It was a big week for the Haddonfield Memorial High School boys’ basketball team which defeated a pair of local rivals to ensure itself the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 Tournament. The Bulldawgs have been getting contributions from all over the court on their way to a 18-1 record.
The boys’ and girls’ team will find out their playoff fate when the playoff seeds are released later this week.
After the performances strung together by the Bulldawgs last week, there is little doubt which boys’ basketball team is the king of the Haddons. Haddonfield scored convincing victories over Haddon Heights (60-39) and Haddon Township (59-35) to move to 18-1. The Bulldawgs, who have won eight consecutive games, assured themselves of being the No. 1 seed in the Group 2 playoffs when the playoff brackets are released later this week.
Robby Deperisa was all over the court against Haddon Heights, finishing with 10 points, six assists and six steals. Meanwhile, Billy Griffin was launching rainmakers, connecting on five 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 19 points. Nick Depersia chipped in with 14 points and Chris Biddle added seven.
Nick Depersia led the way against Haddon Heights, finishing with 17 points. The Bulldawgs trailed by one after the first quarter but exploded for a 19-5 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Garnets.
Haddonfield will look to continue its winning ways this week when it takes on Overbrook (Tuesday) and Collingswood (Thursday).
The girls’ had to settle for a split against its neighbors, defeating Haddon Heights in a nail-bitter before falling to Haddon Township.
Hayley Raymond and Maddie Betley carried the Bulldawgs to a 46-43 win over the Garnets. Raymond scored a team-high 18 points and Betley came through with 14. Haddonfield carried a three point lead into the fourth quarter and was able to maintain it thanks to a strong defensive effort and clutch free-throw shooting.
The Bulldawgs were unable to find their scoring touch two days later as the Hawks defense held them in check in a 53-28 result. Freshman Taylor Sehdev provided a bright spot for Haddonfield, finishing with 14 points.
Haddonfield (10-7) travels to take on Collingswood (Thursday) before returning home to face Moorestown (Saturday).
Jake Klaus went nose to nose with Collingswood’s Colin Lex for a full six minutes and was able to come out of the bout with a 9-7 victory. Klaus is now 16-7 on the season and has positioned himself to be a serious contender in the district tournament. William Benedict, Peter Rhodes, Crawford Oswalt and Christian Kreps also earned victories in the Bulldawgs’ 39-27 loss to the Collingswood Panthers.
Rhodes, Oswalt and Nate Finnegan also earned pins against Northern
Burlington, but Haddonfield couldn’t keep up in a 49-27 loss.
While things have not gone the way the Bulldawgs would have liked in the team portion of the season, several wrestlers should be viewed as serious contenders when districts arrives in couple of weeks. Haddonfield will use its match with Highland on Thursday as a tune-up.
The boys’ team ended the regular season on a winning note, defeating Cherry Hill West 123-47. The victory, which came on Senior Day, was the Bulldawgs eighth to just two losses. The girls dropped a tight contest against West, 87-83, to close the regular season 7-2. The Bulldawgs will now turn their attention to the team playoffs.