The Atlantic City High School boys basketball team has won 50-of-53 games and back-to-back state championships.

But that impressive resume wasn’t enough to earn the Vikings a bye in the Tournament of Champions.

Atlantic City, the state Group IV champion, will be the No. 3 seed in the TOC and play sixth-seeded and state Group I winner Pt. Pleasant Beach on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River.

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The winner plays second-seed and state Non-Public A champion St. Joseph-Metuchen at Monmouth University in West Long Branch on Friday at 6 p.m.

The TOC is seeded by an NJSIAA committee that consists of athletic directors, former NJSIAA officials and media members. The Press is not on the committee.

Vikings coach Gene Allen said he thought the Vikings deserved the No. 2 seed. But he also said it didn’t matter.

“Our goal was to win the state championship and anything after that is gravy,” he said.

In the girls TOC, Ocean City, the state Group III champion, is the No. 6 seed and the Red Raiders will play 6 p.m. Tuesday against third-seeded Red Bank Catholic at Pine Belt Arena.

Here are the TOC schedules (seeds in parentheses)



at Pine Belt Arena

6 p.m. — Newark Eastside (4) vs. Newark Tech (5)

8 p.m. — Atlantic City (3) vs. Pt. Pleasant Beach (6)


At Monmouth University

6 p.m. — A.C./Pt. Pleasant Beach winner vs. St. Joseph Metuchen (2)

8 p.m. — Newark Eastside/Newark Tech vs. Roselle Catholic (1)

Tuesday, March 19

at Sun National Bank Center in Trenton

8 p.m. — Championship



at Pine Belt Arena

6 p.m. — Ocean City (6) vs. Red Bank Catholic (3)

8 p.m. — Trenton Catholic (4) vs. Pt. Pleasant Beach (5)


At Pine Belt Arena

6 p.m. — RBC/Ocean City vs. Rancocas Valley (2)

8 p.m. — Trenton Catholic/Pt. Pleasant Beach vs. Shabazz (1)

Tuesday, March 19

at Sun National Bank Center

6 p.m. — Championship

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