Post Season Awards
(will be updated Daily)
Here is what we have so far-
1st Team All-State Group 1- Anthony Perez
Group 1 Final Poll- Ranked #5 in NJ
Skyland Conferene Final Poll- Ranked #8
2nd Team- Anthony Perez
Honorable Mention- Kyle Frauenheim
1st Team- Anthony Perez
2nd Team- Kyle Frauenheim
Honorable Mention- Evian Brown
MSG Varsity All-State
Honorable Mention- Anthony Perez
POINT PLEASANT BEACH IN SEMI-FINALS
BOUND BROOK — Moments after earning a manic 58-50 victory over Point Pleasant Beach in the NJSIAA Central Group I Tournament semifinals, Bound Brook boys basketball head coach Anthony Melesurgo was ecstatic about his team’s performance.
But that's the kind of sheer joy winning brings to a coach after finally conquering a familiar foe. These two competitive squads have endured many hotly-contested battles over the years, as Friday night's grudge match marked the fourth time since 2011 that they met in this tournament.
Point Pleasant Beach (16-12) had knocked off Bound Brook in the previous three contests, so for the high-energy Melesurgo, it took all his might to regain composure and glowingly speak about the key players and biggest moments of the tenuous battle.
"Our guys were awesome from the start. We had a game plan that we practiced all week and they executed it. They played so hard. I'm so proud of them," gushed Melesurgo, adding that his team's mettle was on full display. "We answered every run they had tonight. I think the closest they got was four [points], but we showed a lot of composure tonight ... This was one of the biggest wins in our school's history."
The Crusaders looked as if they were going to run away with it, as they jumped to a quick 10-2 run to start the game, and used an aggressive man-to-man defense to pressure Point Beach's ball handlers into errant passes that led to transition points and travels that ended possessions.
A key catalyst was the play of reserve guard Bruno Diaz, who had a key assist, steal, and rebound -- all in the final 55 seconds.
Guards Evian Brown, Darius Brown, and Kyle Frauenheim were the offensive stars as they combined for 21 of the team's 27 first-half points, as Bound Brook took a 27-20 lead into halftime. Frauenheim tallied a team-high 15 points, including three triples, while Darius Brown added 14 points.
Evian Brown was particularly cumbersome for the Garnet Gulls from the onset, as the visitors never seemed to have an answer for his weaving in and out if traffic and keeping the pressure on Point Beach's trapping sets.
Brown, who notched 14 points, said this game was a defining moment of his athletic career.
"This was a great win. Everyone played great and executed what coach wanted. All week he stayed on us, telling us not to let [Mike] Rice shoot the three. Coach stayed on me, telling me to stay aggressive, drive first and get to the basket," Brown said. "This was my biggest game, being this is my first year on varsity. This was the biggest crowd I've ever played in front of. It was amazing."
The win allowed Bound Brook to advance to the sectional final against third-seeded Florence, which defeated No. 2 South River 71-29.
to Anthony Perez!
1,000 Points for His Career
Crusaders Upset #8 Watchung
Face #1 Gill St. Bernards Thursday
From the Star Ledger
Ninth-seeded Bound Brook played solid defense in the final minutes and made its free throws in what coach Anthony Melesurgo called the squad's best "team win" of the season, topping eighth-seeded Watchung Hills, 43-37, in the second round of the Somerset County Tournament at Watchung Hills Regional High School.
The Crusaders advance to face top-seeded Gill St. Bernard's, No. 16 in the NJ.com Top 20, in the quarterfinal on Thursday in Gladstone.
Anthony Perez had 10 points and six rebounds in the victory, while Najee Williams had 10 points and five rebounds. Xander Martinez made a major impact off the bench with eight points and 10 rebounds. Lucas Hackett paced Watchung Hills with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Martinez found success rebounding as well as driving the lane throughout the first half, helping the Crusaders take a 18-11 lead at halftime. The lead was up to 10 points late in the third quarter, but pair of 3-pointers from Evan Meyers helped keep the Warriors in the game.
A 12-4 run for Watchung Hills spanning the late third and early fourth quarter had the Bound Brook lead down to one point in the middle of the fourth quarter, but the Crusader defense stepped up and Noah Smith had five points down the stretch to keep Watchung Hills at bay.
Article from the Courier News:
Frauenheim's big first half pushes Bound Brook to victory
Basketball is a sport where defense can often get overlooked. Every coach preaches the importance of defense, but not every team can execute it.
The Bound Brook boys basketball team has seen a major transformation this season. The Crusaders have exploded out of the gates this season on their way to a 3-0 start. Bound Brook has defeated opposing squads by an average of 24 points a game during a two week span. What has been the difference for coach Anthony Melesurgo’s group?
On Monday night, in the opening round of the Crusader Classic at Bound Brook High School, Bound Brook silenced several strong options on the Piscataway Tech said, on its way to a 72-52 victory.
“The difference between last year’s team and this years is that we are a lot better of a defensive team,” Melesurgo explained. “Defensively last year we couldn’t do much because we were a lot smaller. This year we are a lot longer and bigger, so we can get a little more creative on defense, which can put a stop to runs.”
Sophomore Kyle Frauenheim gave the Crusaders a quick start. His sharp shooting from behind the arc allowed Bound Brook to jump out to a 40-28 lead at the end of the first half. Frauenheim had 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.
“It got my confidence going making a couple of shots,” Frauenheim said. “In the summer I start working with these guys to develop chemistry. We have great players on this team and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Chemistry was another critical portion of the win for Bound Brook. Frauenheim’s teammates frequently found him the corner for an open three-pointer. Frauenheim, who was implanted into the starting lineup at the end of last season, played the entire duration of the game.
“Kyle was thrown into the wolves a little bit last year,” Melesurgo said. “This year he worked a lot harder on his shot. He’s a really good complimentary player to Anthony (Perez). Kyle did a really good job of stepping up for Anthony when he wasn’t shooting so well tonight.”
Although Bound Brook carried a comfortable lead into halftime, the game was far from over. Piscataway Tech made two noteworthy attempts at equalizing itself with the Crusaders, but Bound Brook had an answer both times.
The first came in the third quarter when Piscataway Tech came within striking distance, but five straight points from Frauenheim put an end to the run. In the fourth quarter the Raiders had a 6-0 run to it a 51-46 contest, but Bound Brook displayed its veteran presence.
After a slow start to the competition, Najee Williams and Anthony Perez capitalized on opening in the defense and gave the Crusaders one last push to victory. Williams and Perez combined for nine points in the fourth quarter. Williams has been an important piece of the early success for Bound Brook. After missing all of last year due to injury, Williams has been a pleasant spark for his team.
Evian Brown was also played a significant role on Monday night. He had 13 points and also commanded the troops at his guard position.
“We did a lot of different things well tonight,” Melesurgo said. “What I like about our guys is we can play to the way the game is going. We have some athletic guys who can go to the basket, we can hit the three and we can play some defense. Overall, we kind of played to the way the game is going.”
Bound Brook looks ready to compete in the Skyland Conference Valley Division and within state competition. The Crusaders still remember when they lost to Point Beach in the quarterfinal of the Central Group I bracket and saw three valuable seniors careers come to an end. Now, furnished with athletic ability, this year’s group is making this season a tribute to the past players who brought a full effort to the court for the Bound Brook community every night.
“We lost some great leaders,” Frauenheim said. “They want us to do well. After our loss to Point Beach last year, we were all a little hurt. We went down there and we were up, but we eventually lost the game. This year we are going to stay together no matter what.
“We are taking it game-by-game. The next game that we have is the most important. We are looking forward to tomorrow.”
Bound Brook 73 Metuchen 33
Anthony Perez leads the way for Bound Brook again with 21 points and four-3 point field goals. Kyle Fraunheim (12 points) and Najee (10 points) added to the 3 point parade. Evian Brown dished out 7 assists and pulled down 4 rebounds to help Bound Brook on their way to a convincing victory. Bound Brook improved to 2-0 on the other season.
Brook Improves to 1-0
Bound Brook 64, South Hunterdon 57:
(from Courier News)
Xander Martinez finished with a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Bound Brook (1-0).
Anthony Perez also had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assist and six steals.
Kyle Frauenheim chipped in eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
Elijah Davis led South Hunterdon (0-1) with 22 points and Eric Myers recorded 18 points.
Courier News Preview
Coach: Anthony Melesurgo, 12th season (191-104 career record)
Last Season: 16-10
Letter winners lost: Kevin Pacheco; Dan Leinbach; Nick Cuba
Returners: Anthony Perez (Sr., G); Najee Williams (Sr., F); Darius Brown (Sr., F); EJ Vargas (Jr., C); Noah Smith (Jr., G); Kyle Frauenheim (So., F)
Newcomers: Xzander Martinez (Sr., F); Evian Brown (Jr., G); Mike Pacheco (Jr., G); RJ Frazier (Fr., G)
Outlook: Perez is one of the most explosive players returning in the area and automatically makes Bound Brook a favorite in the Valley Division. Perez averaged 18 points per game last season. Perez will have a solid surrounding cast of players around him. His help starts with Kyle Frauenheim, who made a splash on the varsity level as a freshman. Senior forwards Najee Williams and Darius Brown will give Bound Brook some depth down low. EJ Vargas will also see an increase in minutes this season. The Crusaders have to move on from Kevin Pacheco and Dan Leinbach. Both players had impressive campaigns in the backcourt for coach Melesurgo. Bound Brook found itself playing against strong competition last season but that didn’t stop them from having a winning record. The Crusaders beat Somerville to end its perfect season and also competed with Immaculata in the SCT. Coach Melesurgo believes this group of players is one of the closer knit guys he has coached. The chemistry should pay off once a tough stretch in the schedule rolls around.