PATERSON, NJ - The Eastside High Ghosts fell three wins short of being the best team in New Jersey. But at least one player from Paterson is wearing the state crown.
Senior point guard Myles Mack, who transferred to Saint Anthony's when Paterson Catholic shut down last year, lead the Friars to the Tournament of Champions title Monday night, a 61-49 win over Plainfield. In fact, St. Anthony's is also ranked number one in the country by USA Today.
Mack had 17 points, four assists and four steals in the championship at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Another former Paterson Catholic player, Kyle Anderson, who lives in Hudson County, was St. Anthony's MVP with 17 points, six rebounds, eight assists and two steal.
Mack and Anderson's performance in the title game makes you wonder whether the Cougars would have been state champions had their school not closed.
Besides Mack and Anderson, Paterson Catholic transfer Jhamir White made first-team all-county
squad for his stellar play at Kennedy High, while another PC transfer, junior DeAndre Noble, made first team all-county after a super season for Eastide. In fact, two other Paterson Catholic transfers - Reggie Cameron and Kavon Stewart - were big reasons why Hudson Catholic in Jersey City suddenly emerged as a top-20 team in New Jersey last year.
Mack who plans to play for Rutgers in the Big East next year, is one of 40 high school players in the country picked to compete in the All-American Championship
in Houston on April 3.