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High School Basketball:
Lenape's Quick Start Makes an Easy Win

Thursday, January 13, 2005

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

We hear it all the time from the coaching staff about jumping out to an early lead puts the opposing team out of their game. The Lenape boys’ basketball team lately has been leaving their opponents looking for an alternate game plan searching for a way to cut into their deficit. This time it was Washington Township finding themselves down by double digits in the first quarter against the Indians at Lenape High School. From that point on, Lenape was able to cruise to the 46-27 win and pick up their fourth victory in a row.

Cherry Hill East, Cherokee and Lenape all have proven that they can win the big games in order to obtain the top spot in the Olympic Conference American Division. The three previously mentioned teams are among the leaders and every win counts when facing it other during the regular season. Lenape did defeat East last week and will be looking to continuing their winning ways when they travel to Cherokee next week.

During their previous victory against Timber Creek, another double digit first quarter lead helped in that victory where Ryan Thompson led the way for Lenape depositing 28 points and Shawn Greene added 12. Today’s game was more of a balanced scoring with Lenape jumping out to a 22-6 lead after the first quarter. Both teams just about scored point for point the rest of the way. Nick Colangelo finished with a game high 14 points while Ryan Thompson added 10 points for Lenape. Washington Township was led by Dan Betteridge’s 9 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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