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Welcome to the GMC Hoops Top Ten Poll Section of the website.  This contains the top ten rankings of the best boys basketball teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference for the 2015-2016 season according to GMC HOOPS.  As the 2015-16 season continues and more games are played, a new poll will come out every week that will give a better idea of what's happening, and be based on our own opinions.  Feel free to e-mail your comments and suggestions to gmachos@gmchoops.com, or topten@gmchoops.com


GMC HOOPS TOP TEN BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS--2/9/16-CURRENT RECORD IN PARENTHESIS

    1. St. Joseph's (15-3)--The Falcons had a short week this week with road games at now 10th ranked Piscataway (won 83-38) and 6th ranked Old Bridge (won 70-63). Bree Tyree scored his 1,000th point in the victory over P-Way and averaged 25.5 ppg this past week including a 27 point effort in the win over Old Bridge. Tyree has averaged 22.7 ppg over his last 6 games while Tyus Battle has averaged 19.9 ppg so far this season. Up next: Heavy schedule for the Falcons over the next couple of weeks starting with a trip to seventh ranked East Brunswick on Tuesday, and then a flight out to the Intermountain West to take on Lone Peak of Utah in an ESPN High School Showcase game on Friday night.

    2. South Brunswick (14-2)--The Vikings had a big week this week by winning all three of its games including a thrilling come from behind victory over then 5th ranked East Brunswick (57-56), and a 59-51 Red Division win at arch rival, North Brunswick. Senior forward, Eric Savage led the Vikings in the win over EB with 24 points including 19 in the second half. He also collected 13 rebounds and 6 assists for a double-double. Junior guard, Ryan Moran followed a 9 point fourth quarter performance versus EB with 15 more against North Brunswick. Senior point guard, Jaier Garrett averaged 11.5 points per game in the two Red Division games this week. Up next for the Vikings: Home games versus Perth Amboy on Tuesday and Piscataway on Thursday, and then a road trip to Iselin to take on J.F. Kennedy of the Blue Division on Saturday afternoon.

    3. Colonia (13-4)--The Patriots swept through Edison Township this week with an overtime win at 8th ranked J.P. Stevens on Wednesday (54-49) and then won both contests against Edison (55-34) on Thursday and (56-35) on Saturday. Chase Barneys scored 22 points against Stevens including six in the overtime for the win while Kolby Chapmann chipped in with 15. Barneys, who now has 1,083 points for his career, then averaged 16 ppg in the two victories over Edison. Chapmann averaged 20.7 ppg in the three games this week. Up next for the Patriots: Three road games this week including GMC White contests at Monroe on Tuesday and South Plainfield on Thursday, and then a non-conference clash against Lakewood of the Shore Conference in the Richel Showcase at Roselle Catholic on Saturday afternoon.

    4. Woodbridge (15-3)--The Barrons continue to roll along with 10 straight wins and 12 of their last 13 by defeating Edison (52-43) on Wednesday, South Plainfield (54-50) on Thursday, and Blue Division foe, Carteret (70-56) on Saturday. Junior guard Quran Robinson led the way for the Barrons with a 13 ppg average this week including 20 points in the victory at South Plainfield. Fellow classmates, Keshaun Henry and Quassim Glover averaged and 11.3 and 11 ppg respectively this week. Henry scored 17 in the victory at Edison while Glover added 16 in the win at Carteret. Up next for the Barrons: Two games at home this week against GMC White foes, New Brunswick on Tuesday and Monroe on Thursday.


    5. Sayreville (15-5)--The Bombers got back on track this week with two wins including a huge crossover victory over EB of the GMC Red on Friday night at the Bomb Shelter. Ryan O'Leary led the way with 14 points while Jahsim Floyd added 11 and Elijah Clark and Zach Alessi chipped in with 9. O'Leary averaged 17.5 ppg last week, and 19.1 ppg so far this season. Floyd averaged a double-double of 12.5 ppg and 11 rpg last week, and is averaging 12.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg so far this season. Up next for Sayreville: Eighth ranked Stevens at home on Tuesday, and then two road games at New Brunswick on Thursday, and Skyland Conference foe, Bridgewater-Raritan on Saturday afternoon.

    6. East Brunswick (10-7)--The Bears dropped 2 of 3 this week, and are only 5-4 since starting the season at 4-0. EB did come up with a nice road win on Saturday afternoon in the Toms River Hoops Showcase against Manchester Township (49-28) of Lakehurst in Ocean County, which is ranked 8th in Ocean according to some Shore media outlets. Matt Ross played valiantly in defeat to South Brunswick and Sayreville by scoring an average of 24 ppg in the two games including 31 against the 2nd ranked Vikings. Up next for the Bears: Three games at home this week against top ranked St. Joseph's on Tuesday, 6th ranked Old Bridge on Thursday, and a non-conference clash against Columbia of the Super Essex Conference on Saturday.

    7. Old Bridge (13-6)--The Knights split their two games this week, and hold firm at No. 6. The Knights lost a tough one to top ranked St. Joseph's on Thursday (70-63) and then defeated J.P. Stevens on Saturday (72-62). Old Bridge is 2-0 against the GMC White in crossovers with victories over Sayreville and Stevens. OBHS has also lost to Joes by an average of 6 points in their two meetings this year. Connor Romano averaged 31 ppg in the two games this past week including a 34 point, six three pointer performance in the loss to Joes. Kyle Parris scored 17 in the loss to Joes while Stephen Strom netted 21 in the win over Stevens. Up next for the Knights: Three road games at 10th ranked Piscataway on Tuesday, 7th ranked East Brunswick on Thursday, and Monroe on Saturday morning.


    8. J.P. Stevens (10-7)--The Hawks remain steady at No. 8 despite losing 2 of 3 games this week. Stevens lost a tough one in overtime at home to Colonia (54-49) on Wednesday, then defeated New Brunswick (54-36) on Thursday before losing on the road at Old Bridge on Saturday (72-62). Mike Lionikis averaged 21 ppg in the three games this week including a 28 point performance against New Brunswick and a 20 point effort in the loss at Old Bridge. Alex Corrigan averaged 13 ppg this past week including a 23 point game against Old Bridge. Rishav Ghosh chipped in with 10 in the loss to Colonia. Up next for the Hawks: At fifth ranked Sayreville on Tuesday, and versus Edison at home on Thursday.

    9. Spotswood (17-3)—The Chargers returned from a long layoff with a win at Carteret on Wednesday, but then was knocked off by J.F. Kennedy at The SAC on Friday night. Eric Dadika averaged 18.5 ppg this past week including a 20 point effort in a losing cause to Kennedy. Marlon Hart is just one point shy of 1,000 for his career after a 16 point showing versus JFK. Hart averaged 15 ppg this past week, and is averaging 17.8 ppg this season. J.T. Vento and Andrew Fuzesi also averaged in double figures this past week with 13 and 10.5 ppg respectively. Up next for the Chargers: At home against neighborhood rival South River on Monday, at Middlesex on Wednesday, versus Metuchen at home on Friday, and at Edison on Saturday morning.

    10. Piscataway (7-12)—The Chiefs had some ups and downs this past week with a 1-2 mark in three games, but earned a split with Amboy thanks to a 61-52 decision over the Panthers in Amboy. Since starting out 2-8 following a recent eight game losing streak, the Chiefs have won 4 of 6 with the only two losses coming to top ranked St. Joseph's (83-38) and Franklin (54-45). Jordan Davidson (12 points), Deandre Scott (12 points), and D'Ondre Dent (11 points) all scored in double figures in the win over Amboy. Dent recently returned to the line-up. The Chiefs have also gone 3-1 against Amboy and North Brunswick in the GMC Red while winning recent crossovers against J.F. Kennedy (47-37) two weeks ago, and Edison (45-41) ten days ago. Since then, Kennedy has gone on to defeat 9th ranked Spotswood. Up next for the Chiefs: Hosting Old Bridge at home on Tuesday, at South Brunswick on Thursday, and versus Carteret at home on Saturday.

* Other teams considered: Bishop Ahr, J.F. Kennedy, North Brunswick, Carteret, Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy Tech, and Monroe.


GMC HOOPS FANS POLL--TOP TEN RANKINGS--2/9/16--CURRENT RECORD IN PARENTHESIS

  1. St. Joseph's (15-3)--45 points

  2. South Brunswick (14-2)--42 points

  3. East Brunswick (10-7)--40 points

  4. Woodbridge (15-3)--38 points

  5. Old Bridge (13-6)--37 points

  6. Sayreville (15-5)--36 points

  7. J.P. Stevens (10-7)--35 points

  8. Spotswood (17-3)--34 points

  9. Colonia (13-4)--30 points

  10. South River (14-6)--25 points

* Other teams receiving votes: Piscataway.

 


GMC HOOPS RATINGS INDEX BOYS BASKETBALL RANKINGS--1/4/15--CURRENT RECORD IN PARENTHESES*

  1. St. Joseph's (4-1)--0.6 rating

  2. Cardinal McCarrick (6-0) --1.0 rating

  3. South Brunswick (4-1)--1.6 rating

  4. East Brunswick (4-1)--2.0 rating

  5. Monroe (5-0)--3.1 rating

  6. Colonia (3-2)--3.5 rating

  7. Old Bridge (3-2)--6.0 rating

  8. North Brunswick (3-2)--7.8 rating

  9. Woodbridge (3-2)--10.5 rating

  10. Spotswood (4-1)--12.0 rating

*Ratings are computed by a composite of rankings in the GMC Hoops Poll, GMC Hoops Fans Poll, Home-News Tribune Poll, Star-Ledger Poll, Born Power Index, Number Of Losses, and Strength Of Schedule. Margin of error is probably between 10 and 20 percent.

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