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Sunday, March 28, 2010


There was more to Saturday's PIAA Class AAAA championship game than the score, though that's a strong indicator of what went down at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn Wood led for every second of the first half, and Plymouth Whitemarsh pulled the same feat for almost all of the second half. Did you know Penn Wood turned the ball over seven fewer times (19-to-12) than the winners?

Take a look at some other numbers from Saturday's game, at Penn State University...

4 – Points from Penn Wood center Shawn Oakman.
8 – Turnovers by Oakman.

NOTE: Coming into this game, I was certain that Oakman was the difference. If he could stay out of foul trouble (he didn't) and own a rebounding edge on P-W (he didn't), then Penn Wood could win it all again. This game showed that Oakman, while he's come a long way, still has a lot of work to do.

32 – Minutes played by Penn Wood's Aaron Brown, Tyree Johnson and Will Brown, pictured. The trio never left the court.

NOTE: Penn Wood coach Clyde Jones knew his best chance at a comeback was through his best players – so he kept them on the floor the longest.

5 – Blocks by Plymouth Whitemarsh center CJ Aiken.

NOTE: Aiken got dunked on – quite memorably – in the District One Class AAAA championship game, by Penn Wood's Aaron Brown. But Aiken got the last laugh, swatting two of Brown's fourth-quarter shot attempts.

13 – Rebounding differential (38 to 25) owned by Plymouth Whitemarsh.

NOTE: Whis Grant, a 6-0 guard with 11 boards, outrebounded Penn Wood big men Oakman and Darian Barnes combined. That's an unsettling stat.

28 – Field-goal percentage by Penn Wood.
50 – Field-goal percentage by Plymouth Whitemarsh.

NOTE: As offensively sound as Penn Wood is, the Patriots looked downright miserable in the final 19 minutes Saturday. After taking their 10-point lead, they were outscored, 40-20, by the fourth quarter's midway point.

(Photographs by Daily Times staff photographer Eric Hartline)

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