By Walter J. O’Neill, Jr, photos by Sportshotswlb
Last week the Blue Devils of Shore Regional hosted the Falcons of Monmouth Regional in a Shore Conference boys A Central basketball game. Neither team has been setting the hoop on fire this season. Both have played each other several times already this season.
First time these two played each other this season was back on December 30, where Shore won that game 40-28. Game two was on January 8, where Shore won again, this time 42-31. The third time was when the Falcons final got the 42-27 win on February 2.
Of the seven teams in that A Central, both the Falcons and Devils are at the bottom in the standings, with both at 1-9. Overall the Falcons have a 2-15 record while the Blue Devils are in last place with an overall 2-17 record.
The first half of action was relatively close. Monmouth Regional only had a 7-5 lead in the first quarter and had a one point scoring advantage, 6-5 in the second quarter. So going into the break they had a slight 13-10 lead.
During the second half is when the Falcons took complete control of the game. Monmouth Regional outscored Shore 14-8 to start the second half and then in the final quarter had a 15-6 advantage. That was enough to give the Falcons the 42-27 victory.
Andrew Slinger was high Falcons with 11 points. Teammate Nick Cirlincione finished with 10 points, Matt Mooney scored eight, Tyler Hawkins had five and A.J. Delutis and Chris Marcincak both finished with four points.
For the Blue Devils only Ryan Jones was able to score in double digits. Jones was high man with 12 points, while Tom Mannino and Austin Paglia each scored five points, Jared Graff had three and Marco Parrino had a basket in the loss.