|Kevin Hoffman/The Mercury Phoenixville’s Victor Bozzelli dribbles around Pope John Paul’s James Bleming in first half action.|
By Jeff Stover
UPPER PROVIDENCE — He was scoring hard points most of the night ... in the paint, by the rim, under stiff defensive pressure.
The irony of Jamel Stinson’s play for Pope John Paul II, therefore, lay with two of his biggest points — pivotal to his team’s game with Phoenixville Friday — came from the foul line, where his success has been minimal.
“In practice, I was practicing free throws and I was going 2-for-10,” Stinson recalled. “So I didn’t think that would be the biggest of shots I made.”
But going 2-for-2 when it counted — in the first minute of overtime — set the tone for the Golden Panthers’ 61-53 victory over the Phantoms. Making both ends of a one-and-one 40 seconds into the extra frame, Stinson set the stage for PJP to come away with a hard-fought Pioneer Athletic Conference win.
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