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EHT remains in playoff hunt

Paul Moore scored 25 points and Junior Santiel added 13 as Holy Spirit dropped George Washington of Philadelphia's Public League, 63-49 Friday night at the Battle of the Bay in Atlantic City. The win was the Spartans’ sixth win in a row after losing four-of-five games in late January.

"We pulled out a couple of close games early in this streak and with that, I think you could start to see more confidence gradually," explained Spartans’ head coach Jamie Gillespie. "The kids are starting to believe now that they can win any game they play."

It was another strong performance for Moore and Santiel who look to be hitting stride together, just in time for the state playoffs.

"I don’t think either guy is forcing a whole lot right now," said Gillespie. "They are staying within the team concept while still carrying us, and that's a nice luxury to have right now."

While Moore and Santiel have started to find some consistency, Gillespie has been searching for a third guy to step up and take some pressure off the two leading scorers – he may have finally found that guy. 

"The guy who has played really well for us lately is John Middleton," Gillespie said. "He has been much more aggressive and his confidence has grown; he is a big kid for a sophomore and he really has become that guy that has stepped up for us.

Middleton had eight points and four assists in the win over George Washington.

 

Absegami falls at Battle By the Bay; EHT still alive

Absegami took a 29-26 lead into halftime against a very good Wildwood Catholic team at the Battle By the Bay, but the Crusaders went on a 47-10 run to close out the game and beat the Braves 62-39 Saturday afternoon.

"We've been saying it all along: 'Consistency and mental toughness’, " Absegami coach Mike Bult said.”You've got to play four quarters of basketball. And we're not. Another team goes on a run, it's part of basketball. You've got to handle it. We get down on ourselves a little bit."

The Braves were coming off a tough loss at Egg Harbor Township Friday night. Trey Jones scored on a three-point play with 40 seconds left to lead the Silver Eagles over Absegami, 55-53. The senior guard scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help EHT remain in the CAL playoff hunt.

Absegami is now a long shot to make the eight-team field.

 

Olympic-Cape Challenge this weekend at St. Augustine

A bunch of local teams will be in action this weekend for the 13th annual Olympic-Cape Challenge to help shoot down cancer at St. Augustine Prep in Richland. The two-day event pairs Cape-Atlantic League teams against schools that compete in the Olympic Conference.

 

Saturday, Feb. 9

Seneca vs. Ocean City, 10 a.m.

Cherry Hill East vs. Bridgeton, 11:30

Timber Creek vs. Pleasantville, 1:15

Camden Catholic vs. Middle Twp., 2:45

Cherokee vs. Wildwood Catholic, 4:30

Paul VI vs. Egg Harbor Twp., 6 p.m.

 

Sunday, Feb. 10

Washington Twp. vs. St. Joseph, 11:30 a.m.

Winslow Twp. vs. Sacred Heart, 1 p.m.

Cherry Hill West vs. Oakcrest, 2:45

Eastern vs. Holy Spirit, 4:30

Camden vs. St. Augustine, 6 p.m.

 

Match-ups this week

Thursday

Cedar Creek takes on one of the top teams in the CAL when they host Wildwood Catholic. The two teams met back on Jan. 10 with the Crusaders knocking off the Pirates 58-41.

The Pleasantville Greyhounds hope to stay above .500 with a match-up Thursday against Cape May Tech.

 

Friday

Absegami takes on Vineland. The Braves entered the week having lost three in a row.

In an American Conference battle, Holy Spirit takes on EHT. Holy Spirit won the first meeting 63-50 on the road and will now host the Eagles with CAL playoff implications for EHT.

Oakcrest takes on Bridgeton in a National conference game 

 

Match-up to watch: 

Atlantic City vs. Holy Spirit, Tuesday, Feb. 12

Atlantic City and Holy Spirit will meet for the second time this season on Tuesday. The first game went down to the wire with the Vikings holding on to win 44-41 over the Spartans in Atlantic City. This time the Spartans are playing their best ball of the season and will look for revenge and a possible share of the American Conference crown.

Paul Moore is third in the CAL in scoring, getting 18.4 per night and Junior Santiel ranks 11th in the CAL with 14.5 points per game.

For Atlantic City, Dennis White leads the way with 13.8 points per game. 

 


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