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Bridgeton’s frenetic pace grinds down Cedar Creek in second half

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher EGG HARBOR CITY — When you go up against the Bridgeton High School boys basketball team, you better tie your shoelaces tight and you better be in shape. The Bulldogs aren’t going to shoot the lights out, rather, their plan is to run you into the ground and see if you can keep up with their frenetic pace. Cedar Creek hung with Bridgeton through much of the first three quarters, but late in the third it all came unglued as the Bulldogs raced to a 64-53 win over the Pirates on Wednesday night. With 1:24 left in the third, Cedar Creek’s Louie Pitale nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to cut Bridgeton’s lead to 38-32, but that was as close as the Pirates got the rest of the way. Bridgeton went on a 7-2 run to close the quarter holding a 45-34 lead, then scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Cedar Creek's Alex Dawn puts up a shot over Bridgeton's Ty'Trel Stubbs. Cedar Creek’s Alex Dawn puts up a shot over Bridgeton’s Ty’Trel Stubbs. to cut the deficit to 19-13, then Miles Melton scored on an outlet pass from Lavelle Davis to make it 19-16. A pair of free throws by Vincent Davis made it 19-18 before a putback by Bridgeton’s Markquis Bell stopped a 9-0 Pirates run. Alex Dawn answered on Cedar Creek’s next possession with a 3-pointer that tied the game at 21. Melton led the Pirates with 17 points and Lavelle Davis added 11, while Stefan Bowman sparked the Bulldogs with 22 points. Ty’Trel Stubbs added 15 for Bridgeton and Bell chipped in with 14. “We lost a couple of guys (due to injury) and a lot of our guys are playing a lot of minutes, so I think fatigue played a big factor in today’s game. We’ve been leaning on a few guys who play 28, 30 minutes a game, and this was our fourth or fifth game in about nine days,” Nelson said. “So the fatigue, you could see it in our guys today. And against a team like that, that likes to get up and down the court for 32 minutes, it played a factor.” Pitale said the key for Cedar Creek is to regroup quickly and be mentally ready for Friday night’s showdown against the Wildcats. He said he believes the Pirates will continue to get better the more they adapt to the system and expectations of Nelson, who is in his first season as Cedar Creek’s head coach. “We’re doing alright. We’re working hard and we’re becoming real close. We have new coaches, and we’ve all learned a lot,” Pitale said. “We’re really starting to click together and I think by the end of the season we’re going to be a real dangerous team.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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