Saturday, February 1, 2003
By Jerome Michaels
It was yet another test put in front of the Camden Catholic boy’s basketball team as they were assigned the duty of playing Middle Township in the Battle of the Bay tournament. The Panthers, last year’s group 2 champions, were now priming themselves for another run at the title going up against the Irish. It would be a battle, as Camden Catholic (14-1) would be involved with their toughest game of the season. When the final buzzer sounded to end the game, the Irish would have recorded their thirteenth straight win by defeating the Panthers 44-41.
Neither team started out with the clear advantage in the first half as the defense from both teams took control. Camden Catholic would have a slight advantage in the first quarter, but Mike Wise and the Panthers held a two-point lead at the start of the third quarter. That lead would change back in favor of the Irish when Nick Cangelosi took over the game late in the final quarter. With his three-pointer just over 3 minutes remaining in the game, Camden Catholic would take a lead they would not relinquish for the rest of the game.
Being on top can have its disadvantages with no place to go but down. Don’t tell that to coach Crawford and the rest of the fighting Irish. Their main goal is to continue to play the way that has earned them the respect of being one of the top programs in the garden state. In this game, Nick Cangelosi finished with a game high 23 points. Middle Township were led by Mike Wise’s 11 points and Dominick Wilson added 10 points for the Panthers.
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