Abington took down Plymouth Whitemarsh 71-67 in the PIAA district semifinals. The Ghosts were led by sophomore forward Eric Dixon, who scored 29 points, and collected six rebounds in the game.
Abington led throughout the first half, jumping out to a 15-point lead at the end of the second quarter. Dixon dominated in the paint, leading all scorers with 20 points, to go along with three rebounds. He was helped out by his fellow forward senior Joe O’Brien, who scored five in the first half, and grabbed four rebounds. All starters for the Ghosts got on the scorer’s sheet in the opening 16 minutes of play.
Plymouth Whitemarsh started hot, opening the game on a 5-0 run before Abington countered with a 7-0 run of its own. 6’10 Sophomore forward Naheem Mcleod was held to three points in the first half, and four rebounds. Junior guard Ish Horn led the way for the Colonials coming out of the tunnel, scoring six points and collecting four rebounds. Senior guard Matt Walker had a strong half as well, scoring five points to help keep the Colonials in the game.
The Ghosts only had a two point lead at the end of the first quarter, but made a strong push to start the second, outscoring the Colonials by 13 in the second frame.
It was more of the same for Abington to open up the second half, as Dixon continued his domination, hitting a deep three early in the half keeping the momentum in Abington’s favor. The Ghosts maintained their 15 point lead into the final eight minutes of play.
McLeod remained on the bench for much of the third quarter for the Colonials, and scored two in the tail end of that period.
Abington stayed hot in the fourth, maintaining its double digit lead for the majority of the final quarter of play.
O’Brien finished the game for Abington with 11 points, and six rebounds. Guard Robbie Heath also had a big game for the Ghosts, scoring fourteen points on the night. Senior guard Rob Young scored six points in the game. Young also picked up four rebounds, tied for third on the team behind Dixon, and O’Brien.
Colonial guards Ish Horn, Matt Walker, and Ahmad Williams each scored in double figures on the night. They were led by Horn, who had 19 points, and pulled down eight rebounds in the game. Walker ended the game with 13 points, and hit two threes in the fourth quarter to shorten the deficit. The Colonials cut the lead to four with under 10 seconds remaining, but could not regain possession before the time ran out.
Abington now awaits the winner of Cheltenham and Coatesville. The two winners will square off Saturday night at Villanova’s Pavilion for the district title.
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