Camden Catholic, which began the preseason ranked No. 2 in South Jersey boys' basketball by The Inquirer, has finished No. 1. Preseason No. 1 Cherokee wound up second.

They were the only state champions from the seven-county region.

Camden Catholic went 29-2 and avenged a 73-65 regular-season loss to Cherokee in double overtime by beating the Chiefs in a Tournament of Champions semifinal, 47-34.

The Irish advanced to the TOC final before falling to Trenton Catholic, 53-39.

Cherokee won the Olympic Conference American Division and also claimed its first state Group 4 title when it beat Plainfield in the final.

Willingboro ended up No. 3 after winning the Burlington County Liberty Patriot Division and reaching the Central Jersey Group 2 final before losing to eventual state champion Shabazz, 63-61, in overtime.

No. 4 Rancocas Valley was the runner-up to Trenton Catholic in the Burlco Liberty. The Red Devils' best win was over No. 5 Lenape, 51-50.

Lenape, which beat Cherokee in one of three games, ended up No. 5. The Indians, who lost to Cherokee in the South Jersey Group 4 semifinals, also beat South Jersey Group 4 finalist Shawnee and logged an early-season win over South Jersey Group 3 champion Kingsway.

No. 6 Shawnee shared the Olympic Conference Patriot Division title with Winslow Township and Timber Creek.

In addition to reaching the South Jersey Group 4 final after beating Atlantic City in the semifinals, Shawnee had a signature regular-season win over Cherokee and also beat eventual No. 9 Bishop Eustace.

No. 7 St. Augustine came on late in the season, advancing to the South Jersey Non-Public A final before losing to Camden Catholic. The Hermits had wins over St. John Vianney and Monsignor Donovan, and at Bishop Eustace before falling to Camden Catholic in the final.

Late-season wins by the Hermits over Shawnee, Ocean City, and Millville also were impressive.

No. 8 Kingsway won the Tri-County Royal Division title and earned its second consecutive South Jersey Group 3 championship.

Kingsway advanced to the state final before losing to Mendham, 44-41. In the tournament, Kingsway had wins over Pineland, Pemberton, Moorestown, Point Pleasant Boro, and Lakewood.

No. 9 Bishop Eustace scored its best regular-season win over Cherokee and defeated highly regarded Trenton Central. It lost two close games to Camden Catholic - one by three points and the other in overtime.

No. 10 Woodbury went to the state Group 1 final before its 17-game winning streak ended with a 70-62 loss to University. The Thundering Herd tied Paulsboro for the Colonial Patriot title and posted an impressive late-season win over Colonial Liberty and South Jersey Group 2 champion Collingswood.

Woodbury also scored a 78-57 win at Point Pleasant Beach to claim its second consecutive South Jersey Group 1 title.

Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225