GMC Hoops Top Ten–February 2, 2017

2016-17 Week Six Rankings

GMC HOOPS WEEK SIX TOP TEN BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS–2/2/17-RECORD AS OF LAST SATURDAY IN PARENTHESIS

  1. St. Joseph’s (17-0)–The Falcons continued to roll along with three more victories last week including a win at Monroe (63-51), a rout of J.P. Stevens at home (62-22) on Saturday, and a come from behind overtime victory over Neptune of the Shore Conference on Saturday (47-46). Letrell West continues to have an MVP like season for the Falcons by averaging 17.3 points per game including 26 in the win over Monroe, and a team high 16 in the victory over Neptune. Meanwhile, Tyree Taganeca-Ford came up big in the win over Neptune with 15 points including three second half treys. Up Next for St. Joseph’s: At Perth Amboy on Thursday, and a Red Division showdown versus South Brunswick on Saturday.

  2. Sayreville (14-5)–The Bombers racked up another three wins on the week including a 75-64 victory over Colonia at the Bomb Shelter on Tuesday, a win on the road at Edison (64-55), and a non-conference victory over Union City of Hudson County on Saturday (86-55). Xavier Townes had a big week for Sayreville as he averaged 18 points per game in the three games including a 22 point performance in the win at Edison. Ryan O’Leary chipped in with a 13.3 ppg average including 20 points in the win over Colonia while Jahsim Floyd added a 12.0 ppg average including 16 points against Edison. Up Next for Sayreville: A key GMC White showdown against Woodbridge on Friday night.

  3. South Brunswick (14-2)–The Vikings moved up a notch this week thanks to three more wins last week including a hard fought victory at J.P. Stevens (49-47), a huge road win at Piscataway (80-70), and a non-conference victory over Manchester Township (53-35) in the Toms River Winter Showtime Hoops Showcase on Saturday. Mike Ugarte led the Vikings with a 16 points per game average including 21 points against Piscataway. Chris James chipped in with 14 points including four treys versus P-Way. Next up for South Brunswick: A non-conference contest against North Bergen at home, a Red Division clash versus East Brunswick at home, and a GMC Red showdown versus St. Joseph’s on Saturday afternoon.

  4. Woodbridge (12-3)–The Barrons reeled off two more victories last week including a White Division win over New Brunswick at home (74-57), and a win over Colonia in another battle for Woodbridge Township bragging rights (74-46). Kemari Persol led the Barrons with 20 points in the victory over New Brunswick while Harry Rutkowski, who averaged 14.5 points per game last week, led the charge versus Colonia with 15 points. Up next for Woodbridge: Home games versus Carteret in a GMC crossover on Monday, South Plainfield in another GMC crossover on Tuesday, and Sayreville in a GMC White Division showdown on Friday night.

  5. Old Bridge (12-6)–Old Bridge has quietly got back into the Top Five with three wins last week. The Knights defeated Piscataway for the second time this season (57-54) on Tuesday, earned a split in the season series with neighborhood rival, Old Bridge with a 55-51 victory on Thursday, and a crossover win at South Plainfield (50-39) on Saturday. Kyle Parris led the Knights with 14 points in the victory over P-Way and 18 points in the win over EB. Meanwhile, Julius Belton chipped in with 10 points in the win over East Brunswick and Jared Meyer (12 points) and Brandon Milling (10 points) helped the Knights pull away from South Plainfield on Saturday. Up Next for Old Bridge: At J.P. Stevens on Thursday night, and versus Monroe at home on Saturday. .

  6. Piscataway (9-6)–The Chiefs dropped several notches this past week with a tough 57-54 loss at home to Old Bridge on Thursday, and an 80-70 defeat to South Brunswick on Thursday. P-Way did salvage the week with a 74-69 victory over long time rival, Franklin at the Hoops for Troops Showcase on Saturday. Keshawn Grant was a bright spot for P-Way this past week with a 14 points per game average including 19 in the loss to Old Bridge. He also had two dunks in the rally against South Brunswick on Thursday, and a jam in the win over Franklin on Saturday. Mattias Arrindell was also solid with a 19 ppg average including 26 in the victory over Franklin. Jordan Davidson chipped in with 17 points in the loss to South Brunswick. Up Next for Piscataway: Home games versus Bishop Ahr on Monday, and Monroe on Thursday, and then a road game at East Brunswick on Saturday.

  7. Carteret (15-3)–After winning seven straight games including a hard fought, 51-46 win at Middlesex on Wednesday, the Ramblers lost to Bishop Ahr in a GMC Blue showdown on Friday night. In that game, the Ramblers rallied from a 30-22 halftime deficit to tie the game at 47-47 early in the fourth quarter, but then gave way to a 23-7 game ending surge by the Trojans in the loss. Isaiah Daniels-Porter led the Ramblers with a game high 23 points in the victory over Middlesex while Jemar Jordan was a bright spot in the loss to Bishop Ahr with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Up Next for Carteret: A GMC Crossover clash at Woodbridge of the GMC White on Monday, a Blue Division clash with Metuchen at home on Wednesday, and a non-conference game with neighborhood rival, Rahway in Union County on Thursday night.

  8. Bishop Ahr (10-7)–. The Trojans are the hottest team in the Greater Middlesex Conference right now with 9 wins in their last 11 games after defeating Carteret (70-54) on Friday night. Ahr also had a 79-51 rout of arch rival Spotswood on Wednesday night. Alex Santiago led the Trojans in the win over Carteret with 23 points while Deontae Crawford chipped in with a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Sean Kudelka had a monster game versus Spotswood with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals, and a block. Kieran Hodder chipped in by averaging 10 ppg in the two games last week. Up next for Bishop Ahr: A key road GMC crossover game at Piscataway on Monday before hosting South Plainfield in a Blue Division clash on Wednesday, and traveling to Metuchen on Friday.

  9. J.F. Kennedy (7-8)—The Mustangs appear in the GMC Hoops Top Ten for the first time in several years. Besides Bishop Ahr, the Mustangs are the next hottest team in the Greater Middlesex Conference. After starting the season at 1-7, JFK has won 6 of 7 games with its only loss to Ahr (60-34) on January 21st. Kennedy also has a win over second ranked Sayreville (67-65) on January 19th. The Mustangs moved ahead of North Brunswick in the poll due to its two head to head wins over the Raiders including a 67-66 win at NBTHS last Tuesday. Kennedy also added a victory at home over crosstown rival, Colonia (53-47). Sophomore Bendji Pierre has helped lead the charge with a 13.5 points per game average including 15 points in the win over North Brunswick. Kobie Wells (12 points), David Morales (11 points), and Pete Obertan (10 points) also chipped in for the winners versus NBTHS. Tamaj Coleman led the way for JFK in the victory over Colonia with 18 points. Up Next for J.F. Kennedy: At Edison in a GMC White clash on Saturday afternoon.

  10. North Brunswick (9-7)—The Raiders lost a key White Division match-up to J.F. Kennedy last week (67-66), but rebounded with a 69-60 win at home over arch rival, New Brunswick, and a 53-46 victory over Toms River South at the Toms River Winter Showtime Hoops Showcase last Saturday. North Brunswick slipped into fourth place in the GMC White with the loss to Kennedy. Quadir Bulter (21 points) and Maneet Batra (20 points) led the Raiders in the loss to J.F. Kennedy while Batra (16 points), Avery Claggett (15 points) and Jordan Salisbury (13 points) led the charge in the win over New Brunswick. Batra, who averaged 17 ppg during the week, led the Raiders in the win over Toms River South while Claggett chipped in with 13 points and Adryan Salazar added 10. Up Next for North Brunswick: A crossover game versus Perth Amboy of the GMC Red on Monday, at home versus Edison in a GMC White clash on Thursday, and another White Division battle versus Colonia on Saturday afternoon.

*East Brunswick (7-9), Perth Amboy Tech (11-3), Timothy Christian (11-4), and Perth Amboy (5-11).