East Rutherford basketball is still undefeated (19-0, 12-0) as we end the regular season. The Cavs just beat Shelby for the second time in 10 days. The toughest contest looks to be R-S Central down the stretch.
No doubt that they are one of the deepest teams in the state as Shelby gave them a tough game last Friday before winning by 14. During the first meeting, East went off from three and won by 22. And if anything, East is looking at a possible No.1 overall seed in the playoffs
As for the rest of Men's teams, R-S Central has won just three of the last eight games. With three games remaining, the Hilltoppers have a shot to get earn a little momentum with East Burke (beat once), East Rutherford (2/7 at home) and Burns (beat once) left.
Thomas Jefferson (4-15) will likely not make the playoffs, but they are playing better. They beat Highland Tech this week and showed well against a highly geared three-point shooting Lincoln Charter (19-2).
I was impressed by TJCA with Scott Camper and Malik Wilson on a young club.
The Chase Men just upset R-S Central last week, but their chances of a playoff game are looking slim right now. The final home game is on February 7th against East Burke.
R-S Central's Ladies basketball (18-2) are heading for a top seed in the 2A playoffs. They have won eight in a row with Kings Mountain, East Burke and East Rutherford as tough games down the stretch. It's amazing how they lose Teja Twitty to graduation and still are playing some top notch basketball.
East Rutherford (12-6) has won three in a row with R-S Central (2/7) as really their toughest game left on tap.
Super Bowl: Atlanta vs. New England
The Falcons possess the toughest offensive challenge this Sunday to New England, unless you count Pittsburgh with a healthy Leveon Bell. We already saw the result with Pittsburgh as New England beat them easily.
Atlanta has the edge on both sides of the ball, but the coaching advantage goes all to New England. Since New England and Bill Belichek have had two weeks to prepare, I will take New England. 34-31.