Tyler Sablich (@TySablich)
Today was the Sixth Annual VILLA Classic, where four Public League teams from Philadelphia played four of New York City’s best. Here’s the recaps of the final two games of the night:
Imhotep vs. Lincoln (NY)
While Imhotep senior Brandon Austin is known for lighting up the scoreboard, it was senior Deryl Bagwell who knocked down a couple quick three’s on the Panthers’ first two possessions to set the tempo against Lincoln. Imhotep never trailed in the game, ultimately knocking off Lincoln 72-61.
With Austin held scoreless in the first quarter, Bagwell led Imhotep to a four-point advantage heading into the second quarter.
But it’s hard to keep a guy like Austin down. Unfortunately for Lincoln, the Providence-bound forward came alive in the second.
Austin scored his first points of the game with a three-ball on the team’s first possession of the second quarter to put Imhotep up five still early in the game. His arrival on the stat sheet ignited an 8-3 run for the Panthers.
Lincoln junior Isaiah Whitehead engaged in a back-and-forth battle with Austin throughout much of the first half. Whitehead and Austin could be seen talking in each other’s ears, trying to get in the head of their opposing defender. The refs eventually put a stop to the trash talk before anything escalated. Whitehead ultimately finished with nine points, while Austin finished with a game-high 17.
While most of Lincoln’s scoring this season has come in the form of Desi Rodriquez, Eli Davis and Whitehead, it was guard M Shaquille McFarlan was who named MVP for the Railsplitters. McFarlan notched nine points, all of them coming on three-pointers, while Rodriquez finished with twelve and Davis with ten.
With Imhotep leading by six at halftime, neither team let up in the third quarter. The Railsplitters, who were 4-0 coming into the game, kept up with the high-scoring Panthers. The score was 47-42 in favor of Imhotep heading into the fourth quarter.
However, with Austin’s 17-point performance and a 14-point input by Basil Thompson, Imhotep proved too much for Lincoln to overcome. Despite a pretty balanced scoring attack by the Railsplitters, the Panthers ran away with the fourth game of the VILLA Philly vs. NY Classic
Up next for Imhotep (4-0), the Panthers will face Math, Civics & Sciences on Tuesday Dec. 18.
Vaux vs. Bishop Loughlin (NY)
In was a milestone night for Bishop Loughlin senior Khadeen Carrington, and it was capped off with a 74-56 blowout win over Vaux.
Carrington, a highly-recruited combo guard from Brooklyn, recorded his 1,000th career point on a free throw in the third quarter. He scored 30 points on the night, displaying why he has come to be such a coveted prospect.
Carrington went toe-to-toe with Vaux senior Rysheed Jordan, who much like Carrington, has also caught the eye of many big time programs.
However, it may have been Jordan’s foul trouble that sealed the game for the Lions. After Jordan scored 13 of Vaux’s 22 points in the first half, he committed his fourth personal foul with five minutes left in the third quarter. Vaux coach Vic Otarola was forced to pull Jordan from the game with his squad trailing by five.
Bishop Loughlin took advantage of Jordan’s absence, ripping off a 16-7 run before Otarola subbed Jordan back in after just three minutes in fear of letting the game get out of hand. The Lions shot the lights out in the third quarter, scoring a whopping 34 points as opposed to Vaux’s 18.
A game that was once a one-point deficit for Vaux at halftime proved insurmountable following Bishop Loughlin’s third quarter surge. 21 of Carrington’s 30 points came in the second half.
Vaux (1-1) will next travel to Columbia, S.C. to partake in the Chick-Fil-A Classic beginning Dec. 20.
Philly finished with a 3-1 record for the event after wins by Philly Electric and Math, Civics & Sciences earlier in the afternoon.