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High School Basketball:
Smalls' Basket Pushes Wilson Past Camden

Saturday, January 18, 2003

By Anton Figg
SJSports Special Correspondent

What a game. Camden-Wilson, Hatfields-McCoys, you get the picture, the game lived up to it's billing. Playing at Rutgers-Camden before a packed house, the two teams squared off in a game that was hotly contested from the start, and would not be decided until very late in the game. The teams came out ready to play, there was very little hesitation and both teams were ready and brought their "A" games. Camden's Shomari Moore and Woodrow Wilson's Kris Polk were going at each other and also working to get other players involved, proved to be the match up that attracted the most attention.

There was as much energy in the audience as there was on the court. People were just waiting to see who would do what next and trust me they didn't have to wait long. With all of the positives about this game, the only negative was an injury suffered by Wilson's Bryant DeShields, who suffered a concussion while trying to defend a lay-up by Shomari Moore. DeShields landed awkwardly and was attended to for quite sometime and he was eventually taken off on a stretcher.

Wilson visibly shaken and you had to wonder how they would respond. When play resumed, the intensity level Wilson displayed was a testament to their heart and character. Camden would lead after one quarter, but Wilson turned a two-point deficit into a three-point lead at the half. Trailing after for most of this contest, the game turned on the play of Wayne Smalls, who with 33 seconds left drove to the basket while being defended by 2 Wilson players and laid the ball in. That basket proved to be the winner as the Tigers attempts at winning were turned away. After a game that had all the excitement and energy the only question people came away with was, when is the rematch.

The Camden Panthers were led by Shamari Moore's game high 22 points, while both Wayne Smalls and Byron Sellers ended the game with 14 points. Kris Polk had a team high 17 points, Preston Brown added 14 points and Semaj Inge finished the game with 13 points for Tigers from Woodrow Wilson.

Photos by Forrest Robleto

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