by Mike Pavlichko
Top-ranked Gill St. Bernard’s scored the first two points of their season opener Thursday night against Hunterdon Central, but the Red Devils scored the next eight.
Despite falling behind 8-2 to the defending Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex County Tournament Champions, taking a 7-point lead, and then allowing Central to close the half on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 32, Gill used 17 second half points from 6-2 junior guard Devin Anglin to power its way to a 77-64 win in its season opener on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving.
Anglin – who has D1 offers on the table from Georgetown, George Washington, Siena, Ole Miss, NJIT and others – finished with 27, including three treys, and was 3-of-3 at the free throw line.
Sophomore Mackenzie Mgbako – who holds offers from even bigger schools, like Auburn, Maryland, Seton Hall, St. John’s, UCLA and Rutgers, and is a Top Ten recruit in his class nationwide0 – had a game-high 31, including four triples.
Central’s Brian Johansson – who sparked the 6-0 first half-ending run all on his own by hitting a three, then after a steal getting fouled while shooting a three and making all three free throws – finished with a team-high 23, including four triples.
Click below to hear postgame reaction from Anglin and interim Gill head coach Jaren Sina. He’s an assistant on his father Mergin Sina’s staff this year, but took the reins Thursday night with his father still in COVID protocol that shut down the entire Gill school last week.