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Bishop Ahr boys’ basketball loaded with talent this winter

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Take a look at Bishop George Ahr High School’s stat sheet. Not one boys’ basketball player jumps out.

They are all really good and really productive, so the big numbers blend in with each other.

The Trojans are 12-2. They are outscoring opponents by an average of almost 19 points per game, 72.6-53.7.

Coach Bobby Turco likes to press opponents for whole games and create as many possessions as possible. Turco said the typical high school game involves 50-55 possessions for each team. The Trojans try to create between 70 and 80 for themselves.

It’s a strategy typically utilized by teams with superior talent, like the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team under coach Roy Williams. There are probably no Bishop Ahr players who will end up playing at UNC. But for New Jersey high school basketball, they are pretty talented, fast and prolific.

“And we are nowhere near what we’re capable of becoming. We’re still figuring out what works and what we need to add,” Turco said. “Everything is pretty vanilla right now, especially defensively, man to man. Most of our players have never played varsity basketball before.”

The Trojans may have an egalitarian stat sheet, but if you look closely, different players stand out in different areas for the school from Edison.

Quadry Adams is the team’s best scorer, averaging 17 points per game. The junior is already getting some Division 1 college attention.

“Quadry is one of the most athletic kids I’ve coached,” Turco said. “He can dribble with both hands. He’s got speed. He’s the whole package.”

Sophomore Ernest Carter is Bishop Ahr’s best playmaker on both ends of the court. He leads the Trojans in assists, with 69, and steals, with 31. No player is better at executing Turco’s up and down style.

“Carter has that wow factor. He’s very exciting,” Turco said. “There’s still a part of the game he has to learn. When to go fast, when to slow down. The complete role of a point guard. But his upside is off the charts.”

Derrick Grant is Turco’s leading rebounder, averaging 9.2 per game, and third leading scorer, recording 10.8 points per contest. The 6-5 forward scores most of his points in the paint and at the foul line.

“The last two or three games he’s really getting into his flow. Understanding his role, what’s needed to succeed,” Turco said. “He protects the rim and is doing really well.”

Adams, Carter and Grant are Bishop Ahr’s three best players. But a lot of other players contribute, too.

Senior Marquise Billingsley is pacing the Trojans in blocks, with 16 this winter. Saivon Pressley and Samar Abdullah have made more three pointers, 13, than any other Bishop Ahr player. Jalen Jones (8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals per game) and Zayon Marsh (12.5 points, 8.2 boards, 2.3 blocks, 2.3 assists per contest) also fill the box score.

The roster is loaded and the talent is overwhelming. It is all coming together for the Trojans, too. Turco hopes the team peaks by Feb. 1, before the start of the postseason.

He thinks his team can win the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament and the NJSIAA, Non-Public A South Tournament.

“It’s a tall order but that’s what we’re striving for,” Turco said. “We’re taking care of business. But Feb. 1 is when we’ll hopefully be who we’re going to be for the rest of the year. The ultimate goal is county and state champs, year in, year out.”






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