By Pat Leonard
FOR THE INQUIRER
Plymouth Whitemarsh senior center C.J. Aiken scored 21 points, despite sitting for much of the second half with foul trouble, as the Colonials (ranked No. 3 preseason by the Inquirer) took down the
Academy of the New Church Lions, No. 5 in Southeastern Pa., 57-46, on Wednesday, the final night of the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Scholastic Play by Play Classic basketball tournament.
Aiken had all seven of PW's points in the second quarter. The Colonials recorded their second double-digit win of this year’s Nelson Classic before a capacity crowd of 1,300 fans at Gwynedd Mercy
College’s Griffin Center.
PW also beat Chester, 65-46, Saturday at Widener University.
Sophomore forward Savon Lloyd-Goodman led Academy of the New Church with 20 points, including eight points on four field goals in the second quarter to make the score 22-21 PW at the half.
At the start of the Nelson Classic’s final day, the most thrilling elements were its finishes.
First, in a 3:30 p.m. start at North Catholic High School, 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).
Then, Atlantic City nipped Lower Merion in overtime, 57-54, at Gwynedd-Mercy College, when Vikings senior guard Nate Brown (11 points) converted an acrobatic 3-point play with 7.5 seconds remaining in the extra period.
In defeat, Olney’s leading scorers were Ray Jaggon (28 points) and Jabreil McLeod (22). Lower Merion had three scorers in double-figures – junior guard Matt McKenna (14 points), senior guard Oliver Cohen (13
points, four 3-pointers) and senior forward Aaron Staley (ten points).
Atlantic City senior forward Muji McBride led the Vikings with 16 points.