Quinn Gibson led Cherry Hill West with a game-high 20 points in a road win over Moorestown at Moorestown High School in Moorestown, New Jersey on Thursday, December 21, 2023. Kevin Emmons/South Jersey Sports Zone
MOORESTOWN - First-year Cherry Hill West boys basketball coach Fred Battee urged his players to play more relaxed.
The Lions fell short to South Jersey Group 4 title contender Lenape, 52-41, on Tuesday and Battee felt his players were overwhelmed by the atmosphere. It was the second of three consecutive away games for Cherry Hill West.
On Thursday, the Chapel Avenue program traveled to Olympic Conference Patriot Division rival Moorestown to conclude the road trip in another playoff-like climate. Cherry Hill West lost to the Quakers twice last season by a combined 42 points.
The Lions showed no signs of distress this time around as they emerged for a 50-48 victory over the defending South Jersey Group 3 champion in a back-and-forth affair.
"We talked about just having fun before the game," Battee said. "I thought against Lenape we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to play well and I thought we played tight. Today before the game the message was to play loose, have fun.