the Marlboro Mustangs (2-8) by a score of 53-46 at Manalapan High School Monday evening. Senior Kyle Rubbinaccio posted a game-high 25 points, scoring 15 in the second half, and Senior Greg Baker added 11 for the Braves. Marlboro Senior Brandon Silverstein put up 15 points for the Mustangs. The last time Manalapan and Marlboro met, on January 2, the Braves ran a 72-44 cavalcade over the Mustangs in a Matawan Husky Christmas Classic consolation game. While both Rubbinaccio and Braves coach Rick Garretson were satisfied with the final outcome of tonight's contest, they also expressed their displeasure with the Braves' defensive effort in the game. "We …
Friday, January 7, 2011
Braves trounce Eagles 71-42
MIDDLETOWN — The Manalapan Braves Boys Varsity Basketball team (4-3, 1-2) rebounded from a Jan. 3 tough home opener by defeating the Middletown South Eagles (0-5, 0-4) by a score of 71-42. Senior Kyle Rubbinaccio led the way, scoring a game-high 24 points and sophomore guard Anthony Firkser added 20 points. "[Firkser] had some great penetrations in the second half, they didn't have an answer for him going to the rim, and when they did, he found open shooters," said Coach Rick Garretson. "Nicky Kreiger buried a couple threes and really stretched the lead and helped us out." Garretson felt the team executed its plays well, and because of that, they found open players and open baskets. "Middletown played tough D, we played really tough D. We …