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NJ Week 7 hoops rankings: St. Anthony moves to third in FAB 50

February, 7, 2012
2/07/12
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After games on Sunday, Feb. 5

Conference tournaments are starting up for some teams while many of the state's top squads will descend upon Roselle this weekend for the PrimeTime Shootout. Nothing beats the postseason, but there are some great appetizers on tap this week.

St. Anthony, which pushed its win streak to 48 games and is now third in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings, will be put to the test Tuesday when it faces No. 6 Plainfield. The Cardinals are hungry for a big win after seeing their 14-game win streak snapped against St. Patrick last week. St. Anthony will then take on West Virginia power Huntington Prep at the PrimeTime Shootout on Saturday.

Tuesday will also feature a big matchup between No. 4 Teaneck and No. 10 Paterson Eastside. Teacneck has yet to lose this season but the Ghosts are riding a 12-game win streak.

On a side note, big ups to Kavon Stewart, who had 20 dimes in Hudson Catholic's blowout win against University Charter Academy.

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 15-0 (1)
Friars pushed their win streak to 48 games with blowout victory against Ridgewood last week. Multiple tests are on the horizon versus No. 5 Plainfield on Tuesday and West Virginia power Huntington on Saturday.

2. Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone) 16-2 (2)
Knights secured the top seed in the Somerset County Tournament with easy wins against Rutgers Prep and Watchung Hills.

3. St. Benedict's (Newark) 22-1 (3)
Gray Bees have now won 13 straight. This week, they play Solebury (Pa.) before playing Lakewood and St. Patrick at the loaded Primetime Shootout.

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

NJ Week 6 hoops rankings: Paterson Eastside enters top 10

January, 31, 2012
1/31/12
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 29

After a slow start to the season, Paterson Eastside is off and running, winning its last nine games and vaulting into the top 10 this week. DeAndre Noble-Haywood and Ky're Jackson have led the way, with Jackson dropping 20 points in the Ghosts' win against Paterson Kennedy on Saturday. The Ghosts stand to make a big jump in the rankings in the near future, should they be able to knock off No. 5 Teaneck next Tuesday.

Hudson Catholic also moved up the rankings after downing then-nationally ranked Lincoln (N.Y.). It wasn't the best showing for either team, but Reggie Cameron's 16 points helped the Hawks secure a 58-50 victory.

Top-ranked St. Anthony has had to fight off rust after having the weather and rules have cancelled three of their games in the past two weeks. The Friars still pushed their win streak to 47 games and remain fourth in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings. (St. Anthony beat a solid Newark Tech on Monday, after these rankings were done.)

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 13-0 (1)
Friars have had some time to rest after the SNY Invitational was cancelled. In just their second game in two weeks, they easily handled East Orange, 68-28. Next up: Ridgewood on Wednesday.

2. Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone) 13-2 (2)
Knights easily took care of Franklin and St. Peter's Prep last week. Contests against Rutgers Prep and Watchung Hills loom this week.

3. St. Benedict's (Newark) 19-1 (3)
Gray Bees pushed their win streak to 10 by capturing the Newark National Invitational with a 66-64 victory against Blair Academy behind Melvin Johnson's 20 points. Next up: Lawrenceville on Wednesday.

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NJ Week 5 Hoops Rankings: Gray Bees keep rolling

January, 24, 2012
1/24/12
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After games on Sunday, Jan. 22

On some days, St. Benedict's players and coaches must wonder what could have been. Despite catching defending national champ and rival St. Anthony on a "terrible" day (Bob Hurley's words; not mine), the Gray Bees fell one point short of the upset.

But with the way it's have played since then, St. Benedict's must be thinking of what could be. Having won their last seven games by an average of 54 points, the Gray Bees appear to be a strong contender for the state title, along with St. Anthony and Gill St. Bernard.

Nationally, both St. Benedict's and Gill St. Bernard's moved up two spots to Nos. 19 and 23, respectively, in the latest POWERADE FAB 50 rankings while St. Anthony still sits at No. 4.

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

1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 12-0 (1)
The Friars' scheduled game against CBA was cancelled due to the weather, making their next contest a Tuesday tilt versus East Orange.

2. Gill St. Bernard (Gladstone) 10-2 (2)
Cruised to 87-60 win against Hillsborough. Up next: at Hunterdon Central on Tuesday.

3. St. Benedict's (Newark) 15-1 (3)
After easy victories against Trent Internationale (Texas) and NIA Prep, the Gray Bees have won their last seven games by an average of 54 points.

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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.

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After games ending Dec. 27

St. Anthony picked up right where it left off last year as POWERADE FAB 50 champs by winning its first four games by an average of 48.5 points. The Friars have now won 37 straight games and sit at No. 9 in the most recent POWERADE FAB 50.

Perennial power and rival St. Benedict's is also off to its typically good start, winning its first seven games. Melvin Johnson has fit in nicely with his new team and Tyler Ennis has also played well to move the Gray Bees up to the No. 2 spot.

Here's how the first rankings shake out:

1. St. Anthony 4-0
Friars look scary good (again), beginning the season with four wins by an average of 48.5 points. Kyle Anderson surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career along the way.

2. St. Benedict's 7-0
Gray Bees are off to a solid start with big wins against Wilbraham & Monson (Mass.) and Plainfield.

3. Gill St. Bernard 3-2
Knights put together a respectable showing against very tough competition at the City of Palms, going 2-2 behind sharpshooting of Alex Mitola.

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