Despite receiving word that UCLA signee Drew Gordon, a 6-foot-10 forward, will be out for the rest of the season with a left foot injury, the Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) Monrachs went out and beat Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.) in the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., on Monday. Though the loss of Gordon will hamper Archbishop Mitt the rest of the way, the Monarchs maintained their position at No. 7.
Also of note, St. Benedict's blew out perennial power DeMatha, 75-41, led by 20 points from Tamir Jackson. Earlier in the week, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), which was ranked No. 11 last week, lost to DeMatha, 46-42.
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St. Anthony (Jersey City) (13-0) Top junior recruit Dominic Cheek (18 points, eight rebounds) led the Friars' balanced attack in a 87-56 blowout of Monmouth Academy. Scott County (Georgetown, Ky.) faired no better, falling to St. Anthony, 95-52.
Next: Saturday vs. Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft) in the Brian Doherty Classic.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) (20-0)Without Travis Wear (left shin), Mater Dei was led by David Wear and Gary Franklin in wins over St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) and Lutheran (Orange, Calif.).
Next: Wednesday vs. Servite (Anaheim); Friday at Juniperro Serra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano).
St. Benedict's (Newark, N.J.) (12-1)Rare is the team that beats DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) by 34 points, but the Gray Bees made the Stags look like a JV team. Forwards Samardo Samuels and Greg Enchenique continue to complement each other in the high and low post.
Next: Saturday vs. Passaic County Tech in Brian Doherty Classic.
Duncanville (Texas) (25-1) The Panthers were tested in a 72-67 victory over Cedar Hill, but Brian Talley's 28 points helped Duncanville hold on.
Next: Friday at Sam Houston (Arlington).
Rice (Harlem, N.Y.) (21-1)Eight three-pointers from the diminutive sharpshooter Chris Fouch pushed the Raiders past Cathedral Prep (Erie, Pa.), 87-63. Then the New Yorkers slipped past St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) 60-57, behind point guard Kemba Walker's 14 points and seven assists.
Next: Jan. 29 vs. No. 21 Holy Cross (Flushing).
Chester (Pa.) (16-1)The Clippers continue to play and win as a team. Point guard Karon Burton scored 23 points and had four steals in a victory over Montverde Academy.
Next: Tuesday at Penn Wood (Landsdowne), Friday at Academy Park (Sharon Hill), Jan. 29 at Harriton (Bryn Mawr, Pa.).
Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.) (16-1)Playing without UCLA-bound Drew Gordon, the Monarchs still managed to defeat Holy Cross (Flushing, N.Y.) in the Hoophall Classic.
Next: Wednesday vs. Bellarmine Prep (San Jose); Saturday at Serra (San Diego).
Yates (Houston) (15-2)Wins over Houston's Davis (89-61) and Sharpstown (100-47) have the Mighty Lions primed and ready for the stretch run.
Next: Tuesday at Washington (Houston); Saturday against Austin (Houston).
Norcross (Ga.) (10-2)Denzail Jones and Zach Lamb scored 16 points each in a 89-46 win over Forsyth Central (Cumming, Ga.). The Blue Devils also beat Collins Hill (Suawanee, Ga.).
Next: Tuesday vs. Peachtree Ridge (Suwanee); Friday vs. South Forsyth (Cumming); Saturday vs. Mill Creek (Hoschton).
St. Patrick (Elizabeth, N.J.) (13-2)Despite 21 points and 11 rebounds from Kansas-bound Quintrell Thomas, the Celtics fell to Rice (Harlem, N.Y.).
Next: At Living Faith Christian (Cherry Hill, N.J.) January 29.
Moeller (Cincinnati) (14-1)Easy wins over Fenwick (Franklin, Ohio) and Archbishop Carroll (Dayton, Ohio) have the Fighting Crusaders rolling.
Next: Tuesday vs. Roger Bacon (Saint Bernard); Friday vs. Elder (Cincinnati); Saturday at Withrow (Cincinnati).
Lincoln (Coney Island, N.Y.) (14-2)Tiny Morton's Railsplitters may have grown up in the last week while playing without star junior Lance Stephenson, who was suspended for a school fight. With Stephenson back in the lineup Saturday, Pius XI (Milwaukee) saw how powerful Lincoln is with him as he scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Next: Sunday vs. No. 25 Holy Cross in Hoops for Hope Classic (Pittsburgh).
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