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High School Basketball:
Cherokee Give Olympic Conference Their Third Win

Saturday, February 11, 2006

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Chiefs from Cherokee and Middle Township had the opportunity to watch all of or some of the first four games scheduled before them during the day at the Cape-Atlantic Challenge boy's basketball tournament. Hammonton defeated Triton to start the day off and then Pennsauken, St. Joseph and Camden Catholic were the winners of their games. With the Cape Atlantic Conference and Olympic Conference both even at two games apiece, Cherokee would give their conference another win as they defeated the Panthers from Middle Township by a 52-39 margin.

As with most of these teams participating in this tournament, many had already secured a position in the upcoming state basketball tournament. Today, the teams had one agenda on their minds and that was to earn a win for their conference. The Panthers would jump out to a one point lead after one quarter, but what really decided this game were the middle two quarters. Cherokee would outscore Middle Township 28-13 which allowed the Chiefs to come away with the win. Clarence Jackson led the Chiefs with 19 points and Chris Cowan followed up with 10 points. The Panthers were led by Michael Farrow with 13 points and Mookie Watkins with 12 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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