NJ boys basketball power rankings (1/29/13)
Senior guard Hallice Cooke was 6 of 10 from 3-point range and had 22 points Wednesday in a 54-41 win over Central Jersey Each One Teach One, and scored 22 points again three nights later to spur a 52-45 victory over Long Island Lutheran for the SNY Invitational crown. The Friars play undefeated East Brunswick Tuesday and undefeated St. Benedict's Friday.
|2||St. Benedict's Prep||18-0||2||
Tyler Ennis was at the top of his game with 24 points and nine assists and Mike Young chipped in with 17 points and 10 rebounds Sunday to spark the Gray Bees past Germantown Academy (Pa.) at the Lehigh Valley Showcase. St. Benedict's seeks revenge for a one-point loss last year when it faces No. 1 St. Anthony Friday at the Newark National Invitational at the Prudential Center.
Quiet contributions from Adam Traore and Kyle McLeggan help alleviate some of the pressure for Georgetown-bound standout Reggie Cameron. The Knights' backcourt was bolstered recently by the return of sophomore guard Nassir Barrino from injury.
Senior guard Joel Hernandez scored a career-high 50 points last Thursday in a 111-52 win and now averages 25.4 ppg. Lavrone Green-Reels poses an outside threat for the Highwaymen.
Syracuse-bound forward Tyler Roberson averaged 26 points and 18.5 rebounds to guide the Lions to consecutive wins over Plainfield and Elizabeth. Roselle Catholic faces an improved Gill St. Bernard's Friday at the Newark National Invitational at the Prudential Center.
Junior guard Gary Baumer has been showcasing his perimeter range of late, and that's opened up the lane for Rob Ukawuba and Jake Krantz. The Bears travel to Jersey City Tuesday night to take on No. 1 St. Anthony.
|7||Seton Hall Prep||13-2||9||
Senior forward Tom Lacey dropped in a career-high 27 points last Friday to spearhead a 67-38 win over Shabazz. Princeton-bound guard Spencer Weisz has averaged 17.6 points and 7.2 assists over his last five games.
The Minutemen upset then-No. 7 Patrick School, 59-48, last Tuesday and narrowly missed another surprise two days later against No. 5 Roselle Catholic, falling 57-56. Hakeem Rogers and Isaiah Davis had strong outings in both games.
|9||St. Joseph (Met.)||12-3||8||
Junior forward Karl Towns led five scorers in double figures with 22 points (also 13 rebounds) Sunday in a 78-50 win over Phelps (Pa.). Guard Jimbo Long sank 11 points for his first double-digit performance this season.
The Celtics received strong play from DeAndre Bembry and Chris Regus to rebound from a 59-48 loss last Tuesday to Elizabeth with convincing wins over Don Bosco Prep and Parkland (Pa.).
Junior forward Quadri Moore averged 16.7 points and 15.3 rebounds in three games last week to spur consecutive wins over Montgomery, Union and Plainfield. Terrell Bagley, Josh Carter and Juwan Jones provided assistance.
Thomas Rivera's sharp playmaking and the steady scoring of Jetor Brown continue to carry the scrappy, athletic Ghosts. Quatier Jackson provides help on the boards.
|13||St. Peter's Prep||12-4||13||
Point guard Trevis Wyche paced wins over Hackensack, North Bergen and Bayonne by averaging 15.6 points and just under eight assists last week. Senior forward Sean Cummings has scored in double figures in five straight games.
The Comets bounced back from a four-point loss to St. Peter's Prep last Monday with victories over Ridgewood and Indian Hills. Rashard Figures, Jamik Moore and Gene Marshall have been steady.
Senior guard Eric Klacik sank a total eight 3-pointers and averaged 17.3 points to direct wins over Phillipsburg, Somerville and Carteret. Kevin Doolan and Matt Gerrity each hit for double figures twice last week.