NJ boys basketball power rankings (1/8/13)
The Friars' stifling defense yielded a total 69 points in recent victories over Camden, Curtis (S.I.) and Newark East Side. Senior guard Josh Brown has been an outstanding leader on both sides of the floor.
|2||St. Benedict's Prep||12-0||2||
Pittsburgh-bound forward Mike Young averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in consecutive victories last weekend over Life Center and Teaneck. Tyler Ennis and Isaiah Briscoe form a lethal backcourt tandem.
Senior forward Reggie Cameron, on his way to Georgetown, was a multiple force Sunday with 30 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in a 69-53 win over No. 9 Pope John. Senior guard Kavon Stewart chipped in with 18 points.
The Lions rebounded from a Thursday loss to nationally ranked Montverde (Fla.) with a well-balanced victory over No . 12 Seton Hall Prep two days later. Syracuse-bound Tyler Roberson, with 16 points and nine rebounds, led the way in that win.
|5||The Patrick School||8-1||5||
Senior guard Chris Regus averaged 17.3 points over the last three games to spur wins over Newark East Side, Union and Elizabeth. He and senior swing DeAndre Bembry prepare the Celtics for No. 6 Linden on Thursday.
Quadri Moore, Cairo Brown and Juwan Jones have been steady offensive performers and also heavy contributors to the Tigers' tough defensive game. They have allowed an average 38.8 points over the last five games.
|7||St. Joseph (Metuchen)||6-2||7||
Junior guard Marques Townes poured in 31 points, including the 1,000th of his career, last Saturday to spark an 82-66 win over No. 14 St. Peter's Prep. Kentucky-bound junior Karl Towns collected 16 points and 17 rebounds.
The Highwaymen had a seven-game winning streak snapped by powerhouse St. Benedict's, 86-64, last Sunday despite gutty performances by Joel Hernandez (24 points, 7 rebounds), Shaakir Lindsey (18 points) and Caesar DeJesus (12).
Freshman point guard Bryce Aiken (14.2 ppg., 8 apg.) continues to surprise with his poised floor direction while the Lions await the return of star forward Jermaine Lawrence from injury. Matt Zignorski can hurt teams from the perimeter.
The Red Raiders look to reignite their offense tonight against Seton Hall Prep after being shut down by No. 1 St. Anthony, 35-15, on Sunday. Ismael Sanogo and Stephen McNair lead East Side.
Senior Rob Ukawuba (18.1 ppg.) paces a smart, balanced offense that collects its bounty through patience and tough defense. The Bears are giving up just 43.8 ppg. this season.
|12||Seton Hall Prep||6-2||12||
Senior Spencer Weisz (17.1 ppg.) and freshman Temple Gibbs (14.2) look to revive the Pirates tonight against No. 10 East Side following their 80-61 loss over the weekend to No. 4 Roselle Catholic.
Rashard Figures and Chris Myers scored 19 points each Saturday in a 75-64 upset over then-No. 14 Don Bosco Prep and senior Jaimik Moore erupted the following day with a career-high 35 points to fuel a 77-57 win over Medford Tech.
Versatile guard Rakwan Kelly and hard-working forwards Tyree Sykes and Dwayne Merrill lead the Terriers through a rough three-game stretch against Bloomfield, Shabazz and Newark East Side.
Guards Jetor Brown and Thomas Rivera lead the fast-paced, high-pressure Ghosts.