When it comes to basketball, Philadelphia and New York have had some classic battles over the years. Well, there will be another one when these two cities face each other on Sunday, January 1, New Year’s Day in the fifth annual VILLA Classic, which showcases the top high school basketball teams from both cities. The games will be played at two local venues.
The tip-off will begin at Ben Franklin High School, 550 North Broad Street. The first game features Constitution High against Cardozo from New York City at noon. The second game will be Imhotep Charter and South Shore from New York at 3:45 p.m. Vaux will battle Boys and Girls High from New York immediately following the second contest.
After that, the high school basketball action will shift to Widener University, East 17th Street and Melrose Avenue in Chester for two games. Friends’ Central will play Wings Academy from New York at 6 p.m. In the final contest, Chester High will face Christ the King from New York at 7:45 p.m.
Fans will have an opportunity to see some of the best scholastic players from both cities. Constitution High has three outstanding players in 6-foot-6 senior Savon Goodman and 6-foot-2 senior Daiquan Walker. Imhotep Charter won the Public League and PIAA state championship last year. Imhotep’s key players are 6-foot-2 senior Khyree Wooten and 6-foot-6 junior Brandon Austin.
Vaux also has a terrific young player in 6-foot-4 junior Rysheed Jordan who has a lot of talent. Amille Jefferson is regarded as one of the top 24 high school players in the country. Jefferson, a 6-foot-8 senior, plays for Friends’ Central. Rondae Jefferson is a major player for Chester High. Jefferson, a 6-foot-5 junior swingman, led the Clippers to the PIAA Class AAAA state title last season. Jefferson’s older brother Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson plays basketball for Temple.
Omar King is a terrific player for Christ the King. He should be a player to watch in this great rivalry.