Vaux hangs tough to top Church Farm

Rysheed Jordan of Vaux is fouled by Church Farm's Joey Shelton as he goes up for a shot. Jordan scored nine points in Vaux's quarterfinal win. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Rysheed Jordan of Vaux is fouled by Church Farm's Joey Shelton as he goes up for a shot. Jordan scored nine points in Vaux's quarterfinal win. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer
Posted: March 16, 2013

With St. John's coach Steve Lavin watching from behind the Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer.

"He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time."

With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal at La Salle High.

Jordan, who also is considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points. His first field-goal try in the second half came with 5 minutes, 40 seconds to play.

"He's a patient player," Church Farm coach Marc Turner said. "He understood we weren't going to give him the driving lanes. He did what a great guard does, which is look for the open guy."

Amir Butler, a 6-2 senior forward, paced the Cougars (22-8) with 17 points. Mattox drained four first-half threes and scored 14 points.

"At the beginning of the year, I was making a lot of threes," Mattox said. "Before this, I was in a slump. My shot is starting to fall again."

Tuesday, at a neutral site and time to be determined, Vaux will clash with Math, Civics & Sciences in a semifinal. The Mighty Elephants played poorly but eliminated Sankofa Freedom Academy, 71-59, in the first game at La Salle.

Vaux, ranked No. 5 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and No. 6 MC&S split meetings during the season. The winner of the rubber match will punch a ticket to Hershey.

"I'm anxious for the rematch," Butler said. "We just have to play hard and do the things we did last time."

The Cougars prevailed, 62-61, last month in the Public League Class A championship game.

Against Church Farm, Vaux led by as many as 17 in the first half and were in front, 41-25, at the break. Mattox nailed four threes in the first 11 minutes.

Junior guard Tyler Ofray paced the Griffins (24-7) with 17 points, including four threes. Mlynue Reeves, a 6-7 senior forward, was next with 10.

Vaux 14 27 8 19 - 68

Church Farm 15 10 13 26 - 64

V: Rysheed Jordan 9, Amir Butler 17, Trayvond Massenberg 9, Lester Mattox 14, Sammy Foreman 7, Karon Snead 6, Daron Johnson 6.

CF: Aondofa Anyam 2, Michael Mohamed 5, Larry Cermak 10, Jan Bohm 6, Joey Shelton 3, Tyler Ofray 17, John Rodriguez 8, Mlynue Reeves 13.


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