GMC Boys Basketball Weekly Recap

The Greater Middlesex Conference boys basketball season has been up and running the past week. The competition has looked pretty good during the first week with many close and hard-fought games. This is where everyone stands as of December 22. 

At the Top

St. Joseph (Met.) won their first four games, which included a close 92-82 win against Piscataway on opening day and a 43-42 win against Colonia on December 19. Senior guard Jeremy Clayville has been on fire for the Falcons so far this season, already surpassing 100 points in the first four games. Along with Clayville, senior forward Owen Griffin has been able to put some points on the board and help St. Joe’s keep winning games. 

St. Thomas Aquinas has also remained undefeated after the first four games. The Trojans won blowout games against J.P. Stevens on opening day, St. Joseph By the Sea (NY) and South Brunswick. Old Bridge gave them a fight on Thursday night, keeping their points under 60 and winning at the end of the third quarter. The Trojans managed to shape up and come back to win the game 54-52. Junior Aiden Ur has been leading his team so far in scoring, putting up 64 points in his first four games. 

Piscataway has had a pretty good start to its season as well. Although the Chiefs lost to St. Joseph (Met.) on opening day, they have won every game since then, against South Brunswick, Old Bridge and East Brunswick. Senior guard Logan Smith has been on fire for Piscataway, totaling up 83 points in just the first week and will be a very influential player this season. 

Old Bridge, Colonia and Monroe 

Old Bridge starts off its season on two wins and two losses, winning against East Brunswick and Monroe and losing against Piscataway and St. Thomas Aquinas in two very close games. Krish Patel has led the charge for the Knights, tallying 71 points so far this season. 

Colonia has only played three games this week to start off its season. The Patriots won their first game against J.P. Stevens and beat South Brunswick on Thursday. They lost to St. Joseph (Met.) on Tuesday in a close 43-42 game. Sophomore Aiden Derkack has been huge for the Patriots so far this season, recording 65 points in the first three games and leading the team in rebounds, tallying 26 so far. 

Monroe started off its season on a sour note, losing 51-44 to Old Bridge last week. However, the Falcons have since played well together and won their last two games against East Brunswick 46-44 and West Windsor-Plainsboro South 79-51. Senior Myles Marabuto recorded 56 points in their first two games and looks to lead the Falcons this season. 

At the Bottom

East Brunswick, J.P. Stevens and South Brunswick have yet to win a conference game during the start of this season. East Brunswick brought home a win against South Plainfield last week but have not been able to capitalize after that. These three teams will look to iron out some wrinkles in order to compete with the other teams in the conference.