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Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike Rice will coach St. Patrick's against St. Anthony's on Saturday in the Dan Finn Classic. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

UNION, N.J. -- During St. Anthony's 88-27 destruction of Red Bank Catholic on Sunday at Kean University's Harwood Arena, Mike Rice sat courtside alongside several other college coaches.

Whereas a couple of years ago, Rice might have been scouting St. Anthony's in order to recruit players for the Rutgers men's basketball team, now he was scouting them in a new role.

As the coach of The Patrick School, Rice will go head-to-head with his friend, Naismith Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley, and his team on Saturday afternoon in the Dan Finn Classic at the Jersey City Armory.

Tags: Daniel Mading, Mike Rice, Nick Richards, St. Anthony's, St. Patrick's
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St. Anthony's and legendary head coach Bob Hurley are among three favorites to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, along with St. Patrick's and Roselle Catholic. Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE (Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE)
St. Anthony's and legendary head coach Bob Hurley are among three favorites to win the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title, along with St. Patrick's and Roselle Catholic. Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE (Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- St. Anthony's game against Pope John XXIII was already well out of hand when 6-foot-10 Daniel Mading got the ball in transition, took a few long strides down court and then elevated for a two-handed dunk that put an exclamation point on his play for the night.

With assistant coaches from Georgetown, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall among those in the packed gym for the Skyline Classic, Mading made a statement in going for 14 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists as the Friars remained unbeaten on the young season with a 71-48 rout of a young and still winless Pope John team.

"I'm just trying to fit in the system and get more comfortable," said Mading, who was born in the Sudan and raised in Australia before transferring in to St. Anthony's (4-0) from The Rock School in Gainesville, Fla., before this season.

Tags: Daniel Mading, St. Anthony's, Adam Zagoria
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