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High School Basketball:
Lenape Continues to Dominate the American Division

Saturday, January 11, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It has been a well-deserved change for the boy's basketball team from Lenape High School. Last year, the Indians were always chasing the divisional leaders. It's a different story now as they are the team to beat winning their seventh straight against Camden by a score of 68-49. The Indian's good start involved divisional wins over Shawnee, Cherokee, Eastern and today the Panthers from the National Division. Jason Thompson led Lenape with a team high 17 points.

Lenape would never trail in this game as they were nailing their shots from any range on the court. With that much success, it would seem as if outscoring the fast moving Panthers would be the plan. It was not. It would be Lenape's man-to-man defense that completely controlled this game. The Indians scored 27 points in the first quarter alone to lead by 14 after one quarter. Camden would chip away at the lead and trail at the half 37-30.

In the second half, Lenape continued its game plan of pressuring the ball defensively disrupting Camden's fast transition game. The Indians would convert their free throws down the stretch to win comfortably against a team that usually have their way against them. Jason Thompson led Lenape with a game high 17 points, Kraig Peters and Stan Greene added 14, while Matt Betley finished with 12 points for the Indians. Camden's Shamari Moore and Byron Sellers had a team high 13 points apiece, and David Foster dropped in 11 points for the Panthers.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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