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Harrell’s 17 make him Bound Brook’s all-time leading scorer, help Crusaders extend state-best win streak to 24.

The horn blew in the middle of the third quarter, but it wasn’t a mistake, or anyone fouling out. In fact, it was celebratory in nature.

Quadir Harrell’s three-point basket to give his team a seven-point cushion in a tight game against New Egypt set a new scoring mark for the program, as he jumped over Jordan Hawkins, who just happened to be on hand.

Oh, and it also helped Bound Brook pull out a 45-38 win which extended the Crusaders’ state-best winning streak to 24 games.

Bound Brook’s last loss came when it was eliminated in the 2020 state tournament, when Harrell was a sophomore. The Crusaders went 14-0 last year – when there was no state tournament – winning the one-off Skyland Conference Tournament’s middle pod, and are now 10-0 this season after the win over New Egypt.

Brook jumped out to a 12-2 lead, but as has been the case all year long, the Crusaders seem to get everyone’s best effort. The Warriors got back within four, and Bound Brook went into the half up 27-23. But some key buckets by Harrell and Jordan Summers in the third helped their team get out to a 38-31 lead at the end of three, and they would hold on down the stretch.

Click below to hear Quadir Harrell talk about his new program record, and a big win over New Egypt on Saturday afternoon:

Harrell, Summers team for key late shot to beat pesky Voorhees, extend NJ’s longest active winning streak to 23

Twenty-two and counting.

Not only are the wins for Bound Brook piling up quickly, but the attention being paid to them is growing.

That’s what happens when the team that used to have the longest active winning streak in New Jersey – which was Camden at 44 games – loses for the first time in the current decade, and you’re suddenly at the top of the pile.

But it took a full 48-minute from Bound Brook to beat Voorhees Thursday night, as a Quadir Harrell to Jordan Summers play that resulted in an old-fashioned three-point play broke a 40-all tie with under a minute to go, and gave the Crusaders – now 9-0 – a 44-40 victory.

Click below to listen to Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo talk about the win, and his team’s focus as they work through the winning streak:

Bound Brook went 14-0 last year and won the Skyland Conference middle pod championship. Combined with this year, they’ve won 23 straight. There are seven teams remaining in the state who are undefeated, but none have a streak as long as Bound Brook at the moment.

Two of those teams are in the Central Jersey Sports Radio coverage area: St. Thomas Aquinas (13-0) and Rutgers Prep (10-0). The others are Saddle River Day, Morris Catholic, Morristown, St. Augustine, and Governor Livingston.

Morristown is the only one of those teams playing tonight, according to NJ.com’s online schedule. The Colonials visit Morris Knolls Friday night at 7 pm.

No. 6 Bound Brook carries state’s longest active winning streak into Tuesday tilt with Warren Hills, but who’s behind them?

“High School Trivia for $800, please.”

Answer: This high school boys’ basketball team hasn’t lost since the COVID-19 pandemic hit New Jersey.

Question: Who are the Bound Brook Crusaders?

With Camden having its state-best 44-game winning streak snapped last week in Florida, dropping a pair of showcase games, including one to former St. Pat’s of Elizabeth head coach Kevin Boyle’s Montverde program, Bound Brook now has the longest active winning streak in New Jersey, at 21 games.

It was March 9th, 2020 when the Crusaders lost at Burlington City 73-55 in the Central Jersey Group 1 Finals. That was their fourth straight year getting knocked out of states by the Blue Devils, and the second time in four years they’d fallen to them with a sectional title on the line.

A few days later, the NJSIAA canned the rest of the playoffs, New Jersey locked down, and the world hasn’t been the same.

And since that point, Bound Brook hasn’t lost a game. Part of that is due to the quirk of there being no state tournament last year, where everyone but one team that participates – the TOC champion – ends their season with a loss. In 2021, Bound Brook went 14-0, its first known undefeated season in modern history – and won the Skyland Conference’s Gold Pod Championship, its middle-tier tournament.

This year, the Crusaders – with a solid core returning, including Quadir Harrell, Jordan Summers, and Donvan Nwenyi – are 7-0 heading into tonight’s game at Warren Hills (6-3).

Who are the other undefeated teams in New Jersey?

There are only eight boys’ basketball teams remaining in the state without a loss, two of them in our coverage area. St. Thomas Aquinas has the best record of any of the unbeatens at 11-0, but that’s also where their winning streak stands, since they lost in the GMC’s top pod final last year – the Karl Towns/Jay Williams pod – to Colonia. Rutgers Prep is 8-0, but again, lost their final game last year – in the Skyland’s top pod championship game – to Watchung Hills.

Bound Brook’s current streak should be insurmountable as long as they keep winning, as they next best streak behind them is only at 14, owned by 9-0 Morris Catholic, which also won its final five games last season. Then there’s Saddle River Day, which is 6-0, and won its last six last year to give them a 12-game win streak. Aquinas then has eleven.

St. Augustine is at ten games: 8-0 this year, after winning its final two last season. Governor Livingston (7-0) is next with nine, having won its final two last year. And checking in along with Rutgers Prep on an eight-game streak is Morristown, which won its final game last year in a rough 2-9 season, but is 7-0 so far this year.

Another unbeaten week keeps Rutgers Prep atop the Week 4 Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Top Ten

There’s no change in the top three places of the Week 4 Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Rankings, with No. 1 Rutgers Prep, No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas and No. 3 Gill St. Bernard’s combining to go 9-0 in the past week.

Colonia and Bound Brook flip-flopped, with the Patriots (11-2) going 3-1 last week, losing only at Westfield. The Crusaders (8-3) also lost at Westfield, by fewer points, but dropped a second game in a 2-2 week, losing out-of-state to St. Joseph by the Sea of Staten Island.

Mount St. Mary (6-3) went 2-0 for the week to hold in sixth, while Woodbridge jumped from n inth to seventh on the strength of a 3-0 week. Old Bridge (6-2) held in 8th after a 1-2 week, losing to Monroe and No. 2 St. Thomas Aquinas, but they picked up a win over a ranked foe, too, edging No. 7 South Brunswick 47-46. That loss put the Vikings (7-2) behind them in ninth, down two spots.

Middlesex (5-2) holds in tenth at 5-2, following a 2-1 week that included playing all the way up to the Red Division in a 58-48 loss to East Brunswick.

Below are the complete Week 4 rankings:

St. Thomas Aquinas leads Top 5 shakeup, moves into top spot in Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten

After winning a highly-anticipated matchup over No. 1 Colonia last Tuesday 64-52, St. Thomas Aquinas moves up two spots to take the top position in the Week 4 Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball rankings.

Aquinas is one of just eight undefeated teams remaining in the state, three of which are in the Bellamy Top Ten, including Rutgers Prep (8-0), which holds at No. 2.

Gill St. Bernard’s – despite playing only two games so far this year against Skyland Conference competition – had a 3-1 week, beating Franklin and Hunterdon Central in its first two league games of the year by a combined 84 points, and is ranked third, up two spots. St. Joseph of Metuchen (6-2) holds in fourth. Colonia (6-2) fell to fifth.

The bottom five teams stayed the same, with none of them having lost in the past week.

In fact, the entire Bellamy Top Ten only suffered two losses last week: Colonia to then-No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas, and Gill St. Bernards to Simeon Career (IL), 70-61.

Below are the full Week 4 rankings:

Two new teams join the Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten, but Colonia remains No. 1 ahead of clash with unbeaten Aquinas

The last time Colonia played St. Thomas Aquinas, they came out on top, with a win in the 2021 Karl Towns/Jay Williams pod final, the de facto GMC Tournament Championship.

Only the Patriots have dropped a game since, though it was an out-of-area loss to Lenape on Saturday in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Montgomery.

But a 2-0 week otherwise witgh wins over North Brunswick and Woodbridge was enough to keep Colonia atop the Week 3 Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Rankings.

Can they hold on to the ranking? That will be determined Tuesday night at 6:30, when the Patriots host St. Thomas Aquinas in their first matchup of the season; they’ll face off again in Edison on February 3.

Teams two through six stayed the same: Rutgers Prep, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Joseph of Metuchen, Gill St. Bernard’s and Bound Brook.

Jumping in at No. 7 is JP Stevens, which is 4-1, and beat Monroe back on Thursday. That knocks the Falcons down to No. 8, and their win over Watchung Hills drops the Warriors two places to ninth.

Debuting at the ten-spot is Ridge. The Red Devils are 5-2 following a 3-0 week this week.

Below are the full week 3 rankings:

Another week at No. 1 for Rutgers Prep girls in Bellamy & Son Paving Top Ten

On the strength of a 2-0 week after a COVID pause, the Rutgers Prep girls remain the Number One team in the Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Week Three Top Ten.

The Argonauts got back into action with a pair of games this past weekend, beating Camden Catholic Saturday 78-46, then topping Long Island Lutheran 68-49 down in West Deptford at the Blue Star High School Invitational.

There was a little movement this week, as St. Thomas Aquinas – with a 2-0 week – jumped over Gill St. Bernard’s. The Knights went 0-1 this week, losing their only game 45-42 at Hillsborough. The Trojans beat Edison by 24 and South Brunswick by 14.

Bound Brook held in fourth, while Colonia – which went 3-0 this week with wins over North Brunswick, at Woodbridge, and at Carteret – vaulted up to fifth, and Mount St. Mary held in 6th.

South Brunswick went 2-1 – the loss coming to St. Thomas Aquinas – and moved to seventh, while Old Bridge – undefeated at 5-0 – jumped into the rankings at No. 8. The Vikings had wins over South River and Edison.

Woodbridge went 1-1 and dropped to ninth, while Middlesex – which beat Spotswood and South River in the week gone by – held in tenth.

Below are the Week 3 rankings:

INSTANT REPLAY: No. 6 Bound Brook 67, Middlesex 56

Senior Donovan Nwenyi led Bound Brook with 15 points, but a key nine points from Quadir Harrell in the second half also were big in helping No. 6 Bound Brook beat Middlesex in the finale of the Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Challenge on Saturday, January 8, 2022.

Click below to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Dennis McNulty call all the action from Bound Brook High School:

Harrell’s second half helps No. 6 Bound Brook edge out pesky Middlesex in Skyland-GMC finale

In a 14-game undefeated season, Middlesex gave Bound Brook one of its toughest fights of the year. The Blue Jays led after one quarter, but eventually, the Crusaders’ talent found a way to pull out a win.

Their 2022 meeting in the Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Challenge at Bound Brook went very much in the same vein.

After Jeremiah William’s three-ball to open the game for the Brook, Blue Jay Zach Chippendale answered right back, and Middlesex went on a run to take an eight point lead, closing the first period with a 21-13 lead. But 6th-ranked Bound Brook chipped back, and by halftime, after four lead changes, took a 30-27 lead they would never relinquish.

Senior Quadir Harrell led the way with 11 points, all but two of which came after intermission, while game MVP Jeremiah Williams – who turned his ankle in the second half and missed the rest of the contest – had 13, including a pair of threes.

Bound Brook won its 18th straight dating back to last season, and improves to 4-0 on the year, while the Blue Jays dropped to 2-5, losing their fourth straight.

But they hung in until the final few minutes of the game, with the GMC’s leading scorer as of January 6th – Michael Salvatore – scoring 23 points, less than a point off his season average.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Bound Brook’s win:

Senior guard Quadir Harrell
Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo

Eight teams, four games, one day: Bound Brook hosts Skyland-GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus showcase

Starting anything outside the confines of a pandemic is challenging enough, but doing so in the midst of one is hit or miss.

And so it went last year with what should have Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo’s inaugural Coaches vs. Coronavirus showcase, a fundraising event meant to raise money for those hit hard by the the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year? He again got plenty of interest, and the fates have smiled on the event, at least for the participants.

Though cases continue to surge in New Jersey – and across the U.S. – spurred by the omicron variant, all eight teams are healthy enough to play in today’s event, including the Crusaders, who are coming off a two-week layoff and only got back onto the practice floor as a group yesterday.

Scroll down for previews and notes on today’s games.

Click below to hear organizer and Bound Brook head coach Anthony Melesurgo talk about the event with Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko:

Skyland vs. GMC Coaches vs. Coronavirus Schedule
Saturday, January 8 – Bound Brook High School

Dunellen vs. South Hunterdon, 12 pm
South Plainfield vs. Pingry, 2 pm
Franklin vs. Timothy Christian, 4 pm*
Bound Brook vs. Middlesex*

*games broadcast live on Central Jersey Sports Radio; click here to listen