By Phil Anastasia
Here are some key games to watch this week in South Jersey basketball:
-- Haddonfield (12-0) at Paulsboro (11-2), Tuesday at 5:30: The best team in the Colonial Liberty visits the best team in the Colonial Patriot. Paulsboro has had the upper hand in recent years. Haddonfield will look to turn the table. Look for some fierce, insistent defensive play, with the Bulldogs in a full-court man-to-man and the Red Raiders in their trapping, 1-3-1 halfcourt zone.
-- Pitman (12-1) at Schalick (10-2), Tuesday at 7: Big men Tim Delaney of Pitman, a Villanova recruit, and Rashaan Holloway of Schalick, a Massachusetts recruit, will battle in the paint. Schalick is coming off a big win over Ewing and looking to push into the Top 10.
-- Cherokee (7-3) at Camden Catholic (7-4), Thursday at 7: This Olympic Conference inter-division clash will feature two teams looking to move into South Jersey prominence after solid but incosistent starts to the season. This should be a defensive struggle.
-- St. Augustine (10-1) at Atlantic City (7-2), Friday at 8: This clash of Cape-Atlantic League rivals is the nightcap of the first day of the Battle by the Bay showcase. The teams are in different divisions in the CAL but this game will go a long toward seeding in the CAL tournament. There are major power points on the line for NJSIAA tournament seeding, too.
-- Pitman (12-1) vs. Medford Tech (9-4) at Atlantic City, Saturday at 12:30: This is a Battle by the Bay game between fast-paced, high-scoring teams. Medford Tech junior forward Dennis Tunstall gets a chance to tangle with Pitman junior Tim Delaney.
-- Paul VI (10-1) at Camden (9-3), Saturday at noon: This game could mark the return of Paul VI senior guard Ivan Robinson, who has been out with a concussion. This is a key game in the wide-open Olympic National race.
-- Holy Spirit (9-3) vs. Wildwood Catholic (9-4) at Atlantic City, Saturday at 6:30: This is another Battle by the Bay game that will feature Cape-Atlantic League rivals. The Spartans and Crusaders are in different divisions but there are major CAL tournament implications.
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