Pittsgrove Twp. – Last night as the 4-0 Schalick High School Boys’ Varsity Basketball team took the floor versus another undefeated Tri-County Diamond Division Conference team in Woodstown, you could feel the intensity. The Schalick boys’ basketball team not only gave Woodstown their first loss of the season but they gave it to them in a 79-41 blowout!
As the first quarter began, Schalick quickly jumped out to a 11-6 lead after applying ¾ court pressure that the Woodstown offense never seemed to quite break. They forced 4 quick turnovers in the first 2-3 minutes but failed to capitalize on most of the opportunities which kept the game close at first. Woodstown then exploded after a 3-point field goal from #5 Semaj Thomas of Woodstown making the game 11-9 which was followed by a Schalick turnover which led to a slam dunk on a break away by Woodstown’s #21 Tariq Thomas. The Woodstown team forced another turnover that led to a nifty behind the back reverse layup by #21 Tariq Thomas which was followed by another 3-point field goal by #5 Semaj Thomas. This put the Wolverines up going into the 2nd quarter leading Schalick 16 to 11.
After a three pointer by Woodstown’s guard #10 Sam Nowicki, Woodstown’s 13-0 run was snapped by a jumper from a Schalick guard and from then on the Schalick boys’ basketball team didn’t look back. The ¾ court pressure made by Schalick forced Woodstown to constantly panic with quick traps along the sidelines which led to many erroneous passes which were picked off by the long arms of the athletic Schalick players. Schalick forced another 3 fast turnovers by Woodstown in the beginning of the 2nd quarter; one led to an alley-oop pass and dunk from #10 D’Andre Soloman to #1 Melvin Allen. Woodstown quickly called a timeout after Schalick tied the game at 19 all with only 5:02 left in the second quarter.
Schalick came out of the timeout and outscored Woodstown 14 to 3 in the remainder of the 2nd quarter giving Schalick a commanding 33 to 22 lead over the Wolverines going into halftime.
Coming out of halftime the Wolverines still looked stagnant and could not break the press put on by the Cougars of Schalick who continued with numerous steals from the pressure. Not allowing the Wolverines with any 2nd chance points, #15 Rashaan Holloway and #22 Michael Holloway controlled the defensive boards as well as the offensive boards. Woodstown’s 6’8 center #42 Trevor Rosenbaum and other standout 6’4 swingman Tariq Thomas could not withstand the relentless attack on the boards by the Holloway brothers and others from Schalick as put back after put back were made by numerous Schalick players. After the 3rd quarter the Cougars led the Wolverines 54 to 34.
During the 4th quarter Schalick continued pounding the Wolverines by outscoring them 25 to 7 during the 4th and finished the game 79 to 41. Schalick moved to 5-0 with the win and Woodstown dropped to 5-1.
All of Schalick’s starting 5 scored in double digits led by #15 Rashaan Holloway with 17 points followed by 16 points from So. guard #23 Tyler Lundsford, 15 points from Sr. guard Melvin Allen and 14 points from both D’Andre Soloman and Michael Holloway.
The Wolverines (without their leading star Jayson Hankins who was sitting out the game for unknown reasons) were led in scoring by guard Semaj Thomas with 11 points and guard Nick Battle with 9 points. Their 20+ turnovers killed any momentum that the Wolverines got going.
Staff photos by Ryan Buckwheat