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High School Basketball:
Woodbury's Early Success Enough To Hold Off West Deptford

Thursday, February 12, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

With the post season brackets already established, the regular season schedule still has two more weeks before the battle of the group titles. The Eagles were looking to end their two game losing streak against Woodbury, as these Colonial Conference teams competed at West Deptford. The Thundering Herd established a 13-point lead at the half only to see West Deptford pull ahead in the final quarter. A balanced scoring that included four Woodbury players scoring in double figures to hold off the Eagles. Woodbury extended their mini-winning streak to three games in a row with their 66-65 victory.

West Deptford completely erased their deficit to pull ahead in the fourth quarter 52-51 with 5:56 remaining. Back came the Herd’s 11-4 run pushed them back ahead 62-56 just over a minute and a half left in the game. Woodbury would see West Deptford get as close as 66-63 with time ticking away, but even a late one point deficit was good enough for the Herd to walk away with the road victory. Marvin McKinnie and Curtis Stokes led the team with 16 points, Brandon Muse and Kian Patterson both ended the game with 12 points for Woodbury. West Deptford received 17 points from Mark Bower, Jake Browell added 16 and Tariq Howell finished with 13 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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