By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
The second day of the Olympic-Cape Challenge for the boy's basketball team competition finally got underway at Hammonton High School. Originally schedule for Sunday, February 16th, the completion of the battle between the Olympic Conference teams against the Cape Atlantic Conference completed late today with five of the six games played were very competitive. The games that were covered were Camden Catholic having little problems defeating Holy Spirit, Timber Creek falling short against St. Joseph, Woodrow Wilson cruising by Wildwood Catholic and St. Augustine slipping by Winslow Township game.
The Camden Catholic boy’s basketball team started out slowly scoring only four points in the quarter. The defensive, or lack of getting the ball to fall through the hoop, initial minutes looked as if Holy Spirit would be able to maintain a lead going into the second quarter. But Camden Catholic’s not called the fighting Irish for nothing. Nick and Eric Cangelosi, along with James Ulrich lead the charge past the Spirit for the 47-32 victory. Ulrich and Nick Cangelosi who scored 12 points apiece led the Irish. Jon Mimmo was the game’s high scorer with 18 points for the Spartans from Holy Spirit.
Behind the shooting of Tim Burns, the Wildcats erased a nine-point deficit in the third quarter to establish a lead that Timber Creek could not overcome. St. Joseph picked up the defense to start the second half and held the Chargers to just four points in the third quarter. Timber Creek made a valiant effort in the final quarter, but St. Joseph came away with the 65-57 victory. Burns lead all scores with 33 points, Aaron Spellman added 13 points and Ben Smith dropped in 12 points for St. Joseph. Kyle Hine had a team high 27 points and Mike Cummings added 10 points for the Chargers from Timber Creek.
Woodrow Wilson used a balanced attack during their match-up against Wildwood Catholic. Five players for the Tigers scored in double figures as Wilson built a double-digit lead at the half and survived a 28-point outburst by Wildwood Catholic in the final eight minutes of the game. The three pointer was the favorite shot by the Crusaders during their comeback. Wilson stuck to their game plan and walked away with a 63-58 win. The Tigers were led by Bryant Deshields’ 18 points, Preston Brown scored 16 points, Semaj Inge added 16 points, Kris Polk dropped in 11 and Hussain Shakir ended with 10 points for Woodrow Wilson. Wildwood Catholic got a team high 29 points for Andrew Morrison and 16 points from Fran Kelly.
St. Augustine roared past the Eagles who had established a comfortable lead through two quarters. The Hermits began chipping away at Winslow Township’s double-digit lead late in the third quarter and took the lead late in the final quarter. St. Augustine would hold to their 63-60 win and continue their successful winning season.