By BRIAN CUNNIFF
The boys basketball teams from Lower Cape May and Wildwood Catholic each breezed to home victories while the girls teams from the same schools each fell on the road in first-round state playoff action Tuesday.
The Wildwood Catholic boys, the top seed in the South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament, led by just two points after the first quarter against No. 16 Moorestown Friends. But the Crusaders exploded for a 47-9 edge over the middle two quarters and eventually posted a 74-38 win.
Wildwood Catholic will host No. 9 Immaculata on Thursday. Immaculata won, 65-58, at No. 8 Holy Spirit in its tournament opener.
Caleb Fields (18), Taj Thweatt (17) and Jahlil White (10) were each in double figures for Wildwood Catholic (25-2).
Lower Cape May, the fifth seed in the South Jersey Group II Tournament, jumped out to a 31-10 lead over No. 12 Pennsauken Tech and settled for a 61-34 victory.
Pat Holden led the way for Lower with 25 points, upping his career total to 2,028 points. Freshman Martin Anguelov set what is believed to be a single-season Lower Cape May record by surpassing 100 three-point baskets on the season. Anguelov sank five from that distance for his 15 points and now has 103 three-pointers on the season.
Lower (19-6) also received a pleasant surprise after the game. No. 13 seed Medford Tech’s 73-62 overtime win over No. 4 Pt. Pleasant Boro means Lower will host Medford Tech on Thursday.
The Wildwood Catholic girls had their season ended at 15-11 with a 46-32 loss to No. 7 Holy Cross in the South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament. The 10th-seeded Crusaders got 16 points from Marianna Papazoglou in the loss.
And the Lower Cape May girls, seeded ninth in South Jersey Group II, lost a 25-20 decision at No. 8 Collingswood. The teams combined for just 19 points through three quarters.