PISCATAWAY, NJ – Camden Catholic used a strong inside game to defeat Cherokee, 47-34 in a Tournament of Champions semifinal at Rutgers.
Center Gerry Wixted led Camden Catholic with 17 points.
Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Camden Catholic (29-1) will meet Trenton Catholic (27-3) in Tuesday’s 8 p.m. TOC championship at the Izod Center. No. 2 and fourth seeded Cherokee finished 24-7.
Camden Catholic led Cherokee, 32-24 after three quarters. The closest Cherokee got was 33-28 early in the fourth period.
Cherokee’s Willis Nicholson scored the first six points of the third quarter after scoring four in the first half.
That gave Cherokee a 24-21 lead, but the Irish scored the final 11 points on the quarter, ending with Bart Middleman’s three-point runner at the buzzer.
Camden Catholic took a 21-18 halftime lead after going on a 5-0 run to end the second quarter. Wixted hit a long three-pointer and Tim Crawford scored on a layup right before the half.
Camden Catholic’s Anthony D’Orazio and Cherokee’s Maurice Jackson each had six points at halftime.