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Medford Tech Excited to Get Back to Work After One-Year Hiatus

The Medford Tech boys basketball program returns to the hardwood this winter after withdrawing from competition a season ago. Last winter, the Burlington County Institute of Technology decided to shut down its winter sports programs in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both BCIT campuses — Medford and Westampton —  did not offer basketball in 2020-21.

This year, the Jaguars are back and Nick Powell enters his 14th season at the helm of the Medford Tech boys basketball program.

“Unfortunately, COVID kept us from having a season last year,” Powell said. “The good news is we have a young team mixed with a few upperclassmen that will be exciting to watch.”

The Jaguars will feature an explosive guard tandem consisting of sophomores Robert Conyer and Trevon Powell. Senior Brandon Palmer returns after playing at Pemberton last season. The senior forward averaged 4.9 points per game for the Hornets. As a sophomore, Palmer appeared in 21 games for the Jaguars.

A lengthy list of newcomers includes sophomore Myles Primas, freshmen Nesta Rice and Al-Tariq Reevey, and junior Avery Singleton. The roster is completed with sophomores Aaron Lasitter and Joshua Bunche, junior Nasir Jordan and senior Emmanuel Payton-Guzman.

Medford Tech is no stranger to the postseason during the Powell era.

In 2013, the Jaguars rallied to the NJSIAA Group 2 state final. The group was headlined by former Seton Hall star Myles Powell, current South Bay Lakers (NBA G-League) guard Eli Cain and former Towson forward Dennis Tunstall. Medford Tech fell short to Newark Tech, 56-44.

In 2016, the Jaguars soared to the South Jersey Group 2 final and lost to Camden, 82-54. One year later, Medford Tech rallied to the South Jersey Group 2 semifinals and fell short to Haddonfield, 67-64.

Powell believes his team is capable of making a run once again.

“Our goals are to win the conference, win 20 or more games and to make a deep playoff run and play Camden in the sectional finals,” Powell said.

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