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Ocean City Boys Basketball Team Makes Unlikely Run to Semifinals

The 14th-seeded Red Raiders pulled a pair of upsets in the South Jersey Group III playoffs this week.

The Ocean City High School boys basketball team has advanced to the South Jersey Group III semifinals with a pair of upsets this week, The Press of Atlantic City reports.

The 14th-seeded Red Raiders upset No. 6 Hammonton, 58-46, on Wednesday night, according to the report. One day earlier, Ocean City pulled off an upset at No. 3 Toms River South.

On Friday night, Ocean City visits No. 2 Delsea. The winner plays for a South Jersey championship next week.

Sophomore Connor Laverty led the way for the Red Raiders in the win over Hammonton with 15 points, according to The Press.

Ocean City entered the playoffs with an 8-14 record. They started the season 2-5 and never had a winning record throughout the season, according to nj.com.

However, the team is now two wins away from winning a championship.

Delsea is 19-9 this season, according to nj.com.

No. 1 Mainland plays No. 12 Central Regional in the other semifinal.

lovesmancos March 06, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Sounds a LOT like the run that the '64 state championship team had in the post season. That was exactly 50 years ago, and I haven't spotted where that achievement should have been given the remembrance it should be given, especially in light of the recent passing of Bill Hayes, the rebound record setting forward on that amazingly talented team. I hope I have just missed it, and that something WAS done to honor it that did not get the press coverage I was hoping for. I'm sure that many of my class and schoolmates from that era still remember this achievement with great fondness! It had a singular impact on a number of our lives and goals that year. So I send REcongratulations to the '63-'64 team, who won the second state championship under legendary Dixie Howell, for whom the new gymnasium is rightfully named. God bless y'all!!
lovesmancos March 06, 2014 at 01:18 PM
I should mention (as I am sure Tom Williams will) the other members of that starting five: Lefty John Cranston who could bomb from distance, red headed center Easy Ed McClain, who would go on to play catcher for the CAL championship baseball team next, and classmates Barry Banks and Randy Fox, the backcourt duo who became masters of the steal and fast break. Do I remember it like it was yesterday?? OH, YEAH!! We were even more fortunate to only have to go to the old AC Convention Hall for that outstanding event. We were pumped!

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