No. 3 Atlantic City (29-1)
vs. No. 6 Pt. Pleasant Beach (28-3)
When/where: 8 p.m. today at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River
Tickets: $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens
Radio: 97.3 FM Online: Updates at www.HSLive.me
What’s next: Winner advances to the semifinals 6 p.m. Friday at Monmouth University in West Long Branch against second-seeded St. Joseph Metuchen.
Atlantic City: Ga-briel Chandler, 6-4, Sr., F, 11.0 ppg; Dayshawn Reynolds, 6-1, Sr., G, 9.9 ppg; Jahleem Montague, 6-8, Sr., C, 8.8 ppg; Isiah Graves, 6-3, Jr., G, 10.1 ppg; Dennis White, 6-5, Sr., F, 10.4 ppg.
Pt. Pleasant Beach: Matt Farrell, 5-10, Jr., G, 16.3 ppg; P.J. Kineavy, 6-0, Sr., G; Riley Calzonetti, 6-4, Sr., C; Dominique Uhl, 6-8, Jr., F; Noah Yates, 6-3, Jr., F.
TOC history: This is Pt. Pleasant Beach’s first TOC appearance. The Garnet Gulls defeated Dayton 43-39 to win the state Group I title. This is Atlantic City’s second straight and third overall TOC appearance. Atlantic City is 2-2 in TOC games having lost in the semifinals in 2005 and last year.
Inside Pt. Pleasant Beach: The Garnett Gulls feature one of the Shore Conference’s best point guards in Matt Farrell. Shooting guard P.J. Kineavy is an accurate outside shooter. Riley Calzonetti is 6-4 but plays bigger than that inside. Forward Dom Uhl comes from Germany and is a Division I college prospect. Pt. Pleasant lost twice to Lakewood and once to Long Branch.
Inside Atlantic City: The Vikings are in the midst of one of the best stretches by any local basketball team. Atlantic City has won 50 of its last 53 games. The Vikings lone loss this season was to St. Anthony of Jersey City.
Keys to victory: Atlantic City’s recipe for victory doesn’t change. The Vikings must pressure Pt. Pleasant Beach guards and not give them open 3-pointers. Atlantic City must convert turnovers into easy baskets and mix in timely perimeter shooting. A fast start would also help the Vikings. If they fall behind early, it could be a long night against a Pt. Pleasant Beach team that likes to spread the floor to create open shots.