Tuesday, February 3, 2004
By Jerome Michaels
It's always up to the coaching staff to motivate their players for a game when a fails to make the playoffs. In tonight's game, Haddon Heights and Gateway have had their share of tough losses throughout the season. On the court, both of these teams were very motivated to put up the win right from the opening tip-off. At the beginning of the season, Gateway defeated Haddon Heights on their home court and was looking to make it two in a row against the Garnets. The Gators would trail for most of this game but rally in the final quarter to force an overtime period. During that extra frame, Haddon Heights would regroup to pull out the 10 point victory, 57-47.
For three quarters, the Garnets seem to come up with the big baskets to stay a few steps ahead of Gateway. It would be the final five minutes of regulation when Gateway began to close the gap. They would tie the game at 39 apiece with 4:44 remaining. Haddon Heights would rebuild a four point lead with 2:57 remaining, but again the Gators tied this game to send this game into overtime. The Garnets would outscore Gateway 14-4 during overtime to capture the win. Jamaal Barker finished the game with 25 points and Jeff Kirk added 11 points for Haddon Heights. Samahd Lee had a team high 16 points for Gateway.
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