Camden (NJ) claims state title after controversial semifinal finish

Amid controversy, the Camden High School boys’ basketball team captured the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Group 2 State Championship over the weekend.

Camden defeated Arts High School on Saturday to win the state title after a controversial call by referees lifted Camden to the state championship final over Manasquan High School in the Group 2 state semifinal.

camdenIn the semifinal, Manasquan had what they believed to be a game-winning buzzer-beater to advance past Camden, but referees ruled the shot came after the final buzzer.

A recent report from ABC-7 New York detailed the response from both the Camden team and the Manasquan team. Below is an excerpt from the ABC-7 New York report.

The controversy, a last-second shot that would have secured the win for Manasquan. The refs later admitted they made the wrong call, but no hope for Manasquan after the New Jersey Department of Education ruled that under clear and explicit bylaws of the NJSIAA, it is not reviewable.

“At the end of the day fair is fair,” said Camden High School alum Raheem Simmons. “If they say they won, we give them that respect. Our heart goes out to that team because they did good.”

“I understand Manasquan’s pain,” added Camden head coach Mallik Wayns. “I have no control over that.”

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To read the full story from ABC-7 New York, click here.