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Boys Basketball: Overbrook shifts into high gear to race past Clearview

02/29/2020, 9:00pm EST
By Joe Tansey, SJSD

The Rams victory over the Group 4 Pioneers was the final test before the S.J. Group 1 opener

PINE HILL --- Prepare for takeoff when you watch Overbrook boys basketball. 

The Rams rocketed past Clearview Saturday by scoring 23 points in the second quarter on the way to a 66-54 victory .

“That second quarter for us was a bounce-back quarter,” Overbrook’s Julian Durr said. “We knew what we had to do and we took off with it.” 

Durr, Davon Thornton, Damian Rawls and Shamar Gantt took off up and down the hardwood with a purpose in the second to blow away the Rams’ Group 4 opponent. 

Each of those four players reached double digits in the victory, which was just another example of how balanced Overbook’s offense is. 

“That’s the type of performance we want to have every single game,” Thornton said. “The best thing is moving the ball and making sure everybody gets a share. That’s how you win. More shots as a team, the more chances you have to win.”

“We know what all of us are capable of,” Durr said. “We know we each have a role on this team. We just work to get everybody touches with the ball and let them do what they are best at.

“Most of the players know what they are going to do on the court. Once we get going, we just take off with it."

The victory by the Group 1 school over Group 4 Clearview also provided an added jolt of confidence ahead of Monday’s playoff opener against Gateway. 

Extra confidence is not necessarily required for the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group 1 and the Colonial Conference Patriot Division champion. 

“For sure, it gives us a big boost,” Thornton said. “Now we know what we have to do. We have to keep playing like that. If we keep playing like that, I’m sure we can take it all the way.” 

The division title was the top goal for the Rams, who shared the crown with Haddon Township and Woodbury a season ago. 

“Because we didn’t win the conference by ourselves last year, it was a tie, our first goal was to win the conference, but of course, take it all the way,” Thornton said. “We’re not going to hold ourselves back. We’re going to go all the way full out and that’s our goal.” 

If the Rams take off like they did Saturday, there could be four home games, which is something they would love to have. 

That’s a big step for us. That game was us just showing we’re ready for the playoffs. We’re ready to take off,” Durr said. 

“Our home crowd gets fired up and they fire us up,” Thornton said. “Having the home-court advantage playing in front of your family and friends gives you a boost and we need that.”

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