The Atlantic City High School boys basketball team is in the midst of its own exhilarating version of March Madness.
Heading into tonight's Tournament of Champions second-round game against St. Joseph Metchen, the Vikings have overcome second-half deficits in four of their six postseason wins this season. Two of the games have gone to overtime.
Here's a look at Atlantic City's state tournament wins.
South Jersey Group IV first round-A.C. 67, Toms River South 43: The Vikings pull away in the second half as forward Ga-briel Chandler and center Jahleem Montague lead the team with 16 points each.
S.J. Group IV quarterfinal-A.C. 61, Southern Regional 56: The Vikings survive an upset bid from the No. 8 seed. Southern led by as many as three points in the third quarter. Vikings guard Dayshawn Reynolds 3-of-5 3-pointers and scores 16 points.
S.J. Group IV semifinals-A.C. 56, Toms River North 36: The Vikings give their most dominant effort of the postseason. Montague sparks Atlantic City with 16 points and eight rebounds.
S.J. Group IV final-A.C. 51, Lenape 40: The comebacks begin. The Vikings trail Lenape 14-2 late in the first quarter before rallying behind their tenacious defense. Forward Dennis White leads Atlantic City with 13 points.
State Group IV semifinal-A.C. 51, East Brunswick 49: The Vikings trail 33-19 with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left in the first half. They are down 10 at halftime. But Atlantic City holds East Brunswick to one basket for a stretch of 14:37 from the second quarter to the fourth. Guard Isiah Graves scores 10 of his game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter.
State Group IV final-A.C. 60, Linden 54 (OT): Atlantic City trails by three with less than a minute left. Reynolds sinks a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left tie the game. Graves (18 points) sparks the Vikings in overtime with two 3-pointers.
TOC quarterfinal-A.C. 80, Pt. Pleasant Beach 73 (double OT): The Vikings trail 39-20 with 6:20 left in the third quarter. They are down 43-25 with 3:19 left in the third quarter. Montague and Graves each score 10 points in a 26-7 run that gives the Vikings a 51-50 lead. Atlantic City survives regulation and first-overtime comebacks by Pt. Pleasant Beach. Graves leads the Vikings with 22 points.
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