Catholic, Middle win at Battle by the Bay

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ATLANTIC CITY – The Wildwood Catholic and Middle Township high school boys basketball teams each earned victories at the Battle by the Bay showcase event at Atlantic City High School Saturday afternoon.

Wildwood Catholic picked up a comeback victory over Absegami, while Middle Township led pretty much from start to finish against George Washington of the Philadelphia Public League.

Wildwood Catholic trailed by as much as 14 points in the second quarter before closing to within three at the break. The Crusaders (15-3) then held the Braves (7-10) to only four second-half field goals after intermission to win with relative ease, 62-39. Wildwood Catholic outscored Absegami 36-10 in the second half.

Eddie McWade posted game highs of 21 points, 15 rebounds and five steals to lead Wildwood Catholic. Jordan Robertson added 17 points, George Cook chipped in nine and Kevin McWade contributed eight points and four steals.

Abdul Anderson’s 16 points paced Absegami (7-10).

Middle Township didn’t play its best game against George Washington but the Panthers were certainly good enough. The Panthers led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter and settled for a 69-59 victory.

The contest was the first in more than two weeks that Middle (14-3) had its entire lineup available. LaMarr Greer (knee), who had missed a handful of games because of a knee injury, and Darrell Shelton, who missed the team’s previous game due to illness, both started for the Panthers.

Middle turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 22 times but shot a sizzling 21 for 34 from the floor in the win. Tom Catanoso was especially hot, making 8 of 10 shots, including 4 of 5 from three-point distance, in scoring a game-high 22 points. Tom Feraco shot 13 for 15 from the foul line and added 19 points and Micah Moore provided 14 points and seven rebounds.

George Washington (14-8) got 20 points from Devante Truitt.

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