Basketball: Cherry Hill West on brink of first title since 1995


By Phil Anastasia

The Cherry Hill West boys' basketball team enters Tuesday night's game at Shawnee on the brink of a milestone moment.

With a victory over the Renegades, the Lions would clinch the Olympic Conference's Patriot Division title.

That would secure Cherry Hill West's first division title in boys' basketball since 1995, according to athletic director Lou Papa.

Cherry Hill West enters play with a 9-9 overall record and a 5-0 mark in the division.

Shawnee is 6-12 overall and in second place in the division with a 3-2 mark.

Shawnee has been playing better basketball in recent weeks, winning three in a row and five of six.

With a win tonight, the Renegades would move within a game of the Lions in the division race. Both teams would have two division games remaining as Shawnee will play Timber Creek and Seneca, and Cherry Hill West will play Timber Creek and Winslow.

Cherry Hill West has been led by junior forward Can Oztamur, who is averaging 18.2 points. Junior Elijah Bey and sophomores Jack Goan and Dan Buckwalter also have been steady contirbutors for the Lions.

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