TRENTON — Roselle Catholic and St. Joseph (Metuchen) will face each other tonight in the 2013 NJSIAA/Shop Rite “Tournament of Champions” final to determine the top boys basketball team in the state. The game will follow the girls’ final between Newark Shabazz and Rancocas Valley, which will tip off at 6:30 p.m. at Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center. Both games will be shown live on FiOS1 on Verizon’s FiOS TV service.
Both boys’ teams, St. Joseph and Roselle Catholic, have never been in the “Tournament of Champions” final. Last week, Roselle Catholic defeated Newark Tech and St. Joseph defeated Atlantic City to become the first Middlesex County team to ever reach the final. Both teams are made up of some of New Jersey’s top high school athletes – 6-foot-11 Karl Towns, Jr. of St. Joseph’s will be attending University of Kentucky and 6-foot-9 forward Tyler Roberson of Roselle Catholic will be attending Syracuse University next year.
“I have a feeling both games are going to come down to the last play,” says Steve Timko, executive director of the NJSIAA, “I have no doubt it will be an exciting night in high school basketball.”
Adult Tickets for the NJSIAA TOC Championships are $8 and are on sale now online at www.ComcastTIX.com, by phone at 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office. A $2 student/senior/child ticket will be available for purchase at the Sun National Bank Center Box Office exclusively on March 19. Additional details are available at www.sunnationalbankcenter.com.
Established in 1918, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletics Association (NJSIAA) is a voluntary, non-profit organization comprised of 438 accredited public, private, and parochial high schools. A member of the National Federation of State High School Associations, the NJSIAA conducts tournaments and crowns champions in 32 sports. Championship competition for girls is sponsored in basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, and volleyball. Boys’ championships are determined in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, outdoor track, winter track, volleyball, and wrestling.