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Olympic-Cape Challenge Shows South Jersey's Best

Sunday, February 16, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Staff Writer

This year’s Olympic-Cape Challenge to benefit the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation was held at Hammonton High School. This two day scheduled event was shortened down to just one day due to the area’s first significant snowfall. Several Olympic Conference boys’ basketball team competed against the Cape Atlantic Conference on Saturday that turned out to be the highlight of the weekend. The winner’s on the first and only day were St. Joseph over Cherry Hill West, Wildwood Catholic defeating Washington Township, Camden triumph over Egg Harbor, Middle Township downing Cherokee and Shawnee having their way against Holy Spirit.

Middle Township used the first two quarters to establish control of their game against the Chiefs from Cherokee. The Panthers held Cherokee to just six points in the first quarter to set the tempo for the rest of the game. Middle Township, seeded 4th in the South Jersey Group 2 bracket, led by a 25-16 score to start the second half. That lead expanded as Middle Township earned the 51-39 victory. Mike Wise lead all scorers with 14 points, Matt Maher scored 13 and Kyle Wakefield added 11 points for Middle Township. The Chiefs’ T.J. Quimby finished with a team high 11 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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