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High School Basketball:
Paul VI Upsets Atlantic City in Overtime

Saturday, February 11, 2006

By Jason Brown
SJSports Special Correspondent

With the threat of a major snow storm on its way, the Paul VI and Atlantic City game would be the last game played in the Cape-Atlantic Challenge on this day. Inside the gymnasium at Timber Creek, this game provided enough entertainment that allowed most to forget about the inclement weather for the moment that was on its way. This tournament has allowed two teams from two conferences to match their talent against one another. The Vikings from Atlantic City have been labeled as one of the top ten teams in South Jersey. Paul VI would watch the Vikings lead at the break only to rally in the second half to send this game into overtime. The Eagles dominated the extra session and posted a 75-66 win over Atlantic City.

Atlantic City has the ability to put points on the scoreboard with their perimeter shooting and also with their inside game. The Vikings would jump out to a four point lead after one quarter with that strategy. The Eagles would begin to connect more on their shots during the second quarter, but Atlantic City would hold onto their 34-29 lead at the break. Paul VI would cut their deficit to two points heading into the fourth quarter and managed to outscore the Vikings by two to send this game into overtime. During that time, Santini Lancioni began to come up big for Paul VI. The Eagles scored 18 points during the overtime period outscore Atlantic City by nine points. Lancioni led all scorers with 27 points for Paul VI and Shauwn Hines (15 points) and Bobby Harper (11 points) both finished the game in double figures. Atlantic City was led by Darnell Davis who scored 20 points, Lawrence Owens dropped in 16 and Frank Turner finished the game with 14 points.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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