St. Thomas Aquinas up for its toughest challenge to date when Trojans face Gill St. Bernards in Saturday showcase

St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Bob Turco talks to his team during a time out against Colonia on February 3, 2022. (Photo: Mike Pavlichko)

They were an early invitation, then COVID mangled things, the date was off, then it was back on again.

But no matter how you slice it, St. Thomas Aquinas is happy to be playing Gill St. Bernard’s Saturday night in the headline game of the Hearts 2 Hands Invitational at Roselle Catholic, a huge high school basketball game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The game is scheduled for 7:45 pm, and will immediately follow CJSR’s coverage of the third game of the four-game showcase, St. Joseph-Metuchen against Hudson Catholic.

You can listen live by clicking here.

Aquinas is ranked No. 4 in the state by, and Gill St. Bernard’s is No. 3. The Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten rankings on Central Jersey Sports Radio have it flip-flopped: the Trojans are No. 1 and the Knights are No. 2.

Until a couple of weeks ago, this game wasn’t on the calendar, and who knows if the teams ever would have faced off in the state tournament, where both would have to win very difficult sections – Aquinas in South A, Gill in North B – win their group, and get lucky enough to meet in the Tournament of Champions.

Now, we can find out who’s No. 1 and who’s No. 2 in February.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko talk with St. Thomas Aquinas head coach Bob Turco about the team’s season, including their first loss last weekend to George (PA), and their matchup with Gill St. Bernard’s:

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