St. Patrick 68, Bergen Catholic 60 Blair Academy 67, Paterson Catholic 53 Newark East Side 70, Bloomfield Tech 65 Elizabeth 64, Plainfield 47
Michael Nardi, PG, St. Patrick: All this guy did was outscore Bergen in the final quarter when he hit for 15 of his 28 points. He was Mr. Clutch down the stretch and how can we forget to mention that he drilled 5 3-pointers? Big time effort with Derrick Caracter sitting out tonight.
Charlie Villanueva, F, Blair: The Illinois-bound Villanueva scored 22 and had 7 boards. He did his best work in the second half when he was active. He did his best to turn Watkins into a face up player when he guarded him.
Darryl Watkins, C, Paterson Catholic: He had 17 points in this one, though they were pretty quiet. His two rebounds are well below the number he should be able to post. Watkins is clearly a prospect. He's got a great body and fine athleticism. Offensively, he likes to face and shoot short jumpers and has a decent touch. He can become a bad man if he develops a move that can get him to the bucket for easy layins or dunks.
Luol Deng, SF, Blair: The Duke signee was his usual versatile self. He had between 10 and 15 points against Paterson Catholic. He handled, passed and did what he needed to do. We imagine he'll slide right into a starting role for the Blue Devils.
Sean Banks, SF, Bergen Catholic: He had it working early. Banks was terrific in the first half and hit just about everything he threw up. Through three quarters he had 25 points. He would finish with 34 for the game.
DaShawn Dwight, SG: He could do no wrong in the first half as he raced out of the gate with a scorer's touch; he had 13 in the initial quarter. Dwight cooled in the second half. Despite his size (6-0), he's a legit mid-major type because of the way he scores. He's not a point guard, but he's a good passer. This is the second event we've seen him play well in. Finished with 24 points.
Adrian Joseph, F, Bergen Catholic: The lefty had a nice all-around performance. He made a couple of 3s before fouling out late. He passed the ball well and he's got a nice, athletic frame. He finished with 16 points.
Off The Dribble
Bloomfield Tech blew a 20-point second quarter lead to East Side. … Junior guard Courtney Nelson had 13 points (4-11 FG) and 6 assists. … Kasim Drummond didn't get a lot of burn today, but the 2006 power forward is a high-major prospect. He's already hit for 29 in a game this year. …
David McSwain led East Side with a game-high 24 points. … St. Patrick senior Robert Hines had 13 points in the second half. … Marquis Webb had 11 points for Paterson Catholic. …
"He's played big in the big games," NJHoops.com's Jay Gomes on the season Darryl Watkins has enjoyed. … Saturday's King James event is completely sold out. That'll happen when the arena only holds 8,000 and The Chosen One is in town. … Seton Hall, North Carolina, Rutgers and Villanova were in the house watching Watkins. … You hear this a lot but this one has some merit. Apparently, Deng might not be done growing. He's got a family history of late growth spurts and there's medical evidence that points to him adding 2-3 more inches. Scary. …
St. Patrick super frosh Derrick Caracter is serving a three-week academic suspension. He was on the bench but not in uniform on Thursday. ... Thursday's was Banks' first game back from a one-game suspension. He sat out his last game against East Side. … Guard Devon Moffatt has left Clifton and will transfer to St. Patrick. At least that was the rumor at the Dunn Center. …
Coaches In Attendance: Louis Orr, Seton Hall; Gary Waters, Rutgers. Assistants: North Carolina, Seton Hall, Richmond, Villanova, Michigan. NBA: Suns, Wizards.