Saturday, March 5, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
There are some games you just have to see in order to believe. Whether he's listed at 7-1 or 7-2, he's still hard to defend against any defense. Haddonfield's junior center Brian Zoubek is not your ordinary seven footer. With excellent ball handling skills in the post, most defenses look to double team the big guy in the middle. The fourth seeded Panthers from Middle Township attempted to slow down Haddonfield’s offense, but the Bulldogs were too much in this South Jersey Group 2 semifinals game played at Rutgers-Camden University. Haddonfield now advances to the finals against Sterling with their 67-57 victory.
Haddonfield would establish a double digit lead during in the opening quarter holding the Panthers to just eight points. Most of Middle Township’s shot attempts were good looks at the basket but would find the bottom of the basket. During the next eight minutes was a different story as both teams would find success putting the ball through the hoop. Combining for 44 points, the Panthers would outscore Haddonfield by four but trailed at the half 35-32.
The shooting woes continued for the Panthers to start out the second quarter. It took over six minutes before Middle Township was able to score their first basket. By that time, Haddonfield’s offense steadily built onto its advance. Even when Zoubek was on the bench, the Bulldogs continued to find success maintaining their double digit lead. Haddonfield’s free throw shoot was excellent when it counted and was one of the reasons they were able to win this game. Brian Zoubek finished with a game high 29 points, Derek Heckendorn added 17 points and Vinnie Ciecka ended the game with 13 points for Haddonfield. Middle Township received 15 points from C.J. Palmer and Dave Smith while Marcel Wright added 14 points.