Battle By the Bay

Antwan Dozier, of Pleasantville, holds up his hands as his team htakes the lead as he heads off the cort at the end of the third quarter with teammate Reggie Kelly during the Atlantic City-Pleasantville high school basketball game in the Battle by the Bay at the Atlantic City High School, Sunday 2/4/01.

MARQUEE MATCHUPS

A preview of this weekend’s can’t miss high school sports events.

Basketball

The 25th annual Battle by the Bay

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Atlantic City High School

Tickets cost $8 per session.

The Battle by the Bay has been held each year since 1995. It annually features some of the state’s and sometimes the country’s most talented high school players. NBA players J.R. Smith and Karl-Anthony Towns played in the event.

Two players to watch at this weekend’s event are Jyare Davis of Sanford and Josh Hemmings of Lawrenceville Prep. Davis, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, has scholarship offers from St. John’s, Florida and Miami. Hemmings is a 6-8 junior with scholarship offers from USC, UCLA and Oregon.

Among the teams to watch is undefeated Elizabeth, which meets Cherokee at 5 p.m. Saturday in a matchup of state Group IV contenders.

The traditional finale pits Atlantic City against Pleasantville at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Pleasantville is looking for its first win over Atlantic City since 2008.

Friday

Session A

6 p.m. — Sanford, Delaware vs. St. Benedict’s Prep

7:30 — St. Augustine Prep vs. Atlantic City

Saturday

Session B

11 a.m. — Atlantic City girls vs. Southern Regional

12:30 p.m. — Ocean City girls vs. Camden Catholic

2 — Wildwood Catholic vs. Paterson Kennedy

Session C

5 p.m. — Elizabeth vs. Cherokee

6:30 — St. Benedict’s vs. Quality Education of North Carolina

8 — Seton Hall Prep vs. Lawrenceville Prep

Sunday

Session D

Noon — Quality Education vs. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

1:30 — Pleasantville vs. Atlantic City

Holy Cross Prep Showcase

Saturday and Sunday at Holy Cross Prep in Delran

Three Press-area teams — St. Joseph, St. Augustine Prep and Wildwood Catholic — will participate in this event.

Here is the schedule for those teams:

Saturday

5:30 p.m. — St. Joseph vs. Holy Cross

Sunday

12:30 p.m. — St. Augustine Prep vs. Cinnaminson

2 — Wildwood Catholic vs. Bordentown

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