Basketball: Camden and Med Tech to meet in next year's Jimmy V Classic at Schalick


By Phil Anastasia

Defending sectional champions Camden and Medford Tech will meet in the second Jimmy V Foundation Classic Dec. 21 at Schalick High School.

Camden is the two-time defending South Jersey Group 3 champion. Medford Tech is the defending South Jersey Group 2 champion.

Another interesting matchup in the one-day, seven-game showcase to raise money for cancer research will feature Rancocas Valley vs. Haddonfield in a clash of two of South Jersey's premier programs.

The Red Devils and Bulldogs project as two of the top teams in South Jersey next season, with RV looking like a potential Top 5 team.

Schalick coach Eric Cassidy said the first event, which featured five games that helped kicked off last season, raised nearly $3,000.

Cassidy hopes to raise more money next season with a seven-game event that once again will feature St. Benedict's Prep of Newark, a non-NJSIAA team that is one of the most powerful programs in the country.

St. Benedict's will face Archbishop Carroll of the Philadelphia Catholic in next season's event.

Camden and Medford Tech both will return key players from last year's championship teams.

The Jaguars will return junior guard Eli Cain, a second-team All-South Jersey selection and top recruit in the class of 2014, as well as sophomore guard Myles Powell and sophomore forward Dennis Tunstall.

The Panthers will return junior guard Tavaris Headen, a first-team All-South Jersey selection, along with sophomore guard Rasool Hinson and freshmen Brad Hawkins and Jamal Holloway.

Rancocas Valley will be led by sophomore guard Ned Ogoemesim and junior center Nick Davidson -- key players on a team that finished 25-3 last season.

Haddonfield will return sophomore guards Nick and Rob DePersia from a 25-4 team.

Here's the full schedule:

Sacred Heart vs. Delsea

Gloucester Catholic vs. Paulsboro

Haddon Heights vs. Woodstown

Schalick vs. Kingsway

Rancocas Valley vs. Haddonfield

Medford Tech vs. Camden

St. Benedict's vs. Archbishop Carroll

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