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Is it time for a shot clock in high school basketball in New Jersey?

Mike McGarry​ ​ ​

Two weeks ago, the Patrick School held the ball for the first five minutes of the fourth quarter in their game vs. St. Augustine Prep at the Seagull Classic. Despite the Celtics' 53-44 win, most of the talk around the game has centered around them holding the ball. 

“They spread us out on defense (throughout the game). We’re bigger. It’s harder for us to guard them,” Patrick School coach Chris Chavannes said after the game. “I thought, ‘Let’s give them a dose of their own medicine: Spread them out and force them to come out and guard us.’ They shortened the game. But a four-point lead in a tight ... game is a large lead.”

The incident has started the debate again about the state having a shot clock for high school basketball.  Staff writer Michael McGarry's video of the incident has more than 66,000 views on Twitter. 

Earlier this week, the Celtics took to social media to defend their decision to hold the ball. The school said it was because of the Prep's defense that they held the ball.

National tournaments like the John Wall Invitational in North Carolina have decided to go with the shot clock. It's time for this state to follow suit. What are your thoughts on the subject? Send them to me on Twitter at @acpresshuba or email at

Throwing gas

Is it time for a shot clock in high school basketball in New Jersey?

Mainland's Chase Petty in action during playoff game against Absegami. May 20, 2019 (Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer)

Craig Matthews / Staff Photographer

Mainland junior and University of Florida commit Chase Petty threw between 94 and 96 miles per hour during a pro day earlier this week at the Baseball Performance Center in Pleasantville.

Last summer, Petty was named to the 17U National Development Program. Petty wouldn’t be the first to represent New Jersey on the national team. Anthony Volpe and Jack Leiter, both of whom were MLB draft picks this year out of Delbarton School in Morristown, Morris County, were on the 2018 team.

On the verge of history 

Is it time for a shot clock in high school basketball in New Jersey?

The Vikings huddle around Gene Allen during Wednesday’s 47-36 loss to rival Holy Spirit at their renovated gym in Atlantic City.


Atlantic City High School boys basketball coach Gene Allen has a career record of 351-119 heading into Friday night’s game against Vineland. Allen is two victories from becoming the winningest coach in the program’s history and passing the current leader Bill Swain (352-143). The Vikings play at Universal Audenreid Charter in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Mainland's Kylee Watson is 22 points away from becoming the school's career scoring leader — boys or girls. Watson and Atlantic City's Ciani Redd-Howard were nominated for this year’s McDonald’s All-American game, which features the nation’s top players and will be played April 1 in Houston. 

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