|Pope John Paul II's Tim Tadros chases down a loose ball during the first quarter of Thursday's PAC-10 game against Pottstown. (Kevin Hoffman, The Mercury)|
By Jeff Stover
UPPER PROVIDENCE — It remained the unbeaten class of the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Frontier Division, a distinction that took on more luster for Pope John Paul II after finding itself in a dogfight with Pottstown Thursday. Given all they could handle by the Trojans for the better part of 32 minutes, the Golden Panthers prevailed at the end for a 49-46 victory.
Jamel Stinson scored four critical points over the final nine seconds, enabling PJP (4-0 league, 8-3 overall) to reverse the 46-45 lead Pottstown (2-2, 3-6) held after Tyler Hunsberger swished a jumper inside the 40-second mark. It capped a frenetic fourth quarter which saw neither team able to put the ball through the hoop until Bryan Quill made a followup basket at the 5:30 mark, staking the visitors to a 40-35 lead that would be its last big one of the game.
“It was a great game against a good-coached team,” PJP head coach Jack Flanagan said afterward. “Right now, they (Pottstown) are doing what they need to do well.”
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