Boys basketball: Atlantic City thriving in tight postseason contests this year
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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