Cherry Hill East Cougars Basketball Defeats Washington Township 58-47



Drew Greene (’22) attempts to score another basket.

The Cherry Hill East Cougars shot 44% from the field and 37% from three in a win at East on Tuesday the 21st. Led by the 23 points poured in by Drew Greene (‘22), the Cougars pulled away in a commanding second half.

Sophomore, Jake Green, dropped 13 points, including four threes, and senior Ryan Greene had 11 in a vital conference win for the Cougars. The bench was short as an injury-plagued Cougars team had to rely on a smaller rotation than usual.

The game began with a back-and-forth as East drained three shots from deep, with every point being matched by a feisty Washington Township team. Finally, a backdoor lay from Drew Greene gave East a two point lead to finish out the quarter.

In the second quarter, Washington Township took a minor lead that they could not hold for long. They began to dominate the boards, but couldn’t convert, allowing East to come back with a good quarter. Drew Greene contributed a lot in this quarters as he scored five and dished a nice pass to his brother, Ryan Greene, to give East a 20-19 halftime lead.

The second half saw the East Cougars expand their lead as E.J. Matthews (‘22) and Jake Green left their marks on the game, collectively scoring 13 points in the quarter. The sophomore tandem of Drew Greene, Green and Matthews have been vital components on a young East squad this season. Ryan and Drew Greene both got crafty in the paint as well, scoring a layup a piece and getting to the free throw line.

In the fourth quarter, East entered with a 36-26 lead and held off a late push from Washington Township. Matthews drilled another three to get the Cougars going, followed by a run of solid possessions from Township. The momentum shifted, though, when Drew Greene hit two more three-pointers, giving East a 12-point lead. The game finished off with a string of fouls from Township and made free throws from the Cougars.

On Friday, East plays away at Deptford at 5:30 in the evening, hoping to get their ninth win on the season.