Tom McKeefery's 19 points led a balanced offense and Lower Cape May played shutdown defense early in the second half to pull away from Glassboro, 67-47, yesterday in the semifinals of the Ray Martin Memorial boys' basketball bracket of the Boardwalk Classic in Wildwood.
McKeefery shot 6 for 12 from the field, pulled down 10 rebounds and blocked four shots. Mike Pittman made 7 of 11 from the floor in scoring 15 and Ryan Herman (14 points) connected on 6 of 7 field-goal attempts for the Tigers (2-2) - who made 55 percent of their shots in the game.
Lower Cape May also prevented points, limiting Glassboro (2-1) to one field goal over the first 10 minutes of the third quarter. The Bulldogs' Timmy Breaker led all scorers with 20 points.
Today's title game, scheduled for 4:30 p.m., will pit Lower Cape May against Lower Moreland (Pa.).
Ryan Abel poured in 21 points, making five of the nine three-point baskets by Lower Moreland (3-4) in a 46-36 triumph over Oakcrest. Kevin Miller contributed 13 points and six rebounds for the Falcons (0-3), who were outscored 28-14 over the second and fourth quarters.
It took a while for St. Joseph (2-1) to get its offense in gear but, led by 13 points from Eli Enders, the Wildcats came alive in the second half to edge Highland, 36-32, in a semifinal in Wildwood.
Devin Greer scored 14 points and Sean Daniels grabbed a dozen rebounds to lead the Tartans (1-2), who enjoyed a 17-10 lead at intermission.
St. Joseph's opponent in today's title game - scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. - will be Math, Civics and Sciences (Pa.).
The Mighty Elephants improved to 6-0 by holding off a late charge by Paul VI, 58-51.
Jose Ortiz (14 points) and Jeff Lord (13 points and 13 rebounds) paced MC&S, while the Eagles (1-2) received double-figure scoring from Nick Moore (14 points), Robert Poole (13) and Ron Curry (10).
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Rick Palmer tossed in 16 points, Donny Deleo scored 15 and Matt Schiff netted 10 to carry Wildwood past Wildwood Catholic, 51-33.
Julian Miller's 11 points topped the scoring for the Crusaders, who couldn't recover from a 15-3 deficit.
Jarvis Perry poured in 21 points, and Willingboro needed every one of them to outlast host Trenton Central, 45-41, in a semifinal.