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Basketball: Games to watch this season

By Phil Anastasia

Here are some key games to watch this season in South Jersey boys' basketball:

-- Saturday: Delsea vs. Atlantic City at Ocean City, 5:15: Two of South Jersey Top 10 teams clash at PBA Tipoff Weekend event.

-- Tuesday: Bishop Eustace at Cherry Hill West, 7: The host Lions get an early chance to prove their legitimacy.

-- Dec. 30: Delsea vs. Holy Spirit at Wildwood Convention Center, 6: The Crusaders face another Cape Atlantic power in another showcase event.

-- Jan. 12: Bishop Eustace at Camden Catholic, 7: The first of three possible meetings between these fierce rivals.

-- Jan. 24: St. Anthony at Camden, 2: The Bob Hurley-coached national power visits Clarence Turner Gymasium and takes Dajuan Wagner Court.

-- Jan. 31: Paulsboro vs. Bishop Eustace at Rancocas Valley, 1: A clash of top teams at Jeff Coney Classic.

-- Jan. 31: Camden vs. Ewing at Rancocas Valley, 2:30: The Panthers meet Temple-bound Trey Lowe at Jeff Coney Classic

-- Jan. 31: Haddonfield vs. Holy Spirit at Rancocas Valley, 7:30: The last of 11 games at Jeff Coney Classic should be a big-time battle.

-- Feb. 7: Shawnee vs. Schalick at Bishop Eustace, 5: The Renegades will look to spread the floor on the Cougars, who will look to pound the ball inside to big man Mike Holloway.

-- Feb. 7: Haddonfield at Bishop Eustace, 8: The finale of the two-day, 12-game Tri-State Showcase could be an instant classic. Last year's game went OT.

-- Feb. 12: Middle Township at St. Augustine, 6: Panthers coach Tom Feraco and Hermits coach Paul Rodio have combined for nearly 1,500 victories.

-- Feb. 14: Cherry Hill West at Cherry Hill East, 230: Cross-town rivals are both among top teams in South Jersey with top players in East's Jake Silpe and West's Can Oztamur.

-- Feb 14: Paulsboro vs. Camden at Cherry Hill East, 4: This battle of deep, athletic teams could be the highlight of the first day of the Cherry Hill East Invitational.

-- Feb. 15: St. Anthony vs. St. Augustine at Cherry Hill East, 2: Hurley and Rodio are two of just three coaches in New Jersey boys' basketball history with more than 800 career victories.

-- Feb. 21: Camden Catholic vs. Haddonfield at Rutgers-Camden or Camden, 3:30: The showcase game of the inaugural The High Invitational.

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