Friday, March 3, 2006
By Jason Brown
The way this semifinal round of the South Jersey Group II boys' basketball game started off, you wouldn't have believed that the Bulldogs from Haddonfield would be trailing by double digits during this game. Fourth seeded Panthers from Point Pleasant Boro were able to build an opening quarter lead and stay in front of Haddonfield up until halftime. That's when the top seeded team in the bracket would break this game wide open. Brian Zoubek and Blake Wilson would help Haddonfield post a 72-59 victory and advance to the finals against Collingswood.
It appeared that the Panthers just could not miss on their shots during the first quarter of this game. Point Pleasant jumped out to a 19-8 lead that forced Haddonfield to call a timeout to settle down their players. The Bulldogs would score the final points of this quarter and trailed by five at the start of the second quarter. The Panthers were still able to get their points before the break, but this time Haddonfield would keep pace with their opponent. Trailing by a 37-35 score at the start of the second half, Haddonfield completely dominated the quarter and outscored the Panthers 22-8.
With the outcome of this game already decided late in the fourth quarter, both Haddonfield’s coach Paul Wiedeman and Point Pleasant Boro’s coach Kevin Hynes decided to pull their starters and give their younger players some valuable playing time. Both team's starters received a well-deserved standing ovation from their respective fans in this capacity crowd at Haddonfield High School. Brian Zoubek had a game high 31 points while Blake Wilson finished with 23 points for the Bulldogs. Trevor Tonkovich led the Panthers with 18 points and Sean Hughes added 15 points.