Cardinal Newman closed out the boys basketball regular season with a 51-47 win at Hammond on Thursday, nailing down at least a share of the SCISA Region 1-3A championship for the second year in a row.
The Cardinals finished region testing with a 7-1 grade, and will either share or win region honors outright depending on the outcome of Friday’s Heathwood Hall game at Ben Lippen. The Highlanders go into their regular season finale with one region loss.
Austin Ajukwa led CN with 22 points and Michael Collins contributed 10.
The Cardinals (21-6 overall) are off until opening the SCISA state tournament next weekend.
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Hammond (12-11, 3-5) has one game left next week against Camden Military before opening postseason play. Seven Woods led the Skyhawks with 13 points, eight rebounds, six steals and four assists.