South Jersey Group 3 Boys’ Basketball Preview: Can Moorestown Repeat?

South Jersey Group 3 Boys’ Basketball Preview: Can Moorestown Repeat?
It should be a fascinating Group 3 tournament, which traditionally is among the more balanced in South Jersey. That should again be the case this season. Moorestown is not only the defending South Jersey Champion, but the Quakers won the state championship.
 
Even though the Quakers were hit hard by graduation, they should again be in the mix.
 
South Jersey Group 3
First tournament game: March 2
Sectional final: March 9
State semifinal: March 11
State championship: March 15
 
What stands out: A potential meeting of Moorestown and Timber Creek. Since they are the top two seeded teams, with Moorestown No. 1, they would have to meet I the final. Last year Moorestown, which was the top seed, defeated fifth seeded Timber Creek, 52-43, in the semifinals.
 
Outlook: The question is whether anybody can interrupt the top two seeds Moorestown and Timber Creek, meeting in the final.
 
The answer is that Westampton Tech, seeded No. 3, could surely be in consideration. Moorestown entered the week 21-1 and the one loss was a 45-44 defeat to Westampton Tech on Jan. 2. Tyrese Myrick, a 6-1 senior, had a team-high 13 points for Westampton Tech in that defensive struggle.
 
Moorestown won the rematch 63-60, which shows that Westampton Tech can compete with anybody in Group 3.
 
Moorestown’s leading scorer is senior Hayden Greer, who is averaging 14 points per game for a Quakers team that still relies on relentless defense.
 
Timber Creek began the week 18-2 and one of the losses was to Cherry Hill West, which is the No. 5 seed. (This again show how many teams could stake a claim to the Group 3 title). Cherry Hill West surely is another team that can’t be discounted.
 
As for Timber Creek, the Chargers have a veteran team with 10 seniors. Justin Bladen,a 6-2 senior, leads the balances scoring. He is averaging nearly 14 points per game.
 
As for Cherry Hill West, senior Jordan Lipford scored 17 points in the win over Timber Creek, Lipford has been one of the leaders for West, which lost the rematch 57-43 to Timber Creek.
 
West has played a tough schedule and will be ready for the postseason.
 
Another team to watch is No. 4 Mainland. Early in the season the Mustangs lost a 52-45 decision to Moorestown.
 
That game was on Dec. 21. Both teams have improved since then as have all the other Group 3 contenders. This Group is among the more wide-open in South Jersey.

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Moorestown wasn’t supposed to have rebuilt this quickly, but the Quakers once again enter the postseason as a viable threat in Group 3.

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Author: Marc Narducci; Photo by Marc Narducci

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