The battle of Cherry Hill was part basketball game, part track meet.
West stayed in contact with its long-distance shooting.
East pulled away with sprinter's speed.
The Cougars raced away from the Lions, scoring again and again on fastbreaks en route to a 76-62 victory before a large, loud crowd in Cherry Hill West's gymnasium.
Senior forward Jake Gurkin led Cherry Hill East with 29 points and 11 rebounds, while senior guard Marc Schlessel added 26 points in a fast-paced game in a charged atmosphere with chanting student sections from both schools.
"The students were a big part of it," said Gurkin, a 6-foot-6 athlete who used his speed to beat Cherry Hill West defenders down the floor and his height to score on put-backs and inside moves.
Junior forward Gary Hettinger collected 11 points and nine rebounds, and senior guard Jesse Gold had seven assists for Cherry Hill East (2-0).
Senior guard Marquis Goodman scored 21 for Cherry Hill West (1-2).
Junior forward Ryan Lee and sophomore guard Rodney Williams each added 14 for the Lions, who made 10 three-point jumpers.
That was 10 times as many as East, as the Cougars made just one jumper from distance. That was a twist, since East long has been known for its three-point shooting.
But the Cougars shot mostly layups, often in transition.
"The transition game has been a staple of the East offense," said first-year East coach Dave Allen. "We like to see these kids get out and run the floor."
East broke the game open in the second quarter, outscoring West by 20-11 to take a 37-23 halftime lead.
"The game plan was to get the ball to Jake," Schlessel said. "It's awesome to play with Jake. He can get down the floor. I was able to get free because they were so worried about him."
West battled back as Lee hit three three-point jumpers in the third quarter and Goodman added two.
"What I liked best was that our kids never quit," West coach Hamasi Tarrant said. "We knew we had a tough matchup in some spots. We see these guys all year long. But our kids got down and battled back."
Cherry Hill East 17 20 23 16 - 76
Cherry Hill West 12 11 23 16 - 62
CHE: Marc Schlessel 26, Jake Gurkin 29, Gary Hettinger 11, Jesse Gold 2, Brett Roseman 2, Jake Silpe 6.
CHW: Marcus Sumpter 2, Rodney Williams 14, Marquis Goodman 21, Ryan Lee 14, Greg Smolsky 3, Will Plenty 4, Sean Mularkey 2, John Ortramu 2.