The Cape-Atlantic League Tournament began in 2012 and quickly became one of the highlights of the basketball season.

Eight boys and girls teams qualify for the event. The top two teams in the of the league's three divisions make the tournaments as do two boys and two girls wild-card teams.

This season's tournament begins Feb. 24 with first round games hosted by higher seeds. The girls semifinals are on Feb. 26 at St. Augustine Prep. The boys semifinals are on Feb. 27 at Hammonton. The finals are scheduled for March 1 at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township.

Here is a preseason prediction of the eight boys and girls teams projected to make the tournament (in alphabetical order).

Boys

Atlantic City

Bridgeton

Holy Spirit

Mainland Regional

Middle Township

St. Augustine Prep

St. Joseph

Wildwood Catholic

Teams to watch: Millville; Pleasantville

Girls

Cedar Creek

Holy Spirit

Lower Cape May

Middle Township

Millville

Ocean City

St. Joseph

Wildwood Catholic

Teams to watch: Atlantic City; Absegami

Michael McGarry

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