PIAA basketball roundup: Vaux cruises to Class A boys title
HERSHEY — Vaux poured in 47 second-half points and limited Johnsonburg to nine field goals over the game's final 16 minutes to claim a comfortable 83-63 victory in the PIAA Class A boys basketball championship game Friday at the Giant Center.
Rysheed Jordan, a senior who has narrowed his final three schools to St. John's, UCLA and Temple, poured in 32 points to pace Vaux (24-8).
The 6-foot-4 guard also had six rebounds, four assists, five steals and shot 14 of 20 from the floor.
Johnsonburg (30-3) came in as heavy underdogs to the Philadelphia city school that is scheduled to close after this year.
But thanks to some sharp shooting, coupled with deep foul trouble for the Cougars, Johnsonburg snared a 37-36 halftime lead by scoring 12 of the final 14 points prior to intermission.
Class AAA boys
Brandon Austin scored 25 points and Imhotep Charter built a 10-point lead before holding off a late rally to claim its third straight PIAA title with a 54-45 victory Friday night over Archbishop Carroll.
The lean, 6-foot-7 Austin's quickness proved too tough a matchup for the Patriots in the Class AAA final between two Philadelphia heavyweights.
Still, the Patriots drew to within five with about 1:36 left after Derrick Jones hit 1 of 2 from the foul line.
But Austin's two free throws with 28 seconds left gave the Panthers (28-5) an insurmountable nine-point advantage that had their fans celebrating in the Giant Center stands.
Imhotep Charter took its first Class AAA crown after moving up a division this season. Jones finished with 13 points for Archbishop Carroll (23-7).
Class AAAA girls
Spring-Ford used a balanced scoring attack and broke open a tight game with an 11-4 run to open the second half to claim its first PIAA Class AAAA girls basketball championship Friday night in a 60-45 win over Cumberland Valley.
Brittany Moore, Sammy Stipa and Sammi Haas each finished with 11 points to pace Spring-Ford (32-2).
Jackie Falconer led all scorers with 18 points for the Eagles (26-7), who drew a large, loud following from nearby hometown Mechanicsburg.