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HOOP JAM 2015: MLK does enough in second half to outlast Atlantic City at Adrenaline Challenge

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher BUENA VISTA — Atlantic City had only lost one game heading into Saturday’s Adrenaline Challenge at St. Augustine Prep, but head coach Gene Allen knows his team is a long way from being any kind of contender in either the Cape-Atlantic League tournament or the South Jersey Group 4 state playoffs. The Vikings’ offensive struggles continued against the MLK Cougars, a strong team out of Philadelphia, in the second game of the 4-game slate of the one-day tournament. Buzzer-beating 3-pointers to end both the first and second quarters by Lamar Thomas had Atlantic City down just 19-15 at halftime, but the Cougars built 47-36 lead late in the fourth quarter and cruised to a 51-41 victory. Senior Kevin Allen finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings. Senior Kevin Allen finished with 10 points and seven rebounds for the Vikings. Coach Allen did say he was pleased with the way Kevin Allen played, and the way he has progressed since the start of preseason. “I thought Kevin battled, he played really well. He’s playing hard, he’s rebounding well, and he’s definitely an inside force,” Gene Allen said. “He’s been our offense, basically. He’s been the glue to keeping us together. He came in (to the season) and he wasn’t in the type of shape I thought he should be in, didn’t work on certain aspects of his game. But when we can pair him with Leon … now Thomas is a little more open because he’s not as closely guarded because the defense has to kind of suck in, you’ll see a different team in a week to 10 days.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays [adsense]

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