Brandon Hill saved 20 of his 28 points for the fourth quarter and overtime, rallying Audubon to a 71-67 victory over Cinnaminson yesterday in a semifinal of the Audubon Holiday boys' basketball tournament.
The Pirates, who got 35 points from Max DiLeo, took an 11-point lead into the fourth period, but Hill scored 10 points to help force OT.
Hill, a senior swingman who also grabbed 10 rebounds, made five of eight foul shots in the extra period. Wade Gies chipped in with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Gloucester opened the tournament with a 46-45 thriller over Moorestown Friends, capped by Stephano Okoro's game-winning layup with two seconds left.
J. Michael Tucker. Haddonfield won the tournament by recovering from a six-point, second-quarter deficit and beating host Bordentown, 64-49. Wyatt Polk's 25 points fueled the Bulldogs' offense.
Buena. The host Chiefs won their own tournament, 67-62, over Camden County Tech as Landy Panico scored 23 points, and Tyler Hillgrube went home with the MVP award after posting 18 points and nine rebounds.
Boardwalk Classic. Cherokee survived a pair of close games, including a 56-53 title win over Monsignor Bonner (Pa.) in the final, to win Bracket C in Wildwood. Willis Nicholson's three-pointer with eight seconds to go provided the winning margin.
Absegami built a 29-18 lead with three bouts left and held on for an impressive 29-28 nonleague win over visiting perennial Central Jersey power Phillipsburg in a tri-meet.
Decisions by Alex Gong (160 pounds), Ian Capella (171), and Kevin Stadtmueller (189) provided the Braves' 11-point advantage.
Also at Absegami, St. Augustine was solid in the lower weights, getting decisions by William McMenamin (112), Joseph Esposito (119) and Zachary Burgin (125), but the Hermits were beaten, 36-25, by Phillipsburg.
Nikki Angelo's hot shooting and the interior dominance of Serifat Junaid and Addy Crenny fueled a fourth-quarter surge as Camden Catholic pulled away from Vineland, 65-46, in the Bracket D championship of the Boardwalk Classic at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Angelo made 8 of 12 shots from the field - including five from beyond the arc - in scoring a game-high 26 points. Junaid and Crenny combined for 29 points and 26 rebounds for the Irish, who closed out the game with a 23-6 run. Vineland held its own for three quarters behind 22 points and 11 rebounds from Alicia Cox.
Salem's Shaqui Coppage poured in 25 points in a 59-38 loss to North Penn (Pa.) in the consolation.
Clearview Pioneer. Senior center Kiley Grabbe ruled the low post with 20 points, a dozen rebounds, and five blocked shots to help host Clearview double up Triton, 44-22, and advance to today's title game against Haddon Township.
Audubon. Christine Gannon capped her 24-point performance by scoring eight in the fourth quarter as Cinnaminson rallied to defeat host Audubon, 53-46, in a wild semifinal.