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High School Basketball:
Gloucester Catholic Wins Seesaw Battle Against Gloucester

Saturday, January 24, 2004

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

It's that game that basketball fans from Gloucester mark down on their calendars right at the beginning of the season. The inter-city rivalry between the Gloucester Catholic Rams and the Gloucester City Lions always pack the house with fans cheering for their team during the boy's basketball competition Saturday night at Gloucester Catholic. This entertaining game featured two teams likely to make the post season and it showed on the court and in the crowd. After each team held a slim lead throughout this Tri-County Conference match-up, it would be the Rams overcoming a three point third quarter deficit to pull out the 42-38 win.

Both teams had their share of the lead throughout the game. The Lions would expand on their one point first quarter lead to 17-14 with 4:53 remaining until halftime. But that lead turned around into Gloucester Catholic’s favor when they regained the lead 21-19 at the half. Now sticking with the theme, the Rams would recover in the third rebounding back to a 27-24 advantage just over two and half minutes remaining in the quarter. Yet again, Gloucester’s 8-2 run gave them a 32-29 lead going into the final quarter.

During the final eight minutes of the game, the Rams scored the first four points of the quarter and then outscore their opponent 13-6 to pull off the win. Tim McKenna finished the game with a team high 12 points, Kevin Flynn and Merf Trout both added 10 points for Gloucester Catholic. Wyatt Haas led all scorers with 14 points while Gary Bobo added 11 points for the Lions.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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