The second annual Cape-Atlantic League boys and girls basketball tournament — already one of the highlights of the high school sports year — begins Friday.

Eight boys and girls teams will compete for league titles. Atlantic City (19-1) is the No. 1 boys seed and Ocean City (17-3) is the top girls seed.

A committee of CAL athletic directors seeded the tournament Wednesday morning. The top two teams in each of the league’s three divisions — plus two wild-card teams — qualified.

The field will not be reseeded after the first round.

The Atlantic City boys and the Sacred Heart girls are the defending champions.

The finals will be played Saturday, Feb. 23 at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

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The schedule

(seeds in parentheses)


Friday, 6 p.m., Hammonton (6) at St. Augustine (3)

7 p.m., EHT (8) at Atlantic City (1)

Sacred Heart (7) at Middle (2)

Holy Spirit (5) at Wildwood Catholic (4)

Tuesday, Feb. 19

Semifinals at Hammonton

5 p.m., 7 p.m. (highest remaining seed will play at 7)

Saturday, Feb. 23

Championship, 2 p.m. at Richard Stockton College


Friday, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart (5) at Middle Township (4)

5:30 p.m., Lower Cape May (8) at Ocean City (1)

St. Joseph (7) at Cedar Creek (2), 6 p.m.

Millville (6) at Holy Spirit (3)

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Semifinals at St. Augustine Prep

5 p.m., 7 p.m.

Highest remaining seed will play at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 23

Championship, Noon at Richard Stockton College