NJ BOYS HOOPS ROUNDUP
Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase: Sunday, Dec. 17
Gill St. Bernard's 68, Shawnee 46: Junior guard Paul Mulcahy paced a balanced effort for No. 4 Gill St. Bernard's (2-0) with 18 points, eight rebounds and eight assists at Caldwell University's Newman Center. Senior forward Brad Bunschuh produced a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds and senior guard Alex Schachne also finished with 14 points. The Knights opened a 17-10 lead in the first quarter and stretched it to 39-17 by the half.
Mulcahy had steered the Knights to a 97-48 win over North Hunterdon Friday with 24 points, while William Soucie connected for 16 and William Yarbrough had 15 in that game. Mulcahy earned Second Team All-New Jersey honors last year when he helped Gill win its third consecutive Somerset County Tournament title and reach the semifinals in South Jersey, Non-Public B.
Mater Dei 56, St. Mary (Eliz.) 55: Yasin Pretlow banked in a floater from the key as the buzzer sounded to rally ninth-ranked Mater Dei (2-0) in Caldwell. Replays of that shot suggest strongly that Pretlow may have released the ball just after time had expired, yet it was ruled good despite the protests of St. Mary coaches.
Pretlow, a senior guard, pumped in 21 points to lead the Seraphs, followed by Kenneth Jones with 14 and Kyle Cardaci with 11. Papie Roberts scored 16 points, Jay'von Jackson had 13 and Robert Scott 10 for 11th-ranked St. Mary (1-1).
Linden 50, Bergen Catholic 44: Senior guard Tavon Jones netted 15 points and pulled down seven rebounds and Mikey Watkins chipped in with 12 points for Linden, which snapped a 35-35 tie in the fourth quarter in Caldwell. Jones, a First Team All-New Jersey pick as a junior, was hot off a 32-point outing that sent the seventh-ranked Tigers (2-0) to a 67-32 victory over Westfield on Friday.
Junior guard Doug Edert scored 19 points and senior forward Zachary Freemantle closed with 16 for No. 12 Bergen Catholic (1-1). Freemantle had knocked down 27 points in the Crusaders' season-opening 78-44 win over DePaul.
Don Bosco Prep 78, Newark East Side 73: Senior forward Marcellus Earlington erupted with 12 of his career-high 35 points to spark a 24-13 third-quarter run that gave the sixth-ranked Ironmen (2-0) a 59-52 lead. The 2017 All-Stater also grabbed 12 rebounds in the game. Ronald Harper scored 23 points and Matt Herasme added 13 for Don Bosco.
East Side (1-1) fell short in the second half, but did demonstrate a sense of balance that is sure to serve the Raiders well during the course of the season. DeAndre Speight tossed in a team-high 14 points while also collecting 12 rebounds, Jahid Jenkins and Shamir Johnson chipped in with 13 points each, Mikah Johnson Jr. had 12 and Anas Amos 11.