2016 Boardwalk Showcase Live Blog

Former St. Anthony Friar Taurean Thompson put on a show in last year's Boardwalk Showcase, who will this year?

Former St. Anthony Friar Taurean Thompson put on a show in last year’s Boardwalk Showcase, who will this year?

January 9th– The first showcase of the new year is upon us. We’re at Long Branch High School in Long Branch, NJ for the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase. Five games on slate today, featuring some of the best teams in the Jersey Shore. Four of the Top 20 teams in the state, headlined by national powerhouse St. Anthony. Let’s get going!

8:14 pm

And that’s a wrap! Long Branch hangs on to top SJV in the finale. And the Boardwalk Showcase has come to an end. Thank you to everyone who made this a tremendous day of basketball at the Jersey Shore!

7:51 pm
Tied again. Grant Goode sinks two free throws and we are tied at 37 with 6 minutes to play. This has the makings for a classic.

7:36 pm
Long Branch started hot, but SJV climbed back in it. Zach Howarth ties it up to start the second half

7:15 pm
Long Branch student section showing their support for the Green Waves

6:51 pm
We’re coming down the home stretch! St. John Vianney and Long Branch tipping off now.

6:44 pm
St. Anthony crusies to the win. Easy to see why so many consider them the #1 team in the state. FDU commit Kaleb Bishop wins game MVP in what was a balanced effort by the Friars….and then gets the congratulations from his teammates

6:15 pm

So many big names for St. Anthony, but they have such a balance on offense. No one guy dominates the books. A true team

5:51 pm

Gym is PACKED for this game.

5:38 pm
Got to love the toughness that St. Anthony brings. 6’1 guard Shyquan Gibbs is guarding 6’8 Pat Andree. NJIT bound senior does not give an inch –@TheHoopGroup

5:15 pm
Next game is the prime time match up: Christian Brothers Academy vs St. Anthony. St Anthony has 6 college commits, including Georgetown bound Jagan Mosely. The Colts of CBA are led by Lehigh commit Pat Andree who has been on a tear of late, scoring 30+ in his last five games. Can CBA pull the upset?

2015 NCAA Signing Day: Coach Hurley is with former campers Jagan Mosely (Georgetown), Kaleb Bishop (FDU), Shyquan Gibbs (NJIT), and Jaleel Lord (Merrimack) who all signed their NLI in November.

2015 NCAA Signing Day: Coach Hurley is with former campers Jagan Mosely (Georgetown), Kaleb Bishop (FDU), Shyquan Gibbs (NJIT), and Jaleel Lord (Merrimack) who all signed their NLI in November.

5:06 pm
The Warriors of Manasquan remain undefeated with a come from behind win over Point Beach. Devin Jensen finishes with 19 points for MVP honors. For Point Beach, Michael Rice was the MVP, stuffing the stat sheet with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

4:57 pm
Manasquan is leaving the door open with some missed free throws. Great finish here at Long Branch

5:06 pm
The Warriors of Manasquan remain undefeated with a come from behind win over Point Pleasant Beach. Devin Jensen is MVP with 19 points. For Point Beach, Michael Rice was MVP with a full stat line: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assits

4:26 pm
Brothers Devin an Ryan Jensen have combined for 16 for Manasquan’s 25 points so far in this game. Squan trails Point Beach 34-25 in the third quarter

4:13 pm

4:04 pm

Not many players in the Shore play harder than Ryan Jensen (Manasquan ’16). Senior is 6’4, but rebounds like he’s 6’8. Tremendous motor –@TheHoopGroup

3:51 pm
Jimmy Panzini is one of the best seniors still available in NJ.

3:31 pm
Game 3 today is Point Pleasant Beach versus Manasquan. The Warriors of Manasquan are off to a hot start this season, thanks in part to some senior leadership with Ryan Jensen (TCNJ) and Jack Sheehan, both of which have junior brothers on the team. Point Beach will look to their senior guards Michael Rice (Franklin & Marshall) and Jimmy Panzini to stop the streaking Warriors

3:24 pm
Rumson completes the upset. Takes down Gill St. Bernard’s. Brendan Barry wins his second Boardwalk MVP in as many years. Adam Mitola is MVP for GSB

3:05 pm
Lot of young talent on Gill. They will be a very good high school team in NJ for a few years. Alex Schachne is just one piece to the puzzle

2:54 pm
Brendan Barry has a knack for making plays at the Boardwalk Showcase

2:40 pm
Mickey Schluter buries a three and Rumson extends their lead to 16 over Gill St. Bernard’s. The Bull dogs are hot from the outside.

2:17 pm
Excellent play on the court, and a few celebrations on the sidelines has Rumson on top

2:08 pm
Great crowd on hand for game 2, and there’s still three more left today!IMG_8109

1:59 pm

Offense hard to come by after one quarter. Rumson with a 1 point lead, thanks to Barry

1:38 pm

Game 2 should be another great game. Gill St. Bernard’s has a lot of young talent, and are led by seniors Adam Mitola (George Washington) and Julius Stoma, who recently picked up and offer from St. Francis. Rumson has a great scorer in Brendan Barry, who holds the record for points scored in a game at the Boardwalk Showcase. He scored 34 last year. Can he do it again?

1:26 pm

One game down here at Long Branch. Congrats to Mater Dei on another win.

1:16 pm

This game has turned into dunk city for Mater Dei. Elijah Barnes has about 5, Kyle Elliot has a couple, and Joshua Green has one, too. 20 point lead for the Seraphs-@TheHoopGroup

1:07 pm

Check out Elijah Barnes’s first half dunks. Lot of athleticism from the 6’7 junior!

1:04 pm
Mater Dei is beginning to extend their lead. More dunks by Barnes, Kyle Elliot leads the way with 16

12:37 pm

12:31 pm

When your offense is struggling, you need to rely on your defense to keep you in it, that’s exactly what Mater Dei is doing today.

12:21 pm

After one, it’s been tight

12:13 pm

Great exchange between our players to watch: Barnes with a huge slam down the lane, and Brown answers with a three for Neptune. Brown has 7 of Neptune’s 11 points

11:54 am

Good group of media on hand, including Shore Sports Zone, NJ Hoops, Shore Sports Network, Asbury Park Press, MSG Varsity, and more!

11:48 am

First game on tap is between the Scarlett Fliers of Neptune and the Mater Dei Seraphs. Neptune features Barry Brown, last year’s Boardwalk MVP, and a young core. Mater Dei is having great success this season, ranking second in the Shore. They will look to Elijah Barnes to have a big day.

Tiny Green’s Girls Fall League Thoughts and Predictions

October 21st– Tiny Green is back with his weekly picks of the Girls Shore League. Can he rebound from a rough 4-4 record last week? “I’m expecting I’m going to go 8-0 this week.”


Notre Dame vs. Neptune: Notre Dame

“Notre Dame in this one…..unless Desi Allen goes off”

Red Bank Catholic vs Holmdel: Red Bank Catholic

“Red Bank….too many horses”

Monroe vs Brick Memorial: Monroe

“I’m riding the non-shore team two weeks in a row!”

Barnegat vs. Central Regional: Central Regional

“I’m sticking with the Bill Parcells of the Shore..”

Manchester vs. Monmouth Regional: Manchester

“They’re undefeated and it’s going to stay that way!”

Howell vs. Middletown-North: Middletown North

“Wow…Middletown North, making me look good”

Marlboro vs. Donovan Catholic: Donovan Catholic

“WOW what a game! Donovan Catholic wins this goodie”

Rumson vs. Manasquan: Manasquan

“Tell me the last time a Mabrey lost two games in a row?”


Last Week:

October 13th– Ryan Finch sits down with Tiny Green to talk about the Hoop Group Headquarters Girls Fall League. Hear Tiny’s thoughts and who he thinks will win tomorrow night’s games!

Tiny’s Week 5 Record: 4-4

Tune in next week’s for more of Tiny’s picks! And check out the Fall League schedule here.



ShoreShots Showdown: LIVE Blog


Today’s showcase features a talented collection of 6th-12th grad teams in tournament style play here at the Hoop Group Headquarters. 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th graders are competing for the best record and the top two teams will face off in a championship game matchup tomorrow afternoon. 8th grade teams have their own bracket while the Varsity league bracket features upperclassmen teams. Be sure to follow the LIVE Blog for all updates from today’s action (Note that different teams have varying age groups.)

11:40 p.m.- In the first batch of games Heat dominated All Sports by a final score of 72-12 while Hoop Dream edged Ashbury Park 52-22. In the final contest of the opening round games Howell downed NJ Hoops 53-21.

2:15 p.m.– The second round of contests completed with wire-to-wire finish between the NJ Crusaders and the JS Riptide. In the end, the Riptide knocked down a clutch free throw in double overtime to ice the game. Shane Gaudio had an impressive performance for the Riptide as he finished with a game-high 23 points. Timothy Algenio had a stellar outing as well leading the Crusaders with 17 points. Finals score from second round action: Shoreshots 64 Firm A.C. 18, Quincy Douby Elite 62 Firm A.C. 38, Bounce 72 Gym Rats 26

3:15 p.m.– Here are some additional scores from today’s play: Shoreshots 60 Wayne PAL 45 in Varsity play, Hoopgroup (fill-in team) 63 Wayne PAL 48. The NJ Crusaders handled the Central Jersey Hawks 67-48 behind 16 points poured in by Douglas Gertner.

4:30 p.m.– It was quite the entertaining matchup between Wayne PAL and Firm A.C in the varsity division. Ultimately Wayne finished on top 72-61 behind 13 points put in by Joe Sherwood. Lamont Tyman did most of the damage for Firm as he finished with 24 points. Other scores:  Hoop Dreams 42 All Sport 25, Hoop Dreams 2 52, Ashbury 22, NJ Playaz 43 Hilltopper Heat 29.

5:45 p.m.- Hilltopper Heat ousted Howell 49-38 due in large part by the performance of Jabre Lateef who compiled 16 points in the win. JS Riptide cruised pass Wayne PAL 52-45 behind another double-figure outing by Shane Gaudio who finished with 18 points. NJ ShoreShots picked up 58-47 win over NJ Crusaders. Timothy Algenio finished with 24 points for the Crusaders.

7:15 p.m.Hill Heat 58 Gym Rats24, Hoop Group (fill-in team) 29 Firm A.C. 33, Bounce 55 Playaz 51

8:45 p.m.- In the final set of games Firm A.C. snagged a win over Hoop Group (fill-in) 62-54 while Quincy Douby Elite edged Hoop Group (fill-in) 52-34. Tomorrow afternoon Shoreshots will face the Gym Rats at 12:35p.m.  for the ShoreShots Showdown Championship game. #BeElite

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