January 15, 2011

St. Anthony rips DeMatha, 75-25

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Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley seemingly has won every type of game possible with nearly 1,000 victories in his legendary career.

But it's unlikely he's had many as the one he had Saturday afternoon, when his No. 2-ranked team nearly shut out fellow perennial power No. 9 Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha in the first quarter, running out to an 18-0 lead before coasting to a 75-25 victory.

What figured to be the top game of Saturday's action at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., turned out to be a nationally televised reminder of why Hurley is one of just three high school coaches to be enshrined in the Hall.

It also was a coming out party of sorts for guard Myles Mack, who transferred to St. Anthony after his former school, Paterson (N.J.) Catholic was closed last spring.

Mack, who wowed the crowd with his coast-to-coast efforts, had a game-high 28 points and shot 11-for-14 from the field (see video below). The 5-10 guard is headed to Rutgers.

St. Anthony led 38-10 at halftime and was never threatened in the second half. On Sunday, it will visit the Hall to see an exhibit featuring their coach. They couldn't have put on a better exhibition than the one they did Saturday.

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No. 70 Taft 72, Mount Vernon 56

Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft had one of the longest trips to the Hoophall Classic; fortunately for the Toreadors, they brought one of the biggest players.

Senior center Kevin Johnson used his 6-10, 260-pound frame to dominate the game, scoring 26 points while adding 13 rebounds and four blocks (see video highlights below).

"We played real good," he said. "We came out and did what we needed to do."

Johnson is being heavily recruited by San Diego State.

Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High fell behind by double digits in the first quarter and never recovered.

It was led by senior Jabarie Hinds. The West Virginia commit had 18 points and six steals.

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