Atlantic City wins; Olney, Lower Merion fall in Nelson Classic
by gary miles, Posted: December 30, 2009
By Pat Leonard For the Inquirer
At the start of the Jameer Nelson/Pete Nelson Classic’s final day on Wednesday, 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 three-point play with 7.5 seconds remaining in the extra period. There will be six games total – three at each site – on the final day of the sixth annual boys’ basketball tournament. 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 three-pointers) and senior forward Aaron Staley (ten points). Atlantic City senior forward Muji McBride led the Vikings with 16 points. Getting set to tip now at Gwynedd-Mercy College, in perhaps the showcase’s feature matchup, are Plymouth Whitemarsh and Academy of the New Church. PW’s front court starts 6-foot-10 center C.J. Aiken and 6-7 forward Jaylen Bond. ANC is even bigger, with 6-9 forward Rakeem Christmas and 6-11 center Malcolm Gilbert.