Saturday, February 25, 2006
By Clark Washington
This has been a memorable season so far this season for the Tartans from Highland. For the first time in Coach Harold Little’s coaching career, the Tartans have compiled a twenty game winning season and have been awarded the second seed in the upcoming South Jersey Group III bracket. Highland had won six of their last seven games and was looking to end the regular season on a winning note. The Tigers from South Plainfield would be their opponent and a slow start didn't faze the Tartans mission. Coach Little rotated his lineup throughout this game and the entire team would be rewarded with a 59-44 win over South Plainfield.
Highland would watch their opponent jump out to a 9-2 lead on their home court. It didn't take long for Tartans to completely take over the remainder of the quarter. An 18-0 run allowed Highland to end the quarter with a double digit lead, but just like most competitive teams they always make a run. The Tigers would finally end their scoring drought with 5:12 remaining to halftime. That's when South Plainfield went on a 9-0 run to bring the score to 20-18. Highland, behind Gabe Colon's 10 first half points, pushed on to end the half with a five point lead.
During the second half, Highland began to rotate their bench into the game and continue play a tight defensive zone. The Tartans would outscore their opponent by three to lead by a 43-30 score heading into the final quarter. Highland would build their largest lead of the game, 51-37 with 5:22 remaining in the game. Clearly this non-league game would allow Highland to end the regular season with an easy win, but with a bye during the first round will allow them to rest and prepare for the Oakcrest versus Camden playoff winner. Lemeire Talley would finish with a game high 18 points and Gabe Colon would add 14 points for the Tartans. McCreesh finished the game with a team high 10 points.