2018 Montverde Invitational: The Villages vs. Abington (PA)
In the 7th Place Game at The Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament, The Villages Charter School took on Abington Senior out of Pennsylvania. The Buffalo faced a big challenge in Abington’s Eric Dixon, a 6’7 junior.
Abington got on the board first with a three in the corner from Robert Heath. Tre Mann came back with a driving layup for the Villages but another three from Heath gave Abington an early 6-2 lead. The Villages stayed even with Abington until midway thru the first period. After Mann threw down a dunk for The Villages to get within 10-8, Dixon knocked down a free throw and then scored inside on their next possession to make it a five point game. The Villages got back to within two at 16-14 after a bucket inside from Peyton Williams with a minute to go in the period. Abington responded with a putback bucket from Xavier Monroe and a three point play by Heath. Mann finished the scoring for the quarter with a basket at the rim to make it 21-16 in favor of Abington heading into the second period.
Heath of Abington drew first blood in the second which was quickly answered by two free throws from Mann. A bucket inside from Williams of The Villages brought them to within three at 23-20 and things were looking up for The Villages. Dixon and Abington had other thoughts as he scored two straight baskets to push the score to 27-20. Byron Smith of The Villages hit a three to get back within four but A 7-0 run by Abington, five of those from Dixon. Now with three minutes left in the half, Abington held a double-digit lead at 34-23. The Villages would close out the period with a 5-2 run, highlighted by a three from Mann just before the halftime horn to make the score 36-28 in favor of Abington.
Smith opened the third quarter with a driving basket for The Villages. That was the start of an 8-0 run as Mann scored in transition, hit two free throws after being fouled on a baseline drive and Dalton Berry connected on a pair of foul shots to tie the score at 36 with six minutes to go in the third. Abington responded with an 8-2 run of their own, all but two of those points coming from Dixon, three of them from beyond the arc to make the score 44-38. Abington would continue to hold off The Villages and led by six, 48-42, with 2:35 to go in the quarter. Mann and Berry each connected on a pair of free throws to draw back to within two at 48-46. Darious Brown of Abington hit a pair of free throws of his own at the one minute mark but a transition basket and a free throw by Smith make the score 50-49 in favor of Abington heading into the fourth quarter.
Abington pushed their lead to three to start the final period by a Mann three tied the score at 52. A pair of free throw from Monroe and a three from Brown pushed Abington’s lead to five, but a three from Mann, a driving layup by Smith and a pair of technical foul shots by Mann gave The Villages their first lead at 59-57. Abington hit a free throw and Mann responded with a long two to give The Villages a 61-58 lead with 5:14 to play. However, that would be their last lead of the game. A three and a free throw from Monroe gave Abington a lead it would not lose. The Villages would get as close as 67-66 after a three from Smith but Abington took advantage of being in the bonus to hold The Villages at bay. With one minute to play the score was 75-72 but Abington closed out the game with a 6-0 run at the foul line as The Villages missed hurried shots trying to catch up. Abington would head back to the Keystone State with an 81-76 win.
Dixon led the way for Abington with 30 points while Heath added 24 points. Mann of The Villages led all scorers with 37 points.
Class 6A Regional Finals Game End of 3rd qtr Rickards High School (Fl) 48 Vs Ribault High School (Fl) 33… https://t.co/kK1EPcoaikFollow