Ennis, Young Lead St. Benedict’s to Jersey Prep Title
Tyler Ennis and his St. Benedict’s Prep teammates got revenge for their only loss of the season.
The Gray Bees crushed Blair Academy, 93-47, to win their second straight New Jersey Prep Championship at St. Benedict’s. Blair handed St. Ben’s (26-1) its only loss of the season, 54-52, last month.
Ennis, who may well become the starting point guard for Syracuse next season when the Orange head to the ACC, led the barrage with a 28-point, 12-assist, 6-steal effort, while Pittsburgh commit Mike Young contributed 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Also scoring in double figures for coach Mark Taylor’s team were Isaiah Briscoe (14 points) Tyrell Green (12 points) and Old Domininon-bound forward Denzell Taylor (10), who also hauled in 12 boards.
“We were extremely focused tonight and relaxed,” Taylor told SNY.tv. “Our guys wanted to prove it was a mistake [losing] at our first meeting at Blair.
“Our guys are focused and when they defend like they did tonight, they become a special team and a major problem for whoever we play. I love this team as a group on and off the court. It’s a good group to go to war with.”
The Gray Bees now have several games before they hoped to be invited to the ESPN national high school championship in April.
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