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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: STOCKTON OSPREYS UPDATE


MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM WINS BLUE JAY INVITATIONAL
(November 16) The Stockton men’s basketball team opened the 2007-08 season with a 91-62 victory over New York City Tech in the first round of the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Invitational. Jon Greene (Wildwood/ Wildwood) led the Ospreys with a Logo95pix double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome Hubbard (Neptune/ Neptune) tossed in 14 points and Mario Lancioni (Runnemede/Triton) added 13 markers for the Ospreys. All 14 Stockton players saw at least five minutes on the court and 11 Ospreys scored.
Hubbard tallied eight early points as Stockton jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first six minutes of the game. Hubbard later netted six points and Greene contributed four markers as the Ospreys closed the first half with a 14-4 run that resulted in a commanding 43-25 lead at halftime. Hubbard and Greene finished the half with 14 and 13 points respectively. Stockton led by as much as 39 points in the second half and cruised to the 91-62 victory.
(November 17) Stockton rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and defeated tournament-host Johns Hopkins 78-74 in overtime to win the Blue Jay Invitational. Jerome Hubbard sank the game-tying three-pointer with nine seconds remaining in the second half to tie the game 65-65 and force overtime. Hubbard led the Ospreys with a game-high 25 points and was named the tournament MVP.
Jon Greene finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double, and Santini Lancioni (Runnemede/Paul VI) tossed in 12 markers for Stockton. Greene joined Hubbard on the all-tournament team. In the second half, the Ospreys trailed 39-26 with 16:31 on the clock and later faced a 55-43 deficit at the 7:46 mark before rallying to force overtime.
After Hubbard knotted the game with a three-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation, he opened the scoring in overtime with a layup, followed by a Lancioni three-pointer for a 70-65 Stockton lead. Lancioni drained another trey to put the Ospreys on top 74-67 with 1:42 on the clock. Johns Hopkins went on a 7-1 run and pulled within 75-74 with 26 seconds left, but Fran Kelly (Wildwood/Wildwood Catholic) drained two free throws and Lancioni added one to seal the 78-74 victory.
(November 19) Jon Greene was named the inaugural NJAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the 2007-08 season. Greene averaged 20.0 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals while also shooting 60 percent (15-25) from the field in Stockton’s first two games of the year. He posted two double-doubles and was named to the all-tournament team at the Johns Hopkins Blue Jay Invitational over the weekend.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM SPLITS FIRST TWO GAMES
(November 16) The Stockton women’s basketball team fell to Maryville (TN) 61-50 in the first round of the Eastern Mennonite Tip-Off Tournament. The game was the season opener for both teams. Michele Auerbacher (Franklin Lakes/Ramapo) drained four three-pointers and scored a team-high 15 points for Stockton. Kelley Guarrera (Shamong/Shawnee) notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Alyssa Reiter (Sewell/Gloucester Catholic) added a career-high nine points.
Auerbacher hit two early three-pointers and Reiter contributed five points as Stockton jumped out to a 17-7 lead. Maryville closed the gap and later ended the first half with a 7-0 run to take a 39-34 lead at the break. Auerbacher and Guarrera scored 10 points apiece for Stockton in the first half.
Lisa Neira (Cresskill/Cresskill) and Reiter sank jumpers to begin the second half scoring and pull Stockton within 39-38, but Maryville answered with a 6-1 spurt for a 45-39 lead and the Ospreys could get no closer than four points the rest of the way. Maryville closed the game with a 6-0 run as Stockton went scoreless for the last 4:20 in the 61-50 defeat.
(November 17) Stockton earned its first win of the season with a 63-38 victory over Hood College (MD) in the consolation game of the Eastern Mennonite Tip-Off Tournament. Sophomore Ashley Hart (Pt. Pleasant Beach/Peddie School) scored a career-high 15 points on 6-9 shooting and freshman Lesley Macchiaverna (Toms River/TR East) added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Ospreys.
Michele Auerbacher and Alyssa Reiter contributed nine points apiece for Stockton. Reiter was named to the all-tournament team. The Ospreys built a 25-13 lead as Macchiaverna capped a 5-0 spurt with a layup 3:32 before halftime. Hood responded by scoring the final six points of the period to pull within 25-19 at intermission.
Stockton broke the game open in the second half with a 14-0 run as the Ospreys held Hood scoreless for nearly eight minutes. Macchiaverna and Kim Herriger (Howell/Msgr. Donovan) each scored five points during the spree, which resulted in a 48-23 lead with 9:18 to play. Stockton led by at least 21 points for the rest of the game to post its first victory of the season, 63-38.

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