Lehigh Valley Showcase: LIVE Blog

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For 17 years the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has been bringing some of the best high school basketball to Allentown, PA.

Hoop Group will be providing daily online coverage of Hoop Group Showcases in the form of “Live blogs,” recognizing outstanding achievements during the Showcase, and keeping you informed of all the latest Hoop Group happenings.

In these live blogs, Hoop Group staff will note player standouts, spectacular plays, college coaches in attendance, and more. While the bulk of updates will be text entries from HoopGroup.com writers, keep an eye out for video highlights and interviews, quotes from players, exclusive photos, Twitter updates, and more.

11:25AM- GOOD MORNING FROM ALLENTOWN! Hope everyone is staying warm out there, becuase we will have no issue with that today as the #HGShowcase will be heating up the gym at Parkland High School all day! There will be plenty of great games going on today, with Roman Catholic facing The Patrick School, the home team Parkland High against Gil St. Bernard and the star studded Wilbraham & Monson against Westtown! But first, we have a tight battle between Freddie Simmons Jr.’s Bethlehem Catholic and Evan Maxwell’s Abington Heights! Hope everyone is ready for a great day at the Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase! -The Hoop Group @TheHoopGroup

12:10PM- We are underway here at Parkland, and before I could finish typing, Abington Heights has a 10-2 lead mid way through the 1st quarter! JC Show is putting on a show, with six quick points. -Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

12:35PM- After a flurry of scoring from the Golden Hawks, including a buzzer beater from Jamal Aziz, Abington Heights leads at the half is now down to just 5 points! JC Show and Evan Maxwell have carried Abington in this game, with 10 points each for the Comets. For Bethlehem Catholic, Jamal Aziz and Freddie Simmons have given strong efforts, but too many misses from the free throw line have them trailing at halftime, 28-23. -Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

Jamal Aziz is doing his best to keep the Golden Hawks in this contest!

1:00PM- Show has been an absolute monster in the 3rd quarter, as he is now up to 28 points and Abington leads Bethlehem Catholic, 50-30 late in the third quarter.#HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

1:20PM- Game 1 of the Lehigh Valley Showcase is final as Abington Heights has defeated Bethlehem Catholic, 71-49. JC Show was unstoppable, going for 34 points, including 24 in the second half alone! Up next, Roman Catholic takes on the Patrick School in a fierce NJ-PA battle! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

JC Show had 34 points to lead Abington past Bathlehem Catholic as they remain undefeated this season!

1:40PM-Game 2 of the Lehigh Valley Showcase has begun, as Shep Garner and Roman Catholic take on Bryce Aiken and The Patrick School! This should be a tight game down to the last minute! #HGShowcase-The Hoop Group @TheHoopGroup

2:05PM- At the half, we have a very tight game as The Patrick School leads Roman Catholic, 28-25. For Roman, Shep Garner has been steady and is showing why he is a Big Ten prospect. For Patrick’s, Angel Delgado has been a beast down low! Both teams have some adjustments to make if they want to win this great game! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

2:30PM- After 3, Roman Catholic leads The Patrick School, 44-41 thanks to 4 three pointers from Gemil Holbrook in the 3rd quarter. This is still anyone’s game though, as Angel Delgado is proving to be a monster down low! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

3:00PM- WHAT A FINISH! In a tie game with 8 seconds to play, Bryce Aiken waits on the ball, drives to the pain, and scores at the buzzer to seal the 59-57 win for The Patrick School over Roman Catholic! For Roman Catholic, Gemil Holbrook(Most Outstanding Prospect at Academic Elite Camp this Summer) had an incredible second half, totaling 16 points to keep his team in the game. But Angel Delgado proved to be too much down low, grabbing 18 points and 12 boards in the victory for the Celtics! Coming up next is Gil St. Bernard and the hometown Parkland High School! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

Bryce Aiken’s Buzzer Beater over Roman Catholic! from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

Angel Delgado was unstoppable down low in The Patrick School’s Victory over Roman Catholic!

3:45PM- At the half, Parkland High leads Gil St. Bernard, 23-16. For Gil, they are playing without their #1 guy, Tyus Battle, who is sitting out with a hand injury. And for Parkland, Nick Rindock was injured early in the game, so the rest of the team has had to pick up the scoring. Jimmy Hahn has hit two big three pointers to separate the Trojans as they get ready for the second half! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58


Ian Demarest hits the tying 3! from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

What a shot! Demarest ties the game at 42 and we are going to OT here in Allentown in a great battle between Parkland HS and Gil St. Bernard!

4:25PM- After a hard-fought 36 minutes, Parkland gives the home crowd what they wanted in a 48-45 Overtime Win! In regulation, Ian Demarest hit a buzzer beating 3 to tie the game and send it to OT, but in the extra frame, Gil St. Bernard could never get an open look and eventually lost the game by 3. In a 1 point game, the Parkland D came up big and forced a bad shot that turned into two easy points for Devante Cross on a game-ending SLAM!

Parkland HS defeats Gil St. Bernard on a great defensive stand! from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

Justin Zajko was the MVP for Parkland in their Win over Gil St. Bernard!

Next up is the final game of our Lehigh Valley Showcase, as Wilbraham & Monson faces Westtown! The stars to watch for are Goodluck Okonoboh(committed to UNLV) and Max Hoeztel(committed to Indiana) for Wilbraham & Monson, and Jared Nickens(committed to Maryland) and Georgios Papagiannis(undecided) for Westtown! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

5:30PM- We’ve reached halftime of our final game, as Westtown trails Wilbraham & Monson, 32-23. For the Moose, Jared Nickens has 10 points and is showing the athleticism that is necessary when he plays in the Big Ten next year with Maryland. But right now, Goodluck Okonoboh and the Titans are just too physical as they have a 9 point lead thanks to their interior defense. Papagiannis only has 6 for Westtown, which is going to have to change if they want to win this game! #HGShowcase-Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58

5:55PM- Jair Bolden provides a much needed spark as Westtown now only trails by 8!

Jair Bolden’s 3rd Quarter Buzzer Beater! from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

6:20PM- And we are done here in Allentown, as Westtown falls to Wilbraham & Monson, 55-50! Jared Nickens put up a great fight, but Goodluck Okonoboh’s 20 points ended up being too much for the Moose!
Goodluck Okonoboh was the MVP for WMA, but shared it with the whole team!

It was a great day of basketball here at Parkland High School, which isn’t a surprise considering the previous Showcase results. Be sure to check into hoopgroup.com for all future events that we have going on. Thanks for enjoying the Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase. The LIVE Blog is now CLOSED!

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