The Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team jumped to an early lead and then staved off a Woodbury rally Friday night.

The Crusaders won the Boardwalk Basketball Classic showcase game 49-37 at Wildwoods Convention Center. Wildwood Catholic (2-1) is No. 8 in The Press Elite 11.

The Crusaders led 10-1 after the first quarter and 21-4 at halftime. But Woodbury cut the Wildwood  Catholic lead to 29-24 with 6 minutes, 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The Crusaders quickly regained control with a 13-2 run that put Wildwood Catholic up 42-26 with 4:55 left in the game.

Crusaders forward Ed McWade (16 points, eight rebounds) began the run with a conventional 3-point play off an inbounds pass from George Cook (four assists). Forward Jordan Robertson (19 points and nine rebounds) sank a 3-poiner and scored off an offensive rebound during the run. Kevin McWade contributed a steal and a layup.

Woodbury 1 3 16 17 – 37

Wildwood Catholic 10 11 8 20 – 49

WB – Demby 4 0-0 9, Grant 3 2-3 8, Miller 0 0-0 0, Gaskins 2 3-5 7, Harris 1 0-1 2, Rochester 0 1-2 1, Bundy 1 3-4 6, Wilson 1 1-2 4. Totals 12 10-17 37

WC – K. McWade 1 0-0 2, Cook 1 1-4 3, Robertson 6 5-5 19, Freeman 3 0-1 6, E. McWade 7 2-3 16, Moretti 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 8-13 49.

3-pointers – Demby, Bundy Wilson WB. Robertson WC.

Records – Woodbury 0-4; Wildwood Catholic 2-1

I've covered high school sports and variety of other events and teams - including the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Phillies - since 1993.

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