LIVE Blog: Buzzer Beater Classic Day Two

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8:30AM- Back in Basketball City, New York for the final day of the Buzzer Beater Classic! A lot of good basketball and elite performances are ahead of us, follow here for updates on all the action. –@AndrewKoob

9:10AM- In another one of our quarterfinal games, we have the Westside Terriors(MA) taking on Move Your Feet(NJ). For the Westside Terriors, Joe Crapps will try to lead his team once again, as he was one of our Top Performers yesterday. For Move Your Feet, Bryan Rivers is just one of a few Division 1 prospects that will take the floor, as the Jersey Boys will try to use their top talent to move on. #BeElite –@JakerBaker58

10:14AM- Watching Team Philly vs. King Street Kings 16U, continue to be impressed by the play of 2015 forward Mike Watkins and 2015 guard Sean Lloyd. They’ve impressed in Philadelphia earlier this month and it doesn’t look like they’ve slowed down. Watkins, who has already committed to Penn State, has controlled the paint, while Lloyd has been able to push through contact to get to the hole. –@AndrewKoob

10:45AM– Team Philly downed the King Street Kings 59-55 behind an impressive showing from the aforementioned Sean Lloyd who finished the game with 18 points. KSK made it close late in the game, but Lloyd’s six made free throws late in the second half ended up being key factors in the win. Team Philly will move on to the 16U seminfinals.-@CabWashington

11:10PM-Tied at 65 to end regulation, the 16U matchup between Sports U and NJ Got Game was forced into overtime. In OT the contest was locked up for most of the period, but two free throws knocked down by Markus McDuffie (St. Anthony’s, N.J. 2015) with 3.8 seconds remaining allowed Sports U to hold on for the win 69-67 win. Isaiah Still (St. Patrick School, N.J. 2015) had a phenomenal game for NJ Got Game as he helped his team relinquish a 15 point deficit to tie it up late. Still finished the game with a game-high 30 points while Kelly Hogan (Seton Hall Prep, N.J. 2015) had a nice outing as well finishing with 17 points.-@CabWashington

11:40AM- East Coast Fusion (Lemcke, VA) will move on to the Final Four of the 17U Bracket! They will play the winner of the Westside Terriors and Move Your Feet(NJ)! Big time recruit, Obi Romeo has been dominant in the paint and he will be the major piece in what will be a title run or falling just short! –@JakerBaker58

11:50AM- Jack Herrmann scored six consecutive points in overtime for the NJ Cyclones to beat East Coast Fusion 57-55. The forward hit a layup, then stole the inbound pass for another layup to tie the game with less than 20 seconds left in the extra period. It wasn’t a secret who would have the ball at the final buzzer, but that didn’t stop Herrmann from putting the game away. –@AndrewKoob

12:15PMBryan Rivers (Peddie School, N.J. 2014) was pivotal in Move Your Feet’s 61-60 win over the Westside Terriers. Rivers scored 16 points including nine made free throws. What was even more impressive about his outing was his ability to attack the zone and  create open shots for his teammates. One of Rivers key beneficiaries was Josh Williams (Thomas Moore Prep, 2014) who finished with a game-high 19 points. Williams was great finishing in the lane.-@CabWashington

12:45PM- In the final quarterfinal matchup, Team Price(NY) outlasted The City(NY) by a score of 58-53. It was a back and forth game the entire first half, but in the second half, Team Price was able to use the deciding factor to their advantage and win the game. Super-Center Aminenye-Jesu Lakoju(St. Luke’s School, CT, 2014) was exactly that. The 6’8 rising senior was held in check in the first half, scoring only two points, but when the pressure was on and the full court press came out, “AJ” was scoring with ease. He scored 12 points in the second half, with 8 coming in the final three minutes. Due to The City pressing so hard, the moment the ball went past half court, the guards would feed AJ down low and he would score the easy two. The City learned a little too late that to win this game, they would need to double-down in the post to stop the easy buckets, but now they are forced to head home as Price advances.

With that win, the Final Four in the 17U bracket is set! Team Price will face the Philly Ballhawks(PA) and our other Semifinal matchup in between East Coast Fusion(Lemcke, VA) and Move Your Feet! This should be an extremely exciting Final Four! – @JakerBaker58

1:15PM- We have a few Finals to report, as Team Philly will play Sports U in the finals of our 16U Bracket, and the Jersey City Boys Club will face Sports U in the finals of our 15U Bracket in the #BuzzerBeaterClassic! –@JakerBaker58

1:45PM– In 15U play, Sports U picked up a 74-64 win over the NJ Roadrunners in the semifinals. Breein Tyree (St. Joseph’s, N.J. 2016) used his great athleticism and shooting touch to finish the contest with a game-high 21 points. At 6-foot-2 Tyree is a talented combo guard that shows great promise going into just his sophomore year of high school. He’s able to speed by most defenders his age and has shown great leaping ability for his size. –@CabWashington

2:05PM– The Philly Ballhawks were able to stave off a late comeback effort put on by Team Price as they won 45-40 in the 17U semifinals. Basil Thompson (Imhotep Charter Pa. 2014) led all Hawk scorers with 12 points. Thompson has been a major contributor for them up to this point and has finished in double-figures in almost every game. Thompson is a great leaper that does most of his scoring in the paint but also does a great job scoring in transition as well. –@CabWashington

2:25PM- The 17U Final is set as the Philly Ballhawks(PA) will now face East Coast Fusion(Lemcke, VA) after the Fusion defeated Move Your Feet, 68-52. For the Fusion, they played a very fast paced game, making very few mistakes and solid, limited-fouling defense! Skye Johnson and Obi Romeo had twelve points each and paced their squad throughout the entire game. The Final is set for 3:30 PM on Court 3 of Basketball City. –@JakerBaker58

3:10PM- With our consolation bracket wrapping up, we take a quick look into the 17U Final featuring the Philly Ballhawks(PA) and the East Coast Fusion(VA). For the Ballhawks, three dynamite scorers lead this squad as Jamal Custis, Rashan Holloway and Basil Thompson are all physically dominant and have bullied their way into the Finals. Holloway stands at 6’9, while Thompson and Custis both stand at 6’6. the front line has been the biggest at the #BuzzerBeaterClassic, but they will have a very tough opponent as East Coast Fusion has steamrolled their way here, by playing a fast-paced, mistake free game that is very hard to throw off. East Coast is led by Skye Johnson and Obi Romeo, who will be able to challenge the size that the Ballhawks present. Johnson and Romeo check in at 6’8 and 6’9 respectively, making this a classic big man battle for the Championship! –@JakerBaker58

3:45PM- And this one is final as Team Philly beats Sports U in the 16U Championship Game of the Buzzer Beater Classic! –@JakerBaker58

4:30PM- Another Championship is complete as East Coast Fusion defeats the Philly Ballhawks to become champions of the 17U bracket of the Buzzer Beater Classic! –@JakerBaker58

5:10PM- And the 15U Championship is complete, as Sports U IZOD(NJ) defeated Jersey City Boys Club to close out the #BuzzerBeaterClassic! That is all from BasketBall City in the Big Apple. Congratulations to all of our Champions! We hope you enjoyed the LIVE Blog, and be sure to check back later for the Championship Roundups! See you next week during the Future All-American Camp! The LIVE Blog is now CLOSED! –@JakerBaker58

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