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High School Basketball:
Blue Devils Second Half the Difference at Cinnaminson

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a tale of two halves for the division leading Blue Devils from Burlington City. In a Burlington County League Patriot Division basketball game against Cinnaminson, it had appeared as if the Pirates were ready to do all they could to upset the leaders of their division. Knowing the cutoff date to qualify for the upcoming state tournament was less that a week away, Cinnaminson aggressive defense kept them right in this game up until halftime. But Burlington City pulled themselves together behind the success of Mike Morris and took over the second half. The Blue Devils remained undefeated in their division with their 58-45 victory over the Pirates.

Cinnaminson was one of those teams on the "bubble" with the cutoff date coming up this Saturday. A win today would push their record one game above five hundred with two more games against Rancocas Valley and Holy Cross coming up. As for Burlington City, they remain one of the top five teams representing the Group I teams. The Blue Devils still have a chance to move higher up in the seeding process as they have Bordentown on their schedule later on this week.

The second half is when this game really began. With the score tied at 20-20, it was the start of a new game. The Pirates’ defense would attack any pass inside looking to prevent the Blue Devils' attempt at an easy basket. But Burlington City would be too strong scoring from the perimeter and then eventually inside. The Blue Devils outscored Cinnaminson by eights points during the opening quarter of the second half and never looked back. Mike Morris led all scorers in this game with 21 points while Kareem Diggs dropped in 13 and Taron Ingram finished with 10 points for Burlington City. Dan Korenyi was the high scorer for Cinnaminson with 16 points, Tim Fiori chipped in 11 and Rob Rickus added 10 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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