Older brother defeats little bro for Philadelphia city hoops title

Cameron Smith
Brothers Jordan Burney (left) and Terrence Brown faced each other in a Philadelphia city championship -- MySpace

In this sibling rivalry, little brother may have won the battle, but big bro won the war.

Philadelphia (Pa.) Communications Tech High senior forward Terrence Brown totaled 19 points and six rebounds in a 70-60 Philadelphia Class AA City Title victory against Levittown (Pa.) Conwell-Egan Catholic High, which features Brown's younger brother Jordan Burney.

"I've been in games with a lot more pressure," Burney told the Philadelphia Daily News in a feature on the siblings. "But this was a game against my older brother, and I might never get that chance again. So, I was feeling excited."

The two brothers reportedly didn't speak during the game, even when they lined up next to each other during a pair of free throws.

Communications Tech senior Terrence Brown dunks against Conwell-Egan — Philadelphia Daily News

"We had that agreement -- no talking," Brown told the paper. "We'd do our talking after the game."

While Brown's MVP performance did some talking for him, Burney got the better of his older brother in a 1-on-1 matchup. With Brown defending, the sophomore backup guard unleashed a vicious crossover to blow by his bro and earn a trip to the charity stripe.

"I knew what he was thinking, that I was gonna go to my right," Burney told the Daily News. "So, I started that way. He fell for it. I finished it."

Last season, Brown and Burney teamed with a third brother, Cheyney University freshman forward Chris Burney, to capture the Philly city championship, but when Conwell-Egan offered Jordan Burney a chance to transfer, he took it. During the week, Burney lives with a host family in Bensalem, near his new school, but the two brothers still live together on the weekends, according to the Daily News feature.

"I didn't want him to do it, especially since this was going to be our last season together," Brown told the paper. "But I understood why he did it -- better academics; help for his future -- and I supported his decision. We talk on the phone every day. The environment's different up there, and he's still getting used to it. But he likes it.

"I had my chance to go to Egan, too. Couldn't do it, though. I've been at Comm Tech from ninth grade on up. I love this place and I love coach 'Bies' (Lou Biester). I would have felt bad about leaving everybody behind."

Ouch. Sounds like this sibling rivalry isn't settled yet.

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