South Jersey boys basketball Mean 15 rankings for Jan. 15
1. Camden (10-2; previous rank 1) – The Panthers won the Battle of Camden on Tuesday with an 81-48 victory over Eastside. Cornelius Robinson had 15 points, Billy Richmond had a bit of everything with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists, Aaron Bradshaw had 13 points and 8 boards and Teron Murray chipped 11 points and 7 rebounds off the bench. They defeated Moorestown 80-35 on Thursday when Dasear Haskins had 20 points and 9 boards, DJ Wagner had 17 points, Bradshaw had 13 points and 12 rebounds and Cian Medley added 12 points and 7 assists. They came up short at the Hoophall Classic Saturday against Centennial, California, 66-62 in Springfield, Mass. Wagner had 27 points in the loss. Camden meets Bishop Gorman, Nevada at Monday’s Hoophall Classic, travels to Bishop Eustace on Tuesday and meets Kenwood, Illinois at DePaul University in Chicago on Friday.
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2. East side (8-1; 2) – The Tigers bounced back from their loss to Camden with a 52-43 triumph over Lenape on Thursday. Jahaan Green had his best 20 points of the season, with Cairo Rivera 12 and Jalen Long 10. Eastside host Camden Catholic on Tuesday.
3. St. Augustine (10-1; 3) – The Hermits defeated Toms River North 76-44 at the Seagull Classic on Jan. 8 when five players scored in double figures. Elijah Brown finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals, Matt Kouser with 13 points and 9 boards, Ife Okebiorun with 11 points and 12 rebounds, Ethan Fox also with 11 points and Semaj Bethea with 10 chips. Head coach Paul Rodio scored his 1,000 on Wednesday. Career win when the Prep beat Ocean City 50-41. He is only the second coach in state history to reach this milestone. Kouser had 18 points and 11 boards and Brown added 10 points and 7 assists. They ended the week with a dominant 70-32 triumph over St. Joseph on Friday. Brown led by 21 points, Bethea and Fox had 12 points each and Kouser had 10. St. Augustine travels to Holy Spirit on Tuesday, hosts Middle Township on Thursday and meets Don Bosco in the Paul VI Winter Classic on Saturday.
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4. Camden Catholic (9-1; 4) – The Irish opened last week with a thrilling 61-59 win over rival Paul VI. on Tuesday, a game in which they were seven down at half-time. Tobe Nwobu went off, dropping eight 3-pointers for a career-high 35 points while Braelen Crump had 11. They went 11-0 up on Thursday and dealt with Cherry Hill East 35-27. Nwobu had 16 points and Luke Kennevan 10. Camden Catholic travels to Eastside on Tuesday, hosts Bishop Eustace on Thursday, Moorestown on Saturday and takes on Middle Township in Paul VI on January 22.
5. Mainland (12-1; 7) – The Mustangs racked up four wins last week and have now won six in a row. They used a dominant fourth quarter to edge past Elizabeth 62-48 and beat the Minutemen 25-10 at the Seagull Classic on Jan. 8. Cohen Cook had 19 points, Jamie Tyson finished with 15 and Mawali Osunniyi added 13. The next day, they overcame Oakcrest 78-42 as Cook had a career-high 27 points, Tyson had 13 points and Tim Travagline had 12 points. They took first place in the Cape-Atlantic League United Division alone with a 47-38 triumph over Lower Cape May on Wednesday. Travagline scored 18 points and Cook 10. They rolled past Cape May Tech 68-26 on Friday as Travagline and Cook scored 16 points each. Mainland host Buena on Tuesday, Absegami on Thursday and meet Haddonfield at Paul VI on Saturday.
6.Lenape (9-3; 6) – Lenape defeated Eastern 48-38 on Tuesday when Tye Dorset had 17 points and 8 rebounds and Myles Primas had 16 points and 7 boards. Dorset had 17 points again on Thursday but it wasn’t enough in a 52-43 setback against Eastside. Lenape will have a week off between games when it returns to action at home against Rancocast Valley on Thursday. It will host Kingsway on Saturday.
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7. Moorestown (8-3; 8) – The Quakers had two wins by setback against Camden last week. They defeated Seneca 53-42 on Tuesday when Josh Byrd had a season-high 16 points and CJ Hayes had 13 points. They responded to their 80-35 loss to Camden with a 42-31 win over Washington Township on Saturday. David Gheysens had 14 points, Ryan Lynch had 9 points and 10 rebounds and Byrd was all over the place finishing with 6 points, 5 boards, 6 blocks, 2 steals and 2 assists. Moorestown visits Shawnee on Tuesday, hosts Camden County Tech on Thursday and travels to Camden Catholic on Saturday.
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8. Bishop Eustace (10-2; 9) – The Crusaders had three wins last week, starting with a 65-49 triumph over Cedar Creek on Tuesday. Tommy Semiraglo and James Iannelli each had 14 points and Frank Semiraglio had 10. They defeated Cherry Hill West 57-39 on Thursday while Iannelli had 22 points, Joseph Callahan 17 and Daniel Mason 12 chips. They defeated Jackson Memorial 57-21 Saturday night. Tommy Semiraglo led by 16 points, Iannelli had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, and Mason had 8 points and 16 boards. Bishop Eustace receives Camden on Tuesday, visits Camden Catholic on Thursday and takes on Audubon at Paul VI on Saturday.
9 Sterling (11-1; 10) – The Silver Knights are on a seven-game winning streak after three more triumphs in the past week. They used a comeback in the fourth quarter to beat Audubon 46-38 on Jan. 9. Jaydis McFadden had 18 points and CJ Mundell had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. They defeated Lindenwold 58-42 on Wednesday while McFadden took the lead again with 16 points, 4 assists and 4 steals, Travis Schmid had 13 points and Julian Johnson added 12. They outlived Gloucester 63-59 in Friday’s overtime behind Mundell, who finished with 23 points. McFadden scored 16 and Schmid 11. Sterling host Williamstown on Monday, visit Woodbury on Thursday and take on Medford Tech at Paul VI on Saturday.
10. East (7-4; 11) – The Vikings fell 48-38 to Lenape on Tuesday but turned it around with an 88-45 win over Camden Tech on Thursday. Damien Edwards scored 19 points, Kaedon Harper Myricks finished with 18 and Max Portnoy had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Eastern takes on Washington Township in Sterling on Monday, visits the Rancocast Valley on Tuesday, hosts Cherokee on Thursday and travels to Williamstown on Saturday.
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11. Cherry Hill East (10-4; 12) – The Cougars started last week with a 62-51 win over Rancocast Valley on Tuesday. Jack Flannery had 16 points, Brian Cotter had a career-high 14 points and 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Chris Delgado had 12 points and 5 assists, Ian Gross had 11 points and Josh Fadahunsi finished with 8 points and 11 boards. They lost 35-27 to Camden Catholic on Thursday but bounced back on Saturday with a 52-50 triumph in double overtime over Deptford. Gross had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Flannery recorded 16 points and 7 assists and Delgado added 11 points. Cherry Hill East travels to Cherokee on Tuesday and KIPP Academy on Thursday.
12. St. Joseph (7-5; NR) — The Wildcats have turned their season around since their 0-3 start, winning 7-2 in their last nine games. They defeated Wildwood Catholic 88-54 on January 9 when Arnaldo Rodriguez scored 22 points, including the 1,000. his career. Devon Theophile had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Will Spross added 10 points. They had an impressive 77-56 win over Egg Harbor Township on Jan. 11 when Rodriguez scored 26 points, Theophile had 25 points and 18 boards, and Shamar Cox had 13 points and 6 rebounds. However, their five-game winning streak ended in a 70-32 loss to St. Augustine on Friday. St. Joseph takes on Ocean City in St. Augustine on Tuesday, travels to Holy Spirit on Thursday and Hammonton on Friday.
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13. Egg Harbor Twp. (10-3; 5) – The Eagles have alternated losses and wins in the last four competitions. They defeated Williamstown 50-44 on January 9 when Jamil Wilkins had 17 points, Jay-Nelly Reyes had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, and DJ Germann finished with 11 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 3 steals. They responded to their 77-56 loss to St. Joseph with a 70-36 win over Holy Spirit on Friday. Wilkins led with 15 points, Germann had 13 points, 6 boards, 5 assists and 4 steals, and Reyes chipped 11 points. Egg Harbor Township take on Westampton Tech at Paul VI on Monday, host Wildwood Catholic on Tuesday and take on Holmdel in Saturday’s Jimmy V Classic at Central Regional.
14th mid twp. (7-4; NB) – The Panthers have started to find their groove as they have won four games in a row. They defeated Ocean City 46-36 on January 9 when Re’Ale Basquine had 17 points and 7 rebounds and Anthony Trombetta added 11 points. They sent Holy Spirit 61-49 on Wednesday as Bubba McNeil had 23 points and Basquine had 15 points and 12 boards. They defeated Wildwood Catholic 63-48 on Friday as Basquine had 19 points and 15 boards, Bubba McNeil had 16 points, Trombetta had 13 points and Jamir McNeil had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Middle Township takes on Medford Tech at Paul VI on Monday, visits St. Augustine on Thursday, Atlantic City on Friday and returns to Paul VI on January 22 to face Camden Catholic.
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15. Washington Twp. (10-2; 13) – The Minutemen responded to their first loss of the season with a 58-48 triumph over Clearview on Jan. 9. Chris Racobaldo had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Dan Reistle finished with 11 points. They defeated Triton 68-53 on Wednesday when Racobaldo scored 24 points and 9 boards and Gevon Conrad scored 12 points. They ended the week with a 42-31 setback against Moorestown on Saturday. Washington Township meets Eastern in Sterling on Monday, Kingsway on Tuesday and Deptford on Saturday.
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