No. 3 Atlantic City (30-1) vs. No. 2 St. Joseph-Metuchen (26-4)
When/where: 6 p.m. at Monmouth University in West Long Branch
What’s next: Winner advances to the TOC final 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sun National Bank Arena in Trenton against the winner of tonight’s other semifinal between fifth-seeded Newark Tech and top-seeded Roselle Catholic.
Tickets: $5 adults and 3 students and senior citizens. Parking $10.
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Atlantic City: Ga-briel Chandler, 6-4, Sr., F, 11.7 ppg; Dayshaw Reynolds, 6-1, Sr., G, 10.2 ppg; Jahleem Montague, 6-8, Sr., C, 9.9 ppg; Isiah Graves, 6-3, Jr., G, 10.3 ppg; Dennis White, 6-5, Jr., F, 10.5 ppg.
St. Joseph: Karl Townes, 7-0, Jr., C, 20.9; Marques Townes, 6-3, Jr., G, 14.4 ppg; Wade Baldwin, 6-3, Jr., G, 16.3 ppg; Jimbo Long, 5-11, Sr. G, 5.0; James Ziemba 6-9, Sr., F/C, 4.6
Inside Atlantic City: The Vikings have won a school-record 30 games. They are back-to-back state Group IV champions. They are 19-1 in elimination games the past two seasons, including the state and Cape-Atlantic League tournaments. Atlantic City is 51-3 in its last 54 games.
Inside St. Joseph: The Falcons have won back-to-back state Non-Public A titles. St. Joe averages 70.4 points and gives up an average of 50 points per game. Karl Towns, who blocks nearly six shots per game, has committed to the University of Kentucky. Marques Townes and Baldwin also are Division I college prospects.
Keys to victory: The Vikings would help their cause if they didn’t fall behind by double digits in this game. Atlantic City must slow Karl Towns but always be wary of Marques Townes and Baldwin. The Vikings’ formula for victory doesn’t change — force turnovers, convert them into easy baskets and sink timely perimeter shots.