Sunday, August 30, 2015

Basketball: Camden Catholic beats Camden

Basketball: Camden Catholic beats Camden

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By Phil Anastasia

Courtney Cubbage reached back to his past to play his best game of the season.

Camden Catholic reach back to its past, too.

Cubbage, a junior forward, collected 18 points and 18 rebounds to lead visiting Camden Catholic to a resounding, 75-54 victory over Camden in an Olympic Conference National Division boys' basketball game on Friday night.

Junior center Brendan Crawford scored 24 points and senior swingman Jake Johnson added 19 points for Camden Catholic (7-4 overall, 2-1 in the division), which has won three in a row with double-digit victories over rivals Bishop Eustace and Camden.

Sophomore guard Brad Hawkins scored 23 for Camden (8-2, 2-1), the No. 10 team in The Inquirer Top 10.

"We played the way Camden Catholic wanted us to play," Camden coach John Valore said. "We have to attack. We didn't attack. We have to move the ball. We didn't move the ball."

Cubbage (pictured), a Pennsauken resident, said he was extra-motivated because of his friendship with several of the Camden players, especially Hawkins.

Cubbage said he has been friends with Hawkins since they were "five or six" and that they used to sleep over each other's house.

"Now I have bragging rights," Cubbage said.

Standing just 6-foot-1, Cubbage dominated the backboards. He had eight rebounds in the second quarter.

"He brings tears to your eyes as a coach because he plays so hard," Camden Catholic coach Matt Crawford said. "He gives it everything he has."

Cubbage said the performance was the Irish's "best game" of the season.

It also was a reflection of the program's illustrious past -- with the kind of spacing, back-door cuts and clever passing that marked the Irish for years under Crawford's father, long-time former coach Jim Crawford.

"We made smart plays," Matt Crawford said.

Camden Catholic broke to a 13-0 lead as Johnson scored six with a traditional three-point play and a three-point jumper. Brendan Crawford, the coach's cousin, scored five in the early surge.

Camden spent the rest of the game in a scramble but Camden Catholic took full advantage by spreading the floor and sharing the basketball for easy looks.

Senior guard Rob Brosh collected six assists and senior guard Tom Organ added four assists. Frontcourt players Crawford, Cubbage and Johnson each had three assists.

"They ran a clinic," Valore said. "They ran a very good clinic."

Camden Catholic 14 13 19 29 -- 75

Camden 5 10 20 19 -- 54

CC: Brendan Crawford 24, Rob Brosh 8, Courtney Cubbage 18, Jim Robinson 4, Jake Johnson 19, Jamal Parker 2.

C: Brad Hawkins 23, Jamal Holloway 13, Jamil Maddred 3, Rasool Hinson 4, Will McCants 9, Nasir Money 2.

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Born and raised in South Jersey, Phil Anastasia prefers standing on the sidelines at high school football games on Friday nights to sitting in the press box at Eagles games on Sunday afternoons. He’s a graduate of Rowan University with a degree in English. Reach Phil at

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