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High School Basketball:
Burlington City Controls Contest and Division

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It's always easier to say what needs to be done in order to win a game, but doing it is another story. Burlington City just happened to execute the game plan by jumping out to an early lead and switching the tempo of what was supposed to be a very close game into their favor. Westampton Tech had won their first 9 games to start the season and the Blue Devils would move into first place in the Burlington County Patriot Division with a win. City's first quarter success was the key to their 69-46 win against the Panthers.

Holding an opponent to just six points in a quarter is an impressive accomplishment. All five players on the court followed their assignments and it showed on the scoreboard for the Blue Devils during their game against the visiting Panthers. City would continue to match Tech’s intensity during the second and third quarters in order to maintain their lead after the Panthers began to watch their shots fall through the basket.

When the final quarter began, Burlington City had already built a twenty point lead and was able to cruise the rest of the way and pick up their eight win of the season. Now leading the Patriot Division with their 6-0 record, City was well on their way of defending their title. Vince Anthony finished with a game high 17 points, Derrick Price added 14 and Kareem Diggs dropped in 11 points for Burlington City. Kenneth Dudley led Westampton Tech with 15 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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