McWade scores 1,000th point in Crusader playoff win

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sports NORTH WILDWOOD – Eddie McWade and the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team had a second half to remember Friday night.

Trailing by four points at the half at 29-25, the Crusaders exploded for 41 points in the second half and wound up blowing out Doane Academy, 66-45, in a second-round South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament game.

McWade, a 6-4 junior forward, became the third junior in program history to record his 1,000th career point when he sank a free throw with about five minutes to play in the game.

Wildwood Catholic, the third seed in the tournament, will travel to No. 2 Roselle Catholic on Monday for a sectional semifinal game at 8 p.m. Roselle Catholic has been ranked among the top 10 teams in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger for much of the season.

Wildwood Catholic quickly erased its four-point halftime deficit at the start of the second half, outscoring Doane 20-7 in the third quarter.

McWade finished with a game-high 24 points. Clinton Freeman (17) and Jordan Robertson (14) also scored in double figures in the win.

Wildwood Catholic, which has won two state playoff games in the same season for the first time since winning the second of back-to-back South Jersey titles in 2007, improved to 23-5 with the win.

McWade, 1988 graduate Dan Leahy and current Crusader assistant coach and 1993 graduate Pat McCabe are the only players in program history to reach 1,000 career points during their junior seasons.

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