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High School Basketball:
St. Joseph Shoots Their Way Past West in the Olympic-Cape Challenge

Saturday, February 15, 2003

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

St. Joseph High School has a duel that can demonstrate how easy it looks to shoot the ball from long range with ease. Tim Burns and Aaron Spellman had the shooter’s touch knocking down their jumpers against the Cougars from Cherry Hill West. After being down by three points to start the second half, the Wildcats put some distance between them and Cherry Hill West during the next three quarters. Burns would lead all scorers with 37 points for St. Joseph as they defeated the Cougars by an 81-63 margin.

Every team in this tournament can walk away with a sense of learning something new about their team. With the playoffs just around the corner, new plays are being executed on the court or the old plays are getting some serious practice fine-tuning their skills for the post season. Seeded 6th in the upcoming Parochial B bracket, the Wildcats are all set and ready to face the 3rd seeded Cardinal McCarrick in the second round. Both of these teams have earned a bye as they await the only game scheduled in the first round, St. Peter (seeded eighth) against Moorestown Friends (seeded ninth).

The Wildcats, behind the Aaron Spellman demonstrating how to connect on the three point shot, rebounded from a first quarter deficit to lead by 18 points before the final quarter. Despite Cherry Hill West Julius Umali efforts, the Cougars balanced attack was not good enough to get by St. Joseph. In this game Tim Burns walked away with 37 points and Aaron Spellman finished with 18 points for the Wildcats. Cherry Hill West was led by Julius Umali’s 24 points, Jeff Chambers finished with 13 points and DeMarco Daniels and Mike Tily added 12 points apiece.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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