Gloucester Deals Delsea A Rare Loss Jeff Flegler, With 20 Points, Led His Team To The 65-60 Win. And He Got The Key Basket.

Posted: February 26, 1997

GLOUCESTER CITY — Jeff Flegler couldn't miss last night. Not while he was scoring 20 points to lead Gloucester to a 65-60 victory over Delsea, and not afterward when he answered questions about the game.

``Brian Hagan was playing on a broken toe,'' Flegler said of his teammate, ``but he really stepped it up.''

Rimshot.

You can add it to the jump shots, foul shots and reverse, spinning trick shots Flegler hit in the second half against Delsea.

Flegler scored 17 of his game-high 20 after halftime, nine in the fourth quarter. Hagan, by the way, scored 13 points on that broken toe.

When Delsea had its best chance to catch up late, it was Flegler who shut the door. Tyrone Simmons hit a three-point basket for Delsea to make the score 56-53 with two minutes left. But on the ensuing possession, against a frantic full Delsea press, Flegler took a skip pass on the outside wing, drove past Shaun Grimes under the basket and tossed in a reverse, spinning layup for a 58-53 lead.

Delsea never again got within four.

Gloucester improved to 20-4 with the win, which coach Mike Burke said was a huge lift after a loss to Gloucester Catholic on Saturday. Already Tri-County Royal division champion, Delsea is 18-2 but has lost two in a row.

Delsea's 6-foot-4 senior, Robb Cash, and Milton Bowen kept Gloucester's interior game bottled up in the early going, helping build a 21-9 lead midway through the second quarter.

Delsea's nimble point guard, Elvin Estremera, kept Gloucester's Keith Gorman in check in the backcourt, preventing the Lions guard from getting into a running game with his twin brother, Sean.

But when Cash picked up his second foul and went to the bench with a little more than four minutes to go in the half, Flegler started to get hot and Gloucester went on a 13-4 run and trailed by only 28-25 at halftime.

One minute into the third quarter, Estremera went down with a turned ankle and did not return. Freed from Estremera's harassment, the Gormans began shooting passes in to Flegler, who time and again hit lay-in shots over Cash.

``I wouldn't say he was not contesting shots, but he was playing real passive,'' Flegler said.

``I had a bad game,'' Cash said. ``He was getting position on me and I was trying not to pick up the fouls.''

Cash, who scored eight points, less than half his average, missed a slew of shots under the basket. He said an old shoulder injury was bothering him from early in the game.

``They played a little harder than us,'' Delsea coach Bob Riles said.

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