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High School Basketball:
Fourth Quarter Surge Pushes Collingswood Past Haddon Township

Thursday, February 5, 2004

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Panthers from Collingswood needed a big fourth quarter to pull out the 13 point victory against Haddon Township. With the Hawks were looking to continue an unwanted pattern of win-lose-win-lose during their past four games, they were able to stay with the Panthers for three quarters. On the other side of the court, Collingswood was looking to extend their four game winning streak and they did behind a balanced attack that found all starting five players make significant contributions to their 68-55 victory. With the win, Collingswood remained amongst the leaders of the Colonial Conference leaders.

Collingswood found themselves down by two points after the first eight minutes were played in this game. The Panthers would quickly turn things around with the shooting of Justin Dempsey, Kenny Chambers, Brandon Whittington, Joe Soto and Sterling Wilson. Scoring 18 points during the second quarter allowed them to turn a two-point deficit into a four-point advantage at the half. Bryan Friedrich did everything he could to keep the Hawks within striking range.

The final quarter started out with the Hawks and Panthers tied 36 points apiece. That’s when Collingswood’s offense began to click as all of the starting players began to work together with perfection. An 8-2 run to start the quarter was only the beginning as Collingswood built a double-digit lead with just over two and a half minutes remaining in the game. Justin Dempsey and Kenny Chambers finished with 18 points apiece, Joe Soto added 12 while Sterling Wilson dropped in 11 points for the Panthers. Bryan Friedrich added a game high 25 points, Shane Howey added 11 and Nick Jeannette finished with 10 points for the Hawks from Haddon Township.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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