Saturday, February 19, 2005
By Jason Brown
When you are sitting on top of the standings, other teams are always looking for ways to knock you down or in this case, hand you another loss to the season. For the Bulldogs from Haddonfield, they’re not use to losing and their record shows it. Matched up in the Cherry Hill East Invitational, St. Augustine was the next test for Haddonfield to pass as the Hermits have proved to themselves that they had what it takes to win the big game. St. Augustine’s game plan took a different twist when Brian Zoubek, the seven foot one center, was out of the game due to foul trouble. The rest of the team was able to convincingly pick up the 78-53 victory and increase their record to 20-1 in the Colonial Conference.
St. Augustine started out this season winning their first 14 games before losing at the Battle by the Bay. From that point on, the Hermits have been tested losing to Middle Township, Hun School and Woodrow Wilson. Today’s test would be against another team ranked in South Jersey as a team that maybe the best. Well the beginning of this game was not one they expected as Haddonfield jumped out to an early lead.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 9-0 lead to take control of this game quickly. St. Augustine would follow their game plan of getting Zoubek into foul trouble and it worked. But with the seven footer on the bench, Haddonfield demonstrated that they are not just a one dimensional team. Derek Heckendorn along with Vinnie Ciecka and Blake Wilson were able to give the Hermits too many options to defend. A halftime lead of 38-24 erupted to a thirty-one point lead heading into the final quarter and Haddonfield would cruise from that point on. Derek Heckendorn led Haddonfield with a game high 25 points, Vinnie Ciecka added 15, Blake Wilson had 15 and Brian Zoubek finished with 11 points. St. Augustine’s Anthony Farmer led the Hermits with 13 points.