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West Orange Times & Observer Sunday, Mar. 6, 2022 3 months ago

DP's comeback falls just short against Columbus

The Panthers came back late in the 4th quarter, but Denzel Aberdeen's shot fell just short in 45-44 loss.
by: Chris Martucci Sports Editor

It was a sinking feeling as the final buzzer sounded for Dr. Phillips as they watched Columbus celebrate its first state championship in its history.

After being down eight with a less than a minute to go, and the game seemingly out of reach, the team had only been down one with a chance to win. 

With one second left to play, who else to take that shot but Denzel Aberdeen? 

Aberdeen drove down the lane and hoisted up a shot. It bounced off the rim, dashing any hopes of a last-second miracle. 

But that does not take away from the fight they showed the entire game. From the start, DP was overwhelmed by Columbus' attack, led by the Boozer brothers, Cameron and Cayden, the sons of former NBA player Carlos Boozer. Even so, they stuck in there and never laid down. 

Aberdeen and fellow senior Riley Kugel both led the team with 17 points, with the other member of their Big 3, Ernest Udeh Jr., adding 6. 



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Chris Martucci was the sports editor for the West Orange Times & Observer,  Southwest Orange Observer and He holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism, as well as a bachelor's degree in digital media...

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