From Press staff reports

The 14th-seeded Ocean City High School boys basketball team rallied in the fourth quarter to beat host Toms River South 58-57 in a South Jersey Group III first-round game on Tuesday. T.R. South was the No. 3 seed.

O.C.'s Jeremy Sullivan hit two free throws with 15 seconds left to put the Red Raiders up 56-54. Justin Ruggia sank two foul shots with 5.5 seconds left and the Red Raiders led 58-54. A 3-pointer by Toms River South at the buzzer made it a one-point game.

Ocean City trailed 44-39 after three quarters, but Ruggia scored eight of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter. Sullivan and Connor Laverty each finished with 13 points and Griffin Grimes had nine.

South's Marquis Davis hit eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points.

Ocean City plays at sixth-seeded Hammonton at 6 p.m. today.

Ocean City 9 15 15 19-58

Toms River South 6 15 23 13-57

OC-Grimes 3 0-0 9, Ruggia 5 6-6 18, Sullivan 4 3-4 13 , Altieri 0 1-2 1, Kelleher 2 0-0 4, Laverty 6 0-0 13. Totals-19 10-12 58.

TRS-Davis 9 2-5 28, Green 4 2-2 11, Fall 4 6-8 16, Morrison 1 0-0 2, Hart 0 0-0 0. Totals-18 10-15 57.

3-pointers-Grimes (3), Ruggia (2), Sullivan (2), Laverty OC. Davis (8), Fall (2), Green TRS.

Records-O.C. 9-13.

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