Abington Heights has been put to the test through a demanding schedule and has even absorbed 3 losses in its first 10 games as the defending Class 5A state champion, but returning first-team, all-state selection George Tinsley has continued to impress.
The 6-foot-6 senior forward, who is a JB Hoops alum and a future NCAA Division I player at Binghamton University, received the PNC Bank District 2 Boys Basketball Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 30.
Tinsley was honored after he scored 36 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 5 assists when the Comets handed Coatesville, a state-ranked Class 6A team, its first loss, 67-63, at the Peter and Jameer Nelson Classic at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He received the same honor a year ago.
“We came off those two losses and we kind of knew we had to get back into it,” said Tinsley, the reigning NEPABasketball.com District 2 Player of the Year.
The Comets used a 12-point streak to take a 21-10 lead after one quarter.
“We had a bunch of energy from the beginning,” Tinsley said. “We had a good spark, which helped us at the end.
“We were more aggressive offensively. We were taking our shots, which is good because have good shooters, we had just been off a little in two or three of our games.”
Tinsley shot 62.2 percent from the floor and 42.0 percent from 3-point range last season when he averaged 18.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.1 blocked shots and 1.6 steals. He scored 29 points in the state championship game win over Mars, finishing the season with exactly 1,000 career points, and was a first-team, Class 5A all-state selection by Pennsylvania sports writers.
Through 10 games this season, Tinsley is averaging 18.8 points. In the latest game Saturday, he accounted for half the team’s scoring, finishing with 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a 36-34 loss to Berks Catholic in the Comets’ latest matchup with another state-ranked team.