Saturday, February 11, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
David Catalana, executive director of the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation Inc., has been a very busy person putting together another high school basketball tournament. For the past five years, The Olympic-Cape Challenge has given basketball fans in South Jersey one of the most action packed weekends of high-school basketball of the year. With twenty-eight of the best teams from the two best basketball conferences in South Jersey set to do battle at Timber Creek High School for fourteen great match-ups. With the first two games played resulted in the Cape-Atlantic Conference winning the first game and then the Olympic Conference the next, St. Joseph and Cherry Hill East took center stage. The Wildcats would stay one step ahead of Cherry Hill East and come away with the 58-50 victory. Norm White led St. Joseph's in scoring with 23 points.
This weekend of exciting basketball will also raise money to help the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in their fight against childhood cancers. The Olympic Cape Challenge is proud to be associated with the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation Inc. All proceeds from the event will be donated to this foundation and in turn be sent to the Oncology Division of Children’s Hospital. Since 1999, the SDC Foundation has contributed almost $150,000 to CHOP in their fight against Childhood Cancer. The 2005 event, held at Vineland High School, was the most successful to date. The great crowds and terrific sponsor support allowed the Shoot Down Cancer Foundation to raise $25,000 for Children’s Hospital.
The Wildcats took a five point lead in this game with aggressive defense and working the ball both inside the paint. Norm White had the most success getting position down low and was successful getting the ball in the basket. East would rely on their three point shooting to get them into this game, but it would be the Wildcats that would lead 34-27 at the break. The Cougars would start the second half looking to cut into their deficit not only on offense, but with their defense. The Wildcats would outscore East 24-23 during the second half allowing them to pick up the win. Norm White led all scorers with 23 points, DeHart Washington added 15 and Tyler Bellamy finished with 12 points. Mike Sexaur led the Cougars with 12 points.