By Phil Anastasia
Tavaris Headen made five three-pointers, including two in the fourth quarter, as Camden rallied past Pitman 60-56 Saturday at the Cherry Hill East Invitational.
Playing before a large crowd that nearly filled the Cherry Hill East gymnasium for the first day of the 11-game, two-day showcase, Camden charged back from a 12-point deficit to beat an experienced and talented Pitman team.
Headen, a senior guard, scored 16 and junior guard Rasool Hinson added 12 for Camden (13-7).
Jamal Holloway chipped in with 11 and Brad Hawkins with 10 for the Panthers.
Darnell Foreman scored 17, Tim Delaney 16 and Tyler Wisniewski 15 for Pitman (16-4).
Pitman led 43-31 midway in the third quarter and 48-38 entering the fourth quarter.
But Camden rallied with three-point shooting and pressure defense. Headen hit two 3s in the fourth and Hinson made a four-point play as Camden outscored Pitman 22-8.
The victory was sweet for Camden's John Valore, who was the visiting coach on John Valore Court.
Valore, who coached CH East for 35 years, organizes the annual showcase, which is in its 11th year.
Headen tied the score at 54-54 with a 3 with 3:46 on the clock. Hawkins, a sophomore guard, gave Camden the lead for good at 55-54 with a free throw at 3:13.
After both teams missed opportunities, Hinson made it 57-54 with a driving layup at 1:25 and Headen added a free throw to make it 58-54 at 0:36.
Foreman pulled Pitman within 58-56 with a tough shot off a drive at 0:25. But Camden ran 17 seconds off the clock before Jamil Maddred was fouled at 0:08.
Maddred made both free throws to jack Camden's lead to 60-56 and seal the win for the Panthers.
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