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On February 4th, 2018, Atlantic City High School boys plays Pleasantville HS at Stockton in Galloway for the Battle by the Bay.

MATTHEW STRABUK

ROBBINSVILLE - The Pleasantville High School boys basketball team will not face any sanctions for playing too many games if it reaches the Cape-Atlantic League Tournament final.

If the Greyhounds (15-8) reach the final, they would play 27 games – one over the regular-season limit. The CAL Tournament is counted as part of a team’s regular-season schedule. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association regulations say teams can play no more than 26 games.

But a clause on page 73 of the NJSIAA Constitution says “A waiver of the maximum game limitation is granted in all sports, except football, only when one additional game is needed to decide a county, conference or tournament championship.”

NJSIAA executive director Larry White confirmed Wednesday after the NJSIAA executive committee meeting that the Greyhounds qualified for this waiver. In fact, probably every school in the state does.

Most CAL schools schedule 23 games because it takes three games to win the eight-team CAL Tournament.

White indicated the waiver is automatically granted for a game that decides a county, conference or tournament championship.

This would seemingly allow all CAL schools in the future to schedule 24 regular-season games and use the waiver for game No. 27 if it reaches the league title contest.

The CAL Tournament starts Friday. Fourth-seeded Pleasantville hosts fifth-seeded St. Joe in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Friday

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