The Atlantic City Vikings know if they want to make a deep run in the Group IV playoffs this year they are going to have to beat some of the top teams in the area.

Today at the Adrenalin Challenge they faced a very talented Martin Luther King team for Philadelphia, falling short 51-41.

The Vikings led after one quarter as junior Lamar Thomas hit a three-point bucket at the buzzer to give AC an early lead in the game.  Thomas hit a half court three as the half expired, but AC went into the locker room trailing 19-15.

The third quarter proved to be the key for the Cougars, who has plenty of size and very solid guard play, controlling the play, they were not phased by the Vikings full court pressure defense.  MLK outscored the Vikings 16-10 in that third quarter and never really was challenged the rest of the game.

One area where AC really struggled was the free throw line - the Vikings connected on just six-of-20 from the charity stripe.

Atlantic City was led by Thomas who had 11 points and Kevin Allen who played a solid game for AC, with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

Our Mike Frankel caught up with Allen after the game:


St. Augustine Prep 58, Penns Grove 36

The Hermits (7-1) jumped out early and cruised to their seventh win of the season over Penns Grove in the opening game at the Adrenaline Challenge at St. Augustine.

Haverford 58, Holy Spirit 57

Holy Spirit's John Middleton defending Haverford's Lamar Stevens who is heading to Indiana. (Staff Photo: Mike Gill)

Haverford was a very talented team with two division one commitments with one player heading to Temple and another heading to play for Indiana.  Plus, the Fords had a 6-6 freshman who might be heading to a division one college when his four years are done in Philly.

With that being said, the Spartans went toe-to-toe with the talented Fords, a last second shot fell short dropping Holy Spirit (5-1) to their first loss of the season.

Meet the 2015 Holy Spirit Spartans starting line-up: