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High School Basketball:
Haddonfield's Second Half Defense Pushes City Aside

Friday, December 30, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The last game on the schedule of the Jameer Nelson Classic boy's basketball tournament held at Cherry Hill East High School would put the talented Burlington City team against the Bulldogs from Haddonfield. The Bulldogs arguably have been labeled as the best team in South Jersey, feature the 7-2 senior center Brian Zoubek. Opposing teams' game play would be to challenge the dominating center inside or find the open shot on the perimeter. The Blue Devils would be successful during the first half, but Haddonfield's the second half defense allowed them to pull away and post a 76-54 decision and capture the Nelson Classic title.

For one half of a basketball game, scoring 37 points would be considered somewhat success against the Bulldogs. Burlington City would be successful with hitting the outside jumper and getting a few baskets inside. Haddonfield would own a 26-18 first quarter lead, but the Blue Devils would outscore Haddonfield by four points and only trail at the half by a 41-37 margin. But the third quarter was a different story when Haddonfield’s defense switched to guard the perimeter shooting by Derrick Price who was success hitting his jumpers during the first half. Haddonfield held the Blue Devils to only four points during the third quarter which ended any real chance of a comeback during the four quarter.

Haddonfield’s Spencer Reed finished the game with a game high 20 points, Brian Zoubek added 19 points while Blake Wilson dropped in 17 points. Derrick Price led the Blue Devils with 19 points and Jesse McGrath had 14 points for Burlington City.

Photos by Hugh Tsung

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