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January 30, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Rysheed Jordan, the city's top uncommitted senior, was suspended from the game Tuesday as host Vaux fell to Philadelphia Electrical, 58-51, in Public League Division A boys' basketball. Hakeem Baxter led PET with 28 points and Dyshon Pack hit a late three. Jordan is choosing from among Temple, St. John's, and UCLA. "He's disappointed, but he violated one of our team rules so we couldn't let him play," Vaux coach Jamie Ross said. Phila. Elect 14 6 17 21 - 58 Vaux 14 14 10 13 - 51 PE: Hakeem Baxter 28, Marquis Daniels 6, Dyshon Pack 11, Riley 2, Zakee Shakur 11. V: Amir Butler 8, Sammy Foreman 4, Daron Johnson 11, Trayvond Massenburg 2, Lester Mattox 1, Taariq Ross 8, Karon Snead 11, Khalief Tinley 6.
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March 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 16, 2013 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 10, 2012 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rysheed Jordan, one of the city's top boys' basketball players, showed no signs of a senior season burdened by a looming college decision on Sunday afternoon. Jordan's 22 points lifted Vaux past St. Andrew's School of Delaware, 66-61, in the Kyle Lowry FamJuice Tip-Off Classic at Philadelphia University. Last weekend, Jordan made an official visit to UCLA and whittled his list down to the Bruins, St. John's, and Temple. He said he is in no rush to make his decision and is not ready to set a date for it. Temple coach Fran Dunphy was in the stands on Sunday, as was St. John's assistant Tony Chiles.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neumann-Goretti's quest for a fourth straight state championship survived an early-round scare Tuesday night. The Saints needed overtime to outlast Scranton Prep, 51-44, in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament. Down four at the half, Ja'Quan Newton took over in the third. He hit three three-pointers in the period, scoring 13 of his 24 points. Newton also had six rebounds. Scranton Prep hit two foul shots in the final minute to tie it. The Saints misfired on a shot to win it at the buzzer.
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March 21, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal against Math, Civics & Sciences, Vaux guard Rysheed Jordan said he noticed one particular fan seated in the top row of the Ben Franklin High stands. The fan, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy, had entered the game near halftime - just before Jordan took over. The senior opened the third quarter with a quick seven points as Vaux toppled the Mighty Elephants, 83-66, to advance to Friday's state boys' basketball final.
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February 23, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime between the end of the first Public League semifinal Thursday night and the start of the second, the crowd in Southern's gym doubled in size, overflowing the bleachers and pushing the throng closer to the court. Most conspicuously, St. John's coach Steve Lavin sat in a folding chair catty-corner to the baseline. A few feet behind him, a man stood in a UCLA shirt. There was no secret whom they had come to see. And Rysheed Jordan gave them what they wanted. The senior guard added to his playoff legend, lifting Vaux to its first Public League final by outlasting Martin Luther King, 71-68, in overtime.
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February 18, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
No representatives from Temple, UCLA, or St. John's were spotted at Southern during Saturday night's Public League Class A championship game. But the three finalists for Rysheed Jordan's services will no doubt hear about his last-minute heroics. With 0.1 second remaining, after missing his first attempt from the free-throw line, the prized recruit calmly buried the second to give Roberts Vaux a 62-61, come-from-behind victory over stunned Math, Civics, and Sciences. With 10.7 seconds to go, the 6-foot-3 phenom hit two foul shots to forge a 61-61 tie. That was followed by his steal in front of the MC&S bench.
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March 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
HERSHEY, Pa. - In the final three minutes of the first half, Vaux saw a nine-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. But Rysheed Jordan and his teammates, with the burning desire to mark the program's end with a state championship, were not about to let undersized, scrappy Johnsonburg pull off a storybook ending. "We had to win something," Jordan said. "After losing in the Public League final, our main focus was states. " The Cougars, switching to a man-to-man defense and taking away three-point looks, regained command late in the third quarter and stormed past the Rams, 83-63, Friday afternoon to claim the PIAA Class A title at the Giant Center.
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March 23, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
HERSHEY, Pa. - In the final three minutes of the first half, Vaux saw a nine-point lead turn into a one-point deficit. But Rysheed Jordan and his teammates, with the burning desire to mark the program's end with a state championship, were not about to let undersized, scrappy Johnsonburg pull off a storybook ending. "We had to win something," Jordan said. "After losing in the Public League final, our main focus was states. " The Cougars, switching to a man-to-man defense and taking away three-point looks, regained command late in the third quarter and stormed past the Rams, 83-63, Friday afternoon to claim the PIAA Class A title at the Giant Center.
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March 21, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's PIAA Class A state semifinal against Math, Civics & Sciences, Vaux guard Rysheed Jordan said he noticed one particular fan seated in the top row of the Ben Franklin High stands. The fan, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy, had entered the game near halftime - just before Jordan took over. The senior opened the third quarter with a quick seven points as Vaux toppled the Mighty Elephants, 83-66, to advance to Friday's state boys' basketball final.
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March 20, 2013 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sometime in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's PIAA Class A semifinal against Math, Civics & Sciences, Vaux senior guard Rysheed Jordan said he noticed a particular fan seated in the top row of the Ben Franklin High stands. The fan, Temple's basketball coach Fran Dunphy, entered the game near halftime and just before Jordan took the game over. Jordan opened the third-quarter with a quick seven points as Vaux toppled the Mighty Elephants, 83-66, to advance to Friday's state boys' basketball finals.
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March 17, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 16, 2013 | By Rick O’Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tim McManus, Inquirer Staff Writer
Neumann-Goretti's quest for a fourth straight state championship survived an early-round scare Tuesday night. The Saints needed overtime to outlast Scranton Prep, 51-44, in the second round of the PIAA Class AAA state tournament. Down four at the half, Ja'Quan Newton took over in the third. He hit three three-pointers in the period, scoring 13 of his 24 points. Newton also had six rebounds. Scranton Prep hit two foul shots in the final minute to tie it. The Saints misfired on a shot to win it at the buzzer.
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February 25, 2013 | BY TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer silaryt@phillynews.com
'CELEBRATION" came pumping through the sound system at Temple's Liacouras Center and Abraham Massaley, like most of Imhotep Charter's delirious players, stood, listened, beamed, grooved and even sang at a spot near midcourt. Then, after some prodding by teammates, he decided to step forward and bust a move. How fitting . . . A few minutes earlier, the 5-11, 160-pound combo guard had uncorked a basketball version, thus helping the Panthers claim their fourth Public League championship in five seasons.
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