Game 1: Hackensack vs. St. Mary’s Elizabeth
1st Quarter: Quarter closes with St. Mary’s Elizabeth clinging to 4 point advantage. Both teams defense lead the way, with neither team being able to find a rhythm offensively.
St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Papie Roberts – 6
Hackensack: Atiba Taylor: 4
Both teams fly out to a quick second half start, trading buckets to an 18-13 score. Jr. Razeyah Surrell is using great length and athleticism to rebound and get to the rim in transition. Both teams using a variety of pressure defense to keep their opponents off balance. St. Mary’s Elizabeth is making Hackensack star Atiba Taylor work for everything, they are picking him up full court, and hard hedging every screen, but taylor is doing a good job staying aggressive.
Hackensack has St. Mary’s Elizabeth with a tricky 1-3-1 zone. Senior Ahmad St. Fluer doing a good job getting this team in gaps and attacking the zone.
A scrappy competitive 2nd quarter as the Hilltoppers of St. Mary’s Elizabeth hits a HUGE 3 at the buzzer
St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jayvon Jackson – 10 pts
Hackensack: Atiba Taylor – 11pts
2nd Half is underway here at the Hoop Group New Jersey Tip-Off! The Hilltoppers duo of Casmir Ochiaka and Calistus Anyichie are starting to make their presence felt. With both of them contributing a layup and a rebound in the early going. Hackensack is beginning to shrink the size of their zone to match the Hi-Lo match up of Ochiaka and Anyichie.
Hackensack moving to a 2-2-1 zone press to try and speed up this St. Mary’s Elizabeth team. Jay’Von Jackson steady going guard play has helped the Hilltoppers extend their lead to 15 half way through the 3rd.
Coach Colette going with a line up of all guards to combat Hackensack’s pressure. They take care of the ball and head into the 4th quarter with a 16 point advantage.
St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jay’Von Jackson- 15 points
Hackensack: Atiba Taylor – 11 points
The 4th quarter begins as the Hilltoppers hold on to a commanding 16 point lead. The strong guard play of Jay’Von Jackson has been a huge factor in the success of St. Mary’s Elizabeth. The 6’3 junior has rebounded the ball, handled pressure, and even taken a big charge this afternoon!
Hackensack is not quitting, two steals converted on the other end cut the lead to 12. But long efficient possessions from the Hilltoppers aren’t leaving much chance for the comets to mount a legitimate comeback. A
The day has started with a competitive game, with two teams battling till the end regardless of score. But a state stuffing game from Jay’Von Jackson plus an impressive display of team defense has lead St. Mary’s Elizabeth to a 21 point win against Hackensack
Final Score: 61-40
St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jay’von Jackson
Hackensack: BJ Saliba
Game 2: St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s Montvale
The Howard Commit and do-it-all point guard R.J. Cole gets St. Anthony’s off to a fast with a quick 3 and a tough and-1! Anthony’s up 12-4 in the early going. A lot of full court pressure has Montvale uncomfortable. A low scoring affair thus far.
St. Anthony’s: RJ Cole – 8
The Friars turn up the pressure in the 2nd quarter, that coupled with a transition and-1 by ’19 Xander Rice force Montvale to take a early time out. St.Anthony’s up 21-9.
Montvale hanging tough against the Friar’s pressure, with a couple of baskets from Chauncey Hawkins, St. Anthony’s up 14.
WOW! A stepback 3 at the buzzer from RJ Cole puts St. Anthony’s up 30-15 at the half.
St. Anthony: RJ Cole-11
St. Joe Montvale- Chauncey Hawkins – 7
A quarter characterized by tough defense, and offensive runs. Both teams couldn’t find a solid rhythm on offense, but every time the Friars tried to extend the lead to 20+, Chauncey Hawkins and the Montvale team found a way to hang tough. All we know for sure is we have a competitive fourth quarter ahead of us!
Two early 3’s from St. Anthony puts them up 18 early in the fourth. The lead seems to be insurmountable but that hasn’t stopped Montvale from continuing to defend, push the pace, and compete!
Another 3 from Xander Rice forces a timeout from the Knights!
St. Anthony’s with an impressive performance against a St. Joe’s Montvale, who showed a ton of toughness in this tough test.
Final Score: 54-33
St. Anthony’s: RJ Cole
St. Joes Montvale: Chauncey Hawkins
Game 3: Blair vs Linden
An early battle here at the Hoop group New Jersey Tip-Off between Blair and Linden. Both teams getting good offensive contributions from a number of different players! At the end of the first quarter the score 10-9 with Blair in the lead.
Blair turns the pressure up! They turnover Linden twice in a row leading to a BIG TIME dunk by Janub Chuol. Blair up 16-12. This game is two New Jersey heavyweights exchanging blows! Deng Gak is protecting the rim on every drive. Janub Chuol playing like a veteran, has the Bucs up 21-15 at the half.
A physical 3rd quarter lead to not a lot of points! Both teams grinding out right now. 30-24 Blair Leads.
A huge 3 from Linden to start the fourth quarter cuts Blair’s lead to 2! 28-30 with 6:14 to play.
ANOTHER 3 for Linden! They take the lead for the first time all game!
Blair goes on a MONSTER Run!:
Tough take by Jayson Oweh!
And a 3 from Matt Turner,
AND 1 Janub Chuol! Blair up 38-31!
43-35 Blair leads with 1:36.
A tough take by Tavon Jones, leads to a foul. He goes to the line for two, does 43-36 with 54 seconds to play.
A HUGE 3 cuts the lead to 43-40. Blair ball with 32.6 second left in the game.
44-42 Blair with 18.5 seconds left in the game. Blair Ball.
Blair with the WIN 46-42!
Bergen Catholic and St. Benedicts:
We pick up in the third quarter with the Gray Bees up 44-40 in a heavyweight bout between two of Jersey’s best.
At the end of 3 44-40 St. Benedicts. This one will be decided in the fourth!
Benedicts on a 6-0 run to start the quarter. 50-40. Time out Bergen Catholic
An unbelievable run by St. Benedicts! The Gray Bees open up the quarter on a 24-0 run! Put the game out of reach. Two minutes left 68-40.
St. Benedicts wins 68-
Bergen Catholic: Gabe Stefanini
St. Benedicts: Precious Achiwu