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High School Basketball:
Camden Catholic Remains Undefeated With Win

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

When reviewing this game, looking at the standings Pennsauken Tech was only one game behind Camden Catholic in the Olympic Conference American Division. Once the game started, there was a big difference in size and the score between these two teams. Camden Catholic were able to dominated the interior to walk away easy against the Tornadoes from Pennsauken Tech. The Irish never let their opponent gain any momentum in their 73-29 home victory.

Okay let's face it, Camden Catholic has an extremely good basketball team that could run the table this year going undefeated. So far, no team has given them any real problems on the court resulting in easy wins. The last team that gave them a test was back in December when they played Cardinal Dougherty of PA over the holidays. In that game, Camden Catholic came away with a six point victory. When looking at the remaining schedule, you have to notice the match up against Eastern early next month. Make sure you get your tickets for that game.

No school arrives to a game thinking, we can't beat this team because they're just too good. The Tornadoes lined up for the opening tip off ready for the challenge of giving Camden Catholic their first loss of the season. It didn't take long to see how good the Irish boy's basketball team can play. A well balanced attack from the starting lineup allowed Camden Catholic to put up a 21-4 opening quarter lead. Mike Mangold (5 points), Eric Cangelosi (6 points) and Nick Cangelosi (6 points) led the way for the Irish during the quarter.

Camden Catholic coach Jim Crawford had the luxury of emptying his bench in through out the reset of this game. Tech does have talented players in Jermaine Taylor, Nate Best and Sharonn Baker. But the oversized Irish team over matched the under sized Tornadoes through out the first half. Pennsauken Tech was able to get the ball inside, but the Irish defense quick denied any attempt for the shot. The Irish defense totally dominated the boards whenever any Tech shot did not drop. Camden Catholic posted double digital numbers each quarter. Tech had good looks at the basket, but on this day their shots were not dropping.

Tech was led by Sharonn Baker who finished with a team high 8 points. Eric Cangelosi led the Irish with a game high 13 points, Nick Cangelosi added 12 points and Will Bakanowsky finished with 10 points.

Photos by Art Redd

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