Tuesday, January 13, 2004
By Jerome Michaels
This was a game that featured a coach returning to a place where he spent a great deal of time, but this time entering the basketball court as a visitor. Competing in an Olympic Conference matchup, the Indians from Lenape traveled to Pennsauken to take on the Crusaders from Bishop Eustace Prep. Bill Lange, previously Bishop Eustace boy’s basketball coach, was now coaching the Indians from Lenape and his team has been doing a very good job with their game plan. With their twenty point victory, Lenape has ripped off nine straight wins to start the season. The Indians would lead from the opening tip off and roll to a 57-37 victory.
Eustace had a tough time trying to get that first basket of the game during the initial minutes. Lenape took full advantage of the Crusaders shooting woes as Jason Thompson to connect from outside helping Lenape jump out to a 10-0 first quarter lead. The Indians’ defense continued to force turnovers and when on to build a 34-16 halftime lead.
The second half was a bit closer than the first, but the Indians led comfortable 43-22 with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter. Julius Ingram, who finished with a team high 15 points, would provide some momentum for Eustace but it would not be enough to slow down Lenape. Thompson finished with a game-high 19 points and Matt Betley added 18 points for Lenape. Brandon Canter completed the game with 10 points for Bishop Eustace.
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