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Basketball Tourney Raises $12,500 for Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center

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Dominic Critelli (far left) and Tournament Director Ron Armellino (far right) present a check to Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center staff and Christina O’Malley of Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation. Credits: courtesy photo
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RARITAN TWP., NJ  –  The 15th Annual Cynthia K. Critelli Memorial Basketball Memorial Tournament presented the Hunterdon Healthcare Foundation with a check for $12,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center. Over the past six years, this event has raised a total of $72,250 to support the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center.

The tournament was held from March 16 to 18 at Clinton Township’s Round Valley School, Holland Brook School, Hunterdon Central High School, J.P. Case Middle School, Raritan Valley Community College and Readington Middle School and was hosted by Hunterdon Horizon Girls non-profit basketball organization.

The tournament included 19 girls and 20 boys basketball teams, ranging from fourth to eighth grade. Teams from Basking Ridge, Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball, Hillsborough Travel Basketball, Immaculate Heart of Mary-Scotch Plains, Long Hill Township, Long Valley, North Hunterdon Lions, Princeton Basketball Club, Readington Township Recreation, Solebury, Tewksbury Athletic Association, South Brunswick PAL and Washington Township participated in the event.

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Each participated in a round robin tournament over the three days. Each team received a trophy while each player received a trophy or a medal and a T-shirt. Local teams which include the Flemington-Raritan Youth Basketball 6th Grade Girls and Readington Township 8th Grade Boys, won their bracket championships and earned special recognition. Conor Hercek of Readington Township was selected the Most Outstanding Player in the tournament.

Individual players were also recognized with awards in memory of James Byrnes Memorial Award (all-tournament team), Cynthia K. Critelli (championship game MVP), Kevin Gilbert Memorial Award (hustle), Maria L. Hartman Memorial Award (sportsmanship), Outstanding Performance in the Tournament donated by Augustine "Dean" DeStefano of Caldwell Banker and the Drew O’Donoghue Memorial Award (outstanding player in the tournament).

On March 19, an eighth-grade sendoff ceremony was held with each player presenting their parent with flowers to say “thank you” for their support.

All proceeds from the tournament were donated to the Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center in memory of Cynthia K. Critelli, a Readington teacher and beloved community member who died in 2004 after battling breast cancer.

The 16th Annual event has tentatively been scheduled for March 15, 16 and 17, 2019. Any person or organization who would like information on how they can support the event can contact Ron Armellino at mailto:rjarmellino@embarqmail.com.

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