Church Farm finding its 'groove'

"Most teams have trouble matching our overall quickness," said Church Farm's Aondofa Anyam. The Griffins are 8-1 in the league.
"Most teams have trouble matching our overall quickness," said Church Farm's Aondofa Anyam. The Griffins are 8-1 in the league. (LOU RABITO / Staff)
Posted: January 31, 2014

With a guard-dominated lineup, Church Farm is prepping to make another strong run in the PIAA Class A district and state playoffs.

Tuesday night, in moving closer to a second straight Bicentennial Athletic League Independence Division title, the visiting Griffins edged Holy Ghost Prep, 50-49, in Bensalem.

"We struggled a bit early this season, but we're finding our groove now," Church Farm coach Marc Turner said.

The Griffins, who improved to 11-4 overall and 8-1 in BAL action, are spurred by Aondofa Anyam, Tyler Ofray, Michael Mohammed, and Joey Shelton.

"We rely a lot on our speed, getting out and running with the ball," said Anyam, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound senior. "I think most teams have trouble matching our overall quickness."

Anyam, a native of Nigeria, produced a game-high 16 points as well as nine rebounds (five on offense), two steals, and an assist against Holy Ghost.

"He's powerful, he's tough to stop in the open court, and he can also get to the rim," said Turner, whose squad took top District 1 Class A honors and advanced to the state quarterfinals last season.

Anyam, who is averaging about 16 points, shot 7 for 14 from the field (1 for 1 from beyond the arc) and 1 for 2 from the line against the Firebirds (13-5, 7-2).

Shelton (six rebounds, two assists) netted 10 of his 12 points in the first half; Mohammed equaled Shelton's 12 points; and Ofray contributed 10 points, four boards, three steals, and two assists.

Church Farm trailed by 41-35 early in the fourth quarter. The visitors responded with an 11-2 spurt, which was capped by Anyam's follow, to go in front, 46-43, with 2 minutes, 5 seconds to play.

Anyam is hearing from a number of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools, including East Stroudsburg, Kutztown, Lock Haven, and West Chester.

His brother, Doolun, played for the Griffins and is now a sophomore guard at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Saturday tournament. The four-game Kyle Lowry City Classic, which will feature three members of The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania top 10 and three teams from Maryland, is set for Saturday afternoon at Ben Franklin. The marquee matchup will be No. 3-ranked Neumann-Goretti vs. No. 5 Martin Luther King.

Here is the schedule:

Philadelphia Electrical vs. Milford Mill (Md.), 1

Constitution vs. Patterson (Md.), 2:45

Neumann-Goretti vs. Martin Luther King, 4:30

Life Center (N.J.) vs. Capitol Christian (Md.), 6:15


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