Basketball: Camden Catholic beats Penns Grove

 

By Phil Anastasia

Kyle Green scored 36 in Camden Catholic's last game.

This was different.

This was better.

"It's a team sport," Green, a senior swingman who has signed with Temple, said after Camden Catholic's 59-52 victory over Penns Grove on Monday in the last game of a three-day, Martin Luther King Jr. basketball showcase event at Kingsway.

Green scored 17 but might have made an even bigger impact as a rebounder and passer. The 6-4 senior finished with 14 boards and six assists.

"I think five of them were for 'threes,'" Penns Grove coach Kemp Carr said.

Camden Catholic senior guard Brian Matera scored 18 on six three-pointers and junior guard Rob Brosh added a pair of three-pointers as the Irish's long-distance shooting was the difference in the game.

"It seemed like they made as many 'threes' as 'twos' and free throws," Carr said.

Sophomore forward Brendan Crawford added 10 points and seven rebounds for Camden Catholic (10-4), which won its fifth game in a row.

"We're playing with a lot more confidence," than earlier in the season, Green said. "We're looking forward to getting another shot at teams like Paul VI and (Bishop) Eustace."

Senior guard Domique Ware scored 19 points and senior forward Ge'Shawn Davis generated 14 points and seven rebounds for Penns Grove (11-2).

The Red Devils were 14-for-24 from the foul line.

"Green is a tough guard," Carr said of Camden Catholic's leading scorer, who went for 36 in a victory over Plesantville on Saturday. "We knew '20' (Matera) was a shooter. We didn't always identify him."

Matera made a three-pointer in every quarter. He knocked down three in the second quarter, as Camden Catholic took advantage of Penns Grove's 1-for-6 mark at the freee-throw line to take a 25-19 lead.

The Irish led by as many as 11 early in the fourth quarter but Penns Grove rallied and cut the deficit to 42-39 on a three-point play by Davis.

But the Irish answered with an 8-2 run as Crawford made a pair of free throws and Matera and Brosh made three-pointers, both off passes from Green.

"They were going down," Matera said of his shot. "Everybody was looking for me, especially Kyle."

Penns Grove 13 6 15 18 -- 52

Camden Catholic 11 14 14 20 -- 59

PG: Ge'Shawn Davis 14, Dominique Ware 19, Garrett Wilson 10, Kyle Goodson 4, Thad Frisby 3, Jermane Carter 2.

CC: Kyle Green 17, Brendan Crawford 10, Thomas Organ 3, Rob Brosh 6, Brian Matera 18, Tom Wescott 2, Mike Harder 3.

Contact staff writer Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com or @PhilAnastasia on Twitter.

 

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