LIVE Blog: Summer Jam Fest Day Two

SONY DSCFor complete coverage of the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest from Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, Pa. be sure to follow Hoop Group’s Digital Media staff on Twitter.

9:00AM- Ready for day two action in Philadelphia, where the tournament picture really starts to become clear. Time to see who wants to be elite and hoist the trophy come Sunday’s conclusion. –@AndrewKoob

11:10AM- Another tight game wraps up as JB Hoops(PA) edges out the NJ Cyclones, 64-60. It was a very close game from start to finish, but with a minute left and up 6, JB Hoops knew that fouls were coming their way. In the final minute, the team went 6-6 from the line to seal the victory. Every shot was important as the Cyclones kept making shots to stay alive. –@JakerBaker58

12:30PM- A few more games just finished up as the Boston Elite beat the Kappa Magic by a score of 59-58. Boston Elite’s Andrew Kaufmann(The River School, MA, 2014) was fouled on a rebound with under two seconds left and down a single point. The pressure was on and Andrew delivered, making both free throws and sealing the victory for Boston Elite! Boston Elite moves on to the round of 16 to play the Jersey Shore Warriors who defeated the NJ Thunder by a score of 47-32. The Thunder had a bunch of players that were standouts this summer at Hoop Group Elite Camps (Mitch Cohen, Austin White, Michael Silverthorn, Sean Hoehn, Donovan Wright and Vic Jusino to name a few) but couldn’t put together the victory. –@JakerBaker58

1:32PM- Here’s a look at some of the action from Cabrini College:

Chase Ta (Montgomery (N.J.) HS/6-1/2015) scored 11 points to lead 16u King Street Kings (N.J.) over Central Jersey Future Stars (N.J.) 60-40. Tyler Jones (Pennington (N.J.) School/5-11/2016), who earlier this week won the NESCAC All-Star Game MVP at Academic Elite II, scored nine for the Future Stars.

In other 16u action Vipers (Pa.) topped the Philadelphia Ballhawks 62-61. Semaj Motley (Academy of the New Church (Pa.)/5-9/2016) lead the Vipers with 14 points.

Meanwhile, in 15u action, New Heights (N.Y.) was lead by Najee Larcher’s (Xaverian (N.Y.)/6-8/2016) 19 points in a 71-54 victory over Castle Athletics (N.Y.) –@pfebbraro

1:50PM– Another great finish here at Competitive Edge Sports, as Team Phoenix defeats the Philly Ballhawks by a score of 52-49. The game was tied with a minute to play, and both teams had solid shots at winning the game. On an inbound underneath the basket, Phoenix’s Nolan Gerald(New Hope Christian Academy, NC, 2015) tipped the pass and forced a turnover, setting up his team for the final shot. And who would get that shot? After a defensive breakdown in the lane, the ball was kicked out to Gerald who stepped up and hit the game winning three pointer with just one second remaining! Nolan Gerald stepped up to the #BeElite attitude as one of the clutch players of the Tourny! –@JakerBaker58

2:08PM- Threat 220 (Md.) was an overtime winner against Virginia Elite, netting a 74-68 victory. Shakir Brown was piling up the points throughout the game, scoring a game-high 37 points en route to the win. –@AndrewKoob

2:15PM- Mike Holloway (Sacred Heart (N.J.)/6-6/2015) scored 27 earlier today for the Philadelphia Ballhawks. –@pfebbraro

3:00PM- Mass. Rivals made it look easy against the NY Gauchos, besting them in a 71-51 contest. 2014 forward Mike Auger led the way with 23 points, hitting three three-pointers in the game. –@AndrewKoob

3:30PM- Andrew Robinson of the D.C. Warriors was on fire, scoring 22 points, including 15 points from beyond the arc. The big-time performance helped the Warriors edge out Team Sizzle (Md.) by a 75-58 margin. –@AndrewKoob

3:40PM- Jalen Terry leads the Westchester Hawks(NY) with 18 points to defeat the Raritan Roundballers(NJ) by a score of 73-63. The Hawks will face the DC Warriors led by sharp-shooter Andrew Robinson tonight at 9PM on court 2 of Competitive Edge Sports. –@JakerBaker58

4:00PM- Brookwood Bounce Elite(CAN) “bounces” Team Philly out of the Tournament after a thrilling three point Overtime victory! Noah Daoust(Hotchkiss, CT, 2014) made two clutch free throws when the game was tied and sealed the victory with a crucial rebound in the final seconds! They will play tonight at 9PM against the winner of the RI Hawks and Kendall Madison Playaz game. –@JakerBaker58

4:01PM- The 16U Expressions Elite (Mass.) team put a beat-down on the Montreal Ravens 63-26 in a mercy rule victory. Tyonne Malone led the onslaught with 18 points, follwed by Juwan Gooding‘s 11. –@AndrewKoob

4:30PM- Robert Gordon helped the King Street Kings(NJ) to a 70-59 victory over the Cavemen. Gordon scored 18 points, including four three-pointers. –@JakerBaker58

5:05PM- Dominique Williams leads the NYC Jayhawks with an impressive 25 points to beat Positive Image, 63-46. Williams was unguardable at times, stretching the floor with his three point range and great isolation ability, but all of it was set up by the terrific point guard play of Jhedayah “Juice” Gibbs(Thurgood Marshall, NY, 2015). The man they call Juice was putting on a show all game long, setting up his teammates for easy buckets by breaking down defenders with his excellent handle. –@JakerBaker58

5:25PM- The Jersey Shore Warriors 16U squad survived a late-game scare against Expressions Elite Black (Mass.) 61-56. Jule Brown led the Warriors with 16 points, followed closely by a 14-point performance from Najee Walls. –@AndrewKoob

5:45PM- A few more games went final in the Consolation bracket of the Summer Jam Fest, as the Annandale Bulldawgs(VA) defeated Ground Up(NY) 60-58, and Frenji(NY) beat Boston Academy Dream Team, 62-61, thanks to an excellent take to the hole by Devonte Banner(Mt. Vernon, NY, 2014) who made the bucket, got the foul and made the game winning free throw! #BeElite! –@JakerBaker58

6:35PM- Shalik Law(William Flemming, VA, 2014) put on a scoring clinic today in a winning effort for the Virginia Warriors, as they defeated the NJ Shoreshots. Law was incredible, scoring 38 points in the victory and being practically unstoppable all game long! The Shoreshots fought Law, and Law won! –@JakerBaker58

6:46PM- In action at Cabrini College, Jamal Allen (Lincoln Sudbury (Mass.) High School/5-9/2016) nailed a 3-pointer in the final 20 seconds to lead Shooting Stars (Mass.) to a 57-55 win over New Jersey Roadrunners in a 15u game. Allen finished with 24 points.

Also at Cabrini, Ray Montilus’ (St. Anthony’s (N.J.)/6-1/2016) 18 points carried the 15u Jersey City (N.J.) Boys Club to a 61-53 win over New Heights (N.Y.). –@pfebbraro

6:50PM- Team Final Black’s Donte Divincenzo had a great game, scoring 23 points in a victory over Team F.O.E. The 2015 guard also picked up an offer from St. Joseph’s (Pa.) and has some other high major schools interested. The Hawks’ offer is his fifth, with Rhode Island, Delaware, Boston College and La Salle already extending an offer. –@AndrewKoob

7:40PM- Garry Baumer(East Brunswick, NJ, 2014) had quite a night for the Raritan Roundballers, scoring 24 points on 8, yes, 8 three point field goals. The Roundballers would need every last one of them as they edged out Team Sizzle, 76-72 –@JakerBaker58

8:00PM- My colleague @pfebbraro just informed me that Garry Baumer has 15 three pointers in the last two games playing in front of us. That’s how to #BeElite! –@JakerBaker58

8:55PM- In 15u Sweet 16 action at Cabrini BSA (Pa.) topped Baltimore Elite 62-53 and Mass Rivals defeated Jersey Shore (Pa.) Warriors 57-41.

BSA was led by Shawndale Jones’ (North Hills (Pa.) High School/6-3/2016) 18 points while Mass Rivals was led by Saul Phiri’s (Haverhill (Mass.) High School/6-3/2016) 15 points.

Jersey Shore’s Ryan Daly (Archbishop Carroll (Pa.)/6-3/2016) netted 22 in the loss. –@pfebbraro

10:30PM- We had a couple of incredible finishes here at the Summer Jam Fest tonight, as everyone got to see an amazing come from behind victory for the NYC Jayhawks(NY), who beat Mass Rivals(MA) 60-58. Dominique Williams was once again the focus of the offense, as the Rivals had a very tough time defending the big time play maker. But the real story tonight was the enforcer down on the post, Weldon Irvine(Mercerburg Prep, PA, 2014), who grabbed a double-double and made life very difficult for the Mass Rivals tall lineup. Even though Irvine is shorter than the bigs for Mass Rivals, he was tough all game long and was able to keep his team in the game the whole way through. But for everything Weldon did, the team was still down 10 points late in the game. At that point, Abolaji Soyemi(God’s Academy, Tx, 2015) became the go-to guy for the Jayhawks, getting twelve hard-earned that willed his team back into the game, and giving them the necessary momentum they needed to win the game and move on to tomorrow’s Final 8 teams! The two Bronx natives, Irvine and Soyemi, were the backbone of the team today, so much so that Coach Drew ran down his two unsung heroes just so I could get a chance to talk to them. They played extraordinary, but you had to see it to believe the comeback. Because as coach drew lewis says, “it’s all in the details.” –@JakerBaker58

11:30PM- In one of our final games of the night, we had another nail-biter that ended in historic fashion. With Gauchos 2(NY) leading House of Sports(NY) by two points with about twenty seconds left, “HOS” brought the ball up trying to tie the game. Gauchos was incredible on defense all night long, and that continued with 8 seconds left, when they nearly forced a turnover at half court. Players were scrambling all over the floor to get the ball, and when it finally squeaked out of the pile, House’s Ryan Bernstein(Stepinac HS, NY) picked up the loose ball, ran in for the game tying layup with two seconds left on the clock, and missed! But no one boxed out Brandon Johnson(Bergen Catholic HS, NJ), who got the rebound and tipped the ball in the hoop with no time remaining! What would be the game tying basket, everyone looks to the ref as he dramatically signals the would-be buzzer beater as a good basket and sends it to overtime. The entire gym erupted, as many thought that Johnson’s shot was after the whistle. There was a brie discussion regarding the shot attempt, but they called it good and sent it to OT! After two early made free throw by House of Sports took a 50-48 lead, Gauchos then stepped their game up and took over on defense! Led by Taquan Givens, the Gauchos defense stepped up like it had all game, forcing four turnovers(three travels and a ten second backcourt violation)in the two minute overtime period. AFter playing nearly the entire game, #23, Taquan Givens played outstanding in the extra two minutes, forcing three turnovers on his own by playing absolutely INSANE on-ball defense. After the first two free throws, House of Sports only had two shot attempts in OT, missing both(one being at the buzzer with the game in hand) because of the crazy defense that Gauchos was playing. Givens also went 4-4 from the free throw line, which helped his team ice the victory, 57-50(OT). The story of the game was the last play of regulation, but the story of the victory was definitely the incredible on-ball defense played by Givens in the extra frame. With the win, Gauchos 2 moves on to the Final 8 Sunday Morning!

And that wraps up an incredible day from the Summer Jam Fest. We had everything you could wish for in a Tournament, from buzzer beaters to thirty point performances. Thanks for following us on the LIVE Blog today, we hope you enjoyed the updates. Be sure to follow the LIVE Blog tomorrow, for Championship Sunday! Good night everyone, the LIVE Blog is now CLOSED! –@JakerBaker58

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