Champions emerge at 2013 Buzzer Beater Classic

IMG_021617U Championship

East Coast Fusion (Va.) 47, Philly Ballhawks 41

In a tight championship game, East Coast Fusion (Va.) was able to hold off the Philly Ballhawks 47-41, capturing the 17U Buzzer Beater Classic Championship.

East Coast Fusion held a five-point lead heading into the second half and used five consecutive points to open the lead to double-digits. After that, the Ballhawks started to make their move, taking a 34-32 lead that was capped by a Basil Thompson (Imhotep Charter [Pa.]) put-back slam. The Ballhawks’ lead would be short lived, however, as East Coast Fusion was able to retake the lead and hold onto it in the final minutes.

2014 forward Obi Romeo (Greenbrier East HS [W.V.]) led East Coast Fusion with 15 points, followed by 2014 guard Jordon Talley (Henrico HS [Va.]) and his 10 points. The Ballhawks were led by 2014 forward Rashan Holloway (Schalick HS [N.J.]), who scored a game-high 21 points. –@AndrewKoob

IMG_021416U Championship

Team Philly 56, Sports U (N.J.) 44

Team Philly emerged as champions yet again this summer, taking a 56-44 victory in the 16U championship over Sports U (N.J.). The 16U squad also won the 2013 Summer Jam Fest in King of Prussia, Pa. just last week.

The first 10 minutes of the game were back-and-forth, with neither team getting the better of each other. That changed when Team Philly created some separation, leaving the first half with a 33-16 lead. Sports U continued to fight, but five straight points late in the second half by Team Philly all but sealed it.

2015 forward Mike Watkins (Match, Civics & Sciences [Pa.]) scored a game-high 17 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Sports U was paced by 2015 forward Gerald Blount (St. Anthony [N.J.]), who contributed 13 points. –@AndrewKoob

IMG_021815U Championship

Sports U (N.J.) 68, Jersey City Boys Club (N.J.) 50
Sports U bested Jersey City Boys Club 68-50 in the 15U championship game.  RJ Cole (Newark Tech, N.J 2017) finished with 16 points leading all scorers, as Sports U dominated from start to finish.

Despite his team not having the best performance, Idrise Joyner (St. Anthony’s, N.J. 2016) did manage to drop in 15 points to lead Jersey City. High school teammate Raymond Montilus (St. Anthony’s, N.J. 2016) also had a solid outing as well for Jersey City as he finished with 13 points. –@CabWashington

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