By Gus Ostrum
Gloucester City News
Before a packed house on Saturday evening, Gloucester Catholic’s boys’ basketball team held on to turn back cross-town rival Gloucester City, 39-31, in a Tri-County Conference contest.
Senior Robbie Alessandrine converted all six of his foul shots in a tight fourth quarter to finish with 12 points for the Rams.
Senior forward Ryan Schoppy pulled down eight rebounds and also added 12 points, including eight in the second half, to lead the Rams.
Gloucester Catholic, which now owns a 9-5 overall record, won their fourth straight game.
Defense was the key in the first half as the Rams raced to a 12-3 first quarter lead and did not allow the Lions (8-6) to score a basket.
Gloucester Catholic held an 18-12 halftime advantage.
Alessandrine proved clutch down the stretch by sinking four straight foul shots in the final 18 seconds to seal the triumph.