From staff reports
The high school basketball season kicks into high gear this weekend with the 21st Ocean City PBA Tipoff at Ocean City High School, and there are some great matchups on the slate.
Saturday’s action kicks off at noon with Pleasantville squaring off against Howell. The Greyhounds are led by seniors Jacob Valeus, who averaged 17 points per game last season, and Sahmir Jones (15.9ppg), and last year Pleasantville averaged better than 71 points per game. The Cedar Creek girls follow at 1:45 p.m. when they take on Wildwood, which features star senior Maddie McCracken, who averaged nearly 24 points per game a year ago.
Then, at 3:30 p.m., defending Cape-Atlantic League champion Mainland Regional squares off against Rancocas Valley. The Mustangs are led by junior forward Kylee Watson, who scored her 1,000th career point in the season opener on Friday night and also racked up 31 points to lead Mainland to a 49-38 win over Atlantic City. At 5:15 p.m., St. Augustine Prep, led by Charles Solomon, a 6-foot-4 forward, takes on Toms River North, which lost to Atlantic City in last year’s South Jersey Group 4 semifinals.
Hold onto your hats for the final game of the night, as Wildwood Catholic takes on defending Central Jersey Group 4 champion Trenton Central at 7 p.m. in the featured game of the day. The Crusaders are led by a pair of high-flying forwards in Taj Thweatt and Jahlil White and are the defending CAL champion.
Sundays slate of games is just as exciting. The Holy Spirit girls take on Egg Harbor Township at noon, then the Spartans boys battle Cape May Tech and Josh Wright at 1:45. Wright scored 26 points and hit three 3-pointers in the Hawks’ season-opening loss to ACIT. At 3:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s boys take on Ewing as an appetizer for the Ocean City doubleheader.
The Ocean City girls, defending South Jersey Group 3 champion, face Atlantic City at 5:15 p.m., followed by the Ocean City boys taking on the Gene Allen-led Atlantic City Vikings at 7.
As part of their participation in the tournament, each team brings non-perishable food as well as toys to be donated to families in need. Fans can see all the games each day for one low price of $6, with a portion of proceeds going to the Edythe T. Selvagn Scholarship Fund. For more information about the event, visit primeevents.net.