EVESHAM >> Junior Gavin Gibson scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 2 seed Cherokee (19-8, 8-0) defeated visiting No. 15 Shawnee (14-13, 2-3), 54-38, in a NJSIAA South Group 4 first-round playoff game Feb. 25.

Senior Connor Deveney netted a game-high 20 for the Renegades.

The Chiefs advanced to the South Jersey Group 4 championship with victories over Cherry Hill East and Toms River North in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

Cherokee hosted No. 4 Millville in the sectional final March 4.

NJSIAA SOUTH GROUP 4 PLAYOFFS - FIRST ROUND

Cherokee 54, Shawnee 38

Shawnee 10 10 6 12 - 38

Cherokee 7 16 16 15 - 54

SHAWNEE

Ryan Heine 3, Cole Fleming 9, John White 1, Nick Tamburro 5, Connor Deveney 20. 3-Pointers: Fleming 2, Heine, Tamburro, Deveney.

CHEROKEE

Anthony DiCaro 13, Olarewaju Oladipo 10, Zach Miller 2, Justin Kang 4, Gavin Gibson 14, Damian Smith 11. 3-Pointers: Gibson 2, Oladipo, Smith.

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