Saturday, January 7, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
Seven days into the month of January, LEAP Academy boys’ basketball team has been put to the test playing teams from North and South Jersey as well as teams from Philadelphia. The second year program has shown they have the talent to compete on the court and they would get another chance when they visited the undefeated Fighting Irish from Camden Catholic. The Lancers (9-2) would struggle on offense through the first half, but would pick up their scoring during the second half. Camden Catholic’s team effort during the first half would be enough to pick up the 66-57 victory and increase their winning streak to eight games and no losses.
Camden Catholic would expand their three point first quarter advantage to a 26-15 lead at the break. Kurt Reinhold would not only find his way to the basket for points, but also dished out the assist to the open player. The Lancers would find success putting points on the scoreboard during the third quarter only to find Camden Catholic able to keep up with the scoring pace. LEAP would outscore the Irish 23-19, but down the stretch with time on their side, Camden Catholic was in control of this game from the beginning and pick up the non-league victory. Reinhold led the Irish with 20 points while Ahmad Nicholson dropped in 18 and Mark McCloskey finished with 13 points. Lance James had a team high 24 points for the Lancers.