• Dan Russoman

Devils down Bridgeton


Hammonton’s Jaron Hill scored 32 points in the Blue Devils win at Bridgeton last weekend. (THG/Dan Russoman.To purchase photos in The Gazette, call (609) 704-1940.)

BRIDGETON—Junior Jaron Hill scored a career-high 32 points to help Hammonton High School’s boys basketball team snap a three-game losing skid last weekend as the Blue Devils defeated Bridgeton 65-54.


The win completed a season-sweep of the Bulldogs for the Blue Devils, who edged Bridgeton 56-55 on February 5 as Owen Mauriello hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds to deliver a win to Hammonton.


There was no need for late-game heroics in last week’s game, as Hammonton led 16-9 after one period, and 34-21 at the half.


The game was closer in the second half, but Hammonton was able to convert from the foul line down the stretch to hold off Bridgeton’s late rally.


Hill scored 15 of his 32 points from the line, adding three 3-pointers in the win. John Andaloro added 14 points and Mauriello finished with eight.


Earlier in the week, Hammonton dropped games to St. Augustine Prep and St. Joseph, the two teams atop the Cape Atlantic League West Division standings.


St. Augustine jumped out to a 17-7 first quarter lead in its 69-49 win at Hammonton on February 15.


The Prep’s Matt Delaney powered the strong start for the Hermits, and finished with a game-high 26 points.


St. Augustine worked its inside-out game to maintain its advantage throughout the game, despite some strong play from the Blue Devils, who were led by Hill’s 20-point performance.


Andaloro scored 11 points in the loss, and Mauriello hit three 3-pointers on his way to 13 points.


Later in the week, Hammonton lost to St. Joseph 57-43. Read St. Joseph rallies past rival Hammonton for full details.


Earlier this week, Hammonton hosted Buena, but that game ended too late for this edition. On February 25, the Blue Devils will host Vineland at 5:30 p.m.