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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

Sacrifice, determination and hard work are the essentials for the success of every basketball player.

On the hardwood, every player must understand their role. All five players must work together as a unit to achieve their goal on the court. A player must be ready at all times because he may never know when his number will be called to move up from sub to starter.

The injury bug has bitten two of the St. Patrick Celtics’ standouts this season. Dexter Strickland was out with a nagging knee injury for the better part of January. More recently, sophomore Michael Gilchrist broke his leg. Strickland, who committed to North Carolina, is back; Gilchrist, the number three-ranked sophomore by Rivals, will not participate in the Union County Tournament and may the miss the rest of the season.

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hoopsBy Jim Whelan

When a nationally-ranked high school team loses their top player to injury, the competition usually breathes a sigh of relief.     

Dexter Strickland did not start his senior year on the right foot at St. Patrick’s High School.  Strickland sat out the Celtics’ first game of the season during their trip to the City of Palms Basketball Tournament for a school infraction. He served his penance and is trying to finish his senior year by winning a state championship and a Tournament of Champions victory for the Elizabeth school

Already hampered by a knee injury, the Rahway resident re-injured it against Edison Academy on Jan. 14.  “It doesn’t feel right,” said St. Patrick’s Coach Kevin Boyle about his senior standout’s knee.  “He had an MRI on it (Jan. 15).  We are going to wait and see.”  

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