Abington 62, Pennsbury 61
After missing most of the football season with a broken right fibula, Abington's Anthony Lee was getting a bit stir-crazy. Thankfully, medical clearance came last month and he was able to hit the hardwood.
"It was hard being on the sideline and just watching," the senior said. "I was glad that we still had a pretty successful season, but it was rough on me."
In a taut Suburban One League National Conference affair Friday night against Pennsbury, Lee's 13 points and five assists helped the Ghosts leave Fairless Hills with a thrilling 62-61 victory.
Lee, a 6-foot-2, 160-pound wing who played quarterback in football, secured the clinching rebound following Cameron Jones' missed three-point attempt from up top with 6 seconds to play.
"It's a big win for us," Lee said. "It moves us one step closer to a league championship. We just have to continue to play well in the second half of the season."
The Ghosts, improving to 10-2 overall and 6-0 in conference action, gained sole possession of first place; the Falcons, who were 4 from 18 from beyond the arc, slipped to 8-2 and 4-1.
Lee, who was whistled for his fourth foul with just under 5 minutes to play, shot 5 for 12 from the field (1 for 1 on treys) and 2 for 3 from the line. He added three rebounds and two steals.
Lee, of Willow Grove, saw his first hoops action late last month. "He's getting there," Abington coach Charles Grasty said. "He's running better, jumping better."
Down by 62-61, Pennsbury inbounded the ball with 33 seconds remaining. Jones, guarded by Matt Penecale, finally made a move at 0:09 and launched his off-the-mark trey at 0:06. Lee denied a second-chance opportunity.
"I knew Matt could stick [Jones]," Lee said. "My focus was on boxing out and making sure I got the rebound."
Lazaros Mackrides equaled Lee's 13 points and also posted nine rebounds (four on offense) and three assists. Penecale (12), Khari Jefferson (10), and Amir Hinton (10) likewise were double-digit scorers.
The 6-5 Jefferson scored eight second-half points, totaled 10 boards (eight on offense), and blocked a pair of shots. He was often pitted against 6-8 center Derrick Woods (12 points, 10 boards).
"Khari did an excellent job on [Woods]," Grasty said. "He may have been our most important player, especially down the stretch."
Penecale, a junior lead guard, mixed in eight boards and three assists. Off the bench, senior forward Mark Bond chipped in five boards and four points.
Junior guard Mekhi Bryant paced Pennsbury, which rallied from a 45-38 deficit, with 18 points, six boards, three assists, and three steals; senior floor general Steve Ciotti netted 13 points and five assists.
Jones, a junior guard, drilled three treys on the way to 15 points, He also collected nine caroms.
Overall, the Falcons shot 20 for 53 from the floor. The hosts committed 11 turnovers.
Abington 15 14 17 16-62
Pennsbury 12 15 18 16-61
A: Matt Penecale 12, Anthony Lee 13, Khari Jefferson 10, Lazaros Mackrides 13, Amir Hinton 10, Mark Bond 4.
P: Steve Ciotti 13, Mekhi Bryant 18, Cameron Jones 15, Derrick Woods 12, Walter Allen 3.