Thursday, January 27, 2005
By Jerome Michaels
The ultimate goal of winning every game put in front of a team is to completely outplay your opponents and go undefeated for the entire season. Cherokee had won its first seven games of the season before losing back to back games against Olympic Conference teams. Since then, the Chiefs made up those losses and were looking for a third win in a row at Pennsauken High School. During their opening minutes of this American Division game, Cherokee scored the first eight points and never looked back. Outscoring Pennsauken in every quarter, Cherokee’s balanced scoring resulted in an 88-63 victory.
The Chiefs’ ability to find the open player was the credit to building a double-digit lead late in the opening quarter. Aaron Johnson’s basket late in the quarter would get the Indians the closest they would be for the rest of the game. Cherokee would expand on their lead during the second quarter and would have been more except for Pennsauken’s ability to hit the three pointer. Dave Williams dropped in three long range shots during the quarter but Cherokee would maintain their advantage leading 45-29 at the break.
During the second half, more players from the Chiefs bench got into the scoring column. For the rest of the game, Cherokee’s double-digit lead was never in jeopardy. Mike Maguire led Cherokee with 17 points, Dave Farrell added 14, Clarence Jackson contributed 13 and Chris Regensburg found his way with 10 points. Pennsauken received 19 points from Dave Williams, Elijah Countee added 15 points and Vincent Green dropped in 13 for the Indians.