Monday’s state basketball winners: Linden, Elizabeth, Hillside boys’ and Linden, Union, Hillside girls’

On the first day of state tournament basketball Monday, Union County teams that advanced on the boys’ side included Linden and Elizabeth in North 2, Group 4 and Hillside in Central Jersey, Group 2.

On Wednesday, top-seeded Linden (18-7) will host ninth-seeded Dickinson and fourth-seeded Elizabeth (17-6) will host fifth-seeded Bayonne in N2, G4 quarterfinals. If Linden and Elizabeth both win, they will face each other at Linden Friday in the semifinals, which should be a 7 p.m. start.

Also on Wednesday, ninth-seeded Hillside (14-11) will play at top-seeded Lakewood in a CJ, G2 quarterfinal.

On the girls’ side, Linden and Union advanced in N2, G4 and Hillside in CJ, G2.

On Wednesday, 11th-seeded Union (17-9) will play at third-seeded East Orange Campus and 10th-seeded Linden (16-10) will play at second-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan at 7 p.m. in N2, G4 quarterfinals. If Union and Linden win, they will face each other at Linden Friday in the semifinals, which should be a 4 p.m. start.

Also on Wednesday, ninth-seeded Hillside (15-6) will play at top-seeded and defending champion Point Pleasant Boro at 6 p.m. in a CJ, G2 quarterfinal.

A total of 19 boys’ teams from Union County made the states, with Roselle, Union, Westfield and Scotch Plains eliminated Monday.

A total of 18 girls’ teams qualified, with Johnson, Westfield and Scotch Plains ousted.

– JR PARACHINI

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