By Phil Anastasia
There was no mid-range to Dayshawn Reynolds' game.
The Atlantic City senior guard specialized in two kinds of shots in Saturday's Cape-Atlantic League tournament title game against Middle Township: Jumpers from behind the three-point line and layups at the end of fastbreaks.
He made a high percentage of both.
Reynolds scored a season-high 23 points to lead Atlantic City, the No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 10, to a 57-51 victory over Middle Township before 1,410 spectators at Richard Stockton College.
"Reynolds is special," Middle Township coach Tom Feraco said of the 6-1 Reynolds, who also was a first-team All-South Jersey wide receiver for the Vikings' football team. "His leadership, his ability to guard."
Reynolds' accurate shooting and all-around play helped Atlantic City (23-1) staved off an upset bid from Middle Township and capture the CAL tournament for the second year in a row.
Reynolds sparked a 15-2 surge by Atlantic City after Middle Township took a 40-38 on a pair of free throws by senior Tom Feraco, the coach's son, with a little less than five minutes to play.
Reynolds broke loose for a pair of break-away layups to push Atlantic City in front. The second was a result of one of his four steals.
Reynolds, who also grabbed six rebounds, was 4-for-5 from three-point range. He also was 7-for-8 from the foul line.
"He was huge but that's who he is," Atlantic City coach Gene Allen said. "He was challenged and he responds to challenges."
Reynolds said he felt the need to seized command in the second half, especially since Middle Township seemed on the verge of an upset victory.
"I don't care if I score one or 30 as long as we win," Reynolds said. "I wasn't aggrressive in the first half. I had to step up."
Feraco scored 13 with four assists and senior guard Darrell Shelton added 14 points with three assists for Middle Township (19-6), which will be the No. 2 seed in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament that begins Monday.
Senior forward Ga'briel Chandler collected 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for Atlantic City, the defending state champion that will be the No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Group 4 tournament.
"This is the kind of game we're going to see in the playoffs," Allen said.
Middle Township 10 8 16 17 -- 51
Atlantic City 8 14 14 21 -- 57
MT: Tom Feraco 13, Darrell Shelton 14, Tom Catanoso 5, Lamarr Greer 8, Micah Moore 4, Jacob Cowan 7.
AC: Dayshawn Reynolds 23, Isiah Graves 6, Dennis White 4, Jah-leem Montague 5, Ga'briel Chandler 10, Tashad Reynolds 4, Lamar Thomas 5.
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