Nottingham 2nd seeded in MCT and CJ III boys basketball tournaments; Steinert girls get first-round home games in each tourney

If Nottingham’s Cliff Joseph stays hot, the Northstars will be a threat in the MCT and CJIII Tournaments

By Rich Fisher

Feb. 9: The Mercer County Tournament and NJSIAA state basketball seedings have been announced, with the Nottingham boys getting a No. 2 seed in both events.

In the MCT, Nottingham will host No. 15 Hopewell Valley, while in the Central Jersey Group III first round, the Northstars entertain No. 15 Allentown.

MCT first-round games must be played by Feb. 17 and CJ III games by Feb. 28

No. 12 Hamilton West will visit No. 5 Trenton in the MCT. It’s a rematch of opening night, when the Tornadoes took a one-point victory.

No. 17 Steinert travels to No. 16 West Windsor-Plainsboro South in a play-in game. The winner meets top-seeded Notre Dame in the first round.

Neither Hamilton or Steinert qualified for the CJ III tournament.

In girls MCT play, No. 6 Steinert gets a first-round home game when it hosts No. 11 Trenton. The Spartans also stay at home for the first round of the CJ III tournament, as 7th-seeded Steinert hosts 10th-seeded Hopewell Valley, which just defeated the Spartans in a close one Wednesday night.

In the MCT, No. 9 Nottingham travels to 8th-seeded Stuart Country Day. Fortunately for the Northstars, they flip-flopped seeds in the CJ III tournament, as 8th-seeded Nottingham hosts 9th-seeded Moorestown.

No. 16 Hamilton West visits top-seeded Notre Dame in the first-round of the MCT. The Hornets earned the 13th seed in CJ III and will visit 4th-seeded Red Bank Regional.

About The Author

Rich Fisher has been around the Hamilton Township sports scene for so long that he actually got Rich Giallella’s autograph when Giallella was still a player! Proud product of Hamilton YMCA and Lou Gehrig baseball leagues and former teammate of Jim Maher on a very average Barton & Cooney rec basketball team, Fish graduated from Nottingham Junior High and Steinert High school and has covered township sports since 1980. His goal in life is to convince Maria Prato that Jersey tomatoes are at least 100 times better than California tomatoes.