Walsh, Hobbie guide Manasquan past Wall
Jimmy Walsh and J.R. Hobbie combined for 27 points, while a stifling defensive effort from Manasquan was enough to take down rival Wall Township, 45-21, on Tuesday night.
The game was shown live on MSGVarsity.com and students packed the gym to cheer on the Crimson Knights, but Wall struggled all night hitting shots, scoring just 13 points in the first half and converting just three field goals in the second.
“It wasn’t as much us as they just didn’t make shots,” said Manasquan head coach Andrew Bilodeau of Wall’s off night. “We did well though not to give them second and third chances.”
Hobbie led the way for Manasquan with 15 points, but Walsh was the game's best player on both ends by amassing 12 points and 10 boards and anchoring the middle of Bilodeau’s zone defense.
With Walsh patrolling the middle it was very difficult for Wall to get inside, often resulting in forced shots from the perimiter. Once just a post presence on offense, Walsh has adapted his game to be the wing threat that his team needs.
“He has had two games with over 20 rebounds and double-digit points,” Hobbie said of fellow junior Walsh. “He’s a monster on the boards and just a tremendous player for us every game.”
“He’s a stud,” added Bilodeau, “he’s got great hops, he’s quick and athletic, he’s also shooting 43-percent from the three-point line for us. He and JR play very well together; they are a great combination. It really makes you look like you can coach. I’m really lucky to have both of those guys.”
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