George Tinsley totaled 72 points in three games last week for Abington Heights, two of which the Comets won. He had 31 points — 22 in the second half — and grabbed eight rebounds in a 67-47 victory over Scranton Prep in a rematch of Nos. 1 vs. 2 teams in The Times-Tribune Top 10 boys basketball poll. Scranton Prep won the first matchup between the teams.
Tinsley also scored 15 points in a 72-35 win over North Pocono, then had 26 points and 14 rebounds in a 66-61 loss to Methacton.
Here is more from Tinsley’s Athlete of the Week interview:
Other sports I play: Football
Favorite teams: University of Michigan, Chicago Bears, Oklahoma City Thunder
Superstitions and rituals: Not really. I just have one specific handshake I do before a game with Jackson Danzig.
Favorite food: It’s more of a dinner. My mom’s broccoli casserole and my dad makes a flank steak with it. It just goes really good together.
Three people I’d like to have dinner with: Tom Brady, Larry Bird, LeBron James
After losing to Scranton Prep in the first meeting, how excited were you to face them the second time around? It’s tough losing to them. I know most of them on their team and a lot are my friends. It’s just, you want that game. That’s the game you’re waiting for all year … twice! What’s it like to play in a rivalry like that? It’s amazing. I’ve been a part of it for three years. And since you know the other players on their team, it makes you want to win more.
What happened in the game against Methacton? They had a huge start against us (23-5 after one quarter). We started off real slow, had couple of turnovers here and there and just weren’t playing our normal game. What can you learn from a game like that? You’ve got to be tough, no matter what. You can’t come out to a slow start. You need to play your game throughout. You’ve got to get used to playing against taller teams like this. Most have a 6-8, 6-9 kid and you’ve got to learn how to make layups over them.
Talk about your rebounding: I just try to be as aggressive as I can without fouling. First part of the year, I fouled a bit too much. You need rebounding. Those 50-50 balls, you need the ability to get them.
Last year the team made a run to the state semifinals. What was that like and what do you think the team has to do to make a run like that again this season? The experience was amazing. I can’t really explain it. Being a part of that team, playing with those guys and making a push like that was real fun. To do that again, we definitely have to keep working on our defense and be prepared to play teams that are going to be good all the way throughout the game. We can have slow starts or a slow quarter. We have to be on pace with them.
Earlier this season, coach Ken Bianchi became the area’s career leader in victories. What did it mean to you to help him achieve that milestone? I look at him as a role model on and off the court. It’s just an amazing record and awesome to be a part of it.
Post-graduation plans: I don’t have any plans yet. I have to sort things out, see how this (season) goes and how my spring goes and also my summer. See how that works out and move on from there. Definitely wan to play basketball in college. I think I might like to study something in economics or business.