Middle hammers Lions, Spirit tops Catholic

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Friday’s Cape-Atlantic League boys basketball playoff between Middle Township and Sacred Heart featured two very different teams. One program is a senior-laden group familiar with big games in playoff settings. The other is a young, up-and-coming group trying to gain experience.

The more experienced side won. Big.

After giving up the first basket of the game, Middle Township thoroughly dominated the overmatched Lions, frolicking to a 73-33 victory to advance to the CAL semifinals for the second straight year.

Middle, the second seed in the tournament, created a comfortable 17-7 edge after one quarter before turning the game into a rout thanks to a 22-6 advantage in the second quarter that had the team ahead 39-13 at the break.

LaMarr Greer pumped in 22 points in just three quarters of action to lead five Middle players in double figures. Tom Catanoso added 14 points, Micah Moore and Tommy Feraco each sank 11 and little-used sub Lynell Brooks netted all 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.

Middle (18-4) will play St. Augustine Prep for the third time this season in a rematch from last year’s league semifinals. That game will be played Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Hammonton High School and will be broadcast live by 98.7 FM radio.

Meanwhile, in another CAL quarterfinal in North Wildwood, No. 5 Holy Spirit used stifling interior defense to wilt fourth-seeded Wildwood Catholic, 51-45. The Spartans’ Junior Saintel was the best player in the floor in the contest and netted a game-high 23 points. Paul Moore added 11 for Spirit (15-8).

Wildwood Catholic (19-4) got 18 points from Eddie McWade and 12 from Clinton Freeman.

Spirit will face top-seeded Atlantic City in the other semifinal on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hammonton.

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