Tri-State Top 20 boys basketball poll (2/21)

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Tue, Feb 21, 2017 11:31 AM — @News12Varsity

Updated Tue, Feb 21, 2017 6:30 PM

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

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
1
19-3
1

Senior guard Khalief Crawford averaged 27 points and junior guard Tavon Jones was at 18 to help the Tigers pick up victories against Elizabeth and Union. Linden now sets its sights on a second Union County Tournament crown in the last three years. Next: St. Mary in Union County Tournament semifinals at Kean University (Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.)

 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
2
20-4
2

The Celtics stepped into the Union County Tournament semifinals with a decisive quarterfinal win over Rahway, led by C.J. Wilcher (season-high 17 points), Nick Richards, Jordan Walker and Marcus McClary. They now seek a third victory this season against Roselle Catholic. Next: Roselle Catholic in Union County Tournament semifinals at Kean University (Feb. 21, 6 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
3
14-9
3

Balanced efforts from Nate Pierre-Louis, Naz Reid, Raheem Carter and Kahlil Whitney guided the Lions to easy wins against Plainfield and Scotch Plains-Fanwood. There is far more difficult terrain ahead with the Patrick School. Next: Patrick School in Union County Tournament semifinals at Kean University (Feb. 21, 6 p.m.)

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
4
22-1
4

Senior guard Chris Paul erupted for a career-high 26 points  to lead a 67-57 win over St. Joseph in the Bergen Jamboree semifinals, and followed it up the next day with 19 points to spur a 68-57 win over Our Savior New American. Marcellus Earlington averaged 12.5 ppg. in the wins.    Next: Bergen Catholic in Bergen County Jamboree final at FDU Rothman Center (Feb. 24, 7 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
5
21-3
12

The Knights prepped well for their Somerset County final appearance Saturday with a 48-37 upset over St. Anthony on Monday. Alex Schachne struck for 15 points and Paul Mulcahy had 14 to lead the way. Next: Rutgers Prep in Somerset County Tournament final at Franklin HS (Feb. 25, 3 p.m.)

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
6
19-4
5

After posting one-point victories over St. Augustine and Camden behind late heroics from R.J. Cole and Alexander Rice, the Friars' magic ran out against Gill St. Bernard's Monday in a 48-37 loss. Cole produced 19  points in that contest. Next: Bishop Eustace (Feb. 24, 6 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
7
19-3
6

Brandon Jacobs had 16 points and six assists, Chris Coalmon had 16 points, Pietro Giovanardi and Donatas Kupsas had nine points each and Essam Mostafa had seven points and 10 rebounds in a 78-37 win over Brooklyn Law and Tech. Next: WHEELS (Feb. 24, 7 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
8
Lincoln (NYC)
25-3
7

Michael Reid scored 20 points and the Railsplitters displayed a stingy defense on Saturday to repeat as PSAL Brooklyn borough champions in a 74-46 victory over South Shore at Queens College. Lincoln earned the top seed in the PSAL Class AA playoffs. Next: TBA in PSAL Class AA playoffs (Mar. 1 or 2, TBA)


 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
9
17-7
10

Cole Anthony knocked down two clutch free throws with 0.9 left in the fourth quarter to help the visiting Stanners defeat Christ the King 68-66 and capture the Brooklyn/Queens Class AA regular season title on February 14. Next: Holy Cross in CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan semifinals (Feb. 22, 6 p.m.)

 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
10
18-5
8

The Lions ended the Brooklyn/Queens Class AA regular season on a high note by picking up its fifth win a row by defeating Holy Cross, 87-58, on Valentine’s Day. University of Cincinnati bound Keith Williams received the CHSAA Class AA Most Valuable Player Award. Next: Christ the King in Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan semifinals (Feb. 22, 7:45 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
11
16-8
9

The Royals scored seven straight points to start the second half and eventually pulled away for a 73-52 victory over Xaverian in the opening round of the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens diocesan playoffs on Monday night. Kofi Cockburn had 19 points along with Jose Alvarado contributing with 14 points. Next: Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan semifinals (Feb. 22, 7:45 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
12
17-8
13

Elijah Buchanan, who earned CHSAA Class AA all-league first team honors, scored a game-high 24 points to help the Mountaineers upend Iona Prep, 54-49, in the CHSAA Archdiocesan quarterfinals held Sunday at St. Raymond High School. Next: All Hallows in CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinals (Feb. 21, 7:45 p.m.)


 

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Team
Rec
LW
Comments
13
16-9
16

Stepinac dropped two of three to end the regular season, but the Crusaders pulled out a quarterfinal victory in the CHSAA Archdiocesan playoffs on Sunday. Senior Makai Johnson scored 15 points in the 62-56 victory over St. Peter’s of Staten Island. Next: Monsignor Scanlon in CHSAA Archdiocesan semifinals (Feb. 21, 6 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
14
21-3
15

The Hawks rolled into the Hudson County Tournament semifinals with a 103-57 win over Hoboken in the quarterfinals. They seek a sixth straight title behind the play of Jahvon Quinerly, Luther Muhammad, Louis King and Danny Rodriguez. Next: Lincoln in Hudson County Tournament semifinals (Feb. 22, 7 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
15
22-3
17

Elijah Barnes, Kenny Jones, Elijah Mitchell and Kyle Cardaci all filled the stat sheets amply to lead the Seraphs to Shore Conference Tournament victories over Red Bank Catholic and Manasquan. Next: Toms River North in Shore Conference Tournament semifinals at Pine Belt Arena (Feb. 21, 6 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
16
20-5
18

Chauncey Hawkins scored 22 points and made clutch shots throughout the game, but they weren't enough to overcome a well-balanced  Don Bosco club Sunday in the Bergen Jamboree semifinals, 67-57. Joseph Radi and Isaac Hippolyte each had 11  points in the loss. Next: Delbarton in North Jersey, Non-Public A first round (March 2, 7 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
17
15-5
19

Mount Vernon had a tough challenge from Ossining in the Section 1 Class AA first round, but the Knights pulled away in the second half to earn an 85-64 victory. Jason Douglas-Stanley scored 21 points and Eric Monroe chipped in with 19 points for MV. Next: R.C. Ketcham in Section 1 AA quarterfinals (Feb. 24, 5 p.m.)

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
18
Wings Academy (NYC)
22-3
NR

Elijah Chapman (10 points) knocked down the go-ahead 3-point basket with 59 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help Wings earn its fifth consecutive Bronx borough championship by defeating Eagle Academy, 59-56, on Saturday at Queens College. Jose Perez scored 21 points for Wings. Next: TBA in PSAL Class AA playoffs (Mar. 1 or 2, TBA)

 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
19
20-5
11

The Crusaders rebounded from a loss to St. Joseph Regional to top Bergen Tech and Teaneck en route to the Bergen Jamboree final. Gabe Stefanini averaged 23 points and Taj Benning 20 in the two victories. Doug Edert was a deadly perimeter presence against Teaneck. Next: Don Bosco Prep in Bergen County Jamboree final at FDU Rothman Center (Feb. 24, 7 p.m.)
 

Rank
Team
Rec
LW
Comments
20
John Bowne (NYC)
21-6
NR

Sophomore guard Alejandro Vasquez powered the Wildcats with a game-high 37 points as John Bowne earned its first PSAL Queens borough championship in a 66-63 victory over Queens High School of Teaching Saturday at Queens College. Christian Hinckson added 11 points with 10 rebounds. Next: TBA in PSAL Class AA playoffs (Mar. 1 or 2, TBA)

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