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High School Basketball:
Gateway Survives Lindenwold's Late Run For Overtime Win

Tuesday, January 20, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

When you image a team down thirteen points at the half, most would say the only way to stage a comeback is to have Allen Iverson on the team launching shot to cut into the lead. For a high school game, the team looks for that proven scorer to rally around. Lindenwold staged a furious comeback against Gateway lead by Nate Wyche who scored a team high 22-points to erased their halftime deficit. This game would come down to Geoff Tully converting two big free throws to pull off a 67-66 win over Lindenwold.

At the start of this game, Gateway used their big man in the middle Samahd Lee with success as the Gators held Lindenwold to fourteen halftime points. That was the exact points Gateway scored in the first quarter alone. Lee’s game high 31 points helped the Gators build a game high 17 point lead with 3:42 remaining in the third quarter. But during that same quarter, the Lions went on a 14-5 run to pull within three points with 5:09 remaining in regulation.

The final minutes of this game was a fierce battle between two teams who didn’t want to lose. With the game tied at 50 all with two and a half minutes remaining, neither team could not decide this game after four quarters. With their big man Lee now out of this game after receiving his fifth foul, the Gators would finally decided this game when Tully converted his free throws and hold off Lindenwold at the buzzer. Samahd Lee’s 31 points led all scorers while Mike Galantic added 13 points for Gateway. Nate Wyche led Lindenwold with 22 points and Alvin Woodhouse finished with 10 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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