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St. Anthony wins third national title

The game was in hand. The last significant hurdle to a national championship had been cleared. The timeout was for ceremonial purposes – a chance for Myles Mack of No. 1 Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony to get a well-deserved ovation from the sellout crowd after a rousing victory over then-No. 2 Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick.

But as he headed to the bench, legendary St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley did what he does best – a little bit of coaching.

Myles, it appeared, had not cradled the ball properly while signaling for the timeout. Hurley, before giving him a celebratory hug, spent just a few seconds for another piece of instruction.

No doubt, No. 1

St. Anthony came together as a team and took home the RivalsHigh 100 national championship.
St. Anthony wrapped up the top spot in the final RivalsHigh Top 100 three victories later. It finished the season at 31-0.

It’s the third national title in the illustrious career of Hurley, one that saw him earn a spot in the Naismith Hall of Fame and win his 1,000th career game in the past 12 months.

But this title – and this team – has been unlike any other in Hurley’s 39-year career.

While Hurley is used to reloading his powerhouse program with fresh young talent year after year, this season brought a different scenario as Mack and fellow starter Kyle Anderson transferred to St. Anthony after their previous school, Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, closed. Interestingly, their final game at Paterson Catholic was a loss to St. Anthony.

“It’s been difficult for them,” Hurley said of Mack and Anderson .

The transition wasn’t easy.

“We have kids here who can play,” Hurley said, “so we had to figure out how to have them play with these two - and these two had to figure out how we play.”

And while the season ended at 31-0, it was not a smooth ride to perfection – nothing like the St. Anthony team that rolled to the 2008 national title behind six Division I players.

The team took over the top spot in mid-January after it overwhelmed Hyattsville, 75-25, at the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Two weeks later, St. Anthony had one of its toughest tests, needing to rally for a 43-38 victory over New York City (N.Y.) Boys & Girls.

Its biggest game – and the most anticipated in the country this season – came on March 9 against St. Patrick at Rutgers.

St. Patrick had the best player in the game – Kentucky-bound forward Michael Gilchrist – and had the upper hand in the first half, when it took a 28-23 lead over a St. Anthony squad that was struggling to keep up.

Hurley, relying on his years of experience, turned the game after a halftime talk that was more basics than bravado.

“To yell and scream at someone who is giving all they have (doesn’t make sense),” he said. “Mistakes were made because St. Patrick was so good.”

St. Anthony was better in the second half: Better conditioned, better disciplined. The Friars pulled to within a point after three quarters, then pulled away in the fourth.

Three games later, St. Anthony had completed another unbeaten season – and had won another national title.

This one, however, was unlike all the others.


 
TeamCityStateRecordPvs.
1St. AnthonyJersey CityNJ31-01
National Champion. New Jersey Tournament of Champions winner: The showdown with St. Patrick is one of a few that lived up to its hype. St. Anthony grabbed the top spot in early January and never let loose.
2MarcusFlower MoundTX39-12
Texas Class 5A State Champion: Defense wins championships and the clamps that Marcus put on teams throughout the playoffs proved that time and again.
3NorcomPortsmouthVA30-13
Virginia Group AAA State Champion: Norcom is a squad with an outlier look-ahead loss. It is the class of Virginia and could compete with anyone; had it been undefeated, it could have an argument for a national title.
4St. PatrickElizabethNJ26-14
St. Patrick was one quarter away from controlling its destiny and winning a national title. It was clearly a Top 5 team on the season despite the loss to St. Anthony.
5Montrose ChristianRockvilleMD25-16
NHSI Champions: Montrose lost a classic look-ahead game to Linden (N.J.) but rebounded win the rest of its games including the season-ending NHSI. It is easy to forgive another outlier game within the Top 10.
6Oak Hill AcademyMouth Of WilsonVA29-47
Two of the four losses for Oak Hill came in double overtime to Montrose Christian. The team climbed to No. 1 in the middle of the season and ends inside the Top 10.
7Wichita HeightsWichitaKS25-05
Kansas Class 6A State Champion: Perry Ellis and the rest of the team rolled to a state title. The group of juniors in Wichita alone makes winning the state a great season, let alone go undefeated in.
8Miller GroveLithoniaGA31-2*11
Georgia AAAA State Champion: Miller Grove also has a win over Milton on its resume along with a state title in a very good hoops state.
9Mater DeiSanta AnaCA32-312
California Division I State Champion: Mater Dei has used a different style of play the last three years and each has been successful.
10Lakeview CentennialGarlandTX37-210
Centennial ended up the No. 2 team in Texas; this season, that is no small feat.
11DwyerWest Palm BeachFL31-2*17
Florida Class 5A State Champion: Not just a football standout, Jacoby Brisset was a star on the basketball court as well. Dwyer ended nationally-ranked in both sports.
12SimeonChicagoIL30-215
Illinois Class 4A State Champion: A young team that likes to play defense could be primed for a No. 1 preseason ranking next year.
13PolyLong BeachCA31-222
The senior-led team finished as the No. 2 team in California. It was the No. 2 team in the country at one point.
14Findlay PrepHendersonNV28-49
The talent is always there and the team showed well all season.
15ChesterChesterPA31-119
Pennsylvania Quad A State Champion: Chester was the preseason favorite in the Keystone State and proved to be the best throughout the year.
16KimballDallasTX38-318
Texas Class 4A State Champion: Kimball suffered some early losses but rebounded for a state title by beating La Marque.
17CentennialCoronaCA30-521
A very strong basketball season for the Huskies. A strong run in the playoffs keep this team inside the Top 5 of California teams.
18Huntington PrepHuntingtonWV22-323
The Express is a team on the rise. In only its second year of existence, the Huntington Prep team made its mark with some big wins.
19La SalleCincinnatiOH28-228
Ohio Division I State Champion: La Salle entered the Ohio tournament as the top-ranked team and it proved why, taking home the title.
20HopkinsMinnetonkaMN32-129
Minnesota Class 4A State Champion: A poor shooting performance cost this team a perfect season. Hopkins twice avenged its lone loss to Eden Prairie including the state final.
21ColumbiaDecaturGA30-330
Georgia Class AAA State Champion: The top teams in Georgia could compete nationally regardless of class.
22Booker T. WashingtonTulsaOK22-020
Oklahoma Class 5A State Champion: The best team in Oklahoma overcame off-the-court issues and remained focused to win the state title.
23Christ SchoolArdenNC32-525
North Carolina Private School 3A State Champion: Christ School proved to be the best team in the state.
24Bloomington SouthBloomingtonIN26-258
Indiana Class 4A State Champion: The top team in Indiana is almost always among the Top 25 in the country and this year is no different.
25CraigmontMemphisTN33-5NR
Tennessee Division I Class 3A State Champion : It is no surprise that the best team in the state is from Memphis. It is a little surprising it was Craigmont.
26NorcrossNorcrossGA24-932
Georgia Class AAAAA State Champion: Norcross made a fantastic run to prove what we thought all along - this was one of the best teams nationally.
27MiltonAlpharettaGA29-333
A brutal regular season schedule can be undone with not finishing strong. A loss to Norcross in the state final was a tough end to the season.
28Mccluer NorthFlorissantMO30-434
Missouri Class 5 State Champion: Knocking off Chaminade put this squad in the driver's seat and it took home the state title.
29ChaminadeSaint LouisMO27-135
Bradley Beal and squad was one game away from an undefeated season. When you lose is important and not taking home a state title hurts.
30DouglassOklahoma CityOK25-451
Oklahoma Class 4A State Champion: Douglass was marked as the team to beat in Oklahoma at the beginning of the season. It was the best in class but not best in state.
31Archbishop MittySan JoseCA32-265
California Division II State Champion: Mitty represented well for the NorCal teams winning a state title.
32La MarqueLa MarqueTX33-836
The season did not end with a state title but an impressive run to the final results in a major boost in ranking.
33LutheranGlen HeadNY23-4NR
New York Class A Federation Champion: Speculation that LuHi was the best team in New York started in January. Dominating St. Mary's in the finals confirmed it.
34Mount VernonMount VernonNY23-5NR
New York Class AA Federation Champion: Mt. Vernon bounced in and out of the rankings all season. Winning its Federation tournament cements its place.
35Imhotep Inst Charter SchoolPhiladelphiaPA31-338
Pennsylvania Class AA State Champion: The gap was not too far between Imhotep and Chester; both are Top 50 teams in the country.
36Oak Ridge Military AcademyOak RidgeNC33-639
Oak Ridge made its debut in the RivalsHigh 100 this season and maintained its spot nearly the entire season.
37De La SalleConcordCA27-6NR
Like its football team, the Spartans defense is the heart of the team. The hoops program is gaining ground based on fundamental defense.
38BallGalvestonTX34-443
A good season came to an end at the hands of La Marque in the 4A playoffs.
39LincolnDallasTX32-444
One of the most talented teams in the state of Texas ended the year without a state title.
40White StationMemphisTN29-747
Memphis is still one of the best hoops cities in the county and the No. 2 team in the city belongs inside the Top 50 nationally.
41MeridianMeridianMS29-250
Mississippi Class 6A State Champion: The Wildcats were the clear top team in the state this year.
42Lone PeakHighlandUT24-154
Utah Class 4A State Champion: Being called BYU's junior varsity team is not a bad thing.
43NorthlandColumbusOH26-257
Northland was the No. 2 team in Ohio entering the playoffs and ended as the rankings suggested it would. A runner-up finish this year is better than the team did with NCAA breakout player Jared Sullinger last year.
44Kalamazoo CentralKalamazooMi25-3NR
Michigan Class A State Champion: Central downed Southeastern to win the title. The team was fairly balanced and had few bad games this season.
45Christ The KingMiddle VillageNY22-756
The list of losses are impressive. It would have been nice to steal a win in some of those games to improve the ranking.
46Boys & GirlsBrooklynNY23-837
Boys & Girls had an up-and-down season with great wins and surprising losses. It also nearly took the national title hopes of St. Anthony in a very close contest mid-season.
47Winter ParkWinter ParkFL28-614
Florida Class 6A State Champion: Austin Rivers led the team to another state title. A nationally remarkable schedule had ups-and-downs but the season ended with a banner.
48Montverde AcademyMontverdeFL22-426
Montverde's season ended with both a tough loss on the court and then the loss of its coach.
49Friends Central SchoolWynnewoodPA23-449
The private school played plenty of tough games and lost some narrow defeats. The No. 3 team in Pennsylvania making the Top 50 is a rarity.
50BeardenKnoxvilleTN34-348
Bearden fell in the state final to Craigmont. This team is generally the best hoops team from East Tennessee every year.
51Linn Mar Community SchoolMarionIA26-046
Iowa Class 4A State Champion: Iowa has produced better state champions; however, this team can still play with many others nationally.
52St. Mary'sManhassetNY29-142
There were times during the season that it looked like St. Mary's was the best team in New York.
53Abraham LincolnBrooklynNY29-345
Lincoln exited the season with three losses. Looking back, the only one that makes sense was to Boys & Girls.
54TaftWoodland HillsCA29-341
The season ended with a playoff loss to Corona Centennial. Taft is still a national name and has a tremendous hoops program.
55BossierBossier CityLA33-259
Louisiana Class 4A State Champion: Class 4A was one of the best in the state this year and Bossier came out on top.
56Grace PrepArlingtonTX22-662
Some of its wins help overlook the six-loss season.
57KokomoKokomoIN21-291
Kokomo played for the state title in Class 4A. The season was a success despite the loss.
58Christian CountyHopkinsvilleKY25-9NR
Kentucky Sweet Sixteen Champion: One of two remaining unclassified tournaments in the country has proven some surprise winners the last few years. Christian County was this year's Cinderella.
59EasternLouisvilleKY34-327
Eastern lost in the semifinals to state champ Christian County. Certainly a tough loss and one that not many saw happening.
60SextonLansingMI26-2NR
Michigan Class B State Champion: At points this season, Sexton could have been as high as No. 1 in Michigan or as low as No. 6 depending on what night you saw it play. The team ends No. 2.
61Castro ValleyCastro ValleyCA30-2*40
Castro Valley had the talent to win a state title. The run ended with a loss to defensively-minded De La Salle.
62North CentralIndianapolisIN22-353
A semifinal-round loser in Indiana checks in at No. 3 in the state final rankings.
63LincolnSan DiegoCA31-28
Lincoln suffered what we believe to be an outlier loss at the worst possible time - in the state playoffs.
64JesuitPortlandOR26-260
Oregon Class 6A State Champion: The class of Oregon all season takes home the title.
65Gonzaga PrepSpokaneWA24-361
Washington Class 4A State Champion: Gonzaga Prep spent several rankings periods just missing the RivalsHigh 100. A state title seals the deal.
66Westbury ChristianHoustonTX37-264
A close private school debate was settled on the floor with Grace Prep beating Westbury at season's end.
67LoyolaLos AngelesCA25-6NR
As the year wore on, Loyola played better hoops and this placement felt justified.
68GarfieldSeattleWA24-467
Garfield ended the year as the state runner-up in Washington.
69IrmoColumbiaSC27-368
South Carolina Class AAA State Champion: Irmo took advantage of a wide-open Palmetto State tournament, winning the No. 1 spot in the state.
70Lloyd C BirdChesterfieldVA25-469
Bird fought hard to get to the Group AAA final before falling to Norcom.
71YatesHoustonTX25-470
A loss to La Marque ended the year after winning the previous season's national title.
72North PointWaldorfMD27-071
Maryland Class 4A State Champion: An undefeated state winner in Maryland is something to be very proud of.
73Dr. PhillipsOrlandoFL25-6NR
Florida's No. 4 team is usually a safe bet for a solid placement. This year, hoops in the state were a little down and so the placement for Dr. Phillips shows just that.
74SoutheasternDetroitMI21-4NR
Michigan hoops is solid as always and Southeastern looks like it can play with any of the top teams. It was the runner-up in Class A.
75Canyon SpringsNorth Las VegasNV29-273
Nevada Class 4A State Champion: Canyon Springs downed Bishop Gorman and continued on to win a state title. An impressive feat, without question.
76Bishop GormanLas VegasNV25-674
A loss in a state semifinal was not expected. The young team could use it as fuel for a national title run next season.
77ButlerHuntsvilleAL32-275
Alabama Class 4A State Champion: The best in Alabama was a few points away from an undefeated season.
78BallardLouisvilleKY29-476
Ballard could not get a win over Eastern this season going 0-3 against the squad. But 29-1 in its remaining games is an impressive resume.
79DunbarDaytonOH22-377
Dunbar was, at one point, in the discussion for the top spot in Ohio.
80Sanford SchoolHockessinDE23-290
Delaware State Champion: It took a buzzer-beater to down Red Lion Christian. A fantastic finish to the season.
81Hales FranciscanChicagoIL27-4NR
Illinois Class 2A State Champion: Hales had a few significant out-of-state wins as well as a state title. Hailing from Chicago doesn't hurt the argument either.
82MunsterMunsterIN26-113
The lone loss of the season came in the semifinal round in the Indiana playoffs.
83Edmond MemorialEdmondOK27-179
Oklahoma Class 6A State Champion: A one-loss season and a state title is a great year for the No. 3 team in Oklahoma.
84Muskegon HeightsMuskegonMI21-7NR
Heights lost in the state final to Sexton.
85MelroseMemphisTN26-7*NR
The preseason No. 1 team did not come close to living up to expectations. However, playing in Memphis against several top programs will nearly guarantee several losses by season's end.
86CentralMemphisTN23-978
The battle for Memphis was hotly contested and the roundabout between Melrose, Central and White Station was not clearly defined.
87William Howard TaftSan AntonioTX35-680
Underrated for much of the season, Taft gained plenty of respect with its late season performance.
88EtiwandaEtiwandaCA29-455
Two losses to Long Beach Poly to end the season are nothing to be ashamed of.
89SalesianRichmondCA26-12NR
Salesian faced many challenges this year and ended the year with the most losses of any ranked team nationally - a testament to the quality of the program.
90Cedar HillCedar HillTX33-482
A successful season for Cedar Hill ended with a loss to eventual champion Marcus.
91Jacksonville SeniorJacksonvilleAR24-484
Arkansas Class 6A State Champion: Jacksonville went through some of the best in the Natural State to claim the title.
92ParkviewLittle RockAR27-585
The state runner-up in Arkansas had a solid season.
93HallLittle RockAR23-786
Arkansas Class 7A State Champion: Usually Hall is the name-brand team in Arkansas, but this season it was clear the 6A teams were the cream of the crop.
94Mountain ViewMesaAZ27-387
Arizona Class 5A Division I State Champion: Arizona was slightly down this season and its state title winner barely slides into the 80s.
95Riverside AcademyReserveLA33-688
Louisiana Class 2A State Champion: Switching in and out of the rankings all season will be taken care of with a state title.
96PeabodyAlexandriaLA33-489
Peabody ended the year as the No. 3 team in Louisiana - a spot it occupied much of the season. It also lost the state final to Bossier.
97Patterson HighBaltimoreMd25-294
Losing in the state final to North Point was a tough way to the end the year.
98Highland SpringsHighland SpgsVA26-497
Delaware-bound guard Jarvis Threatt nearly took the team to the state final, losing to Norcom in a semifinal.
99Wayne CountyWaynesboroMS31-199
Mississippi Class 5A State Champion: An all-around solid season ends with a spot in the RivalsHigh 100.
100Westwind AcademyPhoenixAZ30-2100
Arizona Class 2A State Champion: Numerous teams in Arizona could claim the No. 2 spot in the state. Westwind was playing the best at season's end.

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