Griffin Challenge: 2007 Game

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey, led by a white hot Corey Chandler, out slugged Philly 94-87 in the senior game at the Eddie Griffin Challenge. Chandler's 21 4th quarter points in a one-on-one duel with "Scoop Jardine" provided the game's biggest highlight package.

Corey Chandler,'s No. 85 senior, saved the best for last.

In the final game, of the final quarter at the 4th annual Eddie Griffin Challenge, Chandler erupted. The Rutgers-bound guard scored 21 points to push his Jersey squad past Philadelphia 94-87 giving the boys from the Garden State a 2-1 series win.

Frankly, until Chandler and Antonio Jardine butted heads in the second half, the senior game was a sleeper. Chandler and Jardine set out to wake up the crowd and when the dust settled Chandler took center stage.

The guard buried a trio of triples over Jardine to finish with an event-high 29 points. When he wasn't scorching it from deep in the second half, Chandler was getting bumped on his way to the basket and either scored or got himself to the line.

Jardine led the Philly contingent with 17 points and he and Chandler notched MVP honors for their respective clubs.

Before Chandler and "Scoop" got it on, Corey Stokes and Bradley Wannamaker exchanged some not-so-subtle, "I'll see you in the Big East next year" jabs. Stokes, playing on his home court, drilled a 3-pointer well past NBA range for his nightly highlight. He was second on the team with 14 points. Wannamaker, who couldn't get on track after a solid first half, finished with 14 of his own.

Terrence Roderick
Aside from the guard play from the big name prospect, Terrence Roderick had his moments before fouling out with 7 minutes to play. A high-major athlete with a skill package, if he can tighten up his academics and cut out some of the tendencies he has to make the highlight reel play, he could find himself a hot spring commodity.

In fact, Roderick is hearing from Nebraska, Southern Cal, Florida State, Providence, Tennessee and LaSalle. He's got that kind of talent and is prepping at Rise Academy. He played last season at Allentown (Penn.) Allen High.

Idris Hilliard didn't have a big numbers game – he's not an all-star game kind of guy – but from last year to the present his body seems more fluid. He's going to be a good one at St. Joe's. … Keenan Ellis is still hampered by an injury. … George Washington will be happy a year from now with Jabari Edwards on campus. Blessed with a big wingspan he picked the proper level and a place where he can enjoy a solid career. …


NEW JERSEY – Corey Chandler 29, Chris Smith 11, Idris Hilliard 5, Jeff Robinson 3, Corey Stokes 14, Anthony Nelson 14, Corey Raji 4, Rashon Dwight 2, Jabari Edwards 6, Alexis Wangmene 6.

PHILADELPHIA – Brian Wannamaker 8, Scoop Jardine 17, Khalif Foster 4, Bradley Wannamaker 14, Lavoy Allen 6, Rick Jackson 10, Chris Edwards 8, Terrence Roderick 13, Keenan Ellis 7, Eugene Paul 2.

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