Don Bosco Prep reaches NJ TOC for Second Year in a row – Marcellus Earlington talks to HG Insider

For the second straight year, the Don Bosco Prep Ironmen has made the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions. They are slated as the two seed and are in a good position to take the high-level tournament by storm. A huge reason why Don Bosco is in this position is the play of Class of 2018 forward Marcellus Earlington. With his strength and athleticism, he is a crucial piece to the talented Ironmen squad and has helped them make another late season run. To make the TOC once is already tough, but to reach it twice in a row is quite an accomplishment. Earlington recognizes this and is thrilled to accomplish this goal again.

“It’s great that we were able to repeat as state champs and make it to the TOC,” said Earlington. “It’s great for the program and we had that goal since the season started. We knew we had experience and used it to our advantage.”

With it being his second year making the TOC, Earlington has a very good idea of what it takes to reach this point in the high school season.

“A lot of hard work, chemistry and unselfishness goes into making the TOC,” he said. “You also must have the desire to win. We knew we were going to have to close games, but having the resilience to pull those close games out is what we specialized in this year.”

Don Bosco has two players committed to high major college programs in Earlington a senior St. John’s commit and Ron Harper Jr. a senior Rutgers commit. They have built up a lot of chemistry in their four years of playing together. Earlington explained to Hoop Group Insider why the duo meshes so well.

“Ron and I play off each other and know there is going to be days when I’m hot and he gets me the ball and vice versa,” Earlington said. “We know that teams mainly focus on us two so it opens up opportunities for other players. We are very unselfish, want to win and push each other to get better in practice, which pays off in the game.”

They have accomplished a great deal, but Don Bosco still has one goal untouched and that is to win the TOC. Last year they lost in the championship game to The Patrick School. Earlington spoke on what his team needs to focus on to win it all.

“We have to do what we have been doing all year, which is play with heart and be unselfish,” he said. “We also have to trust the coach and each other.”

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