Vaux defeats Imhotep, 73-51

Posted: January 23, 2013

The battle between Vaux's Rysheed Jordan and Imhotep Charter's Brandon Austin, arguably the city's top two guards, had its share of special moments.

And while a determined Jordan registered 24 points, it was an across-the-board effort that propelled the visiting Cougars to a 73-51 blitzing of the bigger Panthers in a Public League Division A clash Tuesday.

Vaux pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 21-2 explosion.

"Today was the day we finally put it all together," coach Jamie Ross said.

Amir Butler posted 10 of his 12 points in the first half, Lester Mattox nailed four consecutive three-pointers late, Sammy Foreman managed 10 points, and reserve Khalief Tinsley contributed nine points and six rebounds.

"We're Vaux," Butler said. "Our school is in the middle of North Philly. We're about beating the odds. We come out and play with heart."

In beating Austin and Imhotep for the first time, Jordan shot 10 for 19 from the field (3 for 9 from beyond the arc) and 1 for 2 from the line. He added five steals, four assists, three rebounds, and two blocks.

The Providence-bound Austin netted 20 points, six rebounds, three assists, and two steals. He shot 8 for 22 from the field (2 for 11 on treys) and 2 for 4 from the line.

In the final minute, with Vaux ahead 70-49, Jordan, instead of dribbling the ball over the time line, handed it to Austin and gave him an uncontested layup. That did not go over well.

"That was the most classless thing I've ever seen in high school basketball," Imhotep coach Andre Noble said. "I really feel bad that he thought that was the right thing to do."

Afterward, Ross, who said Jordan and Austin are friends off the court, apologized to Noble.

"I wasn't happy about it," Ross said. "Rysheed kind of let the excitement of the game get to him. He needs to exhibit a little more self-control. As a team, we have to have class and be humble."

In the fourth, after Austin made a deep three to cut the gap to 49-47, Vaux (11-5, 8-0 league) answered with a 10-0 burst.

The first of Mattox's four treys made it 62-49.

"I transferred in from Fels last year," Mattox said. "Ever since I got here, all we've talked about is beating Imhotep."

The Panthers (14-4, 5-2) shot 21 for 65 from the floor and were hurt by 20 turnovers, including nine in the second period.

Vaux 15 13 16 29 – 73

Imhotep Charter 15 12 13 11 – 51

V: Rysheed Jordan 24, Amir Butler 12, Trayvond Massenberg 2, Lester Mattox 14, Sammy Foreman 10, Khalief Tinley 9, Keith Fletcher 2.

IC: Brandon Austin 20, Basil Thompson 8, Deion Evans 6, Abraham Massaley 4, Jalil Myers 5, Dymir Logan 6, Nigel Grant 2.

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