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Bridgeton Surprises Host, Gives a Strong Performance at the Challenge

Sunday, February 19, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It all started with back to back wins against St. Augustine and Middle Township, two teams that previously defeated the Bulldogs from Bridgeton. With their recent success and due to the rescheduling of the Olympic-Cape Atlantic Challenge, Bridgeton was called upon to replace Pleasantville during the sixth annual tournament held this year at Timber Creek. Bridgeton's Lee Frazier would find success during the fourth quarter to keep one step ahead of the Chargers from Timber Creek. Bridgeton would pull out the upset over Timber Creek by defeating the Chargers 66-58 for their third straight victory.

Bridgeton had been winning games right when they need to with the group playoffs about to begin early next month. The Bulldogs have slipped their way into the tenth seed of the South Group II bracket and will take on the seventh seeded Bulldogs from Glassboro. It will be those teams with momentum going into the tournament that most will have to keep an eye on. Timber Creek found out quickly about that momentum building to start this game. Bridgeton jumped out to an early lead that the Chargers were able to overcome. This tightly match game wouldn’t be decided until the fourth quarter where Frazier’s momentum down the stretch helped Bridgeton outscore Timber Creek by six to pull out the win. Frazier would finish with a game high 18 points and Joe Bunton helped with 15 and Levi Orr with 10 points. Jourdain Blackmon also matched the game high with 18 points and Tyler Hines finished with 12 points for the Chargers.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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