Abington (PA) took on Pennsbury (PA) for the fourth time this year in a game that was dominated by Abington for three of four quarters. Pennsbury won the third quarter 24-7 to take a 34-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter and seemed to have all the momentum but Abington came storming back. They held Pennsbury to just six 4th quarter points and took home a 49-40 win to advance to Friday nights Championship game. The victory makes it nine straight times that Abington has beaten Pennsbury and it is the fourth time they have beaten them this season.
2015 SG Amir Hinton was the difference maker for Abington finishing with 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Ghosts. When asked about his big night he said “It was great playing on the Temple floor, the big lights, it was fun we enjoyed it a lot.” Hinton came up big down the stretch for Abington as Pennsbury came back in the second half he knocked down big shots down the stretch to lead his team to the big win. When asked about the 3rd quarter run he credited his teams defense saying “Defense, we called the timeout told everybody to relax, just keep our composure and we communicate on the floor we tell each other to just relax, we don’t force anything and we just play as a team. We knew they were going to go on a run, all good teams go on a run we just had to prepare ourselves for it and go on a run ourselves.”
Pennsbury owned the third quarter of play, starting the half on a 17-2 run to take a 27-24 lead over Abington behind a monster third quarter from their senior star Derrick Woods. The 2015 St. Bonaventure commit had a monster 3rd quarter scoring 16 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in the 8 minute frame. The 6′ 8″ PF finished the game with 17 points and 15 rebounds before getting his second technical late in the game after an altercation with Abington star Amir Hinton. Pennsbury headed into the fourth quarter with a 34-29 lead over Abington but couldn’t hold on scoring only six points in the final frame. Pennsbury’s 24 third quarter points were more than their total of 16 points in the other three quarters combined.
Abington will advance to the District 1 AAAA championship game where they will play Plymouth Whitemarsh Friday night when they return to the Liacouras Center. Abington moves to 23-3 on the year with a 4-0 record against Pennsbury. Pennsbury drops to 21-5 on the year and will face off against Ridley in the play-back game for state seeding. Both teams are headed to the Pennsylvania State tournament and will have a chance to make a run but the first order of business for Abington is winning the most competitive district in the state.