Saturday, March 8, 2003
By Art Redd
All in attendance for the boy’s semifinals basketball game between Camden and Woodrow Wilson knew they were in for a highly competitive battle. The first time these two teams met, the entertaining Olympic Conference National Divisional match-up was decided by a basket by Wayne Smalls giving Camden the one point victory. In this game, the first quarter proved to be the difference as Shamari Moore scored 15 of the Panthers’ 31 points. That lead held up for Camden as Wilson’s second half surge came up short giving the Panthers a trip to the South Jersey Group 3 finals winning 79-74 at Cherry Hill East High School.
The Tigers’ fans were on the edge of their seats as they were waiting for a reason to celebrate. Trailing for the entire game, they knew that Chris Polk, Bryant DeShields or Hussain Shakir had the ability to put up some serious points. Woodrow Wilson did all they could to extend their season just one more game. The closest the Tigers would get would be within three points less than four minutes remaining in the game. Too many missed opportunities down the stretch allowed the Panthers to hold onto their five-point win.
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