Tuesday, February 10, 2004
By Vincent Lewis
What an exciting basketball game that took place at Cherry Hill East High School. It was a classic battle between the sharp shooting Cougars hosting a very successful Winslow Township team. The first half featured East’s willing and ability to hit the three pointer with success giving them the edge at the break. Still firing up the three ball during the second half, East watched the Eagles continued to play their game to battle back and eventually pull ahead. The Cougars’ chance to win the game in regulation fell short giving Township their opportunity to pull out the 92-89 overtime victory.
The Cougars have several players with the ability to make a shot behind the three point arch. Christian Gibson, Brian Young and Jeremy Kaminer demonstrated that skill throughout this game. With that threat in their arsenal, no lead was safe as Winslow found out late in the game. East were the ones with the advantage at the break leading 42-34. During the third quarter, Kyle Ingram and Cedric Smith had the hot hand-helping Township pull within three points to start the fourth quarter. But a 12-2 run to start the quarter gave most the impression that Cherry Hill East would record an upset in front of their fans.
Winslow Township responded in a big way by going on a streak of their own, 19-3, giving the Eagles a 79-76 leading with 1:16 remaining in regulation. The Cougars rallied and tied the game at 81 apiece when Young scored and was fouled with one tick showing on the clock. His free throw attempt came up short and this exciting Olympic Conference game went into overtime.
The Eagles established a lead in overtime and never relinquished it. East would get within one point on a three pointer by Kaminer, but Township’s 87-84 advantage with 1:43 remaining seemed to be enough to pull out the win. East did try and tie the game at the buzzer with a three, it came close but hit the iron. Cedric Smith finished the with a game-high 28 points, Kyle Ingram dropped in 27 and Percy Valentine added 16 for Winslow Township. For the three point shooting Cougars, Christian Gibson had a team high 27 points, Brian Young added 21 and Jeremy Kaminer finished with 18 points.
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