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Sports - January 16, 2009

Athenian's Abraham continues to excel

The proverbial "Sophomore Jinx" has not affected Athenian's basketball star Justin Abraham, who has picked up this year where he left off his freshman year, leading the Athenian basketball team.

As a freshman last year Abraham led the Athenian basketball team in scoring, finishing third in the BCL East league in scoring and eighth in the state in 3-point shot percentages as well as receiving a "CCC Athlete of the Week" award.

He has once again started the year off leading the Athenian team, this time to a 9-3 record, one of the best starts in school history. Scoring close to 17 points per game, Abraham has been awarded "All-Tournament " honors at two early season tournaments, the Rincon Valley Invitational where the team won 2 of 3, and the Owls Invitational, where he also received "Tournament MVP" honors as Athenian captured the overall tournament Championship, winning the final game against San Francisco powerhouse Balboa High.

The Athenian team has just finished its first week of League play at 1-1 and Abraham scored back-to-back 20-plus-point games, having 23 points (seven 3-point shots) in a close loss to last year's league champion St. Elizabeth and a 21-point effort in a win against East Bay rival Bentley.

League play is continuing with Abraham and his fellow team members junior Elan Goldbart, their fine point guard and one the league's fastest players, and seniors Andy Lynch, Mac Muir, Curran Reddy and Demetri Tarabini. The team will face St. Elizabeth, Bentley, CPS, Head Royce, Valley Christian and Redwood Christian, along with non-league opponents, in the weeks to come.


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