South Jersey basketball: NJSIAA state semifinal previews

The Shawnee boys’ basketball team celebrates winning South Jersey Group 4 title.

All games Thursday.

Group 1

Woodbury (19-11) vs. Point Pleasant Beach (19-9) at Toms River North, 5:30 p.m.

Woodbury’s road to semifinals: Beat Audubon, 76-24; Haddon Twp., 46-45; Penns Grove, 70-65; and Glassboro, 63-52.

Woodbury player to watch: Junior guard Aaron Estrada, who averages 21.1 points, is a clever lefty who can control play with his ball-handling, passing and scoring.

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Woodbury’s aaron Estrada made this three-pointer from halfcourt last season against Haddonfield.

Point Pleasant Beach’s road to semifinals: Beat STEM Civics, 76-52; Middlesex, 76-57; New Egypt, 63-42; and Burlington City, 53-47 (OT).

Point Pleasant Beach player to watch: Senior guard Mohamed Traore averages 18.6 points.

Fast fact: Woodbury is 9-1 in tournament games in the last two seasons.

Pick: Woodbury, 56-55.

Group 2

Haddonfield (27-3) vs. Rumson-Fair Haven (25-2) at Toms River North, 7:30 p.m.

Haddonfield’s road to semifinals: Beat Cape May Tech, 62-44; Haddon Heights, 52-45; Camden, 54-53 (OT); and Lower Cape May, 63-45.

Haddonfield player to watch: Junior swingman Dan Fleming, who averages 11.2 points, is a top three-point threat.

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Haddonfield’s Mike DePersia (3), Aiden Blake (24) and Dan Fleming (33) celebrate their 54-53 overtime win against Camden during a SJ 2 semifinal.

Rumson-Fair Haven road to the semifinals: Beat North Plainfield, 71-47; Spotswood, 71-63; Bordentown, 59-49; and Carteret, 57-52.

Rumson-Fair Haven player to watch: Junior forward Ian O’Connor averages 15 points.

Fast fact: Haddonfield has won 12 of its last 13 games.

Pick: Rumson-Fair Haven 60, Haddonfield 58.

Group 3

Delsea (25-5) vs. Nottingham (27-2) at Brick Memorial, 7 p.m.

Delsea’s road to semifinals: Beat Cherry Hill West, 71-50; Pinelands, 64-36; Timber Creek, 80-70; and Seneca, 53-40.

Delsea player to watch: Senior point guard Kolby Braxton is a top floor general who also can score, rebound and defend.

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Delsea’s Kolby Braxton celebrates with the championship trophy after a win over Seneca in the SJ 3 title game.

Nottingham’s road to the semifinals: Beat Jackson Liberty, 77-44; Ocean Twp., 78-61; Northern Burlington, 73-57; and Moorestown, 59-56 (OT).

Nottingham player to watch: Senior forward Darell Johnson averages 22.4 points and is one of three seniors who have scored 1,000 career points.

Fast fact: Delsea has won 17 of its last 18 games.

Pick: Delsea 62, Nottingham 60.

Group 4

Shawnee (26-4) vs. Trenton (22-7) at Egg Harbor Twp., 5:30 p.m.

Shawnee’s road to the final: Beat Southern, 64-38, Kingsway, 76-62; Eastern, 59-54; and Atlantic City, 61-48.

Shawnee player to watch: Senior forward Dylan Deveney, a top three-point shooter, has scored 26, 23 and 23 points in the Renegades’ last three games.

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Shawnee’s Dylan Deveney (third from left) poses with teammates and classmates holding signs noting his scoring his 1,000th career point.

Trenton’s road to the semifinals: Beat East Brunswick, 59-49; Hunterdon Central, 63-58; Highstown, 70-56; and Colts Neck, 42-41.

Trenton player to watch: Senior guard Ji’Ayir Brown averages 12.7 points.

Fast fact: Shawnee is 54-7 since the start of last season.

Pick: Shawnee 66, Trenton 60.

Non-Public South A final

Camden Catholic (22-6) vs. St. Joseph Metuchen (23-4) at Brick Memorial, 5 p.m.

Camden Catholic’s road to final: Beat Bishop Ahr, 69-27, and St. Augustine, 68-65 (OT).

Camden Catholic player to watch: Senior swingman Dominic Dunn is a top three-point threat.

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Camden Catholic senior Dominic Dunn leads the Irish into NP South A title game.

St. Joseph’s road to the final: Beat Bishop Eustace, 55-53, and Red Bank Catholic, 64-37.

St. Joseph player to watch: Junior guard Luke Fresco leads the Falcons with 48 three-pointers.

Fast fact: Camden Catholic has won nine games in a row.

Pick: Camden Catholic, 54-52.

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