By DENNIS CHAMBERS MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — In a game where the hype was all about the superstar sophomore duo for the Ranney School, it was a sophomore from St. Anthony who made the biggest play of the night. Sophomore guard Alexander Rice – the son of Monmouth head coach King Rice – hit the game-winning three point basket with four seconds left on the clock to propel Bob Hurley and St. Anthony’s to a 51-48 victory Tuesday night in the Hoop Group Showcase at Brookdale Community College.
Ranney couldn’t get a shot off in the final seconds, so Rice’s shot brought the Friars’ consecutive win streak to 41 games, with the last loss taking place on March 14, 2015 to an Isaiah Briscoe-led Roselle Catholic squad. Howard-bound guard R.J. Cole added 18 points for St. Anthony’s (9-0), which will look to extend their winning streak to 42 games when they match up with arch-rival The Patrick School on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. as part of the Dan Finn Classic in Jersey City. The opposing elite talent this time – Ranney’s Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis – certainly received more buzz entering the contest, but Rice wanted to remind his classmates that he can play, too. “They get a lot of hype,” Rice said about the Ranney duo after the game. “But I think I’m just as good of a player, so I just want to show that I’m just as good as them and can play with anybody.” Playing with anybody would be putting it lightly when describing Rice’s performance Tuesday night. He led all scorers with 24 points, making five three-pointers, including the game-winner, en route to MVP of the game honors. Follow Dennis on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And like ZAGS on Facebook
This Xander Rice bomb with 3.4 seconds left broke a 48-all tie against Ranney. pic.twitter.com/mqqYlYjLzr— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) January 11, 2017