New York High School: Myles Mack

St-Pat's vs. St-Anthony Notebook: Free throws, coaches & attendance

March, 10, 2011
PISCATAWAY, N.J. --Though the game's final score of 62-45 wasn't indicative of how close the matchup between No. 1 St. Patrick and No. 2 St. Anthony was on Wednesday, the margin of victory may have been larger, if not for the Friars' poor free-throw shooting.

St. Anthony went just 7-for-21 from the foul line and didn't hit its first free throw until Myles Mack hit one at the 1:48 mark of the third quarter.


Kentucky coach John Calipari was in attendance to watch Michael Gilchrist, the crown jewel of his 2012 recruiting class, play what became his final high school game. Calipari sat in the front row of the media section and talked with fellow coaches and signed autographs for fans before the game. Calipari left the building with five minutes left when it became apparent St. Patrick would lose.

Rutgers coach Mike Rice was also in attendance after his team's controversial finish against St. John’s and watched Mack, a Scarlet Knights signee, score a team-high 19 points and dish out four assists.


The attendance for St. Anthony (Elizabeth, N.J.) v. St. Patrick (Jersey City) at the Rutgers Athletic Center was a 8,057. The last home game the Rutgers men’s team played had an attendance of 7,752.

Wednesday's contest sold out at 2 p.m. and more than a thousand fans were denied tickets. There were even scalpers outside selling tickets for the game. No word on prices.

Rapid Reaction: No. 2 St. Anthony 62, No. 1 St. Patrick 45

March, 9, 2011

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Eight sprints. At the time, Bob Hurley and his St. Anthony players probably didn't think much of this exercise when they blazed up and down the court to close Tuesday's practice.

But it was a similar burst of energy toward the end of Wednesday's much-anticipated matchup against No. 1 St. Patrick that made all the difference.

The No. 2 Friars used an 8-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter to surge past a tired Celtics squad and earn a 62-45 win, securing the NJSIAA Non-Public Group B title at Rutgers. The game was also considered the unofficial national title game, as St. Patrick is ranked No. 1 and St. Anthony is tabbed No. 2 by the Powerade Fab 50 ESPN Rise rankings.

Senior guard Myles Mack, who will be playing at the RAC next year, led the Friars with 19 points, while junior Kyle Anderson dropped 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

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Senior guard Myles Mack led
the Friars with 19 points

"That separation was monumental," said Hurley, whose 30-0 squad moves on to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions this Saturday. "Our defense was very good in the fourth quarter … and we were able to force them to shoot from the outside."

An "amoeba defense," as Hurley called it, threw different looks at the Celtics (26-1) to keep St. Patrick star forward Michael Gilchrist on the perimeter. While the Kentucky-bound senior made his mark in other areas (14 rebounds and five blocks), St. Patrick's leading scorer could only muster seven points on 2-for-11 shooting.

"[Gilchrist] is a great high school player. We loaded up the box on him. Everybody was there," Hurley said. "We had to stop either Gilchrist or [Derrick] Gordon. And I wouldn't have thought that we would have had such good control."

At the outset, though, that control didn't appear to be there. While Gilchrist controlled the glass (five first-quarter rebounds), Gordon took care of the scoring, pouring in 11 of his game-high 26 points to put the Celtics up 15-6 midway through the first period. St. Patrick ended the half shooting nearly 48 percent from the field.

The Friars made several surges, the biggest of which opened the second half, when two Jordan Quick 3-pointers helped produce an 8-0 run and St. Anthony's first lead of the game.

That time, St. Patrick had an answer. Gordon scored nine more points to give the Celtics a 39-34 advantage in the third quarter.

Yet when the Friars threw another 8-0 run at the Celtics to start the fourth, the Celtics weren't able to respond.

Four different Friars contributed during a flurry that gave them a 47-40 lead with 6:12 to go. The Celtics, meanwhile, managed just two points in a near five-minute span, allowing the Friars to pull away for good.

"I thought we were almost emotionally tired," said Celtics coach Kevin Boyle, whose team went just 5-for-23 in the second half. "It's been such an emotional roller coaster for several weeks now, being on top.

"You've got to give [St. Anthony] credit. They were definitely the better team."

Indeed, on this rare occasion, when No. 1 met No. 2 with a group title and perhaps a mythical national crown on the line, St. Anthony proved better. Don't ask Hurley to settle the "Who’s No. 1?" debate, though. The Hall of Fame coach was just happy to survive the night's battle.

"I can't describe what just happened," Hurley said. "We beat a great high school team and it was an unconventional fourth quarter.

"The best team won the game and we're excited that it's us...But we understand how good that team was that we just played. And it might be a different outcome tomorrow; something else could have happened. But, that being said, it can't, so we're OK."

St. Anthony's Bob Hurley Sr. hits 1,000-win mark

February, 2, 2011
WHAT IT MEANS: St. Anthony high school boys basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. is already in the Hall of Fame. But that doesn't mean the 63-year-old has to stop making history. Hurley became the 10th high school boys basketball coach to ever reach the 1,000-win mark Wednesday afternoon after his Friars easily dispatched St. Mary's at home, 76-46 in Jersey City, N.J. St. Anthony (16-0) is ranked second in ESPNU's national poll.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The 39-year coach's latest milestone was never in doubt. The Friars scored the first 16 points of the game and 22 of the first 24, leading the Ramblers by as many as 23 late in the opening half.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS: St. Anthony starting backcourt of Rutgers-bound senior Myles Mack and 6-foot-8-inch junior Kyle Anderson combined for 22 points.

The duo created most of their havoc at the mid-court line, getting steals which resulted in transition opportunities and easy layups and dunks.

REMARKABLE: Before the game, fans were given posters made by Reebok that displayed Hurley's previous coaching accolades: 23 state titles, 10 tournament of champions titles, three USA Today national championships, two-time national coach of the year and one basketball Hall of Fame induction. And now 1,000 victories, as well, for the legend.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Friars will host Hoboken Charter on Thursday afternoon.

The Myles Mack show powers St. Anthony at HoopHall Classic

January, 15, 2011
St. Anthony is far from a one-man show, but on Saturday, one thing and one player mattered:

Myles Mack 28, DeMatha 25

Such a feat is rare against a powerhouse program like DeMatha. But with a national audience watching and the Friars playing just miles from where their coach, Bob Hurley, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last fall, St. Anthony showed why its not your average program.

Mack’s 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point land, along with a suffocating defense, opened up a 75-25 Friars’ victory against a shocked DeMatha squad during the HoopHall Classic at Springfield College.

“Our defense was great; our offensive execution was tremendous, “ Hurley said. “This obviously is nothing we would have expected. We have a bunch of kids who we think are good players, so this is something we can really build on.”

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St. Anthony senior guard Myles Mack scored 28 points and was 6-for-7 on 3-point attempts.

It didn’t take long for the unexpected to materialize. St. Anthony outscored DeMatha 18-2 in the first quarter, using half-court traps to pressure the Stags into several of their 25 turnovers while keeping center BeeJay Anya (team-high nine points) outside the lane.

And the more DeMatha struggled, the hotter Mack got. Along with his long-range shooting, the 5-foot 10-inch senior guard scored a handful of the Friars’ 33 points off turnovers on fastbreaks.

“I was just hitting shots and getting things open for my teammates,” says Mack, a Rutgers commit. “My shots kept falling and I got into a rhythm early, and it was just lights out from there.”

“If (head coach) Mike Rice from Rutgers was home watching this, Mike was probably pretty happy with this,” Hurley added.

Granted, there wasn’t much for DeMatha coach Mike Jones to be happy about on Saturday.

Star forward Mikael Hopkins only shot one of DeMatha’s 32 field-goal attempts (which was the same number of field goals made by the Friars) and the Stags’ apparent size advantage was non-existent. St. Anthony outscored DeMatha, 44-12, in the paint, admittedly surprising Hurley and leaving Jones nearly speechless.

“Just unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say,” Jones said. “I can’t ever imagine a team playing as poorly as we did, and obviously St. Anthony took advantage of it.”

Now, the hope for Hurley is that his St. Anthony squad will repeat its national-stage triumph throughout the rest of the season, a season driven by last year’s loss in the NJSIAA Non-Public B Championship — its first title-game loss since 1979.

“This is the responsibility now, to be like this every game,” Hurley said of his 10-0 squad. “We haven’t been like this before, so I hope this is something we can strive for again.”
Six of the top high school basketball teams from the New York City area and New Jersey will compete in the Spalding HoopHall Classic at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass , over the holiday weekend. The four-day event from Friday to Monday features nine boys teams in ESPN Rise’s Fab 50 rankings and the No. 3 girls team.

No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, NJ) battles against No. 14 Dematha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) in one of the premier matchups of the weekend at 4 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. St. Anthony is 8-0 on the season and is led by Rutgers-bound point guard Myles Mack, ranked No. 85 by ESPN U.

Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, NY) also faces off against Taft High School (CA) at 2 p.m. Saturday. Mount Vernon is 8-1 on the season and has won four straight. The Ravens feature point guard Jabarie Hinds, ranked No. 74 by ESPN U and headed to West Virginia.

On Monday, No. 2 St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J) will meet No. 47 Bishop Gorman (NV) at 1 p.m. in a game televised on ESPNU. St. Patrick is 8-0 heading into its showdown Friday night against Winter Park (FL) on ESPN 2. The Celtics are led by Kentucky-bound small forward Michael Gilchrist.

Rounding out the slate on Monday, Christ the King (Queens, NY), ranked No. 2 in New York City by, will face off against Westchester Country Day School (North Carolina) at 11 a.m. while Boys & Girls (Brooklyn, NY) will also tangle with Academy of the New Church (PA) at 5 p.m.

Both teams feature Division I talent in the form of Boys & Girls shooting guard Mike Taylor (Rutgers) and Christ the King point guard Corey Edwards (George Mason). Christ the King comes into Monday at 6-3, while Boys & Girls is 14-3.

“It’s going to be special for our guys. We’ve heard a lot about it over the years and never had the opportunity to play in it, but to be playing on Martin Luther King Day makes it extra special,” Boys & Girls coach Ruth Lovelace said. “We heard about the itinerary and activities and that’s what it’s about. That’s some of the great thing and good opportunities to go along with playing the game. Were going to take it all in and have fun at the same time.”

Friday night also features three girls contests, the last of which pits Murry Bergtraum (New York, NY) against No. 2 Mater Dei High School (CA). Murry Bergtraum is 10-2 and ranked No. 4 by

Other teams from the New York/New Jersey area include Albany Academy (NY), Jamesville-Dewitt (NY) and Life Center Academy (NJ).

There are 25 total games in the four days.