Minnesota-bound guard Jamir Harris surpassed 1,000 career points Saturday with a team-high 17 points to spark a 65-42 win over Mater Dei. His range, Nick Richard's skillful activity inside and Jordan Walker's overall playmaking has the Celtics clicking in the new year. They'll want all elements working Saturday vs. St. Anthony at the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. Next: @ Plainfield (Jan. 10, 7 p.m.)
The Friars passed a big test Sunday when R.J. Cole dropped in 24 points, Alexander Rice scored 10 and the defense responded in the clutch to outlast prep power Blair, 52-48. St. Anthony has two more big exams this week with Ranney Tuesday and No. 1 Patrick School 5:45 Saturday at the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. Next: Ranney, Boardwalk Showcase at Brookdale C.C. (Jan. 10, 6 p.m.)
The Lions look to rebound behind Nate Pierre-Louis, Naz Reid and Raheem Carter after dropping consecutive games to Green Forest (Va.) and DeMatha (Md.) at a tournament in West Virginia. Reid averaged 16.5 points in those two battles. Next: St. Mary (Eliz.) (Jan. 10, 7 p.m.)
Moses Brown had a game-high 20 points, Khalid Moore added 17 points as the Stanners completed an outstanding weekend by defeating previously unbeaten Queens High School of Teaching, 92-60, in a non-league game at the Apparel Challenge. Molloy rallied on Friday night to record a78-67 home win over Christ the King. Next: @ No. 10 Bishop Loughlin (Jan. 10, 4 p.m.)
Junior Tavon Jones struck for 21 points in a hard-fought, 75-62 loss to top-ranked Patrick School, and then paced a more balanced attack in victories over Plainfield and Pope John. Khalief Crawford and Marcellus Livingston both have been proving their veteran status. Next: @ Union (Jan. 10, 4 p.m.)
The Railsplitters had a quiet week as the only scheduled game on Thursday ended in a forfeit victory over Brooklyn Collegiate. Lincoln will have two games against PSAL Brooklyn AA division rivals Boys and Girls, South Shore along with a non-league matchup at home Sunday against Iona Prep. Next: No. 18 Iona Prep (Jan. 15, 5 p.m.)
In between lopsided victories against Asbury Park and Henry Hudson, the Seraphs were dispensed a dose of pain in a 65-42 loss to No. 1 Patrick School. Princeton-bound Elijah Barnes led his club against Pat’s with 11 points and then produced a double-double against Henry Hudson. Next: @ St. Rose (Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m.)
Donatas Kupsas had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Chris Coalmon had 13 points and three assists, Brandon Jacobs had 13 points and eight assists and Harrison Warnock added 12 points in an 80-53 win over Cardozo in the Apparel Challenge. Next: @ No. 19 Archbishop Stepinac (Jan. 14, 3 p.m.)
Elijah Olaniyi averaged 18 points and Hassan Ceesay was at 17 to spark victories against Central and University to give the Red Raiders a 5-0 mark thus far against Brick City competition. Sophomore Anas Amos is a steady backcourt presence. Next: West Side (Jan. 10, 4 p.m.)
Markquis Nowell was tone of the stars Sunday at the Apparel Challenge with 24 points and knocked down four 3-pointers to help the Lions take a 94-77 victory over Thomas Jefferson in a non-league contest held at Christ the King High School. It’s a big week for the Lions with league games against Molloy, St. Raymond and next Sunday at Christ the King. Next: No. 4 Archbishop Molloy (Jan 10, 4 p.m.)
Junior guard Jahvon Qunerly has averaged 22 points and almost six assists in his last four games, including a 28-point outburst Sunday to pace a 60-46 win over St. Peter's Prep. Tyheem Burno has been supplying exceptional defense out of the backcourt. Next: Bayonne (Jan. 10, 7 p.m.)
Isaiah Washington scored his 1,000th career point on Sunday afternoonwhile adding a game-high 32 points to power the Ravens to a 73-68 victory over Mount St. Michael on Sunday. The Ravens completed a sweep of CHSAA Class AA teams including highly ranked Iona Prep and Cardinal Hayes. Next: No. 10 Bishop Loughlin (Jan 13, 7:30 p.m.)
The Crusaders have won seven straight games with a balanced attack that features Gabe Stefanini's playmaking, the perimeter range of Thomas Binelli and Doug Edert and the tough overall leadership of Taj Benning. Bergen eyes a high-charged encounter Friday against Don Bosco. Next: Queen of Peace (Jan. 10, 7 p.m.)
Jose Alvarado scored 17 points and earned his 1,000th career point as the Royals earned a 61-53 victory over Wings Academy in the finale of the third annual Apparel Challenge held in Middle Village. Jaylen Davis, a sophomore, also added 17 points for the Royals. Next: Mount St. Michael (Jan. 10, 4 p.m.)
Charlie Bagin and Manley Dorme each delivered several clutch plays Thursday in a 48-45 win over St. Joseph (Mont.), and Marcellus Earlington, Ronald Harper and Chris Lovisolo delivered repeatedly the next day in a 66-57 victory against Immaculate Conception. Next: @ Passaic (Jan. 10, 4 p.m.)
The Tigers had its unbeaten run come to an end on Sunday afternoon by Archbishop Molloy in a 92-60 defeat held at the Apparel Challenge from Christ the King High School. William Ennis had 18 points and senior guard CJ Kelly added 16 points. Next: No. 8 Long Island Lutheran, MLK Classic @ Lincoln H.S. (Jan. 15, 3:30 p.m.)
The Cardinals lost its third game in a row on Friday afternoon by falling to host St. Raymond, 73-56 in a CHSAA Class AA Archdiocesan division game. Cardinal Hayes had previously lost to Hillhouse and All Hallows. Next: No. 19 Archbishop Stepinac (Jan 10, 4:30 p.m.)
The Gaels were beaten by St. Raymond for the second time this season last Tuesday. Iona looked strong in two-plus quarters on Friday at home against Stepinac before the game was suspended because of a leak in the roof. The game will resume on Friday with the Gaels leading 39-34.
The Crusaders got a big boost on Friday night when Alan Griffin returned from injury, just in time for their highly-anticipated meeting with Iona Prep. Stepinac got by without Griffin, who averages 18 points per game, in a decisive win on St. Frances on Tuesday. Jorden Means had 12 points and Ed Minaya added 11.
Any questions raised about the Knights following their 2-2 trip to Hawaii were answered this week. Mount Vernon is just fine. The Class AA favorite defeated league rivals New Rochelle and Mamaroneck behind Greg Calixte, who averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds in the two contests.