Tri-State Top 20 boys basketball poll (2/14)

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Tue, Feb 14, 2017 12:43 PM — @News12Varsity

Updated Tue, Feb 14, 2017 6:31 PM

Tri-State Top 20 boys basketball poll as of Feb. 13

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Team
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Comments
Rank
Team
Rec
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1
17-3
1

Steady scoring sources Tavon Jones and Khalief Crawford pumped in 20 points and 16 points, respectively, and point guard Joey Krempa stepped away from his facilitator role to bury a couple big 3-pointers as the Tigers began their week with a 64-58 win over No. 3 Roselle Catholic. That was Linden’s second victory this season against the Lions. Next: Union County Tournament quarterfinals (Feb. 18, TBD)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
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2
19-4
2

Jamir Harris knocked down six shots from 3-point range and Valdir Manuel scored a season-high 16 points to direct the Celtics past Archbishop Molloy Sunday at the Prime Time Shootout in Roselle. Kentucky-bound Nick Richards chipped in with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Next: Union County Tournament quarterfinals (Feb. 18, TBD)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
3
12-9
6

Junior forward Nazi Reid exploded with 36 points and 18 rebounds Sunday to lift the Lions past Montclair Immaculate, 86-74, and rebound from back-to-back losses against No. 1 Linden and national powerhouse Montverde (Fla.). Temple-bound guard Nate Pierre-Louis played a significant hand in the win with 23 points. Next: Union County Tournament quarterfinals (Feb. 18, TBD)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
4
20-1
7

Marcellus Earlington collected 15 points and six rebounds, Ronald Harper had 14 points and nine boards and Charlie Bagin 11 points, seven rebounds Sunday to carry the Ironmen past Old Tappan, 57-37, in the Bergen County Jamboree quarterfinals. Bosco's winning streak reached 11 games. Next: @ DePaul (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
5
16-4
10

Howard-bound point guard R.J. Cole averaged 23 points and seven assists and Nigel Marshall, Alexander Rice and Ithiel Horton all played strong supporting roles in the Friars' victories over New York rivals Long Island Lutheran and Lincoln. A South Jersey power is next on St. Anthony's grueling schedule. Next: St. Augustine (Feb. 14, 5:15 p.m.)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
6
19-3
5

The Crusaders opened the week with a tough six-point loss at St. Anthony, but rallied to beat Wadleigh and Lawrence Woodmere Academy. Brandon Jacobs had 24 points and Essam Mustafa added 11 points in the victory over LWA. Next: Brooklyn Law and Tech (Feb. 18, 4 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
7
Lincoln (NYC)
22-3
4

The Railsplitters had only trailed by five points, but St. Anthony used a strong defensive display in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 67-53 victory at the Metro Classic. Donald Cannon-Flores scored 25 points as Lincoln is the top seed in the PSAL Brooklyn borough playoffs. Next: Eagle Academy II, Brooklyn borough playoffs (Feb. 14, 5 p.m.)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
8
17-5
8

University of Cincinnati-bound Keith Williams helped inspire a second half comeback with 29 points and 11 rebounds as the hosts defeated Iona Prep, 67-62 on Friday night. The Lions continued its winning ways Sunday with an 81-66 win over Xaverian. Next: @ Holy Cross (Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
9
16-7
9

The Royals had an outstanding shooting performance Sunday by converting 17 made three-point baskets in a 83-68 road win over St. Raymond in the Bronx. Jose Alvarado had six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points along with Tyson Walker adding 20 points. Next: No. 10 Archbishop Molloy (Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.)
 

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Team
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LW
Comments
10
16-7
3

The Stanners struggled last week initially falling at home to Archbishop Stepinac, 74-69, in a CHSAA Class AA league game on February 7. Moses Brown scored a team-high 19 points, but it was not enough as the Patrick School went on to win 73-59 at the Primetime Shootout held Sunday night at Roselle Catholic H.S. Next: @ No. 9 Christ the King (Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
11
18-4
13

The Crusaders conducted a foot race against Hackensack Sunday in the Bergen Jamboree quarterfinals and cruised into the semis behind Taj Benning (25 points), Gabriel Stefanini (24) and Matt Zona (13). Bergen makes an important pit stop before continuing in the Jambo. Next: @ No. 18 St. Joseph (Mont.) (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.)
 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
12
19-3
15

The Knights had a 13-game winning streak snapped by national power Oak Hill Academy (Va.) Sunday at the Prime Time Shootout, but did plenty to feel good about upcoming county and state tournament games. Paul Mulcahy, Alex Schachne and Michael Morreale continue to lead the way. Next: Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals (Feb. 16, TBD)
 

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Team
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LW
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13
16-7
11

Senior forward Elijah Buchanan scored a game-high 28 points along with eight rebounds to help the Mountaineers record a 75-64 road win over Archbishop Stepinac Friday. Jacob Rodriguez added 20 points with 12 rebounds as Mount earned its second win this season against the Crusaders. Next: @ No. 14 Cardinal Hayes (Feb. 14, 4 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
14
16-7
14

Joe Toussaint lead the way with 24 points, but the Cardinals could not rally from a 13-point halftime deficit on Saturday as visiting Albany Academy earned a 77-69 non-league victory in the Bronx. The Cardinals had previously defeated All Hallows, 62-54, on Friday in a CHSAA Class AA league game. Next: No. 13 Mount St. Michael (Feb. 14, 4 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
15
20-3
19

Junior guard Jahvon Quinerly netted a career-high 32 points and even dished out seven assists as the Hawks claimed a sixth straight win with a 79-53 decision over Trenton Catholic Saturday at the Metro Classic at Kean. Louis King provided interior balance with 21 points. Next: Hudson County Tournament quarterfinals (Feb. 18, TBD)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
16
15-8
12

The Crusaders are trying to avoid a late season stumble but enter Tuesday's season finale with All Hallows off back to back losses. Stepinac was beaten at home in the past week by Mount St. Michael and Scanlan, marking the first time it lost consecutive games since mid-December. They need a win on Tuesday and a Hayes loss to win a league title. Next: All Hallows (Feb. 14, 6 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
17
20-3
20

Senior forward Elijah Barnes averaged 19.3 points and 9.5 rebounds and Kenny Jones and Yasim Pretlow provided steady help to send the Seraphs to victories against St. Rose, Point Pleasant Beach and East Orange. Their winning streak is at 11 games. Next: Shore Conference Tournament Round of 16 (Feb. 16, TBD)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
18
19-4
18

Durable senior guard Chauncey Hawkins scored 20 points and also grabbed nine rebounds to steer the defending-champion Green Knights to a hard-earned, 57-49 win over Pascack Hills Sunday in the Bergen County Jamboree quarterfinals. Isaac Hippolyte and Joseph Radi combined for 26 points in the triumph. Next: No. 11 Bergen Catholic (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
19
14-5
NR

The Knights closed out their regular season with wins over Wadleigh and Mamaroneck and enter the Section 1 tournament as the top seed and heavy favorites in Class AA. They'll look to avenge last year's disappointment of losing in the final to Fox Lane. Next: Section 1 playoffs, TBA (2/18, TBA)

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
20
17-4
NR

The Flyers continue to roll, beating Kellenberg 61-39 for their 15th consecutive win. Kyle Murphy had 14 points and Michael O’Connell added 10 points and five assists in the victory. Next: @ Holy Trinity (Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m.)

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