EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Jay-Nelly Reyes and Carlos Lopez of the Egg Harbor Township High School boys’ basketball team trapped a Clearview Regional ball handler just over halfway through the field Wednesday.
The Clearview dribbler turned and threw a bouncing pass straight to EHT’s DJ Germann, who drove the other way for an uncontested layup.
This second quarter play illustrated how South Jersey’s Group IV quarter-final played out.
Third-seeded EHT started fast and edged past sixth-seeded Clearview 75-36. The Eagles took an 18-3 lead in the first quarter. EHT (23-3) plays second-seeded Lenape in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday.
“We played with confidence,” said EHT senior center Anthony Colon. “We executed the game plan.”
Colon scored 22 goals, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Senior guard Carlos Lopez scored 21 points and added five rebounds and three assists. Junior guard DJ Germann had five interceptions and four assists. Senior striker Reyes has scored 14 goals and made three steals.
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“Tonight is us, I won’t say at our best because we can play better. We had some sloppy turnovers again,” EHT coach Cameron Bell said. It’s a small idea of what we are capable of when we are all locked up.”
Clearview (19-8) entered Wednesday having won seven of its last eight games.
But the EHT started in a full court press and spread all over the Pioneers. At times, the Eagles seemed to have more than five players on the field as they seemed to get their hands on every pass from Clearview.
“We are fast. We are athletic,” Lopez said. “We are faster than most teams we play with. The press all over the pitch is to our advantage.
The Pioneers started in a box-and-one on Lopez. It didn’t slow him down. He scored 10 points in the first quarter.
Lopez sank three foul shots to start a 14-0 run that gave the Eagles a 15-point lead with 2 minutes and 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Lopez scored three more baskets during that streak, including a 3-pointer. Germann finished the push with a basic workout.
“I’ve seen the box-and-one before,” Lopez said. “We have games to beat the box-and-one. We knew what was going to happen. »
Clearview never came close to 21 points in the second half. Germann drew roars from the crowd in the third quarter with a steal and alley-oop pass to Colon for a two-handed dunk.
Germann missed Monday’s first-round win over ACIT with wrist pain. His defense and ability to push the ball downfield helped EHT play at a faster pace on Wednesday.
“People don’t understand that DJ is the key to our team,” Colon said. “He finds everyone. He is an altruistic player. »
Lenape advanced to the semifinals with a lopsided victory over Millville on Wednesday. Lenape features one of the state’s best players in the senior guard and Rutgers University rookie Derek Simpson.
“It’s going to be a tough environment,” Bell said of Lenape. “It’s a very, very good team. We’re going to have to play our best. I think we’re up for it.
Clearview 7 10 9 10 — 36
Township of Egg Harbor 20 19 17 19 — 75
CV-Charles 13, Bell 4, Yasin 6, Robinson 5, Bobbit 2, Merick 4, Herse 2
EHT- Germann 6, Reyes 14, Glenn 2, Colon 22, Lopez 21, Ford 2, Holliday 4, Muhammad 4