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Boys Basketball: Haddonfield rides defense into South Jersey Group 2 final

03/01/2019, 9:15pm EST
By Joe Tansey, SJSD

Haddonfield held West Deptford to 30 points in the SJ 2 semifinal.

CHERRY HILL--- Haddonfield hasn’t given up more than 40 points to an opponent in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament.

The Bulldawgs flexed their strength on defense once again on Friday, as they knocked off West Deptford 51-30 at Cherry Hill East.

“We wanted to come out and pressure them right away in full court man,” Haddonfield’s Dan Fleming said. “We pride ourselves on our defense. It’s been phenomenal this year and we just came out, pressured them real hard and they had trouble getting up and down.”

The victory set Haddonfield up for a rematch with Camden in the South Jersey Group 2 final.

Haddonfield held the Eagles to 10 first-half points and only two in the second quarter.

“We take great pride in it,” Haddonfield’s Ben Cerrato said. “That’s what boosts our offense. That’s what leads to easy baskets on the other end, whether it’s layups or jump shots.”

Of course, the Haddons showed off their offensive strengths as well, and Cerrato was the first player to catch fire in the opening eight minutes.

“Once I make the first one, my confidence goes up and I just know to keep shooting the ball,” Cerrato said.

After Cerrato, who led the Haddons with 13 points, scored eight points in the first, Fleming recorded six in the second.

“It’s hard to play us because everyone can shoot, everyone can dribble, everyone can finish, We’re scary when we’re all going,” Fleming said.

As the second half wore on, the Bulldawgs continued to smother West Deptford down low and force fast shots out of their rival.

“We wanted to speed up the game,” Cerrato said. “That was our game plan going in and pressure their two guards and force them into quick shots so we could go down the other way to get easy baskets.”

Now the focus shifts to Camden, who is more than just a familiar foe, in the South Jersey Group 2 final on Monday.

“Last two years it’s been decided at the buzzer so we’re going to have to come out hard and play with everything we got,” Fleming said.

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