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Close calls highlight New Year's Jump Off and Week 2 NJ hoops rankings

1/4/2012

After games ending Jan. 2

For years, two of the state's perennial powers in St. Anthony and St. Benedict's never faced off, as father and son preferred not to do battle on the court. But when Danny Hurley left St. Benedict's for the NCAA in 2010, the Friars became fair game.

The two made up for lost time with a classic contest during an eventful New Year's Jump Off Classic. St. Benedict's led most of the game, but the defending national champs wore down the Gray Bees behind Kyle Anderson's 13 points and 10 rebounds and pulled out a 51-50 win. The 7-0 Friars are now fourth in the POWERADE FAB 50.

Last year's state runner-up also engaged in a close battle, as No. 4 Plainfield held on for a 59-57 win against No. 8 Hudson Catholic. Ahmid Williams free throws in the final seconds proved to be the difference.

Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 7-0 (1)

Friars survived their first test of the season, overcoming a fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 2 St. Benedict's Prep, 51-50.

2. St. Benedict's (Newark) 9-1 (2)

Gave top-ranked St. Anthony all it could handle in 51-50 loss at New Year's Jump Off.

3. Gill St. Bernard's (Gladstone) 3-2 (3)

Knights have been idle since City of Palms. Return to action this week against Bridgewater-Raritan.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly New Jersey hoops rankings.