Aiken stars for Plymouth Whitemarsh on final day of Nelson Classic
By Pat Leonard
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Plymouth Whitemarsh recorded its second double-digit win of this year’s Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Scholastic Play by Play Classic basketball tourney Wednesday, dropping Academy of the New Church, 57-46, before a capacity crowd of 1,300 fans at Gwynedd-Mercy College’s Griffin Center.
The 30-team boys’ basketball showcase concluded Wednesday with six games played at two locations – three at Gwynedd-Mercy and three at North Catholic High.
The Colonials rode 6-foot-10 senior center C.J. Aiken (21 points) and pushed the pace when he sat in the second half due to foul trouble.
“What we tried to do when C.J. came out was just go faster, and it worked for enough time,” Colonials’ coach Jim Donofrio said. “What we do well is we keep attacking. You can’t drive a Ferrari through a school zone at 15 [miles per hour].”
Sophomore forward Savon Lloyd-Goodman led Academy of the New Church with 20 points.
That was the evening’s feature matchup. But the most thrilling moments on the Nelson Classic’s final day occurred in the day’s opening two games.
First, in a 3:30 p.m. start at North Catholic, Olney of
the Public League fell to Paul Robeson (N.Y.), 73-71, on a jump shot with five seconds to play by Robeson guard Darrel Lucky (24 points).
In defeat, Olney’s leading scorers were Ray Jaggon (28 points) and Jabreil McLeod (22).
Then Atlantic City nipped Lower Merion in
overtime, 57-54, at Gwynedd-Mercy when Vikings senior guard Nate Brown (11 points) converted an acrobatic 3-point play with 7.5 seconds remaining in the extra period.
Lower Merion had three scorers in double-figures – junior guard Matt McKenna (14 points), senior guard Oliver Cohen (13 points, four three-pointers) and senior forward Aaron Staley (ten points).
Atlantic City senior forward Muji McBride led the Vikings with 16 points.
In other games Wednesday:
Senior center Daniel Stewart scored 23 points, and junior guard Lamin Fulton and Tony Chennault added 19 apiece as the Saints dunked early and cruised late in a win over the Eagles in the event’s final game. Conwell-Egan senior forward Mike Payne had 18 points.
Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) 88, Camden 53
The Lions’ Javon Pinkston (21 points) led 13 scorers past Vincent Walls (24 points) and the Panthers.
North Catholic 73, Susquehanna Township 60
Jaleel Mack’s 24 points and Mike Terry’s 18 lifted the Falcons over the Indians. North Catholic outscored Susquehanna Township, 24-14, in the second quarter after being tied at 19 after one.