By Matthew De George
T.J. Tann has spent the last two seasons as an understudy, contributing to successful Delco Christian teams but all the while prepping for his capstone senior season.
Last season, with an explosive scorer like Wyatt Harkins at his side, Tann had the luxury of playing the pass-first point guard roll on a second straight run to the PIAA tournament.
This season, with a considerably younger and less experienced supporting cast, the imperative for Tann has changed. And in his first foray of the 2016-17 season, Tann found the requisite touch that he watched Harkins deploy with aplomb last year.
The 21 points Tann poured in leap off the page in a 61-43 win over The Christian Academy in the 52nd annual Delco Christian Tip-Off Tournament. Despite leading all scorers, Tann’s day constituted a tale of quality over quantity.
With fellow senior scoring option Jordan Parks saddled with first-half foul trouble, Tann took the reins with 13 points at the break. And any time TCA snuck into the game, Tann provided a prompt and savage response.