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March 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Columnist
A 64-63 loss to Sterling on Jan. 5 dropped Paulsboro's boys' basketball team to a level it hadn't known for a while: .500. With a 3-3 record, the result of two one-point defeats, Paulsboro coach Sean Collins had a brief meeting that got right to the point. "I asked them: Is this the way they wanted to go?" Collins recalled. The answer was obviously a resounding "no. " Since that time Paulsboro has gone 23-1, with the latest victory adding more to the growing trophy case. Despite being hit hard by graduation from a defending state championship team, No. 2 seed Paulsboro is still playing meaningful March basketball a 72-61 win at top seeded Schalick on Tuesday in the South Jersey Group 1 title game.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Mid-Atlantic Dental Service Holdings L.L.C., a Philadelphia start-up headed by retired Duane Morris partner C. Mitchell Goldman, said Tuesday it secured $15 million in capital commitments. Goldman, a veteran health-care lawyer, said most of the $15 million would be used by an affiliated dental professional corporation to buy dental practices, but he said no deals are imminent. Mid-Atlantic will offer marketing, billing and other services to affilated dentists, allowing dentists to focus on their patients.
SPORTS
March 9, 2016 | By Jack Goodwillie, Staff Writer
Justyn Mutts found several ways to lead third-seeded St. Augustine to victory Monday in an NJSIAA Non-Public South A semifinal. Mutts led the Hermits with 26 points and eight rebounds as host St. Augustine overpowered second-seeded Christian Brothers Academy, 85-52, to advance to the group championship. Teammate Austin Kennedy had a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Central Jersey Group 2 final. Darnill Brown scored 19 points and Manny Ansong added 16 as top-seeded host Bordentown defeated No. 2 Manasquan, 59-54.
SPORTS
March 9, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Staff Writer
Atlantic City coach Gene Allen challenged his seniors at the tradition-rich basketball school. "I told them they had to make their mark and needed at least a sectional title to continue the legacy. " The seniors responded and the rest of their teammates followed. With senior point guard Lamar Thomas scoring 16 points and classmate Ayshion Centeno adding 15, Atlantic City defeated host Cherokee, 50-41, Monday in the South Jersey Group 4 championship before a packed gymnasium. Fifth-seeded Atlantic City (25-4)
SPORTS
March 9, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
Because it's located on a rise above Farnham Park, Camden High School has always been known as "The Castle on the Hill. " On Monday night, Corey Greer took a big step toward becoming the prince of his new city. The sophomore who transferred to Camden after spending his freshman year at Middle Township looked right at home in the South Jersey Group 2 championship game before a capacity crowd in Clarence Turner Gymnasium. The 6-foot-1 Greer scored 27 points and played a nearly flawless floor game in Camden's 82-54 victory over Medford Tech.
SPORTS
March 7, 2016 | By Trevor Newcomb, Staff Writer
There was no superstar on the floor for the Cherokee boys' basketball team Saturday. There hasn't been one all season, as a matter of fact. But it's been more a strength than a weakness for the Chiefs, and that rang true in a 45-42 win over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals. "We're a complete team," Cherokee coach Eric Cassidy said. "Every night it looks like we have a different leading scorer. " The leading scorer Saturday for the second-seeded hosts was Kevin Brown, who scored 18 points thanks to four three-pointers, including one in the opening minutes of the third quarter.
SPORTS
March 7, 2016 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
Taylor Sehdev's first shot, on Haddonfield's first possession of the game, was a smooth corner three that looked almost effortless. It was a rare tranquil moment in a game defined by wild, frenzied, and, at times, head-scratching moments. But for Sehdev, it might have been the most important sequence of the afternoon as her fifth-seeded Bulldawgs upset top-seeded Cinnaminson, 55-43, in the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals. "Once I make my first shot, I always feel so much more calm," Sehdev said.
SPORTS
March 6, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Columnist
His team was trailing by 10 at halftime and Highland boys' basketball coach Joe Lewis had a simple question for his unit. "How much fun are you having?" he asked. The Tartans were down by three entering the fourth quarter and Lewis asked the same question. Imagine the question the first-year Highland coach was asking afterward when the second-seeded Tartans had overcome an eight-point lead early in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 3 Toms River East, 68-61, in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal Friday night.
SPORTS
March 5, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
It would be correct to say Darren Gibson rose to the moment. It would also be correct to say he fell back. Gibson, a junior swingman at Eastern High School, specializes in taking charges. He is a master at the dirty job of drawing offensive fouls. "I think he has 34 of them," Eastern coach Kevin Crawford said. "I've had some kids that we good at taking charges. I've never had a kid with 34 of them. " Gibson's 34th was his most important of the season, the "play of the game," in Eastern's 45-43 win over archrival Cherry Hill East in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals, according to Crawford.
SPORTS
March 4, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, Columnist
All season, Highland's girls' basketball team has known how valuable freshman point guard Azana Baines has been on the court. When she was forced to spend extended time on the bench with foul trouble, the Tartans really saw her value to the team. Baines returned in time and so did the Tartans, defeating No. 7-seeded Delsea, 63-56, in Wednesday's South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinal. Second-seeded Highland (26-1) will host third-seeded Toms River East in Friday's semifinal. With 6 minutes, 19 seconds left in the third quarter Highland, took a 32-21 lead on two free throws by Baines.
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