No. 1 The Patrick School (28-4) vs. No. 3 Don Bosco Prep (30-1)
Date: Monday, March 20, 8:15 p.m.
Location: Sun National Bank Arena, Trenton
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News12Varsity Tri-State Rankings: Patrick School No. 1, Don Bosco Prep No. 3
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Don Bosco Prep (30-1)
Def. Linden, 65-58, in T of C semifinals. Ronald Harper set the defensive tone for the Ironmen with three blocks, four rebounds and a steal the first quarter and the junior also finished with 17 points Sunday night in Toms River. Marcellus Earlington erupted for 12 of his 23 points in the third quarter as Don Bosco opened a 37-34 lead with a 17-14 showing. Chris Paul scored 12 points for the Ironmen, seven in the fourth quarter.
Def. Verona, 61-51,in T of C quarterfinals. Reserve swing Matt Herasme scored nine of his 11 points and grabbed four rebounds in the second half to help the Ironmen rally to a 61-51 victory on Friday. Marcellus Earlington led Don Bosco with 19 points, though sat for an extended period in that second half after drawing his fourth foul.
Def. St. Augustine, 69-66, in Non-Public A final. The Ironmen, who were soundly beaten by St. Augustine in the final last year, charged to a 33-16 lead in the opening half, but had to fend off a furious fourth-quarter rally effort by the Hermits.
Senior point guard Charlie Bagin paced Don Bosco in that final period with eight of his 19 points, all from the foul line. Marcellus Earlington recorded 16 points and eight rebounds and Ronald Harper and Chris Lovisolo each tossed in 10 points to lead the way for the Ironmen.
Def. Bergen Catholic, 60-59, in North Jersey, Non-Public A final. Ronald Harper led way with 20 points
Def. St. Joseph (Mont.), 43-40, in NJ,NP-A semifinals. Marcellus Earlington paced offense with 15 points
Def. DePaul, 85-52, in NJ,NP-A quarterfinals Marcellus Earlington scored 22 points, Ronald Harper with 19
Def. Teaneck, 64-45, in T of C semifinals. Nick Richards dropped in 14 of his 26 points and grabbed eight of his 11 rebounds in the second half to help the Celtics pull away from a 33-31 lead after one half in Toms River. The Kentucky-bound forward had pumped in nine points in the opening quarter, but his club's defense allowed Teaneck guards Leondre Washington and Corey Gordon to keep the game close with their dribble penetration and off-ball cuts. Senior point guard Jordan Walker scored six of his 14 points in the third quarter to help fuel a 17-9 effort for Pat's.
Def. Hudson Catholic, 65-48, in Non-Public B final. The Celtics clicked in all areas to open a 12-point lead at the half and go on to win March 11 in Toms River. Jamir Harris caused damage from the perimeter with seven 3-pointers and a game-high 23 points, Jordan Walker connected for 15 points and facilitated another 24 with his 12 assists, and Nick Richards helped organize that strong start against the Hawks with 10 of his 12 points. The Patrick School helped force 22 turnovers
Def, Roselle Catholic, 71-62, in South Jersey, NP-B final.Nick Richards erupted for 28 points and 11 rebounds to steer Celtics to fourth win this season over the Lions
Def. Ranney, 66-56, in So. Jersey, NP-B semifinals. Vladir Manuel scored 16 points to lead four scorers in double fugures
Def. Mater Dei, 61-34, in So. Jersey, NP-B quarterfinals. Jamir Harris scored 16 points and Jordan Walker had nine points and seven assist to lead the way
Def. St. Joseph (Hamm.), 73-32, in So. Jersey, NP-B first round. Marcus McClary had 11 points, and the Celtics bench enjoyed extended playing time in this romp
PROBABLE STARTING LINEUPS
Don Bosco Prep
Marcellus Earlington, 6-5 Jr. F (16.3 ppg.) Exhibits excellent footwork in the post, an ability to stick the jumper and the same fierce will, possession by possession, that makes him one of the top '18 defensive ends in the Northeast. Recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds Friday in first-round win over Verona
Chris Paul, 6-6 Sr. G (10.9 ppg.) Often the Ironmen's early-game catalyst with his defensive energy, rebounding and his smooth finishing skills on the open floor. He scored n double figures in two of the last four games.
Ronald Harper, 6-4 Jr. G/F (10 ppg.) Reached double figures in four of the five state tournament games and made significant, momentum-swinging plays in most of them. He battled through a scoreless first two quarters Friday to sink eight points in the Ironmen's second-half rally
Charlie Bagin, 6-0 sr. G (8.1 ppg.) Combination of grit, intelligence and scoring ability whenever points may be needed makes him an unassuming terror for opposing guards. He also is often underrated or his consistent defensive play
Chris Lovisolo, 6-9 Sr. F (6.8 ppg) Both press breaker and halfcourt facilitator with his size and keen passing ability and has knack for hitting 3-pointers that really hurt. Was two of three from 3-point range and also had two assists Friday against Verona
Key Reserves: Manley Dorme, 6-7 Sr. F; Matt Herasme, 6-3. Jr. G/F.
Jamir Harris, 6-2 Sr. G (12.7 ppg.) Minnesota-bound sharpshooter has deposited 15, 3-pointers in five tournament games, but it much more than a deep perimeter threat. Harris provides excellent defense game after game and handles the ball well.
Nick Richards,6-11 Sr. F (12.0 ppg.) This McDonald's All-American has looked the part many times in recent weeks, such as his 24-point, 15-rebound performance against Linden in the Union County Tournament final and a 28-point, 16-rebound outburst against Roselle Catholic in the South Jersey, Non-Public B final.
Jordan Walker, 5-11 Sr. G (11.6 ppg.) It almost never mattered this season who else was up or down as long as WWalker was running the show. He has contributed steady defensive play, proven to be a versatile scorer, and he has had almost no equal this season as a facilitator.
Marcus McClary, 6-3 Sr. G (10.2 ppg.) The veteran guard had only one double-digit outing in the state tournament (11 points against St. Joseph ((Hamm.) in the first round), but has played an important role as a fierce defender and rebounder. The Monmouth-bound guard is a four-year veteran of the program.
Bul Ajang, 6-10 Sr. C (3.6 ppg.) His presence in the low post often discourages ballhandlers from gliding all the way through off the dribble, and that gives the Patrick guards all kinds of defensive liberty on out on the wings. Ajang also passes well to open shooters from the block.
Key Reserves: Vladir Manuel, 6-6 Jr. F (7.5 ppg.); Buay Koka, 7-0 Sr. C; C.J. Wilcher, 6-4 Fr. F
T of C History:
Patrick School: The Celtics claimed T of C titles in 1998, 2003, '06, '07 and '09 when it was known as St. Patrick. They have made seven appearances and hold an overall record of 12-2.
Don Bosco Prep: The Ironmen have never lost a TOC game... because this is Bosco's first trip. The Ironmen are 2-0 after a quarterfinal win over Verona and a semifinal victory against Linden.
KINNEY'S PICK: Patrick School
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