Tuesday, December 18, 2012

BOYS BASKETBALL: Pope John Paul II takes down Upper Perkiomen

Pope John Paul II’s Alex Plate drives to the basket between Upper Perkiomen’s Joshua Wynder (10) and Michael Winters during their PAC-10 game Tuesday. (John Strickler/The Mercury)

By Jeff Stover

RED HILL — Pope John Paul II is striving to be more than just “Jamel Stinson and a supporting cast.”
To be sure, Stinson was again a force for PJP when it visited Upper Perkiomen Tuesday night. But there was more to the Golden Panthers’ 52-38 victory over the Indians in a matchup of teams at opposite ends of the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Frontier Division.
“We have a couple different weapons,” PJP head coach Jack Flanagan said after seeing his club (4-1 overall) go to 3-0 and atop the Frontier ranks. “You may not always see it, but we have guys who can come off the bench and knock shots down.”
Stinson was very prominent with a game-high 21 points, in addition to clearing a slew of rebounds and knocking a number of UP shots off course from the basket. At the same time, teammate Brent Mahoney nailed another 16 points while also posting boards and blocks.

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