Friends' Central tops Phelps in Villa Classic

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.