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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:

Two new teams debut in Bellamy & Son Paving Girls Basketball Top Ten, but Rutgers Prep remains No. 1

Despite not playing a game last week due to COVID-related issues, Rutgers Prep remains No. 1 in the Bellamy & Son Paving Girls Basketball Week 2 Top Ten.

In fact, three of the top five teams didn’t play at all over Christmas break, including No. 2 Gill St. Bernards, third-ranked St. Thomas Aquinas, and 5th-ranked Monroe. Tenth-ranked Franklin didn’t play, either, and dropped out, as two GMC teams moved into the Top Ten, also bumping previous No. 8 North Brunswick.

Woodbridge (4-1) made its debut at No. 8, while South Brunswick (3-0) took its place at No. 9.

The full rankings are below:

Little movement in Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Top Ten as six schools sit out Christmas break

Whether due to contact tracing, positive tests, or opponents cancelling for the same reasons, a half dozen boys’ basketball teams – more than half the ranked schools – didn’t play over the Christmas break, leaving very little movement in the Week 2 Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

Colonia remains Number One, despite not playing at all, and the same could be said for Rutgers Prep, which held in second.

The Patriots resume play Tuesday at North Brunswick, in a game that will be broadcast on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

The Argonauts don’t resume until Thursday, when they host North Hunterdon.

St. Thomas Aquinas, on the other hand, went 3-0 at the Boardwalk Classic down in Atlantic City, beating St. Joseph by the Sea (NY), Shawnee and Archbishop Carroll (PA).

The only movement saw Monroe and Montgomery flip-flop; the Falcons went 2-0 with wins over Woodbridge and Immaculata in their own holiday tournament, while the Cougars were idle. The two will play each other Tuesday at Montgomery.

Gill St. Bernards, Bound Brook, and East Brunswick also did not play in the past week.

Below are the full Week 2 rankings:

Colonia holds top spot in Week Two Bellamy & Son Paving Boys’ Basketball Top Ten

Off to a 2-0 start, the Colonia Patriots have held on to their No. 1 ranking in the Bellamy & Son Paving Week 1 Boys’ Basketball Top Ten.

The only movement in the Top Five this week was a flip-flop of No. 4 St. Thomas Aquinas, taking over the No. 3 spot from St. Joseph-Metuchen after beating the Falcons head-to-head.

Click below for an audio top ten with Mike Pavlichko, complete with notes on each team:

Rutgers Prep drops its first game in 15, but stays No. 1 in Bellamy & Son Paving Girls Basketball Top Ten

Despite having a 14-game winning streak snapped in a 62-51 loss to Westtown, PA, Rutgers Prep remains the top team in the Bellamy & Son Paving Girls’ Basketball Top Ten.

The Argos won their opener 60-34 on Central Jersey Sports Radio back on December 17, and face Southern in their opening game of the Score at the Shore Tournament Monday.

No one dropped out of the Week One rankings, with four teams only managing one game due to COVID-related cancellations either of their own doing or by their opponents.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko break down the full Top Ten, complete with notes on each team:

Ledden’s 20 points power No. 1 Rutgers Prep to 60-34 win over No. 8 Franklin

It took top-ranked Rutgers Prep a little time to get its sea legs. The defense was there, but the shots weren’t dropping.

Once they started falling, it was over early for No. 8 Franklin, which took six minutes to sore its first points, as the Argonauts pulled away to a 33-13 halftime lead, before closing out the Warriors 60-34 on the opening night of the 2021-22 high school basketball season, as heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

Junior Katie Ledden – who will see a bigger role this year after the departure of four starters – made it known she’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the Skyland Conference and beyond, as she dropped in 20 points and was all over the court on defense, too, blocking shots and pick-pocketing Franklin’s ball-handlers.

Three players finished in double figures for Prep (1-0), including Mikayla Blakes with 11 and Chloe Escanillas with 10. The Argos also hit seven times from beyond the arc.

Franklin was led by Christina Midgette; the senior scored 18, but none of her teammates had more than seven points in the game.

NOTE: This story was corrected to show Blakes had 11 points, not Antonia Bates.

Click below to hear postgame reaction from Rutgers Prep’s season-opening win over Franklin:

Junior guard Katie Ledden
Head coach Mary Klinger