GLOUCESTER CITY (N.J.) - Only 1.2 miles separate crosstown rivals Gloucester Catholic High School and Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School.
Gloucester Catholic's Jack Mustaro, pictured, scored a game-high 25 points in the Rams' 72-46 win over Gloucester City at Gloucester Catholic High School on January 7, 2023. Chris Baker/D2 Sports Network
Each team wants nothing more than to beat their arch nemesis on a yearly basis.
The Rams were looking to avenge last year's loss to their crosstown rival and were successful with a 72-46 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester Catholic catapulted to a 9-2 lead early in the first quarter and would continue to pour it on for all four quarters.
Jack Mustaro's game-high 25 points on seven three-pointers propelled the Rams to the statement win. Trey Battle pitched in 12 points and Kyle Guldin added 10 for Gloucester Catholic.
"What can't I say about Jack," Gloucester Catholic coach Jason Curbison said. "He's a great kid and a great player. There doesn't seem to be a game that's too big for him and that's huge especially with him only being a sophomore. I can't wait to see where he is down the line, but for now we'll take it one game at a time."
Gloucester City's Liam Gorman led the Lions with a team-high 22 points in the losing effort.
Mustaro emphasized how special the win was.
"In my four years here I wanted to make sure I won at least one game against Gloucester," Mustaro said. "To win like we did today was really special."
Curbison earned his first win against neighborhood rival Gloucester City in only his second season at the helm.
His first win in the "friendly" rivalry was incredible being it came in dominating fashion.
"I love Liam (James) and he does a great job over at Gloucester, but this win was a special one," Curbison said.