Posted by Star-Ledger Staff
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There are three top tournaments across the state this weekend. A look:
WHEN: Friday at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway
Immaculata vs. St. Joseph (Met.), 5
Duncanville (Tx.) vs. LeFlore (Ala.), 6:30
Paterson Catholic vs. Lincoln (N.Y.), 8
Plainfield vs. Piscataway, 9:30
TICKETS: $25 and $15. Both prices include adults, students and senior citizens
BEST GAME: Plainfield, No. 7 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, vs. No. 11 Piscataway
PLAYERS OF NOTE: Lincoln guard Lance Stephenson (down to UCLA, Kanasas and Southern Cal); LeFlore forward DeMarcus Cousins (No. 2 overall player is undecided); Duncanville forward Shawn Williams (leaning toward Texas); Plainfield guard Isaiah Epps (headed to Pitt).
ONE MORE THING: Plainfield and Piscataway could be a preview of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4. final.
WHEN: Saturday at the Prudential Center, Newark
St. Peter's Prep vs. Pinewood Prep (S.C.), 12:30
Don Bosco Prep vs. Neumann Goretti (Pa.), 2
GIRLS: Bloomfield Tech vs. Shabazz, 3:30
St. Anthony vs. Whitney Young (Ill.), 5
St. Benedict's vs. Lincoln (N.Y.), 6:30
Union vs. LeFlore (Ala.), 8
TICKETS: Reserved seats $20. General admission $12 adults, $9 students.
BEST GAME: St. Benedict's vs. Lincoln
PLAYERS OF NOTE: In addition to LeFlore's Cousins and Lincoln's Stephenson (both noted above), there's St. Benedict's Tristan Thompson and Lamar Patterson (Pitt), St. Anthony's Dominic Cheek (Villanova) and Whitney Young's Chris Colvin (Iowa State).
ONE MORE THING: LeFlore (No. 14 in USA Today), began the week with a 67-54 triumph over Lincoln on Monday. Cousins had 17 points and 20 rebounds for LeFlore while Stephenson had 24 points and eight boards for Lincoln.
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WHEN: Saturday at the Dunn Center, Elizabeth
Scotch Plains-Fanwood vs. St. Mary's (Eliz.), 5
St. Patrick vs. East Orange Campus, 6:45
Piscataway vs. Elizabeth, 8:30
TICKETS: $12 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens
BEST GAME: Piscataway, No. 11 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, vs. No. 12 Elizabeth
PLAYERS OF NOTE: St. Patrick's senior guard Dexter Strickland (North Carolina), St. Patrick's Michael Gilchrist (just a sophomore), Piscataway swingman Tristan Benjamin and Elizabeth guard Latif Rivers.
ONE MORE THING: Two of the six teams playing in this event, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Piscataway, were among the 12 finalists in the state public school group and non-public tournament championship games last March. Scotch Plains beat Timber Creek in the Group 3 final while Piscataway fell to Rancocas Valley in the Group 4 title game.