After games on Sunday, March 25
Let me throw out some numbers for you in light of St. Anthony's 66-62 win against Plainfield in the Tournament of Champions final:
65: That's how many consecutive wins St. Anthony has posted. The last time the Friars lost was on March 13, 2010 to Trenton Catholic in the Non-Public B championship.
12: Number of Tournament of Champions title won by the Friars in the tournament's 24-year history.
27: Number of state sectional titles won by the Friars after hoisting the Non-Public B trophy this year.
93-1: Kyle Anderson's record in four years of high school basketball (two at Paterson Catholic, two at St. Anthony). Friars legendary coach Bob Hurley calls Anderson the most complete player to ever play at St. Anthony.
That pretty much sums up the Friars' dominance during the past two seasons. Plainfield put up a good fight in the final, pushing St. Anthony for most of the contest despite losing Justin Sears to an ankle injury for much of the game. But it wasn't enough to overcome 26 points and 18 rebounds from Jerome Frink, 14 points and five blocks from Anderson and the suffocating defense that's carried this team all season. St. Anthony remains third in the POWERADE FAB 50 rankings.
And with that, the 2011-12 season is technically in the books. St. Benedict's plays in this week's NHSI Tournament in Maryland, but regardless of the outcome, the Friars are cemented in the same spot they've been all year: No. 1.
Here are the final state rankings (last week's rankings in parentheses):
1. St. Anthony (Jersey City) 32-0 (1)
Another year, another Tournament of Champions title for the Friars. Jerome Frink had 26 points and 12 rebounds while Kyle Anderson had 14 points and five blocks to push team to 65th straight win, a 66-62 victory against Plainfield.
2. St. Benedict's (Newark) 34-2 (2)
Gray Bees enter this week's NHSI tournament as the No. 4 seed. They will face Ely (Fla.) in Thursday's quarterfinals.
3. Plainfield 30-4 (3)
Cardinals put up a good fight, but an injury to Justin Sears coupled with St. Anthony's defense was too much in a 66-62 loss in the Tournament of Champions final. Cardinals set a school record for wins in a season.