Thurgood Marshall Academy outscored Beacon 17-5 in the second quarter, taking control on its home court en route to a 60-47 win in a PSAL Manhattan borough semifinal in Harlem on Thursday. The top-seeded Panthers will face Frederick Douglass Academy, the 3 seed, in the borough championship game at York College on Saturday. The Lions knocked off second-seeded WHEELS 61-58 on Thursday.
Arthur Dukes Jr. (8) and Kevin Dinkins Jr. (7) combined for 15 of TMA's 17 points in the second frame, as the Panthers amassed a 20 point halftime advantage, taking a 35-15 lead at the intermission. Beacon managed just 5 points in the second quarter, with TMA holding sharpshooter Samuel Pohlman to just 2 points in the first half.
Pohlman came out firing in the third, connecting on a pair of long threes and scoring the first 8 points of the second half to bring Beacon within 12 at 35-23. TMA scored just eight points in the third quarter, but the Panthers still led 43-30 heading into the fourth.
Beacon pulled within 7 at 44-37 on Pohlman's spinning score in the lane with 6:20 left, but that was as close as the Blue Demons would get. A baseline dunk by George Varmah with just 1:50 to play put the Panthers in front 52-39, bringing the crowd to its feet.
Dukes Jr. led TMA with 17 points, while Dinkins Jr. finished with 13 points and Varmah 12 for the Panthers. Pohlman had 17 points for Beacon, which will now turn its attention to the upcoming PSAL A Division playoffs.
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