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High School Basketball:
Late Surge by Camden Catholic the Difference

Saturday, February 12, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

Two evenly matched teams met on the basketball court during the Olympic-Cape Atlantic Challenge to see which boy’s basketball team would come away with the victory. The Irish from Camden Catholic and the Spartans from Holy Spirit was another match-up between teams from the Olympic Conference and the Cape Atlantic Conference. The Olympic Conference teams lead the overall record and Camden Catholic would add one more to the total. After the two teams ended the first half tie, the Irish began to pull away during the final quarter to post a 45-32 win at Vineland.

This challenge brings out the best in the players as you will find teams from conference routing for one another. After watching Shawnee extend their winning streak to 20 games in a row, Camden Catholic found themselves down late in the third quarter. A team effort put together by the Irish was enough to rally from that deficit and pull away in the final minutes. Brian Connelly and Anthony Matera both lead Camden Catholic with 18 points apiece to lead the comeback. The Spartans from Holy Spirit was led by Dennis Horner who recorded a team high 12 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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