Conference Preview

Posted On: 02/12/21 11:16 AM

Weekend games are always fun to watch as they are an excellent opportunity to challenge teams. The pandemic has forced a lot of changes on the schedule, but it has also provided great match-ups on the weekend. Here are the under the radar match-ups to keep an eye out for this weekend.

Sterling vs. Cherokee

This South Jersey clash might be flying under the radar, but it shouldn’t be with both teams entering the contested undefeated. Antoine ArnettAntoineArnett6'5" | SFSterling | 2021StateNJ has been outstanding for the Silver Knights with five 20-point games this season. The lanky 6’5 wing loves to finish above the rim, but he can also put the ball on the floor and knock down jumpers. Cherokee has faced a tough schedule so far this season and is led by senior guard Drew WixtedDrewWixted6'2" | SGCherokee | 2021StateNJ’s combination of poise, toughness and skill. This game should be hotly contested throughout as both teams look to remain unbeaten on the season.

Red Bank Catholic vs. Holmdel

Another unbeaten showdown on the docket as both teams are jockeying for positions among the top 5 teams in the Shore. The Caseys are led by junior dual-sport athlete Alex BaumanAlexBauman6'4" | SFRed Bank Catholic | 2022StateNJ and sniper Cy ArvanitisCyArvanitis6'0" | SGRed Bank Catholic | 2022StateNJAntoine ArnettAntoineArnett6'5" | SFSterling | 2021StateNJ has been outstanding for the Silver Knights with five 20-point games this season. The lanky 6’5 wing loves to finish above the rim, but he can also put the ball on the floor and knock down jumpers. Cherokee has faced a tough schedule so far this season and is led by senior guard Drew WixtedDrewWixted6'2" | SGCherokee | 2021StateNJ’s combination of poise, toughness and skill. This game should be hotly contested throughout as both teams look to remain unbeaten on the season. Red Bank Catholic vs. Holmdel Another unbeaten showdown on the docket as both teams are jockeying for positions among the top 5 teams in the Shore. The Caseys are led by junior dual-sport athlete Alex BaumanAlexBauman6'4" | SFRed Bank Catholic | 2022StateNJ and sniper Cy ArvanitisCyArvanitis6'0" | SGRed Bank Catholic | 2022StateNJAlex BakerAlexBaker6'4" | PFHolmdel | 2021StateNJ is the main man for the Hornets, but he is not the only one capable of taking over games. Senior Ryan Bradley put up 23 points in his last game and is a good compliment to Baker. This game is vital as both teams are looking for supremacy in the Shore. Egg Harbor vs. Holy Spirit This game was played only a couple of weeks ago, but the rematch should be just as exciting. Carlos LopezCarlosLopez6'0" | PGEgg Harbor | 2022StateNJ finished the game with 17 points, five assists and three steals, showing his ability to impact the game in multiple ways. The 6’0 lefty is extremely crafty with the ball in his hands and has a good chemistry with sophomore DJ GermannDJGermann5'11" | PGEgg Harbor | 2023StateNJJahmir SmithJahmirSmith5'8" | PGHoly Spirit | 2023StateNJ has been on a scoring tear to start off the season with five 20-point games as he excels at drawing contact and getting to the line. This Cape-Atlantic League showdown will be one to watch with two of the more underrated guards in South Jersey. Morris Catholic vs. Madison This NJAC match-up will be fun to watch with two of the top junior guards in Morris County squaring off against each other. Omarion Jett-DobbsOmarionJett-Dobbs6'2" | CGMorris Catholic | 2022StateNJ is a tough, two-way guard who is at his best attacking the basket from the perimeter and can finish through contact. The Montclair transfer is also a good option to run the offense as he 11 assists in his last two games. Andrew StackAndrewStack6'2" | SGMadison | 2022StateNJ is a knockdown shooter from distance, but can also put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. Lorenzo PerezLorenzoPerez5'10" | PGMorris Catholic | 2023StateNJ and Justin BrownJustinBrown6'0" | PGMorris Catholic | 2022StateNJ will make an impact for Morris Catholic, but Jett-Dobbs’ defense on Stack will be the difference in the game. Eastern vs. Paul VI This Olympic Conference showdown is full of intriguing match-ups to watch, starting in the backcourt. Lindenwold transfer Tazir CanteyTazirCantey6'0" | PGEastern | 2021StateNJ is a scoring machine, capable of dropping 20 points on any given night. The Eagles have a pair of lockdown defenders in the backcourt in junior Jaden ArlineJadenArline5'11" | PGPaul VI | 2022StateNJ and senior Jaylen Boyd-SavageJaylenBoyd-Savage6'3" | CGPaul VI | 2021StateNJ. NJIT commit Wisler SanonWislerSanon6'2" | CGPaul VI | 2021StateNJ is also a big-time defender and he will have his hands full with lanky wing Zubair LeeZubairLee6'5" | SFEastern | 2021StateNJ, who is averaging a little under 22 points per game this season. Eastern and Paul VI should be a fun game to watch with both teams looking to get a win in the tough Olympic Conference.

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