The Patrick School advances to UCT semis; Ismael Sanogo and East Side win ECT title

I was able to get my first look at Seton Hall signee Angel Delgado and No. 5 The Patrick School today at Rahway High School in the Union County Tournament Quarterfinals. Delgado plays alongside Seton Hall targets Bryce Aiken (2016, guard) and Jamir Harris (2017, shooting guard), both of whom have been offered.

All three players came off the bench for TPS about halfway into the first quarter. Jamir Harris, a lights-out outside shooter, drilled a three on his first offensive possession and scored 19 on the day, unofficially making 5-7 from long range on the day. Harris played the most minutes of the three, staying in the game after Aiken and Delgado were removed with the game decided midway through the second half. Harris displayed confidence in his shot from outside with spot-up shooting clearly his strength.

Seton Hall-bound Angel Delgado scored 8 points, snared 8 rebounds, blocked a shot on the perimeter, threw down a thunderous dunk in transition, and displayed dynamic defense in limited action. When Delgado did see the ball in the paint, he was decisive with the ball in his hands, displaying a smooth close-range touch. Angel is keen to use his athleticism and explosiveness in transition and frequently looks to run whenever he gets a chance. Delgado's clear strength is rebounding, which he put on display today. Whenever he gets a hand on a rebound the board is as good as his -- Delgado goes up for rebounds strong and has glue-like hands on the glass.

Combo guard Bryce Aiken is very quick on both sides of the ball, he disrupted St. Mary when defending while displaying adept ball-handling ability on offense. Aiken also has a capable outside shot, drilling one today.

The Patrick School led 34-19 at the half and came flying out of the locker room, this time starting Aiken, Delgado, and Harris. TPS expanded their lead to 59-28 late in the third quarter by harassing St. Mary while defending and getting out in transition. The Celtics cruised to a 83-50 win after removing most of their starters around the start of the fourth quarter.

No. 16 Roselle Catholic awaits TPS in the UCT Semifinals at Kean University on Wednesday night in a big-time rubber match. No. 2 at the time, RC was upset by The Patrick School 69-53 last month, led by 26 points and 13 boards from Angel Delgado. The Seton Hall signee will be up against 2015 forward Chris Silva, who has been offered by Seton Hall and has visited campus. Roselle Catholic also sports 2015 standout guard Isaiah Briscoea target of Isaiah Whitehead on the recruiting trails, and 2016 guard Asante Gist, who has been offered by Seton Hall. 2015 wing Pierre Sarr, a visitor on Seton Hall's campus for Midnight Madness, is likely to miss the rest of Roselle Catholic's season with a wrist injury.

Roselle Catholic throttled Union 86-39, including a 45-7 halftime lead, to reach the UCT semis.

Unofficial stat lines:

Angel Delgado: 8 pts (4-5 fg), 8 rebounds (1 offensive board + 1 tip-rebound to teammate), 1 block, 1 assist
Jamir Harris: 19 pts (6-8 fg), 5-7 3pt
Bryce Aiken: 5+ pts (2-3 fg), 1 steal

While The Patrick School was playing, No. 1 Newark East Side received an early return from Seton Hall-bound Ismael Sanogo in the Essex County Final against No. 10 Seton Hall Prep, Ish's first game back from a separated shoulder. East Side jumped out to a 23-6 lead over SHP and never looked back en route to a 60-42 win that snapped a three-year ECT title reign for The Prep. The 'chip is East Side's first since winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.

Sanogo (11 pts, 7 rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks) contributed in all areas of the stat sheet, as he usually does, after checking in mid-way through the first quarter. On the other side of the ball, 2016 guard T.J. Gibbs, younger brother of Sterling and the recipient of a Seton Hall offer, scored 14 and added 5 rebounds for Seton Hall Prep.

Up next for East Side is 16-seed Governor Livingston in the first round of the North 2, Group 3 bracket of the NJSIAA State Tournament on March 3rd.

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On the other side of the Hudson, Khadeen Carrington scored a season-high 42 points for Bishop Loughlin in a 90-71 rubber match win over Christ the King to take the Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA crown Friday night.

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