Longtime Ocean City High School boys basketball coach John Bruno was honored at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic on Dec. 26.
Prior to a 61-45 win over Conrad Sciences (Delaware) on Wednesday, recently retired basketball coach Dave Troiano made a presentation to Bruno, who was honored for coaching his 75th game at the classic.
This is Bruno's 29th season as head coach and has coached 76 games at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic, dating back to its inception in 1998 when it was played in Wildwood Catholic’s gym.
The Red Raiders competed in three games at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
They won a 56-50 contest against Burlington City in the Crest Savings Bank Battle of the Boards Showcase game on Dec. 23.
Issac Robertson, Donovon Graham and Luke Varallo scored 13 points apiece to lead the Raiders. Joey Sacco grabbed a team-leading seven rebounds to go with six points, Jacon McQuarrie had five assists and seven points and Robertson added five rebounds.
They played in the Ray Martin Memorial bracket, beating Conrad Sciences on Dec. 26. McQuarrie scored a game-high 19 and Varallo and Robertson scored 14 points apiece.
The next day, last Wednesday, Ocean City lost 66-61 to Millville in the bracket final.
Varallo led the Raiders in that game with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists. Graham scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds, and Robertson added 10 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Ocean City (4-2) plays next 7 p.m. Wednesday at Absegami.
The Ocean City girls continued its hot start to the season at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic as well, improving to 6-0.
The girls won 56-33 over Hatboro Horsham (Pennsylvania) on Dec. 26 in the GWITDA bracket, and followed that up the next day with a 46-40 win over Methacton (Pennsylvania) in the final.
Danielle Donoghue and Kilie Wyers led the Raiders with 10 points apiece, Donohue added seven rebounds and three assists against Hatboro.
Donoghue, Ocean City’s leading scorer this season, erupted for 18 points and five rebounds in the final against Methacton.
“I think basically my first seven all did a nice job,” said girls coach Paul Baruffi by phone Monday. “Danielle played very consistent. I thought Michaela Baker had her best game against Methacton. I think she had 10 rebounds.
“Tori Rolls and Emma Finnegan have been consistent. Kilie Wyers is turning into a great senior leader. Abbey Fenton and Delaney Lappin are giving me good minutes off the bench. Our core group who had experience and the few who didn’t are doing a nice job.”
They host Absegami at 6 p.m. Wednesday before playing in the Seagull Classic at Holy Spirit this weekend. They will face Lenape at noon Sunday.
“We have some tough games coming up and a tough stretch,” Baruffi said. “I’m glad we’re in this position. We are trying to keep it going and take it one game at a time.”