Thomas, who stands 6-foot-1, is the team's leading scorer at 13.2 points per game. He is also counted upon for defense and ballhandling for coach Bill Detweiler's youthful Phantoms.

Thomas had a big week in scoring with 22 points in a victory at Lansdale Catholic and 21 more in a victory over Boyertown as the Phantoms contended for the final berth in the Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC-10) Final Four playoffs.

For his efforts, Thomas has been chosen as The Phoenix Male Athlete of the Week.

"We played them (close games) all year," Thomas said after a victory over Pottsgrove Wednesday night at Spring-Ford that forced a special play-in game against Perkiomen Valley. "When everybody sticks together as the coaches say, then we win. When we fall apart, we lose."

Thomas is in his third year of varsity basketball and could reach the 1,000-point plateau next year.

"We have been talking about the Final Four playoffs in the PAC-10 since the beginning of the year," Thomas said. "That is what we have been playing for all year.

"We had to fight. We couldn't lose any more games. We had to keep fighting to have a chance. We had to come out hard and play good defense."

Thomas is happy to be able to help the Phantoms in many different ways.

"It is a team thing," he said. "Whatever is needed to help, I will do it. Everybody is doing their job."

A quick, athletic player, Thomas has a signature spin move around the basket.

"It is real effective," Thomas said. "It prevents people from taking offensive fouls and playing over on me."

- BARRY SANKEY

Phoenix Staff Writer

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