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A.J. Lemons’ third quarter outburst helps Pemberton end Westampton Tech’s three-game win streak

A.J. Lemons scored 15 of his game-high 17 points in the second half of Pemberton's 46-41 win over Westampton Tech in the basketball game played at the Burlington County Institute of Technology's Westampton campus in Westampton, New Jersey on Friday, January 5, 2024. Kevin Emmons/South Jersey Sports Zone

WESTAMPTON - The Pemberton Township High School boys basketball team needed a fresh start.

The Hornets experienced a sluggish start in a previous outing against Pennsauken. They rallied in the second and third quarters to close the gap, but a sloppy finish resulted in a 62-49 loss on Thursday.

"Coming into yesterday, we had a big head," first-year Pemberton coach Taro Gaither said. "We thought we were going to go out and blow a team out, and we got really upset when we showed each other what it's like when we don't play together."

The Hornets hit the reset button with a pivotal Burlington County Scholastic League Liberty Division matchup on the horizon.

The team watched film, Gaither delivered a message, and his players responded.

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