By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
The Irish have been proving to themselves and others that they are a well coached and talented boy’s basketball team. Each game played, and won, has presented different challenges for them to overcome. Well it was a big challenge today for Camden Catholic as they were going up against St. Anthony at Cherry Hill High School in the Scholastic Play-by-Play tournament. This highly competitive match-up came down to big free throws by Camden Catholic to pull out their 52-49 win.
With the upcoming South Jersey group playoffs just around the corner, it’s fortunate to get a very competitive opponent to play against. Both of these teams would consider each other as a formidable opponent to play against as Camden Catholic (21-1), who has won 20 straight games before today match-up, was ready to test the 18-4 Friars from St. Anthony. This game was decided during the final seconds giving the capacity crowd a game to remember.
For the entire game, neither team held a substantial lead heading into the final quarter. The game was tied at 48-48 with just twenty ticks remaining in the game when James Ulrich was fouled. Calmly, Ulrich knocked down his two free throws giving Camden Catholic a 50-48 lead. Eric Cangelosi would be sent to the line seconds later after the Irish came up with a big turnover. His free throws ended the suspense for the Irish as they proved to be the better team down the stretch. James Ulrich would lead all scorers with 20 points, Rich Racobaldo and Eric Cangelosi both finished with 12 points apiece for Camden Catholic. Terrance Roberts 19 points and Sean McCurdy who added 14 points led the Friars from St. Anthony.