by Mike Pavlichko
On Day Ten of the high school basketball season in New Jersey, Thursday night’s matchup between Hunterdon Central and No. 1 Gill St. Bernard’s – ranked in the top five statewide – will feature two teams that have played a sum total of one game in 2021.
The Red Devils beat South Hunterdon 64-25 in their opener last week, but have had multiple other games cancelled or postponed due to Old Man Winter.
Gill St. Bernard’s was entirely shutdown last week due to COVID protocols, and this week missed even more days because of snow.
So, it’ll almost be like a season opener when the two teams square off Thursday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio, powered by Bellamy & Son Paving. Air-time is 5:20 with game time at 5:30.
In fact, as of Wednesday afternoon, Gill – which is ranked in the Top 5 statewide – hadn’t even distributed uniforms. That task fell to Jaren Sina, an assistant coach under his father, head coach Mergin Sina. Jaren is a former Knights’ point guard who later starred at Seton Hal and transferred to George Washington, and has been playing in Europe since.
Thursday night, he will be filling in for his father, who will miss Thursday’s game, still in COVID protocol due to contact tracing.
Click below to hear from both coaches in tomorrow night’s game: