2017 Pitt Jam Fest Live Blog

Sunday | April 30th

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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!

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

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

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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).

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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!

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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

2016 Providence Jam Fest Champions

17U Champions: Mass Rivals

17U Mass Rivals

16U Champions: New England Playaz

16U NE Playaz

15U Champions: New England Playaz

15U NE Playaz

14U Champions: New England Playaz

14U NE PLayaz

13U Champions: New England Playaz
13 U NE Playaz

12U Champions: Gran Scheme
12U Grand Scheme

11U Champions: CT Select

11U CT Select