By Pat Leonard
For the Inquirer
Friends’ Central forwards Dominic Morris and Amile Jefferson scored 19 of their 22 combined points in the fourth quarter as the Phoenix defeated Phelps, 61-55, Sunday to open the 3d Annual VILLA Holiday Classic
at St. Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena.
Phelps guard Jahmad Saleem’s 3-pointer with 3:42 remaining tied the game at 46, but Friends’ Central answered with a four-point play. Morris was fouled on a made layup, and Jefferson converted the
put-back on Morris’ missed free throw.
Friends’ Central held the lead thereafter using rebounding and free throws, despite shooting a poor 48 percent from the charity stripe (12 of 25).
The exception was Jefferson, who made 7 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter and finished with a double-double (13 points, 13 rebounds) and six offensive boards.
Morris had nine rebounds, and the Phoenix had three double-digit scorers – Jefferson, Devin Coleman (13) and Travis Robinson.
Terrance Bailey led Phelps with 12 points, and Renier Riddick had ten.