Tuesday, February 15, 2005
By Jason Brown
The excitement at Gloucester City High School was at an all-time high with the division leading Cougars from Schalick entering the building. By now, many know the talents of Paul Gause and his attempt in closing in on his milestone 3,000 career point total. Whether that intimidated Gloucester or not, the Lions didn't seem to be effected leading at the half by thirteen points. But from that point on, Schalick fought back to tie this game at the end of regulation and send it into overtime twice. Gause along with his teammates pulled out the victory by a 79-74 margin.
The Tri-County Conference Classic Division is just about wrapped up by Schalick with only a few games remaining. Wildwood is right on their heels but it would appear that the top two teams should win the remaining divisional games. Right in the middle of the division were the Lions but on this day, they were playing like the champions they knew they could be.
Gloucester started out this game looking to extend their three game winning streak by holding a seven point lead after one quarter. The lead built to double digits at the half and remained that way heading into the fourth quarter. With Gause on the court, no lead is safe and that was proven when Schalick tie the game at the end of regulation. The Lions held the lead in the first overtime, but two free throws by Josh Cassidy tie the game and eventually sending this game into another overtime period. Schalick took control of the double extra period to hold onto the win. Paul Gause scored a game high 45 points and Jeff Hoyer added 19 for Schalick. Wyatt Haas led Gloucester with 28 points, Gary Bobo added 14 points while Christian Calzonetti ended the game with 11 points.