Syracuse-Bound Ennis Goes for 14 as St. Benedict’s Snaps St. Anthony’s 83-Game Winning Streak (UPDATED)

 

Ennis St. Ben'sNEWARK — The streak is over.

In the unofficial New Jersey state championship game, Syracuse-bound point guard Tyler Ennis scored 14 points and Pitt-bound forward Mike Young had 13 as St. Benedict’s Prep ended St. Anthony’s 83-game winning streak, 47-38, in the Newark National Invitational at  the Prudential Center before a crowd of 4,349.

“It’s great,” Ennis said after receiving MVP honors. “[St. Anthony] gave us our first loss [last year], so for us to give them their first loss is just revenge in our hearts.”

St. Benedict’s victory avenged a 51-50 loss to St. Anthony in a January 2012 in a game played in Hackensack. The Gray Bees led by eight points in the second half, but couldn’t hold on.

Sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe –who had guaranteed the victory — added 11 point for the Gray Bees, who are ranked No. 5 nationally by USA Today and were coming off their only loss of the season Wednesday at Blair.

“It means a lot,” Briscoe said of the win. “Earlier in the week, I guaranteed the victory because I had confidence in my team and I was only worried about my team.”

Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley and the No. 4-ranked Friars (18-1) hadn’t lost a game since March 13, 2010 to Trenton Catholic, a stretch of almost three years.

The last time they lost a game, the Yankees were  the defending World Series champs and Tiger Woods was still married to Elin Nordegren.

St. Benedict’s students chanted, “Eighty-three and one” in the game’s final seconds.

“We lost by nine to a very good team,” Hurley said. “For us it’s not about the performance, not about the score, it’s about potential.

“I couldn’t come up with one positive.”

On this night, the Friars simply didn’t have enough offense to compete.

St. Anthony shot 12-of-44 (27 percent) from the field , while St. Benedict’s went 15-of-43 (35 percent).

“You know what, this is a great game for the state,” St. Benedict’s coach Mark Taylor said. “The crowd was great, the atmosphere was great. Both teams played very, very hard and played great defense.

“This was one of those ugly games that’s a great game. It’s kind of like watching two pitchers duel it out and the score’s 1-0 at the end of the night. It was who was going to persevere longer.”

Oregon State commit Hallice Cooke led St. Anthony with 12 points, while Temple signee Josh Brown managed 10 points. The duo combined for eight of the Friars’ 12 field goals.

BriscoeSt. Benedict’s led by as many as 16 points, 37-21, before St. Anthony closed it to within 41-35 with 2:01 remaining.

Jordan Forehand hit two foul shots to extend the lead to 43-35. Young then scored back-to-back baskets to make it 47-35.

St. Anthony’s loss ends a dramatic run that crossed two and a half seasons under Hurley, the Hall of Famer.

After beating St. Benedict’s last season, St. Anthony then beat an Andrew Wiggins-led Huntington Prep team the following month to keep their second perfect season alive with current UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson running the point.

St. Anthony went 65-0 across two seasons with Anderson at the school and then won their first 18 game of this season.

This game appeared to lose some of its luster after St. Benedict’s lost to Blair, but Ennis called that game “a wakeup call for us.”

“For this whole week, we were so focused, we just keyed in on whatever coach told us and it was just a wakeup call,” he said. “I think that really helped us get to this game.”

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Rutgers coach Mike Rice and Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard  were among those watching. Rutgers and Seton Hall are both recruiting Briscoe…Northwestern-bound PG Jaren Sina had 22 points and 10 assists to lead Gill St. Bernard’s over Roselle Catholic, 63-59. Illinois commit Austin Colbert added 15 points in the win. Syracuse signee Tyler Roberson went for 21 points and 17 boards in the loss, while 2015 wing Malachi Richardson had 17 points and six assists. He’s being recruited by Duke, Indiana, Ohio State and more.

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149 comments
UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

The Farm ready for another day of hard hitting practice! We cant wait for the droopy bowl!  Main thing, we stay healthy, Go Jets!

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Why does a little 6 letter word"Cimini" stir some of you guys up into a psychotic frenzy? I think they make something for that, I know, I am a customer, lol

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Gangrels, those fangs were out last night! Keep it up and those fangs chomping, you guys are the best!  I love it when you guys get rough, lol

Monty
Monty

want to feel good about the jets qb situation? Watch browns vs redskins from tonight. You would think they were throwing in a hurricane..

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Rich is now dressed in a nice suit in his avatar. The cat is going corporate, lol 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

   I didn't want to be too critical of Idzik after the draft but I did have issues with the way he went about it. I didn't love the McDougle pick but was okay with it because we needed a corner (Mcdougle can still be a good player but I would have preferred Gabe Jackson (G) who was picked by the Raiders one pick later).  I read an article about D. R-Cromartie prior to him visiting the jets. It was all about why he made the comments he did about wanting to retire. In a nut shell he was upset that people wouldn't commit long term to him. So, what does Idzik do? He low balls him and offers him I believe a one year deal. Does Idzik do his research? It would have taken one click to realize that that deal wasn't going to bring him in. 

   I couldn't understand then and still don't understand now why he didn't make a trade to move up and get one of the better wide receivers (He could have packaged our second pick, a couple of 4th's etc. to move up and get M. Lee). Quantity in my estimation is never better then quality! Saunders, McDougle, and Evans are out. What did this surplus of draft picks do for us? I know you can't predict injuries but I'm officially not pleased with Idzik's business/drafting acumen. It seems that most fans have a better idea of how to build a team then he does. 

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

Joey, can you please stop spamming useless drivel? You make TJB worse with every single post.

jaygo
jaygo

@Monty


Two new head coaches, two new offenses, QBs that barely played last year or rookies, pre-season, lots of new players, no game planning, etc etc etc.  Not sure what you expect.  Though I do agree Jets are far from the worse team in the league.

Disgruntled Jets Fan
Disgruntled Jets Fan

Just in time! This might be the first year I care about anyone on the PS.

jaygo
jaygo

@UncleJoesJetFarm


A walk down memory lane . . .



Rich Cimini of ESPN, who writes primarily about the New York Jets, has apparently been caught red-handed running a fake Twitter account that he uses to parody and slander other beat writers. 


According to the reports, Cimini runs a Twitter account (@steiny55) that masquerades as Jake Steinberg (true account @steiny31) of TheJetsBlog.com. The account has also been used to slander Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News and Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com. In one of the more bizarre occurrences in recent Twitter history, Cimini accidentally posted legitimate breaking news about Jets linebacker Calvin Pace from his fake account. The post was then deleted from the fake account and reposted under Cimini's official account, but not before the tweet was noticed and screen-shotted. Cimini is reportedly denying the accusation, although the evidence seems both comical and convincing. Commented Bassett: I don't possess direct knowledge, but there's evidence it's a member of the press. I'm around the Jets beat very infrequently, but it doesn't take much time to get a sense just how dysfunctional it is as a group, so much so that someone would waste time making fun of genuinely good people. Even if they try and couch it as just in fun, the person responsible for the account spent a preseason game day tweeting over 70 times rather than doing their job, that tells me all I care to know. 

The type of content being produced by this beat writer's fake account includes direct attempts to hurt the reputations of other Jets beat writers, such as this one: Is there any fan, even a casual one, that feels Manish Mehta knows more about football than they do?  Cimini just got caught in quite the embarrassing predicament.

MikeFrancesser
MikeFrancesser

@UncleJoesJetFarm
You are the only one who cares about what Cimdickiot is wearing in his avatar.  Just stop it already with the Cimini updates.  You're clogging the thread with utter nonsense. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm There are literally millions of things people would rather talk about on this site than Dickard's wardrobe attire outside of his mom jeans. 

juunit
juunit

@Tequila Joe 

Well, just think how screwed we'd be if we only picked seven guys and still had all these injuries to the draft picks. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe Can we wait until at least halfway through the season before we start destroying the draft? Even then it will be seasons too early, but at least they'll have played some games first. 

a57se
a57se

@Tequila Joe 

I think his player evaluation skills are not as good as he thinks they are.

Oberyn1
Oberyn1

@jaygo @Monty Both Hoyer and Manziel made some awful throws tonight. Couldn't hit open guys several times.

Monty
Monty

@a57se @Tequila Joe you people are amazing .. players got hurt. haha all reports from camp said Mcdougle was pushing to start and saunders was catching everything. Amaro pryor sheldon geno smith and milner look like game changers relax.. Fing whining jet fans..

juunit
juunit

@Tequila Joe @juunit 

You asked what the surplus of picks did for us. It's given us plenty of rookies to pencil in despite a high number of injuries to them. 

I would've been in favor of trading up for Lee. I definitely feel that Lee > Amaro + Evans.

However, if we'd done that, and Lee was one of the injuries, that would be three less players available. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe I know, but it's premature to act like the Jets missed out on a player, we don't know what these players are yet, that's all. 

MikeFrancesser
MikeFrancesser

@a57se @MikeFrancesser @Tequila Joe I don't think he's the one doing all of that.  I don't think a lot of GMs are doing that either.  Of course he has the final say, but I doubt an NFL GM, or really any professional sports GM, has the time to make all of these player evaluations.  He puts people he trusts in place to do it.

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe @Brendan Some will be playing. And rookies on other teams have gotten/will get hurt. 


It's a long process, you know you can't evaluate a draft this early. 

Tequila Joe
Tequila Joe

@Brendan @Tequila Joe True...I'm just pissed we didn't get a viable corner to match up with Milliner. The draft wouldn't be bothering me as much if that need was addressed. 

MikeFrancesser
MikeFrancesser

@Hanknaples
I'm saying the GM is not a scout.  He's not making player evaluations himself to the extent that his staff is.

Brendan
Brendan

@Tequila Joe They got a stud safety instead. Let's see what Pryor does before we get upset about that. 

a57se
a57se

@MikeFrancesser @Hanknaples 

Mike, you are arguing that Idzik doesn't know about player evaluations yet he is the one who makes the decisions... is this correct?

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@MikeFrancesser @Hanknaples 

The GM runs all player evaluation/scouting dept's which run dozens of scouts through out the nation!!

However Rexy's finger prints (vision, style, type) is on every player !!

He has to coach, develop and mold into the unit he wants his team to be (ENVISION)! Therefore, he is held ULTIMATELY responsible !!

MikeFrancesser
MikeFrancesser

@a57se

No.  I'm saying he isn't the one scouting, evaluating talent, etc.  The people he hires are.  I didn't say anywhere that he "doesn't know about player evaluations."  I have no idea what his ability is or isn't in this regard.

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples 


Early indications are that Idzik prefers to compartmentalize the organization much more than his predecessor did. That means having the college and pro scouting departments provide information for the GM. And it also means that Ryan's say-so on personnel isn't what it was under Tannenbaum. By all accounts, Idzik does his job by gathering intel and analytically making decisions.

a57se
a57se

@MikeFrancesser @a57se 

If you have no idea, then why are you arguing with my opinion that he does a poor job evaluating talent. I am not saying he does all the scouting and writes all the reports, that would be retarded and I really don't think you think I am retarded. I AM saying that it is his job to make personnel decisions and in the process of making those decisions, his evaluation skills are lacking.

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

What part of 
".....its the responsiblity of the GM to get the players the HC needs to realize that vision !!".....in MY comment did you miss??

Brendan
Brendan

@Hanknaples I didn't miss it. You seemed to not have read the article you linked to. 

Hanknaples
Hanknaples

@Brendan 

I don't understand where the article differs from my comments !!!

Just being contrarian....like always !!!