Hurley Wins Morgan Wootten Award

The awards keep piling up for St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley.

Hurley on Monday was given the Morgan Wootten Award for Lifetime Achievement in Coaching High School Basketball.

The accolade comes a week after Hurley, 63, notched his 1,000th career victory over Jersey City St. Mary’s.

Last August, Hurley became just the third high school coach ever inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame.

He has won 23 state titles, 10 Tournament of Champions crowns and three mythical national titles. To read more of this story, click here

No. 2 St. Anthony Fends Off No. 22 Boys & Girls; Friars On Pace for Colossal Showdown With St. Pat's

NEW YORK – Bob Hurley didn’t get to 997 career victories without making some executive coaching decisions at tense moments.

With his team trailing by 12 points in the second half to Brooklyn Boys and Girls and on the brink of a major upset Saturday in the SNY Invitational championship game, Hurley made a critical call.

“We just went to what we call ‘Fist,’” Hurley said after St. Anthony, No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25, rallied to beat the No. 22 Kangaroos, 43-38, at LIU-Brooklyn for their first SNY crown and Hurley’s 998th career win.

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Mack, St. Anthony Win in Battle of Big East Point Guards

NEW YORK – Jabarie Hinds and Myles Mack seem destined for a Big East rivalry for years to come.

With Hinds headed to West Virginia and Mack to Rutgers, the two point guards are slated for annual showdowns for the next several years.

But on Friday night, Mack got the best of Hinds when unbeaten St. Anthony, No. 2 in the USA Today Super 25, beat Mount Vernon, 60-47, at LIU-Brooklyn to advance to the championship game of the SNY Invitational.

“It was a matchup we had built for a lot of years,” said the 5-foot-9 Mack, who scored 12 points and dished 2 assists in the win. “He played very good the second half; he got his shots off. But we won the game so that’s all that matters.” To read more of this story, click here

SNY Feature on West Virginia-Bound Jabarie Hinds

Great feature here on West Virginia-bound point guard Jabarie Hinds of Mount Vernon, with sound from Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon.

The Knights play St. Anthony in the SNY Invitational Friday night at 8. Rice meets Boys & Girls in the first game.

The winners square off Saturday at 4 p.m. for the title.


**Jim Laise of talks West Virginia hoops

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Gilchrist Leads St. Pat's Into City of Palms Final; McLemore, Cook Pace Oak Hill to Hawaii Title; Jordan Classic Moving to North Carolina

Basketball fans hoping to see a Michael Gilchrist-Austin Rivers showdown Wednesday night on ESPNU won’t get their wish.

Gilchrist, the 6-foot-7 Kentucky signee, held up his end of the bargain by dropping a career-high 34 points and 13 rebounds as Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick downed Mater Dei, 71-61, in the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic in Fort Meyers, Fla.

But Duke-bound Rivers and Winter Park came up short, 63-62, to Milton (Ga.) in the other semi.

St. Patrick, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, will face No. 15 Milton at 9:30 on ESPNU. To read more of this story, click here

St. Pat's, Oak Hill, Mount Vernon Reach Holiday Semis

Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Oak Hill (Va.) Academy and Mount Vernon all advanced to the semifinals of prestigious holiday tournaments Saturday.

St. Patrick, ranked No. 11 by USA Today, beat Chicago Whitney Young, 92-68, in the quarterfinals of the City of Palms Classic behind 37 points from Western Kentucky signee Derrick Gordon.

St. Pat’s on Tuesday will face the winner of Monday’s game between Mater Dei (Calif.) and Christ School (N.C.).

Gordon’s made 12 of 20 shots, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, to go with three steals. To read more of this story, click here

Hinds, Mount Vernon Head to Hawaii

MOUNT VERNON -- As Jabarie Hinds stood in the lobby of Mount Vernon High School Monday afternoon, he received a special request from school safety officer Debbie Thompson.

Thompson asked Hinds, the 6-foot, 170-pound West Virginia-bound point guard, to autograph her glossy new Mount Vernon basketball calendar.

“Jabarie’s the man,” Thompson said. “He’s a smart kid. He has an ambition. He knows what he wants and he’s going for it. That’s a great thing.”

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