Bill Iezzi: Chief's Last Stand

Willis Nicholson and his Cherokee teammates tried valiently to bring it to Camden Catholic in the Tournament of Champions' basketball semi Friday night at Rutgers.

But tired legs betrayed them after eight playoff games. The Irish, playing their fifth postseason game, were never in serious trouble in the game and won, 47-34.

Compare these results. Cherokee beat Camden Catholic, 73-65, in double overtime on Jan. 7 with four players in double figures. On March 19 Nicholson was the only Chief in double numbers with 17 points.

The team didn't have anything left in the tank in the second half.

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