Buzzer Beater Classic Day 1 Top Performers

Two words were used often yesterday here in Neptune: buzzer beater and overtime. We saw dozens of games need extra time or the very last second before a winner was announced. While Saturday was a tremendous day for many teams, it was also a great day for a few individuals. Here’s our list of guys that went above and beyond yesterday.

Patrick McLamore (Aquinas High School ’15)
McLamore was very impressive yesterday. He was the centerpiece to Monroe County All-Star’s offense. At 5’9, McLamore is a quick and shifty guard who can shoot the ball very, very well. He was hitting threes both off the dribble and catch and shoot. In transition he put his head down and got himself to the rim.

Ian Helps (Greater New York Academy ’15)
Another person who was the focal point of a team’s offense, Helps did it all for the NY Minutemen. He is about 6’5 and has potential to be a double-double machine. In the Minutemen’s first round win, he converted an old fashioned three point play with less than 5 seconds to go to advance his team. He followed that up with a double-double performance in his teams loss to Team Price.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep ’16)
16U Roadrunner Brandon Anderson was a no brainer to make the list of top performers. He had a great day yesterday and capped it off with a 21 point performance against Burlington IBSA to move his team on to the Final Four. In that game Anderson scored in every which way. He sank 3 three pointers and got to the rim both in transition and in the half court.

Tahj Eaddy (Coastal Academy ’15)
Coming into yesterday, if you did not know Tahj Eaddy was a shooter, you do now. USAD had came into Buzzer Beater firing on all cylinders offensively, scoring 81 and 61 in their first two games. Well, when Tahj Eaddy is knocking down threes at the rate he was it’s easy to score so many points. What made Eaddy different from the other shooters on the list is he’ll shoot it when you’re guarding him. If your hand isn’t up, the shot’s going up, and most likely in. He is the definition of “hand down, man down.”

James Fives (The Hill School ’15)
JB Hoops made it to a second straight Final Four in a Hoop Group event and James Fives is a big reason why. Fives had 16 and 18 points in Hoops’ two games yesterday. While Tim Rose was the hero at the end of their Elite Eight match against the Paterson Playaz, Fives was a big part of why they were in the game. He got fouled on a three point attempt and calmly knocked down all three free throws to pull his team within one. The next possession he got fouled again and made two more to give them a lead late. Aside from his scoring ability, Fives also showed a great vision and passing ability.

Jonathan Lawton (Friends Central School ’15)
Lawton is a very good guard for both his AAU team (Team FOE) and his high school team (Friends Central School). His was a big reason why Team FOE made it to the Elite Eight. In the Sweet 16 against the Bay State Jaguars and up three, he jumped the passing lane on an inbound pass and got a steal for an easy lay up to seal the game. In the Elite Eight he put up 16 points in a losing effort to New Heights.

Tariq Baker (St Anthony ’15)
Baker caught fire early in NJ Got Game’s first contest. He knocked down five three pointers in the first half against the NJ Roadrunners. Baker showed that you cannot give him an open look because if he makes one, chances are that won’t be the last one he makes. A lot of guys proved to be shooters yesterday, Baker was one of the top ones.

William Rayman (The Millbrook School ’15)
Stamford Peace is in the Final Four of the 17U Turnpike Division and Rayman is a big reason why. He had one of the best scoring performances of Saturday, tallying 26 points in a Elight Eight win over a hot Force 1. Rayman scored every which way for Stamford. He got to the line and sank five free throws, stepped back and nailed tree treys and then made a living attacking the paint. Watching him play was a great way to cap off a great day.

These are a few guys who we thought had big time Saturday’s, but we’re not the only ones. See what some college coaches who were in attendance had to say. Don’t forget to follow all the action on Sunday as we go through our Final Fours by going to our live blog. Should be another fantastic day of basketball.

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