Josh Verlin (@jmverlin)
(This article is part of CoBL’s coverage of the 53rd annual Donofrio Classic, which features some of the area’s top high school talent.)
Final night of the second round in Conshohocken at the 2013 Donofrio Classic. Some high-major star power showed up for Team Philly in the opening-round matchup against a scrappy Yellow Jackets squad, while two suburban counties battled it out in the second game as Chester County took on the Bucks All-Starts.
Recaps first, then some recruiting notes (including on a certain Vaux point guard) down below.
Game One: A late-arriving Brandon Austin was exactly what Team Philly needed. The Providence-bound senior missed the vast majority of the first half and scored all of his 22 points after intermission to help Team Philly pull away in a 101-77 victory over Yellow Jackets.
Team Philly initially surged out to a 12-point first-half lead thanks to Neumann-Goretti junior Troy Harper, who hit four first-half 3-pointers. Harper would finish with a game-high 23 points, showing off his impressive athleticism with a put-back slam in the second half.
Austin made his first appearance with a minute left in the first half and got rolling as soon as the second period started, scoring the first eight points after Team Philly took just a two-point advantage into halftime. Team Philly opened the second half on a 21-2 run and never let Yellow Jackets within 16 from that point forward.
The Jackets were led by Wissahickson junior Chase Wilson with 22 points and eight rebounds. Hatboro-Horsham senior Zack Quattro finished with 16.
For Team Philly, Haverford School sophomore Sean Lloyd finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks in a strong two-way performance, while Imhotep junior Basil Thompson had nine and 10 rebounds and Trayvond Massenberg had eight points and 12 boards. Vaux senior Rysheed Jordan had an off night, finishing with nine points of his own.
Team Philly will face Del-Val VC on Thursday in the quarterfinals at 7pm.
Game Two: Chester County raced out to a double-digit lead and withstood every run from the Bucks All-Stars in a 105-93 win. Octorara senior Maurice Bowers led all scorers with 27 points in an up-and-down affair that entertained all those who stuck around for the nightcap.
The Bucks All-Stars certainly had plenty of star power on the roster. Point guard Nick Linder, a senior at Germantown Academy headed to Lafayette College in the fall, had a team-high 21 points. Council Rock North junior Rip Engel added 19, Paulsboro (N.J.) senior Xavier Lundy had 11 points and 2015 stud forward Tim Delaney added nine and six boards.
The lead was as high as 26 points in the first half for Chester County, who led 58-38 at the break. Berks cut that gapt to 11 shortly after halftime, and got within three at 79-76 but no closer. Chester responded to that challenge with a 8-0 run and maintained that cushion for the rest of the contest, moving on to a semifinal on Thursday night against the N.J. Roadrunners.
Six members of Chester County were in double figures. Bowers was joined by Delaware signee Devonne Pinkard and Coatesville senior Leroy Hoggard with 15 each; Berks Catholic forward Nana Foulland added 14, Coatesville’s Howard Sellers had 12 and Church Farm’s Aondofa Anyam had 10.
The two teams hit 11 3-pointers each.
–Rysheed Jordan is announcing his college decision on Thursday, and told CoBL tonight that he hadn’t yet decided exactly how he’s going to make the decision. He says he knows which school he’s going to and that he made his decision up last week; the 6-foot-4 point guard has been deciding between Temple, St. John’s and UCLA for several months.
–Vaux is closing, meaning players like 6-1 sophomore guard Sam Foreman and 6-8 junior forward Trayvond Massenberg have to find new teams for 2013-14. Both told CoBL on Tuesday that their plans hadn’t been settled yet; Foreman said he was hoping to know by the middle of May and Massenberg said he would know in “a couple of weeks.”
–Spoke to Eric Stafford, a junior from Pitman (N.J.) who’s playing on the Jersey Shore Warriors’ 17U squad that played on Saturday at the Team Final Scrimmages. At 6-foot-5 and 155 pounds, Stafford acknowledged his number one priority is to put on some muscle; he hopes to be around 165 by the end of the school year in June. The guard already has an offer from Binghamton and interest from all over the Ivy League and Patriot League, including Lafayette, Colgate, Princeton, Brown, Holy Cross and Penn. A good 3-point shooter, Stafford also does a good job of playing point in the half-court and could be a true combo guard in the right fit at the next level.