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Warriors win thriller over Pleasantville

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 28, 2012 10:10 pm

WILDWOOD – Francis Christian had seven turnovers in Friday evening’s game against Pleasantville.

But he wound up making the play of the game when he turned Pleasantville over late.

Christian’s steal and basket with less than a minute left in the game gave the Wildwood High School boys basketball team the lead for good at 40-39 in what turned out to be a 43-42 victory over the Greyhounds in the Bill Osborn Memorial Boys Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

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Middle pulls away, wins bracket title

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 28, 2012 08:11 pm

WILDWOOD – The Middle Township High School boys basketball stood strong against a good challenge Friday evening.

The Panthers won the William “Chickie” Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket title by pulling away from Central Bucks West (Pa.) in the fourth quarter. Ahead 35-33 with five minutes to play, Middle closed the contest with a 16-6 run and won 51-39.

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Cold shooting dooms Wildwood in loss to Absegami

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, December 28, 2012 07:44 pm

Cold shooting dooms Wildwood in loss to Absegami Cold shooting dooms Wildwood in loss to Absegami

WILDWOOD – A miserable shooting day doomed the Wildwood High School girls basketball team Friday afternoon.

The Lady Warriors made only 9 field goals in 46 attempts in a 40-30 loss to Absegami in the championship game of the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial Girls Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Wildwood fell behind 16-4 to start the game before rallying to trail by seven into halftime. Wildwood again saw Absegami swell its lead in the third quarter to as much as 15 points. The Lady Warriors surged again, closing to within 36-30 with about two minutes to play, but didn’t score again.

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Big second half leads Lady Tigers to victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:24 pm

WILDWOOD – The Lower Cape May Regional High School girls basketball team didn’t let a travel snafu affect its performance Thursday night at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

The Lady Tigers, who arrived at the Wildwoods Convention Center only 25 minutes prior to game time due to a transportation issue, used a big second half to run past Delsea, 54-28, in a first-round game in the GWTIDA Girls Bracket.

The victory amounted to some revenge for Lower, which lost by a point to Delsea in the second round of the South Jersey Group III playoffs last season.

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Strong defense, good shooting lead to Middle victory

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 27, 2012 10:13 pm

WILDWOOD – Strong defense and good shooting combined to make for a good recipe toward victory for the Middle Township High School basketball team Thursday night at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

Middle knocked down 7 of 19 three-point shots, forced its opponent into 32 turnovers and limited the opposition’s two leading scorers to only seven combined points. The end result was a convincing 57-35 victory over Montgomery Blair (Md.) in the William “Chickie” Ludman Memorial Boys Bracket.

The victory sends Middle into the bracket title game against Washington Township or Central Bucks West (Pa.) on Friday.

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Legler’s hot shooting helps Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 27, 2012 07:02 pm

WILDWOOD – Lauren Legler’s hot shooting carried the Middle Township High School girls basketball team to victory Thursday afternoon.

Legler, a 5-9 junior, knocked down five three-point shots in six attempts and shot 9 for 14 from the floor overall in scoring a game-high 24 points as Middle tripped Millville, 49-39, in the John Carlson Memorial Girls Bracket consolation game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

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Freeman erupts in Lady Warrior win

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 27, 2012 05:28 pm

WILDWOOD – Jessica Freeman and the Wildwood High School girls basketball team rolled to victory in the first round of the Kaitlin Anzelone Memorial Girls Bracket at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic early Thursday afternoon.

After trailing by a point after one quarter, Wildwood outscored Lindenwold 36-15 over the middle two quarters to turn the game in its favor and eventually settled for a 56-32 victory.

Freeman, a 5-7 junior, enjoyed one of the best offensive games of her career, making 12 of 25 shots, including 3 of 4 from three-point range, to lead all scorers with 31 points. Teammate Serena Seijo added 15 points on 6 of 12 shooting.

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Tech comeback falls short vs. Oakcrest

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, December 27, 2012 01:31 pm

WILDWOOD – The Cape May Tech girls basketball team played a game that began at 9:30 a.m. at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Thursday morning.

And while the Lady Hawks were present at the start in body, they may have still been asleep in their minds.

Tech fell behind 19-0 to start the contest against Oakcrest, made tremendous comeback but ultimately fell short in a 39-34 loss in a Ray Martin Memorial Girls Showcase Game.

Oakcrest (1-3) outscored Tech 16-0 in the first quarter and scored the first three points of the second period before the Lady Hawks finally scored. Tech outscored the Lady Falcons 34-20 over the remainder of the game but its early deficit was too much to overcome.

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Tech boys, Middle girls fall at Boardwalk Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, December 26, 2012 09:45 pm

WILDWOOD – The Cape May Tech boys team and the Middle Township girls team each suffered losses in opening-round games of their respective brackets at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Wednesday.

Ahead by 13 points at the half, Mt. Olive exploded for a 28-6 run in the third quarter en route to a 78-39 win over Cape May in the Dave Lewis Memorial Boys Bracket.

Rashan Spencer scored a game-high 25 points and also set a new Boardwalk Basketball Classic record with nine steals to lead Mt. Olive (3-1), which forced the Hawks (2-3) into a whopping 39 turnovers for the game.

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Shorthanded Crusaders win a classic over rival in 2 OT

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, December 23, 2012 11:39 am

WILDWOOD – There have been so many thrilling boys basketball games between the teams at Wildwood and Wildwood Catholic high schools since they began playing one another late in 1968 that it would be difficult – and probably foolish – to try to determine which game was “the best.”

Saturday night’s contest – the Andrew Alameno Memorial Boys Island Championship Game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center – would certainly make it into such a conversation, however.

A game full of crazy twists and strange turns was finally settled after two overtime periods with an injury- and illness-depleted Wildwood Catholic team on top, 57-51.

The Crusaders won it despite not having the services of starting guard Kevin McWade, who was at home battling the effects of a wicked flu bug. They also lost their other starting guard, George Cook, to a foot injury early in the fourth quarter and played the remainder of the game with forwards Jordan Robertson and Eddie McWade doing most of the ball handling duties.

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Rulon helps Catholic hold off Wildwood’s comeback

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 22, 2012 08:37 pm

WILDWOOD – The Wildwood Catholic High School girls basketball team let a 16-point advantage slip down to only six points with five minutes to play against Wildwood.

But Olivia Rulon scored five straight points to restore an 11-point lead and the Crusaders pulled away from there in posting a 56-40 win over its rival in the Andrew Alameno Memorial Girls Island Championship Game Saturday evening. The contest was part of the Battle at the Boards showcase day at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic.

Rulon shot 7 for 14 from the floor and scored a team-high 18 points to go along with 11 rebounds to lead the Crusaders. Katie McCallion sank 6 of 9 shots and finished with 14 points.

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Middle hangs tough with powerful St. Anthony

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 22, 2012 07:07 pm

Most high school basketball coaches aren’t all that interested in moral victories. A loss is a loss they’ll say.

But sometimes …

“Sometimes your team can get more credit and accolades after a loss than after any given win,” Middle Township coach Tom Feraco said.

That’s exactly what happened Saturday afternoon in Jersey City.

Facing St. Anthony, the two-time defending Tournament of Champions winner, Middle acquitted itself extremely well, losing by just 45-32.

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LCM rolls past Hallahan, coached by former Lady Tiger great

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 22, 2012 05:54 pm

WILDWOOD – The reunion went well for one team, not so well for the other.

The Lower Cape May girls basketball team, competing against a team coached by a former star Lady Tiger player, frolicked to a 54-24 win over John W. Hallahan of the Philadelphia Catholic League, in a Battle at the Boards showcase game at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic Saturday afternoon.

The game wasn’t as close as the final score.

Lower (3-1) rushed out to a 20-0 lead after one quarter and was ahead 34-4 at the half against Hallahan, which is coached by 2007 Lower Cape May graduate and career 1,000-point scorer Stephanie Agger.

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Tech wins low-scoring affair over LCM at Boardwalk Classic

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Written by Brian Cunniff Saturday, December 22, 2012 01:37 pm

WILDWOOD – Efficient offense certainly wasn’t the order of the day when the Cape May Tech boys basketball team met Lower Cape May to start the Battle at the Boards showcase day at the Boardwalk Basketball Classic on Saturday.

The teams combined to shoot 17 for 71 from the floor and 19 for 47 from the foul line and together produced an unseemly 45 turnovers.

In the end, Cape May Tech was just a bit better than its opponent and came away with a 34-24 victory.

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