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Pennsauken Outlast Atlantic City During Olympic-Cape Challenge

Sunday, February 15, 2004

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

The Indians from Pennsauken and Vikings from Atlantic City were participating in their second consecutive game in two days. If you were watching these two teams running up and down the court, you wouldn’t have known they played a game yesterday. After Pennsauken held a slim lead after two quarters, the Vikings rallied to regain the lead going into the final quarter. The Indians would take the lead back as time ticked away and hold on for their 71-67 victory.

Pennsauken were on the winning side of their game yesterday against Eastern. With that victory, the Indians would remain in first place in the Olympic Conference Patriot Division in front of Winslow Township. The Wildcats had a tough time finding their rhythm yesterday against Notre Dame who slipped away for a 5-point victory. They also are in first place in the Cape Atlantic Conference American Division I. So when these two teams met today, it proved to be one of the best games of the day.

Jumping right into the final eight minutes of the game, the Vikings would pull ahead 61-56 with 4:53 remaining. That’s when Pennsauken’s Al Fisher ignited a run that gave the Indians the lead 66-63 when the clocked stopped at the 1:10 mark. Pennsauken held onto their 3-point lead with 27 seconds remaining, but Atlantic City did manage to get within a point 68-67. Marques Gray’s final basket of the game sealed the win for Pennsauken. Fisher led all scorers with 28 points, Darryl Roberts added 18, Marcus McCray 15 and Charles Tidwell finished with 10 points for Pennsauken. Atlantic City received 14 points from Marcus Weaver, 12 points for Mark Crumble and Ernie Mack, and 11 points from Thomas Chappell.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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