Monday, February 27, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
When the seedings were announced for the state's basketball tournament, there's always one pairing that has all the implications of a match up that will turn out to being a very close game. Seedings can be deceiving as the home team, Cinnaminson seeded in the eighth position, took over this first round game against Audubon. With a double digit lead in the fourth quarter, the Green Wave would cut into that deficit. The Pirates would be able to withstand Audubon's efforts and regained control of this boys' South Jersey Group II basketball game. Dan Korenyi would lead the Pirates to the 69-53 victory.
Both Cinnaminson and Audubon had to work hard just to qualify for the playoffs. Not just because of their record, because of the opponents they had to face during the regular season. These two teams were from different divisions which were represented by division leaders with a very successful basketball program. Cinnaminson had to play Burlington City twice a year and the Blue Devils are loaded with talent. Audubon has the honor of going up against Haddonfield and their highly ranked status. So this first round game would be a nice test to prepare for as those Bulldogs from Haddonfield would be waiting for the winner of this game.
Audubon quickly trailed in this game by eight points at the start of the second quarter. Cinnaminson took what the defense gave them and was able to attack the basket inside the paint. With that success, the Pirates would hold onto a 31-20 lead at halftime. Audubon would begin to rally during the second half and just about halfway through the fourth quarter were with four points. Cinnaminson would pick up their defense and the offense led by Dan Korenyi (15 points), Tim Fiori (12 points) and Tom Higgs (12 points) helped Cinnaminson capture the win at home. Mike Strickland would finish the game with 18 points and Chris DelVecchio added 13 points for Audubon.