Matawan-New Brunswick Game Cancelled

The game that had been pushed to Sunday between Matawan and New Brunswick has been cancelled. The New Brunswick athletic director contacted Matawan at 3:30 p.m. on Friday and said that the Zebras could not field a competitive team and will not be coming to play on Sunday, according to Matawan coach John Kaye.

Kaye said that Matawan contacted the NJSIAA to see if the game would be a forfeit win for Matawan and was told that the NJSIAA is not awarding forfeits in the wake of Hurricane Sandy because of the hardships some towns are facing, although Matawan was hit way harder by the storm than New Brunswick (1-7). Kaye said he was told by the NJSIAA that the game goes down as a tie and will be counted as a tie for power-point purposes for Matawan’s seeding in Central Jersey Group III. It also means Matawan will have a three-week layoff in between games before it plays its first-round playoff game.

Matawan (5-2) will be seeded in CJ III based on seven games. Where they wind up depends on how numerous other teams do this weekend, but they look to be in the 4-5-6 range depending on how things play out. If the game goes down as a tie, it essentially costs them six power points.

“We’re just going to have to forge ahead, move past this and get ready for the playoffs,” Kaye said.

New Brunswick-Matawan marks the second game that was cancelled this week, as Asbury Park and Keansburg mutually agreed to cancel their game because of a difficulty in fielding teams, particularly by storm-devastated Keansburg, after the hurricane.




Boys Basketball Coaching Clinic/Wall Football to Honor Championship Teams

At Friday night’s Brick at Wall game, the anniversaries for two of Wall’s state championship teams will be celebrated when the undefeated 1982 team and the 11-1 team from 2002 will be honored at halftime.

The 1982 team won the school’s first state championship under late Hall of Famer John Amabile, whose widow, Sue, will be in attendance to represent Amabile at the celebration. The 2002 team coached by Chris Barnes also will be honored.

Both teams and any coaches who are able to be in attendance will be honored on the field at half time, and there will also be a hospitality tent for those alumni in attendance.

In boys basketball news, the Shore Conference Basketball Coaching Clinic is coming up on Saturday at Wall Township High School.

Wall head boys basketball coach Mike Puorro has passed along this information.

Anyone & everyone is welcomed to attend. Recreation, Mid-Monmouth, Middle and High School Coaches are all welcomed.

Basketball Coaches,

The 2012 Shore Conference Basketball Coaching Clinic has been finalized. The clinic will take place on Saturday, October 6th at Wall HS from 8:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.

The day’s details are listed below:

8:45 – 9:30 – Enrico Mastroianni – Head Men’s Coach @ Georgian Court University – Defensive Strategies in the Half Court

9:45 – 10:30 – Rob Sullivan – Director of Basketball Operations @ St. Joe’s University – Offensive Skill Development

10:45 – 11:30 – Ed Wicelinski – Former Boys’ Head Coach @ CBA – Making Practice More Competitive

11:45 – 12:30 – Jim Baglin – Former Boys’ Head Coach @ Mendham HS – Man to Man Offense

The cost of the clinic is $35.00 per coach attending.

You have two options in regards to registering: bring $35.00 in the form of cash or check on the day of the event, or mail the cash/check to the address below. If you plan on writing a check, please make the check payable to: Shore Basketball Coaches Association.

Make checks payable to: Shore Basketball Coaches Association

300 Bayberry Court

West Creek, NJ  08092

 Additional Information

Any questions can be emailed to Mike Puorro at

We have great speakers coming, and I am hopeful that we will see you there.

Thanks again & I look forward to seeing you on October 6th.