Saturday, January 21, 2006
By Zachary Hibbs
It was another chance for the Lancers from LEAP Academy boys' basketball team to show off their skills. The second year program affiliated with Rutgers Camden University rarely gets the opportunity to compete against other high school programs from the South Jersey area. With only three losses in fourteen games played, LEAP would get their chance to see how well they would play against the Crusaders from Bishop Eustace. Quickly the Lancers made themselves right at home and pick up their twelfth win of the season. Four players would finish in double figures as the Lancers would cruise to their 98-64 victory.
It was an interesting match up as LEAP would get their chance to play their second team from South Jersey. So far, the majority of their schedule consists of teams from the Philadelphia area, Central and North Jersey. With that wide range of townships they have to travel to, that opportunity allows them to compete against teams such as St. Patrick, St. Anthony and Camden Catholic. The Lancers would not come away with the win against those powerhouse teams, but their play on the court has shown how they accumulated eleven wins so far this season.
With the regular season just about two-thirds completed, the Lancers has shown that they could receive double digit points not only from their starting lineup, but also from those players designated to come off the bench. The Lancers began this game with a lead they did not want to give up. A twenty-five point first quarter performance set up the tempo in this game. The Crusaders would respond by outscoring LEAP 19-17 during the second quarter but that would be the last time that would happen. LEAP would expand their 42-35 halftime lead by outscoring Eustace 56-30 during the second half to pick up the victory. On this night, John Crawford would lead the Lancers in scoring with 21 points, Lance James put up 16 points, Earl Knight 17 and William Mace added 14 points. Bishop Eustace’s Julius Ingram led the Crusaders with 22 points and Kyle Miller would finish with 11 points.