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High School Basketball:
Haddonfield Rewards Coach with their SJ Group II Victory

Monday, March 5, 2007

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The third seeded Bulldogs from Haddonfield were out to prove that winning their past sectional group titles were not accomplished because of one dominated player. In a rematch of last year's title game, the number one seeded Panthers from Collingswood had successfully overcome an early deficit and led at the break by two points in front of a packed house at Washington Township High School. Haddonfield's second half defense along with their motion-style offense allowed the Bulldogs to outscore Collingswood 38-18. Coach Paul Wiedeman's game plan worked perfectly allowing him to be rewarded with his 200th career victory. Haddonfield would claim their fourth straight group title with their 64-46 win.

The big guy in the middle, Brian Zoubek who stood 7-1, was no longer on the team and now on the Duke University basketball team as a freshman. With his presence in the lineup, Haddonfield was able to enjoy three straight titles. Coach Wiedeman had the confidence in his players to prove that this game could be won as long as they played as a single unit on the court. When the second half begin, Jason Brogsdale for Collingswood had his way with his inside game and the Bulldogs 1-3-1 defense made a difference. A full court press disrupted Collingswood offense and Haddonfield took full advantage. The Bulldogs outscored the Panthers 17-6 during the third quarter and prove to be the difference in this game. With time on their side and a very patient offense, Haddonfield would advance to the state finals with their victory. Spencer Reed had the hot hand in this game scoring 20 points and Dennis Sobolewski dropped in 15 points for the Bulldogs. Jason Brogsdale and Darnell McCargo each scored 12 points for Collingswood.

Photos by Art Redd

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