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Paul VI Winter Classic boys high school basketball showcase Day One recap

Don Bosco Prep's Dylan Harper (2) brings the ball up the court against Paul VI in the basketball game played at Paul VI High School in Haddonfield, New Jersey on Saturday, January 21, 2023. Collin Conway/D2 Sports Network

HADDONFIELD - For the past few years, the Paul VI boys basketball program has held an annual winter basketball showcase that has featured a few of the top teams in South Jersey. The event has welcomed opponents from Philadelphia and North Jersey. This year's event featured a five-star recruit bound for Rutgers and a handful of other Division 1 prospects.

The event consisted of six games in one gymnasium. Here is a recap of Saturday's action:

King's Christian 59, Haddon Township 48:

The Knights extended their winning streak to three games with a 59-48 victory over Haddon Township to open the Paul VI Winter Classic. Jason Brice led all scorers with 18 points in the victory. Axel Mohr led Haddon Township with 16 points. Ty Bruce contributed 15 points for King's Christian, and Cameron Homer and Semi Odedele each added eight. The Hawks have lost five in a row.

Cinnaminson 65, Penns Grove 44:

The Pirates took control early on and never looked back. Cinnaminson knocked down eight 3-pointers as a team. Colin Parrish tallied a game-high 19 points. Drew Harvey added 10 and Sody Gantt scored 11. Giomar Conrad notched a team-high 12 points for Penns Grove. Thr Pirates improved their record to 13-2.

Morris Catholic 72, St. Augustine 50:

The Crusaders dominated from start to finish in a 70-52 victory over St. Augustine. Penn commit Michelangelo Oberti tallied a 20-point, 13-rebound double double. He led his team in both categories. Austin Workman added 18 points, Mattia Bacchelli tallied 12, and Kyle Dixon poured in 13. Oberti also swatted a game-high six blocks. Christian Nicholson facilitated on offense and tallied seven assists for Morris Catholic in the triumph.

Don Bosco 62, Paul VI 45:

The Eagles are no strangers to hosting high-profile opponents in their own showcase. A year ago, Paul VI picked up a statement win over St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) in a game that came down to the wire. This time, the task at hand was even larger. Don Bosco Prep's lineup featured five-star Rutgers commit Dylan Harper. The 2025 NBA Draft prospect is the No. 3 ranked player in the country according to On3. Brady Loughlin stepped up and poured in a game-high 16 points including four triples. 7-foot sophomore Keiner Asprilla supported the Ironmen with 12 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore with offers from Auburn and Kansas State, among others, also delivered a few thunderous dunks. Harper collected nine points, four rebounds and two assists in limited minutes as he appeared to battle an illness.

Haddonfield 88, Pitman 50:

The Bulldogs opened the game on a 17-2 run and scored 11 unanswered points from the jump. Sam Narducci dropped a showcase-high 32 points and recorded two steals. Patrick Ryan posted a 20-point, 11-rebound double double, and tallied three assists and a pair of blocks. Matthew Morris added 11 points, four rebounds and five assists. Pitman's Elijah Crispin entered the game in need of 21 points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark in his career. Crispin finished the game with 12 points and now sits just nine points away from the milestone.

Middle Township 69, Bishop Eustace 51:

The Panthers jumped out to a 13-2 lead early in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Middle Township finished 9-for-19 from beyond the arc and shot 53% from the floor. Anthony Trombetta posted a team-high 22 points and knocked down five 3-pointers. Jamir McNeil added 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Re'Ale Basquine contributed nine points, eight rebounds and three assists. Tommy Semiraglo led the Crusaders with a team-high 18 points.

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