The 7th Annual Eddie Griffin Challenge once again featured the top NJ players against their counterparts from Philadelphia. There were three games held at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania. The day started in the late afternoon with the Sophomore Game, followed by the Junior Game and finishing up with the Senior Game.
NJ squads got some revenge from last season, rebounding from a Philadelphia sweep a year ago, to win the final two out of three games.
In the opening game Philly responded from a 20-12 deficit after one period to go up 41-31 at halftime. They held on for a 80-71 win. 6-foot-1 Kyree Wooten led the balanced Philly attack with 15 points, 8 in the fourth quarter. 6-foot-2 Tariq Carey of Newark Eastside paced NJ with 12 points, 7 in the final quarter.
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In the junior contest, New Jersey pulled away in the second half for a 99-87 victory. 6-foot-2 Texas bound St. Benedict's Jr. Myck Kabongo led the winners with 20 points. He tallied 8 points and 3 of his 4 assists in the last quarter. 6-foot-1 Pittsburgh bound Girard College HS star John Johnson led Philly with 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Kabongo and Johnson are two of the fastest players you will find with the ball in their hands.
In the finale, NJ held off Philly for a 109-100 win. 6-foot-2 St. Patrick's Sr. Kyrie Irving fresh off his announcement to Duke on Thursday night on national television showed why he is one of the best players in the country. Irving finished with 19 points and 11 assists. The 11 assist number was double what any other player had on the day.
6-foot-6 Seton Hall bound Fuquan Edwin of Paterson Catholic was high for NJ with 22 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. 6-foot-1 Virginia Tech bound Bartram HS combo guard Tyrone Garland scored 10 of his team high 17 points in the fourth quarter.
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