Trailing by double-digits at the break, small forward Shane Clark spearheaded a 23-7 third quarter by the boys from the Main Line as Philadelphia outslugged New Jersey 89-87 in the junior game.
Clark's 12 third quarter points – 16 for the game – don't tell the entire story. It was his energy that really lifted a sluggish Philly team. The Villanova commitment had a major impact on this game and was awarded the MVP for his efforts.
Antoine Brown, a senior playing in the 2005 game because he plans on attending prep school, led the team with 19 points.
As far as high-major prospects go, Philly had a few. Ken Tribbett (left) scored 8 points but he's a sturdy 6-8 prospect with a touch to mid-range and he loves to face the basket. Vernon Goodridge, a Philly Lutheran product, is 6-8 and has some bounce. He had 12 points. Ryan Ayers didn't have his best game shooting the ball from the perimeter but he finished with 11 points and 5 boards.
Over on the Jersey side, Jaron Griffin (right) was the high-point man with 19 and he's certainly one to watch. The 6-6 swingman is versatile and on this occasion he simply made a lot of plays. He's got some perimeter skills, blocked some shots, had a tip dunk was really aggressive. He's out of Manchester High.
Brandon Costner, a potential Top 25 recruit in his class, finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He made some 3s but his mid-range game wasn't there (see chart). However, he worked hard on the glass and remained productive. He did shoot 2-for-5 from downtown and 4-for-4 from the line.
Jersey had all kinds of size. Tyrell Biggs (below) at 6-8 and at least 280 is a load. He had 7 points and 9 rebounds. Around the basket he's tough and is a particularly adept passer. Our first look at Andrew Bynam, the 6-11 center out of St. Joe's Metuchen, yielded just three points but the size is quite impressive. He'll be interesting to follow as the year goes on.
PHILADELPHIA (89)– Antoine Brown 19, Aron Cohen 3, Harris Mansell 4, Devon McClendon 6, Noel Wilmore 9, Ryan Ayers 11, Shane Clark 16, Ken Tribbett 8, Vernon Goodridge 12.
NEW JERSEY (87) – Tyrell Biggs 7, Gerald Inman 9, Brandon Costner 12, Craig Moore 13, Sean McCurdy 8, Jaron Griffin 19, Terrance Grier 2, Andrew Bynam 3, Andrew Pusar 2, Anthony Farmer 11.
GAME NOTES – Tribbett's current school list reads Villanova, Brian Grimes did not participate but was selected and appeared on the roster. …