Fans nearly filled the gymnasium at Wildwood Catholic on Tuesday. Both teams are young and should improve as the season progresses. Both played with a lot of energy as the players often dived for loose balls.
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Zarfati embodies how intertwined the two schools are. His older brother David played for the Wildwood Catholic team which won the South Jersey Non-Public B and CAL titles in 2020.
“I love this gym,” said Michael Zarfati. “Small gym, always noisy. Lots of people here. It was awesome.
For three quarters and most of the fourth, the size of Wildwood Catholic overwhelmed the Panthers.
Crusaders forwards Justin Harper (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Rashee Bell (10 points, 6 rebounds) controlled the game on the inside.
Wildwood Catholic’s zone defense thwarted the midfield attack. The Crusaders led nine with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.
The midfielder then took advantage of a few opportune 3-pointers to get back into the game. Zarfati (nine points, three assists and two steals) and McNeil had key shots from beyond the arc late in the third quarter. Anthony Trombetta’s 3-pointer tied the game at 51 with 3 minutes and 16 seconds remaining.
“Young kids tend to be hesitant when they see an area,” middle coach LaMarr Greer said. “We told them to be aggressive. We work on filming every day. Let’s take our shots.