ROBERTS VAUX 68, CHURCH FARM 64
With St. John's boss Steve Lavin watching from behind the Roberts Vaux bench, Rysheed Jordan opted to be more of a facilitator than a scorer.
"He was playing off us more than anything," Cougars senior swingman Lester Mattox said. "That's nothing new. He does that all the time."
With the 6-foot-4 senior phenom looking for Mattox and others, Vaux fought past Church Farm, 68-64, Friday night in a PIAA Class A boys' quarterfinal playoff at La Salle High.
Jordan, who is also considering Temple and UCLA, settled for nine points. His first field-goal try in the second half came with 5 minutes, 40 seconds to play.
"He's a patient player," Church Farm coach Marc Turner said. "He understood we weren't going to give him the driving lanes. He did a what a great guard does, which is look for the open guy."
Amir Butler, a 6-2, 200-pound senior forward, paced the Cougars (22-8) with 17 points. Mattox drained four first-half three-pointers en route to 14 points.
"At the beginning of the year, I was making a lot of threes," Mattox said. "Before this, I was in a slump. My shot is starting to fall again."
Tuesday, at a neutral site and time to be determined, Vaux will clash with Math, Civics and Sciences in a semifinal. The Mighty Elephants played poorly but eliminated Sankofa Freedom Academy, 71-59, in the first game at La Salle.
Vaux, ranked No. 5 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, and No. 6 MC&S split meetings earler this season. The winner of the rubber match will punch a ticket to Hershey.
"I'm anxious for the rematch," Butler said. "We just have to play hard and do the things we did last time." The Cougars prevailed, 62-61, last month in the Public League Class A championship game.
Against Church Farm, Vaux led by as many as 17 in the first half and was in front, 41-25, at the break. Mattox nailed four threes in the first 11 minutes.
Junior guard Tyler Ofray paced the Griffins with 17 points, including four bombs. Mlynue Reeves, a 6-7 senior forward, was next in line with 10.
In the fourth quarter, Butler's layup upped the lead to 55-41. Church Farm (24-7) answered with a 10-2 run that included a pair of threes from Ofray.
Roberts Vaux 14 27 8 19-68
Church Farm 15 10 13 26-64
V: Rysheed Jordan 9, Amir Butler 17, Trayvond Massenberg 9, Lester Mattox 14, Sammy Foreman 7, Karon Snead 6, Daron Johnson 6.
CF: Aondofa Anyam 2, Michael Mohamed 5, Larry Cermak 10, Jan Bohm 6, Joey Shelton 3, Tyler Ofray 17, John Rodriguez 8, Mlynue Reeves 13.