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East Rutherford got past R-S Central for the second time this season in a 61-49 victory to remain unbeaten at 23-0, 16-0.

Central and East were tied with three minutes to go, but East ended on a 12-0 run to finish off the Hilltoppers.

East Rutherford is the #1 seed for the SMAC Tourney and could go for the tourney title at home on Friday (2.17.17). The Cavs should also host for awhile as the #1 overall seed in the 2A West for a state title. That tournament starts 2.21.17. The second round is on Weds 2.23 and the third on 2.25.

Juwan Blanton, Josh Searcy and Malik Hamrick still lead the charge as the big three for East.

R-S Central is still in the running for a playoff game and may get one of the last two spot in the 2A West. Zyrion WIlkins and Tyrese Tate paces the Hilltoppers. Thanks to their defense, Central has stayed close to other foes, but lost six games this year by four points or less.

Meanwhile, the East Rutherford ladies mildly upset R-S Central (20-4, 13-3) this past week 44-38 on the basketball court. East Rutherford (16-6, 12-4) has won nine of their last ten games. They are led by Osha Makerson, Kendra Ross and Emily Elgin.

R-S Central did notch their 20th win of the season when they beat Burns last Friday. It's the sixth time in the past 12 seasons that Central's ladies have put up 20 wins or more.

R-S Central is led by Kyra Davis, Aliyah Whiteside and Jada Logan. Either team could play for the SMAC tourney title this coming Friday (2.17.17).

Both teams should also host a first round playoff game on Monday (2.21.17).

Neither Chase team will make the playoffs. The same is likely for Thomas Jefferson.

As of now, nine ACC teams are projected to make the NCAA tourney. Duke, Louisville, UNC, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and FSU.

Duke's defense has improved, but their inside scoring has not. UNC has the most dangerous starting five, but they can be inconsistent at times. Virginia's defense is solid, scoring is still an issue.

FSU could steamroll an opponent or lay an egg. Syracuse is on a tear right now. I believe Syracuse is playing their best right now.

Notre Dame has lost four of their last six, but they are one of the best assist teams in the country and just one game from getting the 20th victory of the season. Virginia Tech has two guys that can score a little bit, but after that they have to rely on defense. The Hokies aren't far from falling out of the mix. Miami is a tough team, but haven't played well on the road all year. Georgia Tech, Clemson and Wake Forest still have a chance, but there is much work to do with less than six regular season games left.

NASCAR is back this coming weekend for Saturday night's Advance Auto Parts Clash (Formerly the Bud Shootout). All of the pole winners from last year and former clash winners run a 75-lap event, which should give them an advantage of a free test session to prepare for the upcoming Daytona 500 on 2.26.17. I like Denny Hamlin to win the event, but it will be interesting to see how Dale Jr. does in this event on the comeback campaign.

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