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Sunday | July 23rd

4:12 PM

4:06 PM

SBA ELITE BEATS MIDDLESEX MAGIC 47-46

4:06 PM

Middlesex Magic with the ball under the basket. Having trouble getting it into play and SBA intercepts a pass to Shaughnessy in the corner.

4:05 PM

SBA Elite makes a nice move under the basket and finishes to put them up 1 with seconds to play

4:05 PM

Middlesex Magic playing keep away drained 30 + seconds off the clock. Still lead by 1 in the championship game of the 17u Platinum Division.

4:04 PM

William Yarbrough with a big 15 footer from the right elbow to pull SBA Elite within 1 (46-45) with 1 minute to go in the game

3:58 PM

Mark Natiello is having himself a GAME for SBA Elite. One of the main reasons SBA has been about to stay in it trailing by 3 with 2.22 to play

3:54 PM

On Court 1, Bryce Daley with a beautiful finger roll finish over a defender plus the foul, pushes Middlesex Magic lead to 4 with 4.47 to go in the game

3:51 PM

Black Bear North and DapzKK battling hard, Jacob Godfrey #8 with a nice reverse layup over the arms of a defender. Tied game with 10.00 left on the clock

3:34 PM 

Natiello with ANOTHER basket from three point land putting SBA Elite up 26-22 at the half

3:30 PM

Mark  Natiello hits a three to put SBA Elite up 22-20 with 2.50 left to play in the first half

3:24 PM

Mark Natiello (#25) for SBA Elite is really putting his team on his back and goes on a 6 point streak himself

3:16 PM

SBA Elite is competing with presumably the best team in the bracket. Score 11-15

3:15 PM

Game underway for the 17U Platinum between Middlesex Magic and SBA Elite , already an intense game displaying each teams strengths

3:01 PM

2:47 PM

David Duda with a 3 to answer Oh NOVA #15 Rodericks

1:27 PM

12:35 PM

On Court 3, Maryland Elite is lead Franklin Force by with 12:30 to go in the game. Sean Yoder with a big 3 in the coner to push the lead to 4 points. East Coast Power leading 42 -38

2:31 PM

David Duda with a 3 at the buzzer to end the first half putting his team within 1. Duda has been strong from the perimeter all weekend.

2:25 PM

East Coast Power getting Multiple opportunities to score

2:25 PM

With 3 mins remaining in the first half, Oh NOVA leads East Coast Power 30-24

2:15 PM

East Coast Power looks to rely on their hot perimeter shooting in lefty #2 David Duda and strong combo guard #5

2:03 PM

East Coast Power and Oh NOVA about to play on court 1. both teams look evenly matched u

1:58 PM

DAP2kk trying to seal the deal on the free throw line with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Leads 71-66

1:58 PM

DAP2kk trying to seal the deal on the free throw line with 27 seconds remaining in the game. Leads 71-66

1:50 PM

BBN trying to run sometime off the clock and escape the defensive pressure

1:40 PM

BBN Elite leads House of Hoops by 5 pts with a little more than two mins to go

12:52 PM

12:50PM

THOMAS SHAUGHNESSY SPINS OFF A PICK FOR THREE TO END THE GAME!! Middlesex Magic advances to the finals against SBA

12:45 PM

Adam Freese down with 21 seconds to go after some contact under the basket

12:42 PM

Antonio Rizzuto with a TOUGH finish plus the foul. Knocks down a free-throw to make it a tied game 72 all

12:39 PM

Middlesex Magic leads by 2 points with 3 mins remaining

12:30 PM

Back to Back 3’s by Melik Martin and Adam Freese bring York Ballers back within a 4 point game with 6.56 to play. Environment feels more like a final game with people crowding the court.

12:16 PM

At halftime on court 1, Middlesex Magic leads York Ballers 41-36 Antonio Rizzuto and Tyler Shaughnessy trading baskets back and forth

12:11 PM

12:05 PM

SBA Elite vs Crown is an 11 point game with 10 remaining. Crown trying to handle the speed of Alex Schachne and company.

11:43 AM

East Coast Power Basketball wins 73-59 here on Court 1!

11:34 AM

60-53 ECPB with 2 minutes left on the clock.

11:28 AM

6th Man Warriors are battling back here on Court 1! Down 5 with under 6 remaining!

11:18 PM

https://twitter.com/CoachMC42/status/889323742928793600

11:02 AM

East Coast Power is ahead 36-27 at the halfway point. 6th man continues to try to battle back with the perimeter shot, but can’t answer the ECPB counter attack. More exciting basketball coming your way!

10:43 AM

6th Man Warriors vs East Coast Power Basketball here on Court 1. East Coast Power is up 7 with under 5 in the 1st half.

10:18 AM 

Antonio Rizzuto is at it again. Lockup up his defender on the drive and taking it to the rack on the fast break. Rizzuto is bigtime here folks.

 10:00 AM

New Heights loses to Crown Athletics 85-66 here on Court 3. THIS.IS.SUMMER JAM.

9:45 AM

Bridge City Ballers vs York Ballers on Court 1 is a nail bitter early. York Ballers up 10 with under 3 minutes remaining!

9:25 AM

Good Morning PA! Today is championship Sunday. Make sure you get to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex ASAP to catch the last set of our summer Jam games!

9:06 AM

Saturday, July 22nd

10:40 PM

https://twitter.com/jeanette0878/status/888952047382519809

9:00 PM

SBA Elite vs NJ ShoreShots in a battle of the tri-state powerhouses. Catch it live on  Court 1!

8:45 PM

New Heights win by 30 in a game that seemed so much closer. Moses and company move on to the next round as no team has been able to stop the big man.

8:35 PM

Castle Athletics  win in high fashion! 61-50 is he final in a thriller on court 5.

8:15 PM

Castle Athletics the 5 point lead with a little under 7 remaining. Shoreshots keeping it close here on Court 5

7:55 PM

Moses Brown and Precious Achiuwa are getting ready to play against SJ Hoops Elite here on Court 1. Big crowd for the #1 big in the country.

7:28 PM

Robert Beran #5 of Team Richmond Garner Road is a tall and long big who is not afraid to get down in the pain, draw contact and uses his wingspan to get tips. Do not sit on him behind the arc, he can pull up and hit the three. Only 2019 on the roster.

6:59 PM

Low scoring but tight game between Team Richmond Garner Road 17 Elite and NY Jayhawks 17 – 11 with 3.14 to play in the first

6:50 PM

Sam Many (#32), top scorer of the 5:20 pm game set with 37 pts for Global Squad

6:40 PM

2019 NY Jayhawks big man#31 Chrisopher Ledlum doing some dirty work. Crashing the boards and getting rewarded with strong rebounds.

6:19 PM

Melik Martin finishes with 18 points in its victory over NJ Roadrunners

https://twitter.com/Point3Hoops/status/888916173940809728

6:03 PM

Global Squad Denmark has shown they belong here with the big dogs.  The European squad has been hitting mid range jumpers very efficiently today.

5:34 PM

Castle vs the 6th man warriors on court 19. Malachi de Sousa looking to continue his dominate play against a gritty program. Get there ASAP!

5:00 PM

Brad Bundscuh of SBA Elite has shown he’s able to bang downlow against  tough competition.

4:30 PM

NY Gauchos and Team Silk are underway here on Court 2. Emmanuel Umoffia has the footwork downlow but can he show he can stretch the floor? Find out next here at Summer Jam!

4:05 PM

4:05 PM

SBA Elite vs NY Lightning here on Court 1. Huge matchup with numerous college players coming up soon.

3:20 PM

Hoyas and New Heights drawing a crowd to court 1!

3:12 PM

Hoyas vs New Heights on Court 1. Bigtime matchup here halfway through Day 1.

2:52 PM

Noah Kamba has done a phenomenal job breaking the press today.

2:38 PM

SKATES!!

2:02 PM

Malok Majak is a very interesting prospect here. At 6-7, the class of 2020 SF has been dominate today. With already two dunks in this game alone, Majak is looking to follow his brothers footsteps and pickup some big time offers this weekend.

1:37 PM

Aaron Gao of the NJ Roadrunners was the floor general today as his confidence was strong. Gao is a Sneaky passer with the ability to score on the perimeter and slash to the basket.

1:20 PM

https://twitter.com/thehoopgroup/status/888810203021533184

Malachi De Sousa highlights! #SummerJam #BeElite

1:11 PM

This is the Rizzuto show here on Court 1.. The perimeter sniper has been elite today. The York Ballers have been put on the Division 1 Map here at Summer Jam.

12:45PM 

Global squad Denmark and The York Ballees are getting ready to start up here on Court 1.

11:50 AM

Rens vs PK Flash 17u is a great game going into the half . Rens  are up 26-25 on Court 1.

11:20 AM 

Virginia Blaze pull away and win by 9 in a late offensive run. Up next we have Team Attack vs Team Rebel! Stay Tuned!

11:07 AM

David Duda of The  East Coast Power has been automatic from deep. Duda isn’t afraid to let it fly and has shown that here late.

11:04 AM

Jermaine Hall has 23 here as the Crusaders trail by 1 with under 5 remaining.

10:51 AM

Tight game here at Court 11. 39-37 Virginia Blaze with 9 minutes remaining.

10:33 AM

Jarvis Vaughan of The Virginia Blaze has a couple of dunks here early.

10:19 AM

Big man Brendan Medley Bacon has  a very soft touch down low with deceiving footwork. He’s leading Crusader  nation to a 13-11 lead here early.

9:56 AM

Crusader Nation vs Virginia Blaze here on Court 11.

9:33 AM

Good Morning East Hempfield! It’s our first full day of basketball today and we are looking forward to it! Get to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex ASAP!

Friday | July 21st

10:30 PM

That concludes Day 1 of Summer Jam! Very fun day ahead of us tomrorow so stay tuned!

10:12 PM

Second Half of play here as New Heights leads 28-21. Big half ahead of us here at an already exciting Day 1 of Summer Jam.

9:55 PM

New Heights is on a 15-0 run here. Wrightway Skills are trying to figure out the solution to stopping Moses Brown.

9:47 PM

The atmosphere on Court 1 is electric here. Wrightway skills has been off to a great start of this game.

9:30 PM

9:28 PM

New York’s best duo Precious Achiuwa and Moses Brown are tipping off here on Court 1.

9:06 PM

Antonio Rizzuto scores an Incredible 22 in a win over Castle #SummerJam

9:00 PM

Ronnie Silva has been a 3 point sniper here on Court 1.

8:51 PM

Femi Odukale Jr has been relentless on the drive to the rack. The 6-6  forward isn’t afraid to absorb contact and finish over larger defenders.

8:23 PM

NY Rens G Bryce Wells with a two handed jam to ignite the 11-2 run against The D.C. Blue Devils NH.

8:07 PM

Global Squad China is making a run here on Court 11 as they cut the DTP Elite lead to 7 with a minute to go in 2nd half.

7:52 PM

Middlesex Magic vs NY Jayhawks has had a great start, Magic up 9 in the 2nd half.

7:43 PM
Bryce Daley (#23 Middlesex Magic) has shown his high IQ today, especially in tough situations. The senior has been automatic From midrange here on Day 1.

7:15 PM

7:00PM

Antonio Rizzutto (#0 York Ballers) fresh off Elite Camps is pure shooter who can knock down open and contested 3’s. Handles the ball nicely and is versatile in his play being able to drive, finish or kick the ball out. Nice addition to the backcourt of HGSL’s York Ballers. Finishing on court 1.

6:54 PM

Jordan Preaster (#13 Team Moam) can jump out of the gym crashes the boards and runs the lanes. Has a creative finish to pull it together.

6:50 PM

Lamar Duncan with 26 points for R1 Delaware on court 13. Still time to play.

6:49 PM

6:36 PM

3 point games with 13 mins left to play in the match up between Richmond Garner Road and NY Jayhawks on court 1.

6:32 PM

Brandon McGlynn (York Ballers #4) quick skilled point who plays bigger than his size and can shoot the 3. Plays solid defense and reads passing lanes.

6:20 PM 

Over 50 college coaches already checked in for the weekend including St Joes, Army West Point and Hartford

6:04 PM

Toks Bakare of NJ Roadrunners for 26 points over Bridge City basketball.

5:44 PM

Moses Brown confirmed with  for Summer Jam Fest this weekend!

5:22 PM

4:50 PM

First tip of 2017 Summer Jam Fest Showcase ! Loaded set of game sets tonight and continuing throughout the weekend. Catch up on updates here!

 

Daily Recap


Day 2

Over 200 college colleges and 15 media outlets packed the gym today for the second day of Summer Jam Fest. The much anticipated schedule did not disappoint as top programs like New Heights, NY Rens, Team St8ment, Middlesex Magic, York Ballers and Jayhawks battled head to head.

Saturday had an exciting start with a SJ Blitz and ICC Truth match up ending in a buzzer beater by SJ Blitz’s Samuel Adejumo (#15). Both teams battled the entire game, but SJ Blitz was able to finish off a quick ball in and finish off the glass.

The energy continued throughout the day into a NY Rens and PK Flash match up. PK Flash’s quick offense helped give them an edge on a loaded Rens team. Ultimately, the Ren’s size and physical defense wore PK Flash down and ended in a 12 point victory after a string of Rens foul shots.

One of the last games of the night [7:45pm] between New Heights NYC and South Jersey Elite started off on the slow side but picked up as the time went on. This match up featured a couple of the nation’s top recruit in 7’0 Moses Brown (2018) and 6’9” Precious Achiuwa (2019) and they showed why they are both respectively in the top of their class. New Heights was finding a hard time finishing what would usually be easy layups in the first half — credit to the hard nosed defense played by SJ Elite. Brown had an impressive game continuously using his long size to finish at the rim and to post up the smaller players. The Deveney brothers (Dylan and Connor) were helping their team stay in the game by lighting it up from behind the arc. They were a bright spot for SJ Elite and seem to play well against a bigger team like New Heights. Heading into the second half, the game was still in arms reach with New Heights only holding a 38-30 lead. After an fastbreak Achiuwa dunk the momentum shifted towards New Heights and they never looked back from that. Couple of solid players in Rob Higgins and Omar Silverio, both complete this already stacked team with their abilities to handle the ball and create open shots for themselves off the dribble. Higgins is a dynamic point guard who is hard nosed on the defensive end and is a true playmaker on the offensive side. Silverio can stroke the trey ball nicely and also blow by multiple defenders for a easy two — very athletic and talented. New Heights ended up beating SJ Elite 75-44 but don’t let the score fool you because it felt closer than what it looked.

Day 2 | Player Standouts

#5 New Heights | Precious Achiuwa

Precious Achiuwa is arguably the most well rounded and volume scorer at Summer Jam. Ranked in the Top 25 on every website in the country, Precious’ ranking is without a doubt deserving. The 6-7 Small Forward from St Benedicts slashes to the basket better than anyone and his ability to draw the defensive double team is something unmatched. Holding offers from High major programs around the country, Precious’ has showed he’s ready for the next level.

#2 Shoreshots | Daniel Sofield

The 6’5 shooting guards height is a huge help to his game. Having the ability to “bully” the smaller defender is a trait he abuses on a regular basis. A very underrated rebounder at the 3 position, Sofield crashes the boards like a Power forward.  He has been absolutely brilliant here this past weekend and is looking to continue his success this summer.

#7 Castle Athletics | Malachi De Sousa

6-5 and dangerous, the small forward carries the ball up the court like a guard does. The Castle Athletics savage is a very underrated perimeter threat as he’s hit 2-3 threes per game. De Sousa’s stock has risen dramatically due to Hoop Group events and expect it to rise even more throughout the year at the Power House School South Kent.

#0  New Heights | Omar Silverio 

Game started off slow and Silverio did a great job picking up the offensive slack for his team by getting some easy fast break lay ups and staying in the passing lanes. Hit a couple of 3’s from deep and definitely has a nice shooting touch. Teammates look for him a lot which says a good amount about the type of player you are. Overall a dynamic combo guard with a lot of upside and a load of talent

#23 Wrightway Skills HGSL | Nate Hobbs 

Aside from being an extremely athletic player and a long hang time, he has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and can be a nightmare match up for some teams. Had a poster dunk over a 7 footer yesterday and followed it up today with an emphatic one handed fast break jam. Creates space for himself and sees the court very well.

#0 York Ballers | Antonio Rizzuto 

Just a solid, solid, player. Started the day off right where he left off yesterday – HOT. Had a tremendous game today handling the ball pressure with ease, penetrating and kicking, shooting with confidence behind the arch, creating his own shot off the dribble/off screens. Tough kid who isn’t afraid to put his body on the line, guards hard and takes charges.

#24 Philly Hurricanes | Yazis Powell

½ of the dynamic backcourt for the Hurricanes, fast in-your-face type of player, not afraid to defend hard and dive for the hustle plays. He let it go from the outside a few times but also quickly blew by defenders finishing for high flying dunks/finishes at the rim. Has quick hands which leads to steals and uncontested fast breaks. Also an unselfish player that makes the extra, but CORRECT pass.

 

Day 1|  Player Standouts

#14 Middlesex Magic | Benjamin McPhierron

Pure shooter, started off the game off hot and hit a couple of long range 3’s – NBA range. Solid, under control, guard that has the ability to handle the ball and defend the ball. Provides good spacing on the floor which leads to efficient ball movement and scoring.

#24 D.C. Blue Devils  | Kevin Fernandez

Very tough player who is undersized but doesn’t let that affect him much. Has great body control and hang with the other players on the court. Hustles for every ball, takes care of each possession and plays hard defense. Capable of scoring off screens, has a good pull up and perimeter game.

#2 New Heights | Robert Higgins

Heck of a defender – guarded the other team’s best ball handler all game – hard nosed and gritty player. Quickest feet and hands I’ve seen on a player all day. Not afraid to get into the paint and draw contact and/or kick out. Shown a little bit of his perimeter game as well but overall definitely held his own out there.

#32 Wrightway Skills |  Charles Coleman

The Umass 7 footer was nothing short of a standout here at The Hoop Group Summer Jam. A big with high major offers, he was able to stretch the floor and score from the perimeter on numerous occasions. Look for him to have a huge weekend here as bigs are unable to guard his long range shot.

#3 DC Blue Devils | Ronnie Silva

The gritty NH guard put on a show today against The New York Rens. While only 5-9, he’s ability to drive in the lane and score in contact is something you don’t see from someone of his size. Silva’s killer crossover puts the defender on skates and is a walking highlight reel. With only 1 Division 2 offer, Silva is looking to get his name out on a national level.

#0 York Ballers  | Antonio Rizzuto

Rizzuto is an absolute bucket. The York Baller scored 22 with a win today against the tough Castle Athletics team. Standing at 6-3, he’s able to use his size to get around defenders and score in traffic. That in addition to a very reliable 3 point shot are his claims to fame. Holding numerous division 1 offers, Rizzuto is definitely a player to keep an eye on this week.

2017 Pitt Jam Fest Live Blog

Sunday | April 30th

3:30 PM

That’s a wrap from the Hoop Group 2017 #PittJamFest Live Blog! Thank you everyone for the support and keep following our Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounts for more on our tournaments and camps to come! Stay tuned plenty more basketball action to come!

3:29 PM

3:03 PM

2:58 PM

And the 2017 #PittJamFest 17u Platinum champions are the Middlesex Magic winning 79-66 over Jersey Force. Thomas Shaughnessy with an unconscious performance shooting the ball.

2:54 PM

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2:38 PM

https://twitter.com/thehoopgroup/status/858751306735005696

2:32 PM

2:18 PM

Thomas Shaughnessy is having himself an excellent first half leading the Middlesex Magic 47-35 over Jersey Force.

2:09 PM

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2:00 PM

1:53 PM

1:51 PM 

After an epic comeback Indiana Elite are the 16u Platinum champions of the 2017 #PittJamFest!

1:44 PM

1:40 PM 

Incredible comeback in the 16u Platinum championship as Indiana Elite has overcome a 13-point deficit in a 59-all game right now. #PittJamFest

1:13 PM

Exciting game in the 16u Platinum championship. Albany City Rocks up 36-26 at the half. #PittJamFest

1:02 PM

12:58 PM

Albany City Rocks raining 3s early to get out to a 17-7 lead with 9:08 left in the first half.

12:53 PM

Albany City Rocks getting off to a strong start early with a few 3-pointers. 8-0 lead over Indiana Elite over on court 15.

12:45 PM

Getting ready to tip off the 16u Platinum championship! It’ll be Indiana Elite against Alvany City Rocks EYBL over on court 15 at the #PittJamFest.

12:44 PM

And the Middlesex Magic advance with a 46-41 win over Team Price. 

12:27 PM

https://twitter.com/OhioBuckets/status/858717187678363648

12:23 PM

Our 16u championship game is set! Tipping at 12:45pm we have Indiana Elite Fastbreak taking on Albany City Rocks EYBL for the title. Be sure to follow our Twitter @thehoopgroup for game and score updates and keep tuned in to the live blog!

12:04 PM

11:53 AM

Middlesex Magic up on Team Price 24-16 in the 17u Platinum semis. Multiple guys stepping up to hit outside shots for the Magic.

11:38 AM

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11:26 AM

11:23 AM

And Albany City Rocks EYBL takes this 16u Platinum matchup over York Ballers 53-43.

11:17 AM

Close game coming down to the wire here between York Ballers and Albany City Rocks EYBL! 50-43 with 1:52 left. #PittJamFest

10:54 AM

10:50 AM

Some more last minute score updates here from 17u Platinum… Team Price 67-54 over Maryland’s Finest and DC Blue Devils HGSL 69-57 over Jersey Force – Stein.

10:42 AM

Score updates here from around the tournament… Team Takeover Black defeated Boo Williams 46-42 in 15u Platinum action with 17u Platinum wins going to Middlesex Magic over Team Loaded 757 (49-43) and Jersey Force – Stein over Michigan Warriors (72-61).

10:40 AM

10:31 AM

10:02 AM

Close game on court 16 with 9:54 to go between Michigan Warriors and Jersey Force – Stein 51-44. Multiple college coaches on hand including La Salle‘s John Giannini!

9:26 AM

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9:14 AM

ICYMI here’s a look at our highlights from yesterday! #PittJamFest

9:10 AM

9:07 AM

One 15u Platinum game just went live at #PittJamFest with Team Final – Red winning 64-49 over Bridge City Basketball. 

9:00 AM

8:53 AM

8:50 AM

Some intense 16u Platinum action going on right now at #PittJamFest! College Park Rim Rockers up on NJ Beasts Basketball 58-55 with 3:50 to go!

8:45 AM

Cameron Thomas of Boo Williams on fire right now on court 15! 32 points and counting with 7 made 3s! Boo Williams up 63-59 on York Ballers with 5:07 to go!

8:37 AM

8:36 AM

Good morning hoop fanatics! We’ve fought through the technical difficulties and are back this morning for some championship Sunday action! Follow us throughout the day for updates!

Saturday | April 29th

6:48 PM

6:40 PM

One of the best games of the day tipped off at 10:40 AM with Crown Basketball coming back from a 35-16 deficit to beat Team MOAM 61-60.

6:35 PM

Earlier in the day on court 15 the DC Blue Devils won an overtime thriller against Team Melo – Red in 17u Platinum action. Kevin Fernandez of the Blue Devils hit the shot to send the game into OT.

6:31 PM

A wild game just finished up on court 18 at the #PittJamFest as Jersey Shore Warriors Gold won on a buzzer beater by Luke House to beat Corey Graham Elite 56-55.

6:26 PM

We apologize for the technical difficulties regarding our live blog we have had server issues since the start of the tournament! But we have updates here from throughout the day!

8:43 AM

Close game here on court 19 between Game 7 and the NOVA Cavaliers 30-28. Multiple Big Ten coaches in attendance watching this matchup.

8:33 AM

Action already underway today here at the #PittJamFest! Court 17 has a fast-paced 17u Platinum game going with the Randallstown Rebels up early on the L&L Running Rebels 28-19 with 7:12 left in the first half.

Friday | April 28th

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8:03 PM

Over 20 media outlets here and 50+ college coaches out scouting players right now at the #PittJamFest!

8:01 PM

7:20 PM

The Middlesex Magic defeated The Academy 67-58 in the first game on Court 16 apart of the HGSL Showcase. 6’0″ point guard Thomas Shaughnessy led the way for the Magic with 11 points.

7:11 PM

Team MOAM beats MD3D 71-53 on court 10 here at the #PittJamFest. Dante Treacy of Team MOAM led the way with a game-high 15 points.

6:55 PM

Many D1 coaches on hand including those from Yale, UPenn and Boston University watching the Northern Kings playing Interstate Basketball on Court 12 here at the #PittJamFest!

6:43 PM

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We are underway here at the 2017 #PittJamFest!!

Hoop Group Teams Win State Championships

2017 Pennsylvania AAAAAA State Champions Reading High School

“Dreams Do Come True”

In addition to all the individual camps and AAU events the Hoop Group runs during the course of the year, we also provide opportunities for high school teams to play together as a unit in highly competitive exposure events.

During the off-season the Hoop Group manages the Summer and Fall High School Showcases at the Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune NJ as well as the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp during the July Live Period at Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania.

The Hoop Groups operates four major high school showcase events during the season, the Reading Tip-Off Showcase (Albright College – Reading PA), NJ Tip-Off Showcase (Caldwell University – Caldwell NJ), Boardwalk Showcase (Brookdale Community College – Lincroft NJ) and Lehigh Valley Showcase (Parkland High School – Allentown PA).

Over the years many teams have used these events as springboards to go on to win state championships.

A look at the 2017 state champions who have played at a Hoop Group Team event this year and used that experience to help them earn a state chip.

Albany Academy NY

Archbishop Wood PA

Baltimore Poly Tech MD

Don Bosco Prep NJ

Frederick Douglas Academy NY

Imhotep Charter PA

Lincoln NY

Linden NJ

Molloy NY

Patrick School NJ

Reading PA

St. Benedict’s NJ

Teaneck NJ

Westtown PA

CONGRATS TO ALL!

New Jersey Tip Off Day 2 Live Results

Game 1: Hackensack vs. St. Mary’s Elizabeth

1st Quarter: Quarter closes with St. Mary’s Elizabeth clinging to 4 point advantage. Both teams defense lead the way, with neither team being able to find a rhythm offensively.

Score: 13-9

Leading Scorers:

St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Papie Roberts – 6

Hackensack: Atiba Taylor: 4

 

Quarter 2:

Both teams fly out to a quick second half start, trading buckets to an 18-13 score.  Jr. Razeyah Surrell is using great length and athleticism to rebound and get to the rim in transition. Both teams using a variety of pressure defense to keep their opponents off balance.  St. Mary’s Elizabeth is making Hackensack star Atiba Taylor work for everything, they are picking him up full court, and hard hedging every screen, but taylor is doing a good job staying aggressive.

Hackensack has St. Mary’s Elizabeth  with a tricky 1-3-1 zone. Senior Ahmad St. Fluer doing a good job getting this team in gaps and attacking the zone.

A scrappy competitive 2nd quarter as the Hilltoppers of St. Mary’s Elizabeth hits a HUGE 3 at the buzzer

Score: 31-20

Leading Scorers:

St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jayvon Jackson  – 10 pts

Hackensack: Atiba Taylor – 11pts

 

Quarter 3:

 

2nd Half is underway here at the Hoop Group New Jersey Tip-Off! The Hilltoppers duo of Casmir Ochiaka and Calistus Anyichie  are starting to make their presence felt. With both of them contributing a layup and a rebound in the early going. Hackensack is beginning to shrink the size of their zone to match the Hi-Lo match up of Ochiaka and Anyichie.

Hackensack moving to a 2-2-1 zone press to try and speed up this St. Mary’s Elizabeth team. Jay’Von Jackson steady going guard play has helped the Hilltoppers extend their lead to 15 half way through the 3rd.

Coach Colette going with a line up of all guards to combat Hackensack’s pressure. They take care of the ball and head into the 4th quarter with a 16 point advantage.

Score: 41-25

Leading Scorers:

St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jay’Von Jackson- 15 points

Hackensack: Atiba Taylor – 11 points

 

4th Quarter:

The 4th quarter begins as the Hilltoppers hold on to a commanding 16 point lead. The strong guard play of Jay’Von Jackson has been a huge factor in the success of St. Mary’s Elizabeth. The 6’3 junior has rebounded the ball, handled pressure, and even taken a big charge this afternoon!

Hackensack is not quitting, two steals converted on the other end cut the lead to 12. But long efficient possessions from the Hilltoppers aren’t leaving much chance for the comets to mount a legitimate comeback. A

The day has started with a competitive game, with two teams battling till the end regardless of score. But a state stuffing game from Jay’Von Jackson plus an impressive display of team defense has lead St. Mary’s Elizabeth to a 21  point win against Hackensack

Final Score: 61-40

Team MVP

St. Mary’s Elizabeth: Jay’von Jackson

Hackensack: BJ Saliba

 

Game 2: St. Anthony’s and St. Joseph’s Montvale

The Howard Commit and do-it-all point guard R.J. Cole gets St. Anthony’s off to a fast with a quick 3 and a tough and-1! Anthony’s up 12-4 in the early going. A lot of full court pressure has Montvale uncomfortable. A low scoring affair thus far.

Score: 12-6

Leading Scorer:

St. Anthony’s: RJ Cole – 8

 

2nd Quarter:

The Friars turn up the pressure in the 2nd quarter, that coupled with a transition and-1 by ’19 Xander Rice force Montvale to take a early time out.  St.Anthony’s up 21-9.

Montvale hanging tough against the Friar’s pressure, with a couple of baskets from Chauncey Hawkins, St. Anthony’s up 14.

WOW!  A stepback 3 at the buzzer from RJ Cole puts St. Anthony’s up 30-15 at the half.

Leading Scorers:

St. Anthony: RJ Cole-11

St. Joe Montvale- Chauncey Hawkins – 7

 

3rd Quarter:

A quarter characterized by tough defense, and offensive runs. Both teams couldn’t find a solid rhythm  on offense, but every time the Friars tried to extend the lead to 20+, Chauncey Hawkins and the Montvale team found a way to hang tough. All we know for sure is we have a competitive fourth quarter ahead of us!

Score- 38-24

 

4th Quarter

Two early 3’s from St. Anthony puts them up 18 early in the fourth. The lead seems to be insurmountable but that hasn’t stopped Montvale from continuing to defend, push the pace, and compete!

Another 3 from Xander Rice forces a timeout from the Knights!

St. Anthony’s with an impressive performance against a St. Joe’s Montvale, who showed a ton of toughness in this tough test.

Final Score: 54-33

Team MVP’s

St. Anthony’s: RJ Cole

St. Joes Montvale: Chauncey Hawkins

 

Game 3: Blair vs Linden

An early battle here at the Hoop group New Jersey Tip-Off between Blair and Linden. Both teams getting good offensive contributions from a number of different players! At the end of the first quarter the score 10-9 with Blair in the lead.

 

2nd quarter:

Blair turns the pressure up! They turnover Linden twice in a row leading to a BIG TIME dunk by Janub Chuol. Blair up 16-12. This game is two New Jersey heavyweights exchanging blows! Deng Gak is protecting the rim on every drive. Janub Chuol playing like a veteran, has the Bucs up 21-15 at the half.

 

3rd Quarter:

A physical 3rd quarter lead to not a lot of points! Both teams grinding out right now. 30-24 Blair Leads.

 

4th Quarter:

A huge 3 from Linden to start the fourth quarter cuts Blair’s lead to 2! 28-30 with 6:14 to play.

ANOTHER 3 for Linden! They take the lead for the first time all game!

Blair goes on a MONSTER Run!:

Tough take by Jayson Oweh!

And a 3 from Matt Turner,

AND 1 Janub Chuol! Blair up 38-31!

 

43-35 Blair leads with 1:36.

A tough take by Tavon Jones, leads to a foul. He goes to the line for two, does 43-36 with 54 seconds to play.

A HUGE 3 cuts the lead to 43-40. Blair ball with 32.6 second left in the game.

 

44-42  Blair with 18.5 seconds left in the game. Blair Ball.

Blair with the WIN 46-42!

Bergen Catholic and St. Benedicts:

We pick up in the third quarter with the Gray Bees up 44-40 in a heavyweight bout between two of Jersey’s best.

At the end of 3 44-40 St. Benedicts. This one will be decided in the fourth!

Benedicts on a 6-0 run to start the quarter. 50-40. Time out Bergen Catholic

An unbelievable run by St. Benedicts! The Gray Bees open up the quarter on a 24-0 run! Put the game out of reach. Two minutes left 68-40.

St. Benedicts wins 68-

Team MVP:

Bergen Catholic: Gabe Stefanini

St. Benedicts: Precious Achiwu

Southern Jam Fest Recap: We R1 and Team Loaded NC capture 17U and 16U titles

The Southern Jam Fest — one of the East Coast’s strongest and deepest spring tournaments on a yearly basis was highlighted by strong 17U and 16U divisions, with a mix of the Northeast and Southeast’s strongest programs going head-to-head.

17U Champions: We R1
17U Runner-Up: Team Loaded NC
A month after the April recruiting period, We R1 came to Hampton and made a major statement. Capping off a dominant tournament run, We R1 took home the 17U championship with a 75-65 win over a talented Team Loaded VA squad. Even as star point guard Trevon Duval exited the game with a minor injury early in the first half, Eric Ayala and Tyrese Martin took command in the championship game, leading We R1 to an exclamation point on a memorable weekend. After jumping out to a 48-31 lead at halftime and a 24-point lead early in the second half, Team Loaded VA stormed back and brought the lead down to single digits with seven minutes remaining. The teams traded blows for the rest of the second half, but We R1 was able to finish strong and close out their five-game run — a run in which they defeated their opponents by an average margin of 27 points.

Before falling in the title, Team Loaded VA punched their ticket in the championship in one of the most highly-anticipated games of the weekend, scoring a big semifinal win over in-state rival Boo Williams. Although the game started out with a few intense exchanges, Loaded VA quickly opened up a double-digit lead and never looked back, advancing with a 59-49 win.

We R1 made their way to the title with a hard-earned 73-61 win over DC Premier, in a matchup of two teams who know each other well from their yearly battles on the Under Armour circuit. Duval’s 24 points led all scorers, as We R1 opened a small lead late in the first half, but the two teams found themselves neck-and-neck for much of the game before We R1 pulled away late. Duval electrified the crowd with a big dunk and some highlight-reel passes, to go along with his game-high 24 points.

We R1 17u

16U Champions: Team Loaded NC
16U Runner-Up: DC Premier
Team Loaded NC finished off an impressive run through the 16U bracket with a 72-65 win in the title game, fighting off a feverish DC Premier comeback in the final minutes. After jumping out to a 20-point lead in the first half — and holding an 18-point halftime lead — Loaded NC saw their lead fall to as little as three in the second half, after Premier picked up their defensive intensity and began to assert themselves on the boards. Despite DC Premier’s best efforts, a few timely buckets for Loaded — and strong free-throw shooting in the final minutes — sealed the win. Capping off a solid scoring weekend that saw his stock rise in the eyes of many scouts and media in attendance, guard Trey Wertz led Loaded’s offensive efforts with 20 points.

Team Loaded NC made their way into the championship with a dominant semifinal win over hometown Boo Williams, going up 17 at halftime and coasting to a 78-54 win behind a game-high 22 points from Trey Wertz. In their entire six-game run, the team outscored opponents by an average of 17 points per game, and also went home with wins over Baltimore Elite and Garner Road.

On the opposite side of the bracket, DC Premier faced a strong Final 4 challenge from We R 1, gutting out a 48-36 semifinal win after a back-and-forth affair. One of the rising stars of the weekend, Jermain Harris finished with 17 points and displayed a strong inside-out game in helping send DCP to the title game.

Team Loaded NC 16u

15 & 14u Champions

By James Albano

Often overshadowed by the insane star power in the 16 and 17 year old brackets, the younger teams in the Southern Jam Fest don’t always get the recognition and love they deserve. This year’s Southern Jam Fest featured highly respected programs in our lower age groups, as Team Takeover and Boo Williams took home trophies. For both teams, the championship game theme was comebacks, trailing early, but rallying late to seal a win.

15U Champion: Team Takeover
15U Runner Up: New Heights

The most impressive piece of Team Takeover’s 15u championship run is that they were a 14u team playing up. The Nike club never once appeared a year younger, running through the 15u bracket and knocking off premier team after premier team.

After knocking off a Team Loaded team that showcased enormous size in the front court, Takeover seemed to have met their match in the final versus New York-based New Heights. New Heights attacked early and led by seven at the break; they led by as many as 10 in the first half. The second half was all Takeover, however. The younger club buckled down defensively and ended plus 12 in the second half, topping New Heights by 5 to take the championship!

Team takeover 15U

14U – Champion: Boo Williams
14U Runner Up: We R1

Boo Williams select refused to go down without a fight in their own gym. We R1 jumped out to a hot start, taking a lead of double digits over BWSL. As Boo chipped away in the first half, We R1 continued to match them shot for shot, and maintained a five point lead into the break.
It was not until late in the second half that Boo made a run, and what a run it was. Starting with a Bryce Steele turnaround jumper to make it 60-58, the Virginia based team went on a 21-8 run to close out the 14U championship game. As they say, it’s not how you start, but how you finish. BWSL definitely finished strong.
 Boo Williams 14u