Eddie Griffin Challenge: JR Game

PHILADELPHIA – Overtime was needed to settle the score but it was Philadelphia taking home the win the junior game of the 3rd annual Eddie Griffin Challenge.

Event promoter Jim Salmon called it the most competitive game in the history of the three-year Eddie Griffin Challenge. The junior stars from Philadelphia defeated their counterparts from New Jersey 92-91 in overtime.

Paving the way for the winners was Rick Jackson who had his way with the undermanned Jersey boys inside. With Jersey having absolutely no post presence, Jackson took advantage and went to work to the tune of 15 points and a series-high 16 boards.

Frankly, Jersey did well to even get the game into overtime. With stars Corey Stokes and Corey Fisher combining to go 7-for-32 from the field and 3-for-19 from deep, Jersey sent the game into overtime as Stokes stroked a late-game 3-pointer, his only one of the contest.

Jersey was able to get the score knotted at 46 when forward Corey Raji drilled a 3-pointer to end the half. However, the early fireworks were provided courtesy of guard Jeff Jones. On an evening where Jones would go 7-for-9 from the field for 16 points, it was his hot hand that got Philly off to a good start.

"Jeff Jones is clearly a problem today," Salmon echoed form the mic as Jones poured in numerous first half buckets against Jersey.

In between Jones stroking 3s and Jackson working it out inside was the stellar play of Antonio Jardine. "Scoop" could easily have shared in the MVP honors – which went to Jackson – because his floor game as on. He finished with 15 points and 6 assists while making some very big buckets for Philly.

Aside from Raji's work on the glass which yielded 9 rebounds, MVP Jeff Robinson was the team's most consistent threat. Robinson, now a two-time Eddie Griffin Challenge MVP, was burying 3s with confidence in the contest. He scored 16 points to go with 9 rebounds.

LINESCORE

PHILADELPHIA – Josh Martin 8, Chris Edwards 10, Antonio Jardine 15, Lavoy Allen 2, Markieff Morris 13, Marcus Morris 6, Sam Zeglinski 2, Rick Jackson 15, Kyle Griffin 2, Jeff Jones 16.

NEW JERSEY – Corey Chandler 9, Jeff Robinson 16, Idris Hilliard 10, Corey Fisher 12, Terrell McKenzie 5, Corey Raji 17, Miles Beatty 3, Corey Stokes 10, Chris Smith 8.


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