Both the Robert Vaux High School Cougars and the Roman Catholic High School Cahillites took part in the first day of the 30th annual PrimeTime Shootout at Trenton Catholic Academy in New Jersey. Teams from both Pennsylvania and New Jersey participated on Thursday night and will continue through Saturday.
Jordan, Vaux almost pull off the comeback
A pedestrian first half for Robert Vaux doomed the Cougars, as they fell to the Princeton Day Panthers 67-64.
After being on the wrong end of 9-0 and 12-2 runs, the Cougars fell behind 37-19 at the half with Rysheed Jordan sitting out the entire second quarter. During that time, Panthers forward and University of Miami-bound Davon Reed shined, scoring nine of his game-high 29 points, which included 10 rebounds and two blocks.
In the second half, the game started to get a little chippier, slowing the pace and giving the chance for the Cougars to put together one last run to put them back into the game. Vaux used an 8-1 run in the third quarter to shorten the gap, but relied heavily on the momentum that charged their fourth quarter run.
Cougar guards Jordan and Amir Butler gave the Panthers all they could handle with a 21-8 fourth quarter run that had Vaux trailing by one point with 25 seconds left. During the run, Jordan scored 11 points and Butler contributed seven points, five coming from the charity stripe. Panthers 6-foot-2 center B.J. Dudek hit a layup to extend it to 67-64, which set up the final possession.
Vaux sophomore guard Khalif Tinley tried to get a quick two in the lane to fall, but couldn’t get it to go. The Cougars rebounded and kicked it out to Jordan with five seconds on the clock. Jordan took the shot, but it was blocked by Reed and time expired before Vaux could get another shot up.
Despite not seeing action for an entire quarter, Jordan lit up the court with 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals, as well as an incredibly athletic alley oop from an inbound pass that got the crowd pumped up.
Tinley finished the game with 13 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals, while 5-foot-11 guard Karon Snead gave a seven and seven performance with seven points and seven steals while adding three assists.
Cougar sophomore Sam Foreman, who scored eight points and collected three rebounds and two steals, had what looked to be a pretty painful ankle injury when he tried to defend the lane in the third quarter. Foreman immediately came up limping and hobbled over to the Vaux bench before finally collapsing on the court. The injury was not serious, however, as he returned to the game in the fourth quarter.
In what has become a normal sight the past few weeks, Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was in attendance to watch Jordan play. Jordan still lists his final three schools as Temple, St. John’s and UCLA.
Vaux returns to Trenton to play West Windsor/Plainsboro South on Saturday, December 29th for a 3:00PM game.
Roman Catholic rides early run to victory
The Cahillites used a big second quarter run as they took out the West Windsor/Plainsboro South Pirates 79-63.
A 17-4 run, led by Roman Catholic guard Rashann London‘s six points, put the Cahillites up 35-18 and gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
London, along with five assists and three steals, scored a team-high 16 points in an overall effort from Roman Catholic. The Cahillites had four players scored in double-digits, with one more scoring nine points. Along with London, forward Manny Taylor, who left late in the first quarter with an ankle injury but returned, scored 13 points, guard Shep Garner contributed 12 points and guard Matt Simon scored 10 points off of three three-pointers. Guard Traci Carter fell just short of the double-digit mark, scoring nine points while recording six steals, three rebounds and three assists.
The Pirates, led by guard Bryan Rivers and his 20 point, six rebound and three steal performance, put together a 15-5 run in the third quarter. WWPS hit five straight three-pointers, four of them coming from Rivers, to bring the game to 54-45. The deficit would only go down to nine points, as the Cahillites built the lead all the way to 71-49 early in the fourth quarter.
The Cahillites had plenty of three-pointers fall, as they hit nine shots from beyond the arc, six coming from Garner and Simon. The other three cam from guard Seth Chisholm, with two, and London, who had one.
The ball movement that the Cahillites displayed throughout the game opened up the floor, leaving plenty of shots uncontested. As a result, assists were a big part of the win as well; Roman Catholic had 16 assists, five from London and four from Simon. Carter and Garner both added three of their own.
After the opening win, Roman Catholic will go against Princeton Day School on Saturday, December 29th at 7:30PM at Trenton Catholic Academy.