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.
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.
Jon Severe scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Royals over Xaverian Sunday in Bay Ridge. Next: St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)
The red-hot Lions won their ninth straight game Saturday, beating Fordham Prep, 67-45, in The Bronx. Next: @ Holy Cross (Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.)
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.
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.
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 Cardinals closed out strong, outscoring Stepinac 28-13 in a 66-51 win in White Plains Friday night. Next: @ Iona Prep (Tuesday, 4 p.m.)
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).
Elijah Davis had 20 points and Isaiah Whitehead had 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 73-62 win over No. 5 South Shore. Next: @ Grady (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
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.
The Crusaders are coming off wins against Transit Tech and Chaminade last week.
After a tough loss at Lincoln, the Vikings rebounded to pull out dramatic OT wins against Jefferson and Wings. Next: No. 11 Transit Tech (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
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.
The return of Brandon Martin from suspension gave the Knights a much-needed boost in the paint. His play was the difference in Sunday’s win over Bishop Kearney at West Point.
Jaquan Lynch had 25 points and Michael Watson added 19 points in a 91-89 overtime home loss to No. 5 South Shore. Next: @ George Westinghouse (Tuesday, 5 p.m.)
After rallying to beat St. Francis Prep, the Clippers fell at home to Christ the King, 62-50, Sunday afternoon. Next: @ No. 13 Archbishop Molloy (Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.)
The Crusaders round out the Top 20 having won five in a row dating back to 2012.
A defining fourth-quarter rally on Saturday night at Paterson Kennedy’s New Year’s Resolution lifted the Bulldogs to a 66-60 victory over Bishop Ford of New York. Zaire O’Neil collected 25 points and 14 rebounds, Doniyah Cliney pumped in 23 points, De’Ashia Jones ripped down 16 boards and Shabazz used a 23-12 surge over the closing eight minutes to pull out the triumph.
Another week, another incredible Saniya Chong performance. This time, Chong put up 46 points in an 89-84 over NYC powerhouse Christ the King in front of UConn coach Geno Auriemma. She had 29 points in the fourth quarter and hit every big free throw down the stretch.
Boston College-bound senior guard Kelly Hughes, who is scoring at a robust 25.3 clip, is the face of the Panthers’ program, but fellow seniors Kerry Malleck and Jess Macchi are at its soul. The two are fierce competitors on the boards, staunch defenders and unselfish with the basketball.
The Stanners had a strong weekend, beating Archbishop Wood (PA) and Franklin (NJ). Next: @ No. 4 Christ the King (Thursday, 5:30 p.m.)
The wealth of talented guards that maneuver in the backcourt would give the impression there’s just not enough room for all to thrive. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Balancing the floor and dispersing the basketball with confidence is what makes Caroline Corcoran, Mary Kate Caverly, Alex Alfano and Alex Barazotti such a cohesive unit. Their bond within the offense is only trumped by their collective grit on defense, where the Caseys are limiting opponents to just 37.4 points per game.
Naz had a successful weekend at the New Years Resolution, defeating Willingboro (NJ) and Archbishop Williams (MA). Next: @ No. 10 The Mary Louis Academy (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
The Falcons nearly pulled off a massive win, but fell just short against Shabazz (NJ), 66-60 at the New Years Resolution. Next: No. 9 Bishop Loughlin (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
The LAdy Friars are coming off a win against Spring-Ford in the NY/Philly challenge last weekend.
Kollyns Scarbrough exploded for 32 points and Sierra Calhoun added 30, but the Royals lost at Ossining, 89-84. Next: @ No. 11 St. Francis Prep (Tuesday, 5:45 p.m.)
The Knights remain the measuring stick in Somerset County and made a case for similar status on a statewide level. After disposing of St. John Vianney to end 2012, Gill St. Bernard’s notched another big victory on Friday when it handed No. 5 Immaculate Heart its first loss, 59-54, at the SFIC Festival. Junior guards Jasmine Sina, Trevena Bennett and Taylor Rooks orchestrated the win, combining for 51 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, six steals and four blocks.
There was plenty to be gained for the Blue Eagles in that loss to fourth-ranked Gill St. Bernard’s. Junior guard Lindsey Rogers confirmed the value of moving off the ball by depositing a season-best 18 points on a number of weakside layups set up masterfully off the dribble penetration of senior guard Samantha Wilkes, who handed out six assists to go with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Injuries to senior Kat Egan and freshman Emily Uribe will tax the Lady Lancers’ depth moving forward. They provided a glimpse of how they plan to respond to the adversity, playing scrappy basketball into the fourth quarter before eventually bowing to prep power Life Center on Saturday, 61-49, at the New Year’s Resolution. Freshman point guard Kelly Campbell scored 15 and junior sharpshooter Jackie Gallagher connected on three 3-pointers en route to 12 points.
A stout defense (37.4 ppg.) must maintain that stingy level on Tuesday night when the Bulldogs host No. 3 Red Bank Catholic. Faced with an opponent that equally values the principles of resistance, Rumson can take solace in having someone running the point the caliber of senior Jess Harvey, who keeps everyone involved and is averaging 11 points per game over the last four contests.
South Shore beat Truman, Albany and Banneker in a four-day span. Next: Wings Academy (Friday, 5 p.m.)
Wagner-bound Jasmine Nwajei had a team-high 21 points to pace the Lady Blazers to a lopsided win over Manhattan Center. Next: John F. Kennedy (Wednesday, 5 p.m.)
This is the lull period for the Bulldogs. They just faced Ossining last week and face them again in the final game of the regular season. Irvington beat Woodlands without its star Imani Tilford, and has Pearl River, Ardsley, Woodlands and Dobbs Ferry in the coming weeks. If the Bulldogs bring their A game, there shouldn’t be any trouble.
Following a win against Pennsylvania's Archbishop Ryan the Gaels prepare for a meeting with fellow Catholic League opponent St. Anthony's.
The Crusaders are riding a two-game losing streak following losses to ranked teams St. Anthony's and Irvington
Kristen Olsen suffered a knee injury in a 51-42 loss to H.D. Woodson (DC) at the New Years Resolution. Next: CHIHS/McCown (Wednesday, 6 p.m.)
The Crusaders have bounced back strong from their loss to undefeated Mercy.