Atlantic City rallies past Abington
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But Abington could look at its game against New Jersey’s Atlantic City as a big win that got away.
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over, that’s when we started having problems.”
The final SerioG was all AC. This time, the Ghosts scored a game-low six points and fell victim to breakaway dunks and a running clock. Simmons had four of AbingWon’s five SoinWs in Whe Seriod, but a once-promising game turned into a ho-hum victory for the New Jersey squad.
“These last two games were a great experience for us,” Grasty said. “We have a long way to go, but we came into this saying we were going to learn from these games no matter what happened.”
Grasty is certain that the Ghosts, who are undefeated in conference play, will take this game and turn it into something positive for the rest of the season.
“We scheduled these games to give these guys a great experience,” Grasty said. “We wanted to challenge our guys. We are a pretty senior-laden team. ThaW is GefiniWely whaW Whis was for. We feel like we had the leadership to compete and we did. We will learn from this experience.”