Tri-State Top 20 boys basketball poll (1/3)

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Tue, Jan 3, 2017 12:20 PM — @News12Varsity

Updated Tue, Jan 3, 2017 6:54 PM

Tri-State Top 20 boys basketball poll as of Jan. 2

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3-2
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The Celtics rebounded from two competitive losses at the City of Palms Classic to defeat St. Raymond’s last week, 70-65, with a balanced attack led by senior guards Jamir Harris (16 points) and Marcus McClary (13). Two tough NJ matchups this week with No. 5 Linden Tuesday at Kean University and No. 7 Mater Dei Saturday at Brookdale Community College. Next: No. 5 Linden @ Kean University (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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3-1
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The Lions spun off three dominating victories to open the season before stumbling against Archbishop Wood (Pa.) last Tuesday at the Slam Dunk to the Beach. Senior guard Nate Pierre Louis is averaging 16.7 ppg. and sophomore forward Kahlil Whitney is at 15.5. Next: @ Union Catholic (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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6-0
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Dynamic senior guard R.J. Cole (23.2 ppg.) is the one true link from last season's 32-0 team, so the rest of this offense will be a work in progress in the coming weeks. But the stifling defense that so often identifies a coach Bob Hurley team seems to be intact in these initial weeks. Next: @ Columbia (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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4
10-1
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The Cardinals were able to claw its way back from a 14-point deficitin the fourth quarter but visitors Hillhouse eventually pull off a 71-64 non-league victory in the Bronx on December 30. The Cardinals had previously beaten Ossining and White Plains to earn the Slam Dunk Challenge Tournament championship. Next: All Hallows (Jan 4, 5:30 p.m.)

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4-1
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Tavon Jones, Khalief Crawford, Joey Krempa and Marcellus Livingston are among the several veterans back from the Tigers' Group 4 championship team of a year ago. That lineup also features an exciting addition in 6-0 junior guard Mikey Watkins, a transfer from Union Catholic. Next: No. 1 Patrick School @ Kean University (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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6
Queens HS of Teaching (NYC)
12-0
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The Tigers continued its unbeaten run on December 27 by posting a77-54 victory over visiting Eastmoor Academy (OH) in a non-league boys basketball game. QSHT has big games upcoming on Thursday against Queens AA rivals John Bowne and Sunday against Archbishop Molloy. Next: John Bowne (Jan. 4, 5 p.m.)

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7
Mater Dei (NJ)
6-0
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This athletic lineup features Princeton-bound forward Elijah Barnes and guards Eddie Lewis, Elijah Mitchell and Kenny Jones. That backcourt has depth, speed and a collective distaste for opposing scorers. Next: Asbury Park (Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m.)

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Lincoln (NYC)
11-2
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The Railsplitters fell for the first time this season with two defeatsoccurring over the holidays at the Tournament of Champions held in Wheeler, Georgia. Lincoln did record a 63-61 victory over Miller Grove (GA) on December 29 with all-tournament team honoree Donald Cannon-Flores scoring a game-high 21 points. Next: Brooklyn Collegiate (Jan. 5, 5 p.m.)

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6-2
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The Stanners continued its winning streak at four games by capturingthe Marist Holiday Classic Invitational championship on December 30 by defeating Curtis, 78-67, in Bayonne, New Jersey. Molloy has a big weekend coming up with games against rivals Christ the King and Queens High School of Teaching on Sunday. Next: Christ the King (Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.)

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10
6-0
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Senior forward Elijah Olaniyi averaged 18 points and nine rebounds in three games to direct the Red Raiders to their second straight Newark Public Schools Holiday Tournament title. He dropped in 22 points and Hassan Ceesay added 15 to pace a 69-52 victory over West Side in the final. Next: @ Central (Jan. 5, 4 p.m.)

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11
7-2
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Keith Williams secured All-Tournament honors with a 32-point, 11-rebound performance on December 28 to help the Lions win 82-79 over Paul VI (VA) at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tournament in Lewes, Delaware. Williams scored a tournament high 58 points in two games and helped Bishop Loughlin earn an opening win over Baltimore Poly (MD). Next: No. 13 Long Island Lutheran, Empire Invitational @ Adelphi University (Jan. 7, 3 p.m.)

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12
7-0
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The Hilltoppers ended the year with a 32-30 upset over Hudson Catholic in the Al LoBalbo Classic final and began 2017 with a 64-56 surprise against Gill St. Bernard's Saturday at the New Year's Jump Off. Casmir Ochiaka led the way against Gill with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Next: West Side (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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10-1
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Donatas Kupsas scored 19 points, Chris Coalmon had 14 points and Essam Mostafa added eight points and seven rebounds, earning tournament Most Outstanding Player honors, in a 56-25 win over Dwyer (FL) in the Holiday Classic of the Palm Beaches championship game. Next: No. 11 Bishop Loughlin, Empire Invitational @ Adelphi University (Jan. 7, 3 p.m.)

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14
9-2
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The Gaels reclaim the top spot in the Hudson Valley after getting back on track last week with a Slam Dunk Tournament title. Josh Alexander turned in an MVP effort as Iona beat Byram Hills and Mamaroneck after dropping their previous two contests. Arguably their biggest game of the season is ahead with Stepinac at home on Friday. Next: @ St. Raymond (Jan. 3, 4:15 p.m.)

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15
5-4
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The Crusaders dropped two out of three games at the Battle of the Villages in Florida but were beaten by a total of six points with star guard Alan Griffin missing the tournament with an injury. Stepinac has quality league wins over St. Raymond and Christ the King and has a major test on Friday at rival Iona Prep. Next: St. Francis (Jan. 3, 6 p.m.)

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5-2
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The Hawks rebounded from a Dec. 29 loss to St. Mary (Eliz.) by turning up the defense and defeating Teaneck, 48-39, Saturday at the New Year's Jump Off at Montclair State. Junior guard Jahvon Quinerly created problems all night for Teaneck with 21 points, six rebounds and three steals. Next: North Bergen (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.)

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9-1
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Senior transfer guard Jordan Bryan scored a team-high 17 points with six rebounds to help his team earn a 72-66 victory over Buford (GA) at theArby’s Classic in Bristol. Tennessee on December 31. Boubacar Kamissoko added 15 points to help Wings capture third place in the tournament. Next: @ No. 18 Christ the King (Jan. 8, 7:45 p.m.)

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18
7-3
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The Royals won its third straight game on December 31 to capture theBeach Ball Classic Consolation Championship with a 49-48 victory over Providence (FL). Junior guard Tyson Walker scored 16 points and teammate Kofi Cockburn added 14 points with seven rebounds. Next: @ No. 9 Archbishop Molloy (Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.)

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5-2
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The Knights split their four games in Hawaii and still seem to be figuring things out entering the New Year. Their place in Section 1 hasn’t changed a bit. But they’ll need more consistent play from veterans Noah Morgan and Greg Calixte if they want to beat the elite teams at the Tri-State level. Next: New Rochelle (Jan. 4, 4:15 p.m.)

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20
5-0
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After opening the season with an impressive win over Mount St. Michael, the Bruins cruised to wins over East Meadow, Port Washington and Hempstead before edging Bay Shore, 58-56, in the Baldwin Chanee Brown Christmas tournament. Derrick Ruffin had seven points in the fourth quarter, including a layup with 12 seconds left, and added 12 boards in a 58-56 win over Bay Shore. Next: @ Valley Stream Central (Jan. 4, 6:30 p.m.) 

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