Tuesday, March 6, 2007
By Jerome Michaels
It was a game that a lot of people wanted to see which team would come away with the win. The Camden Panthers and the Renegades from Shawnee took center stage competing for the South Jersey Group 3 title game played at Eastern High School. Shawnee had the momentum through three quarters and weren't quite able to complete put the game away. The Panthers would rally and tie this game during the fourth quarter with less than a minute and a half remaining. Julian Sanders aggressive play scored the go ahead basket for Shawnee and the number one seeded Renegades would hold off the third seeded Panthers in front of a capacity crowd. Shawnee's 68-62 win extended their winning streak to seventeen games.
Both of these teams had players who have proven themselves on the court day in and day out. It was time for each of those players to prove that they could play as a single unit on the court in order to have a chance at winning this championship game. The Renegades brief lead during the opening moments turned into a four point deficit as Camden used the baseline to their advantage scoring most of their basket inside. Shawnee’s second quarter success in hitting the jumper allowed them to pull away and led 39-31 at halftime. The Panthers found themselves trailing by double digits at the start of the final quarter but went on a 14-4 run and tied this game at 62 with 1:20 remaining in the game. Sanders would score four of the final six points for Shawnee helping the Renegades defeat the Panthers. Julian Sanders led all scorers with 21 points, Mike Kernan added 17, Doug Holcombe 14 and Eric Kessler had 12 points for Shawnee. The Panthers were led by Gary Simmons 19 points, Aaron Walton dropped in 15 and both Chris Hand and Time Stewart finished the game with 14 points.