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GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (March 15, 2022)(CNBNewsnet)--This past week, the Gloucester High School boys basketball team finished its historic run in NJSIAA State Playoffs. The Lions finished the season 21-10 were able to capture the school's first sectional title in 51 years of our program's rich history. 

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The Lions fans were loud and vocal and were at each game supporting their team.

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This team’s run started with a win over 13th seeded Clayton by a score of 87-67. Leading the Lions in scoring was Jr. Liam Gorman with 33 points. Also highlighted in that game were 1000 point scorer and Senior Captain, Steven Light, who finished with his first career triple-double (24 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists). Box Score Below.

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For the second round of the NJSIAA playoffs, Gloucester hosted 5th seeded Glassboro in front of a capacity crowd. The Lions were able to control the game from the start and defeated the Bulldogs 58-43. The boys finished with a balanced attack in the scoring column: S. Light 14, Hagan 13, Gorman 11, M. Light 10, Burkhardt 8, Delgado 2. This was the Lions final home game of the year and finished with a home record of 13-6. Box Score Below. 

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In the SJ Semifinals, Gloucester traveled to top-seeded Paulsboro. The division champion Paulsboro (22-4) had defeated Gloucester twice during the regular season and only lost one game at home all year. The Lions jumped out to an early 10-0 lead thanks to two huge 3’s from So. Michael Light. Liam Gorman controlled the game from the point guard position and hit two timely 3’s in the 3rd quarter. However, the Lions were down 6 points going into the 4th quarter and at one point were down 8 with 6 minutes to go. The boys came storming back, thanks to three deep 3’s from Jr. Aydan Hagan in the 4th quarter. Both Steven Light and Sr. Steven Burkhardt also had giant baskets in the 4th quarter as well. After a late intentional foul, Sr. Adrian Delgado sank two clutch free throws to ice the game. Box Score Below.

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Gloucester advanced to the first SJ Sectional Final Game in 23 years. The program had made the Group 2 finals twice in 1998 and 1999. The Lions traveled to Salem City to take on 2nd seeded Salem (21-8). The Salem Rams had a large group of players that won the Group 1 sectional title in football this past fall. The Lions controlled the tempo from the start and built a 7 point lead at half. 

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Junior Liam Gorman had a monster second half and finished with 15 points including three 3’s. Steven Burkhardt and Steven Light controlled the boards all game with 15 and 11 rebounds respectively. The scoring column was once again very balanced as the boys adjusted to Salem’s full-court defense: Gorman 15, S. Light 14, Hagan 10, Burkhardt 9, M. Light 4, Delgado 2. Box Score Below. 


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The team's roster includes: Liam James, head coach;  Assistant Coaches: Ian James, Dave Pauley, Chris Walmsley, Tom Quinn, Roy Bond, Jacob Petrik

Seniors: Steven Light, Steven Burkhardt, Adrian Delgado
Juniors: Liam Gorman, Aydan Hagan, Jeffrey Torres, Abbas Khan, Gage Myers
Sophomores: Michael Light, Caidan Elmore, Kevin Wall, Logan Depoder, Niko Burutis, Gino Depoder, Jake Seibert, Mark Dodaro, Jobayar Islam
Freshmen: Ryan James, Kadon Harris, Trevin Burkhardt, Muntasir Alam 

Team Manager: Meghan Gorman (Fr.)

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