Cherokee Blows Past Rival Lenape


David Gard | For NJ Advance Media

Junior Anthony DiCaro shooting a free throw

The Cherokee Boys Basketball Team won a crucial home game against rival Lenape on Thursday evening, January 26. Star junior Anthony DiCaro led the Chiefs by scoring 29 points, a career high, and led the team to 62-52 victory. This was a very big improvement compared to the previous game against Lenape, where the Chiefs lost by 15 in an away game. DiCaro led the team with amazing strength, scoring points at every opportunity. Everything was going in for him. Without any hesitation, he relentlessly shot deep successfully over and over. He could not be stopped. Also, senior Tymere Bennett had 10 points and six boards, having another a tremendous game.

The Indians struggled quite a bit during the game on defense, but junior Steve Matlock scored 24 points of his own. The game started off great for the Chiefs as they took a 33-25 lead at the end of the first half. Lenape brought the game back to a competitive state by the end of the third quarter when they trailed by only six. They started the fourth quarter off hot, as the Chiefs and Indians got closer in score, but the Chiefs were too much to handle with their unstoppable offense and impenetrable defense and ran away with the victory. With the win, the Chiefs advance to a record of 9-5 for the season and stand second in their division behind Eastern.  As the regular season winds down, the Chiefs look to keep up the tempo and momentum going into the playoffs, and the team seems to look better and better every single time they step onto the floor.

The Chiefs will face Eastern at home on Thursday, February 15 at 6PM.