Cunningham, Ashamole Spark Team White In GMC All-Star Game; Menns Earns MVP In Girls Game

Girls MVP Camille Menns of Wardlaw posing with GMC Basketball Coaches Association President and Colonia head coach Chris Chiera
Girls MVP Camille Menns of Wardlaw posing with GMC Basketball Coaches Association President and Colonia head coach Chris Chiera
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WOODBRIDGE – Trailing most of the game, including by double digits in the first half, Team White rode the aggressive play of Donzell Cunningham and Marcus Ashamole in the fourth quarter to post a wild 110-108 victory over Team Black in the GMC All-Star Boys Basketball Game, played before a large crowd at Woodbridge High School on Tuesday night.

In the girls game, Camille Menns of Wardlaw-Hartridge and Amanda Quintero of Sayreville had nine points each to lead Team White to a 61-44 victory. Menns was chosen as the game’s MVP.

All proceeds from the game went to Team LeGrand and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Game MVP Donzell Cunningham of Piscataway posing with GMC Coaches Association President and Colonia head coach Chris Chiera

Game MVP Donzell Cunningham of Piscataway posing with GMC Coaches Association President and Colonia head coach Chris Chiera

Ashamole, representing St. Joseph, scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, while Piscataway’s Cunningham scored 10 of his 15. Cunningham added 10 rebounds for the game and was chosen as the game MVP.

All 30 players who participated had at least two points and one rebound.

Trailing 80-78 to begin the fourth quarter, Team White took its first lead of the game, 94-93, when Tom Weiler of Bishop Ahr scored on a follow.

The lead changed hands a few times from there before Ashamole’s follow/3-point play with 2:05 left gave his team the lead for good, 105-104.

J.J. Corbett of Colonia (left) and Zahneer Shuler of Woodbridge checking to see how many points they had at halftime

J.J. Corbett of Colonia (left) and Zahneer Shuler of Woodbridge checking to see how many points they had at halftime

With 31 seconds remaining, Team White pulled to within 109-108 when J.J. Corbett of Colonia scored on a drive. Kishan Pate of North Brunswick made one of two foul shots with 21 seconds left for a 110-108 White Team lead, but Team Black was off the mark on a potential game-tying basketball in the final seconds.

Aziz Austin (12) of Piscataway Tech, Jaquan Robertson of Carteret (10 points, 7 rebounds) and Patel (10) all scored double figures for Team White, Mike Newman from Wardlaw had nine rebounds. McCarrick’s Hodari Bazemore added nine points and seven rebounds.

For Team Black, Corbett led the way with 23 points, Colonia teammate Jodrell Thompson added 13 points. Jehyve Floyd had eight points – all on dunks – and six rebounds.

White Team coaches Leigh Vogtman of Monroe (left) and Janet Cook of Sayreville

White Team coaches Leigh Vogtman of Monroe (left) and Janet Cook of Sayreville

In the girls game, Team White led 40-16 at the half and was never threatened. Tunde Adeyemo of Piscataway led all scorers with 13 points for Team Black before coming out of the game in the fourth quarter with a foot injury.

 

 

 

 

 

GIRLS BOX

TEAM WHITE (61): Reddick 2-3-7, Valentin 0-1-1, Joe 0-0-0, Martinez 1-2-4, Santoro 2-0-4, Junquet 2-(1)-0-7, Foresta 3-(1)-0-9, Suarez 1-1-3, Quintero 4-1-9, McNeil 2-0-4, Marrota 2-0-4, Menns 3-(1)-0-9. Totals 22-(3)-8-61.

TEAM BLACK (44): Scalfani 0-0-0, Simoes 1-0-2, Redman 1-0-2, Resurrecion 0-1-1, Valario 3-3-9, Infante 1-0-2, Nelson 1-0-2, Adeyemo 5-3-13, Davis 0-(2)-0-6, LaVigne 1-0-2, Saydee 1-0-2, Jones 0-2-2. Totals 14-(2)-10-44.

TEAM WHITE: 16 24 13 8—61

TEAM BLACK: 10 6 15 13—44

Team Black girls coaches Bob Timinski of Woodbridge (left) and Dave Kosa of Piscataway

Team Black girls coaches Bob Timinski of Woodbridge (left) and Dave Kosa of Piscataway

 

BOYS BOX

TEAM BLACK (108): Corbett 6-(3)-2-23, Garay 1-(1)-0-5, Thompson 2-(3)-0-13, Oziegbe 0-(1)-0-3, Robinson 2-(1)-0-7, Shuler 1-(2)-0-8, McHenry 0-(1)-0-3, Anderson 0-(1)-0-3, Newcombe 2-(1)-0-7, Decker 1-0-2, Fields 1-(1)-0-5, Whitten 1-(2)-0-8, Whipple 3-(1)-0-9, Dooley 2-0-4, Floyd 4-0-8. Totals: 26-(18)-2-108.

TEAM WHITE (110): Newman 2-0-4, Cunningham 6-(1)-15, Patel 3-(1)-1-10, Darrar 0-(1)-0-3, Austin 3-(2)-0-12, Weiler 1-3-5, Hankerson 2-0-4, Robertson 5-0-10, Flaherty 2-0-4, Lester 2-0-4, Cocorikis 0-2-2, Kales 4-0-8, Ashamole 8-0-16, Bazemore 3-(1)-0-9, Melendez 2-0-4. Totals 43-(6)-6-110.

TEAM BLACK: 35 20 25 28—108

TEAM WHITE: 25 24 29 32–110

REBOUNDS

Perth Amboy head coach Edwin Santana (left) and John Mayer of Perth Amboy Tech

Perth Amboy head coach Edwin Santana (left) and John Mayer of Perth Amboy Tech

TEAM BLACK

Floyd 6

Robinson 5

Newcombe 5

Shuler 4

Whitten 4

Thompson 3

Woodbridge assistant coach Brandon Hall (left) and head coach Matty Gigliello worked the gate and the 50/50

Woodbridge assistant coach Brandon Hall (left) and head coach Matty Gigliello worked the gate and the 50/50

Dooley 3

Oziegbe 3

Whipple 2

Decker 2

McHenry 1

Fields 1

Garay 1

These referees donated their time to work the game

These referees donated their time to work the game

Corbett 1

Anderson 1

 

TEAM WHITE

Cunningham 10

Newman 8

Robertson 7

Bazemore 7

Kales 6

Spotswood head coach Steve Mate (left) and assistant Mike DelVerasano were at the game

Spotswood head coach Steve Mate (left) and assistant Mike DelVerasano were at the game

Weiler 5

Patel 5

Melendez 4

Flaherty 4

Cocorikis 4

Darrar 3

Austin 3

Jay Gomes, who covers the state for NJHoops, is a Carteret native and Old Bridge resident

Jay Gomes, who covers the state for NJHoops, is a Carteret native and Old Bridge resident

Lester 2

Hankerson 2

Ashamole 2

Bishop Ahr's Ragen Reddick is surrounded by her classmates after the girls game

Bishop Ahr’s Ragen Reddick is surrounded by her classmates after the girls game

 

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