Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Week 4 NJ hoops rankings: St. Anthony's win streak now at 45 After games on Tuesday, Jan. 17
They're the defending POWERADE FAB 50 CHAMPS, boast the nation's No. 5 recruit in Kyle Anderson and have won 45 straight games, but St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley says the Friars are far from peaking.
"I hate to tell you this because I don't think you're going to believe this, but this is an absolute work in progress," Hurley said Monday after the Friars' impressive 60-48 win against Miller Grove (Ga.) at the Hoophall Classic. The Hall of Fame coach cited the Friars' effort against St. Benedict's Prep, a game in which they won by one point and "left there very confused offensively."
But with Anderson facilitating the team and a lockdown defense that's held opponents to 27.8 points per game (!), Hurley feels confident that his work in progress will evolve into another masterpiece season.
"This is as good a St. Anthony defensive team as I've had," Hurley said of his fourth-ranked POWERADE FAB 50 squad. "We follow the scouting report pretty good and we have real good length, so we don't give up a lot of easy stuff."
Here are this week's rankings (last week's rankings are in parentheses):
1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 12-0 (1) Friars ran their win streak to 45 games with an impressive win against Miller Grove (Ga.) at the HoopHall Classic. Next up: Life Center Academy.
2. Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone) 9-2 (2) Knights remain perfect in the new year, downing North Hunterdon, Immaculata and Ridge this past week. Next up: Hillsborough on Friday.
3. St. Benedict's (Newark) 15-1 (3) Gray Bees had their way with Upper Room Christian (N.Y.) and Patterson (Md.), pushing their win streak to five games and their scoring average to more than 100 points during this string. Tyler Ennis had 14 points and 10 assists in the win against Patterson. Next up: NIA Prep on Friday.