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Coaches' Vs. Cancer Draws Big Crowd

West Long Branch: This past weekend, the Shore Regional boys and girls basketball team played back-to-back home games against Mater Dei Prep as part of the Coaches' Vs. Cancer awareness fund raiser.   Coach Tory West was instrumental in organizing the event. Building off last year’s event, Coach west was able to unite the Shore Regional community to raise money for the American Cancer Society along with raising awareness about the multiple types of Cancers that plague many people today. Between the bake sale, t-shit sales, admission, 50/50 and half court challenge, Coach West was optimistic that this event would raise close to two thousand dollars.

The girls took to the court first and wore custom-made pink uniforms.   From the onset of the contest the lady Blue Devil’s hung well with Mater Dei Prep trading baskets for most of the first quarter. With 3:03 left in the first quarter, Shore went on a five-point run narrowing Mater Dei’s lead to 1, 8-7.

Shore took their first lead of the game at 3:06 in the second period. Unfortunately, that lead would quickly fade away as the team was faced with foul trouble that gave Mater Dei an easy way to re claim the lead. Mater Dei led 23-17 at the end of the first half.

Mater Dei continued to push and press Shore during the third period. Up by 6, 25-19, Mater Dei started to take control of the game and never looked back. By 1:58 of the third period Mater Dei took a commanding 10-point lead, 31-21 into the fourth quarter.

Although the game was out of reach, Shore continued to play with heart and spirit. With 1:33 left in the fourth quarter, Mater Dei relentlessly ran the score up on Shore 48-35. The final score of the contest was 52-35.

The lady Blue Devil’s take the floor again on 1/28/14 away at RBC. Tip is at 4:00pm.

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Shortly after the girl’s game ended, the boy’s game began. Although they were not wearing pink uniforms, some boys wore pink wrist and ankle bands to symbolize cancer awareness.

The game began quickly as Shore put up three quick points. Mid way through the first quarter, the teams were trading buckets. Though Shore never lost the lead, it was clear the Mater Dei Prep was going to play a fast-paced and open look game. With 1:10 left in the first quarter, Shore led by two, 10-8. However, within 36 seconds Shore scored 5 more points, taking a 15-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same. Mater Dei would run their fast paced offense; however, they were not able to find the open looks and failed to put points on the board. Meanwhile, Shore continued to roll by almost doubling Mater Dei’s point total mid way through the second period. With 6.8 seconds left in the half, Shore took a commanding 30-18 point lead into the locker room.

Up by 13, 31-18, Shore began playing time management. Instead of looking for fast break and quick points, the Blue Devil’s started to slow down their style of play. This frustrated Mater Dei. Mid way through the third period, Shore expanded their lead 37-21 and took total control of the game.

With the game in hand, Shore started to rest their starters by giving their bench players some game experience. Up 63-41 with less than two minutes to play, both teams realized that the game was all but over. To Mater Dei’s credit they did not commit unwarranted penalties and fouls during the final moments of the game. Rather, they played out the remainder of the game with both pride and good sportsmanship.

Shore went on to win the contest 65-47.  The boys play again on 1/28/14 at home against Red Bank Catholic. Tip is 6:30.

To learn more about the American Cancer Society, please visit: http://www.cancer.org/

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