Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

10 Things to Watch for at the State Basketball Tournaments

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

10 Things to Watch for at the State Basketball Tournaments

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1. Cougar country

Cresskill is the favorite in North 1, Group 1, after going unbeaten in the NJIC Patriot Division and reaching the Bergen Jamboree quarterfinals. Senior G Matt Flood, an 1,100-point scorer, and senior Sean Kelly give the top-seeded Cougars a strong 1-2 punch, and the team has depth. Second-seeded Wood-Ridge, third- seeded Hasbrouck Heights and sixth-seeded Pompton Lakes can challenge.

2. Eastside's quest

Second-seeded Eastside is the favorite to win another North 1, Group 4 title. If so, the Ghosts should have to get through Linden, which defeated Eastside in the Group 4 semifinals last season, to have a shot at a state group championship.

3. Fourth and final round

St. Joseph and Bergen Catholic will square off for the fourth time this season in Thursday's North Non-Public A quarterfinal. Host and No. 4 St. Joseph, featuring junior G Nate Garvey and senior G Sean McKinless, swept two regular-season meetings. No. 5 Bergen Catholic, led by senior F Pierfrancesco Oliva and senior G Justin Salem, then prevailed in the Jamboree semifinals en route to winning the title.

4. Highwaymen's journey

Teaneck can capture a fifth consecutive North 1, Group 3 title, provided it bounces back from its loss in the Jamboree final. It boasts Bergen County's best trio of guards in sophomore Leondre Washington, who Saturday surpassed 1,000 points, freshman Ja'Quaye James and senior Tyler Dearing.

5. It's a small world

In North Non-Public B, Bergen County has a tall order when facing Hudson powers such as St. Anthony and Hudson Catholic. So every tournament win is precious. That makes No. 13 Saddle River Day at No. 4 Dwight-Englewood, the NJIC Liberty champ, a big game. And No. 11 Queen of Peace could earn a quarterfinal trip to No. 3 St. Mary, the NJIC Meadowlands champ, if it knocks off No. 6 Morristown- Beard.

6. Knights' motivation

With longtime Kennedy coach Jim Ring recovering from brain surgery performed Thursday, the third-seeded Knights have even more motivation. …

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