The return of the natives of the shore among the classic stories of Metro 2022

For the second time in three years, the Metro Classic returns to Toms River after hosting a show in February 2020 – this time offering four days of play at RWJBarnabas Health Arena, as well as another venue at Toms River Intermediate East Middle The school.

Two years ago, the title was Southern California’s Sierra Canyon, which featured then-freshman Bronny James and current Los Angeles Clippers guard BJ Boston playing Friday and Saturday nights in the event. .

Other notables in 2020 were Camden leading Gill St. Bernard and Patrick School – led by current Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga – battling Wildwood Catholic.

The Sierra Canyon show won’t be returning to RWJBarnabas Health Arena this year, but the NJ team that just beat them will. Camden — New Jersey’s No. 1 team and one of the top 10 teams in the nation — dominated Sierra Canyon last Saturday in eastern Pennsylvania and will play Days 1 and 3 of the showcase.

The Panthers will face Gill St. Bernard again on Thursday in a game that will feature a slew of Division I talent and up-and-coming NBA talent. Junior DJ Wagner leads Camden as the nation’s top-rated guard in the Class of 2023, while Gill St. Bernard counters with a standout trio of Denver Anglin, junior Mackenzie Mgbako and second Naas Cunningham – with both last ranked among the best players nationally in their respective classes.

Camden also has a local connection with senior guard Elijah Perkins, who spent his first three seasons at Ranney before transferring to play for the Panthers. Perkins was on Ranney’s NJSIAA Tournament of Champions championship team as a freshman and All-Shore player as a sophomore and junior.

Another team from outside the Shore also has a local connection and in this case it’s not even a New Jersey team. The Indiana Light are lined up for three games in three nights and have Ryan Mabrey as their senior guard. Before her family moved to Indiana before last school year to be close to her sisters at Notre Dame, Mabrey played two seasons at Christian Brothers Academy.

There are also two actual Shore Conference teams in action over the weekend. Manasquan – ranked No. 5 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 – will face off against Patrick’s School on Saturday afternoon at the alternate venue. The Warriors faced nationally ranked Roselle Catholic for one half on Monday before the Lions hit Manasquan in the second half. This experience should give a young team from Manasquan a frame of reference for Saturday’s game.

The fearsome Rumson-Fair Haven take on Newark Arts in the arena on Sunday and will hope to extend their winning streak to eight games against an Arts side that go 9-4 on Thursday. Currently ranked No. 6 in the SSN Top 10, Rumson is coming off an impressive 53-37 win over No. 1 Red Bank Catholic on Tuesday.

For the rest of the schedule, national power programs Montverde, IMG Academy and Oak Hill will all be in action, as will some of New Jersey’s best at Roselle Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep and Bergen Catholic to go along with Camden, Gill St. Bernard and Patrick School.

Check out the full weekend schedule below.

2022 NIBC Metro Classic – Website

Session 2

Thursday 4 February

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

Oak Hill vs. Legacy, 1 p.m.

Sunrise Academy vs. Bishop Walsh, 3 p.m.

The Light vs. IMG Academy, 5 p.m.

Camden vs. Gill St. Bernard, 7 p.m.

Montverde vs Bergen Catholic, 9 p.m.

To Toms River East Intermediate

Wasatch vs. Long Island Lutheran, 6 p.m.

Friday February 5

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

IMG Academy vs. Patrick School, 1 p.m.

Legacy vs. Bishop Walsh, 3 p.m.

Oak Hill vs. Wasatch, 5 p.m.

Sunrise Academy vs. Westtown, 7 p.m.

Montverde vs. The Light, 9 p.m.

Saturday February 6

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

Compass Prep vs. St. Thomas More, 9 a.m.

Light c. Gill St. Bernard, 11 a.m.

Wasatch vs. Bishop Walsh, 1 p.m.

Montverde vs. Legacy, 3 p.m.

IMG vs. Sunrise Academy, 5 p.m.

Camden vs. St. Peter’s Prep, 7 p.m.

Oak Hill vs. Roselle Catholic, 9 p.m.

To Toms River East Intermediate

Manasquan School c. Patrick, 12:30 p.m.

Sunday February 7

At RWJ Barnabas Health Arena

St. Thomas More vs. Phelps, 10:30 a.m.

Phelps Prep vs. First Love Christian, 12:30 p.m.

Rumson-Fair Haven vs. Newark Arts, 2 p.m.

IMG Prep vs. Patrick School Prep, 3:30 p.m.

Westfield vs. St. Joseph Prep, 5:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Aquinas vs. George School, 7 p.m.

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