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St. Benedict's Prep to play No. 1 Mater Dei

In the high school basketball game of the day, St. Benedict's Prep of New Jersey is one of the biggest hurdles to unbeaten Mater Dei.

February 07, 2009|Ben Bolch;

GAME OF THE DAY

Newark (N.J.) St. Benedict's Prep (19-1)

at No. 1 Santa Ana Mater Dei (23-0)

Tonight at 9, ESPNU.

Why it matters: St. Benedict's Prep, ranked No. 2 in the country by USA Today, is the biggest remaining stumbling block top-ranked Mater Dei faces in its quest for an undefeated season. The Gray Bees come into the featured game of the Nike Extravaganza after their first defeat of the season -- an 88-62 loss against nationally ranked Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's. St. Benedict's Prep is led by Texas-bound junior forward Tristan Thompson and is coached by Dan Hurley, the brother of former Duke All-American point guard Bobby Hurley.

-- Ben Bolch

FRIDAY'S RESULT

Crenshaw 56, Fremont 54

Leading contributors: Junior swingman Duece Zaid scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half for visiting Crenshaw. Senior forward Tony Freeland had 16 points for Fremont.

The scoop: Fremont junior guard Savion Udeh's shot with five seconds left was off the mark. Crenshaw rebounded, and Reynaul Baker scored on a layup with one second left for the win.

Why it matters: After a brawl in their last game, the teams shook hands before tipoff. "I told the Crenshaw kids, 'Look, we don't have a beef with you guys,' " Fremont's Sam Sullivan said.

Records: Crenshaw 16-3, 8-1; Fremont 14-8, 7-3.

-- Ben Bolch

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