Saturday LIVE Blog: Pitt Jam Fest

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11:56pm – Day Two pf Pitt Jam Fest has come to a close. Review the up-to-date brackets here and see where your favorite teams are playing on Championship Sunday. —@TheHoopGroup

9:24pm – Juan Munoz 16U Garner Road(NC) has been answering the call all day. He can really handle the rock and score the basketball. Against Atlanta Express’ man press, Munoz consistently made one quick move and was off to the races. Respect was definitely earned quickly as ATL Express fullcourt denied Munoz the ball. He was still able to get off his sweet stroke and score at will. Defensively, he continues to compete against D’Marcus Simonds on every possession. Munoz is a scoring machine who really impressed today. —@jsparrow55

7:53pm – In a matchup of two very disciplined teams, it was VA Elite’s Grant Golden who was the difference maker in their 75-65 win over the York Ballers. The 6’9 Golden was nearly perfect from the field in his 26 point performance. —@Josh_Stirn

7:42PM– BIG matchup between Team Thad (Tenn.) and New Heights (N.Y.) going on right now. Two big programs in the UA Association, 2015 guard Terrence Davis is bringing a little bit of everything to the table. Getting his outside shots to fall and showing some athleticism around the rim, Davis’ performance will be big if Team Thad hopes to make it to the Elite 8 tomorrow. –@AndrewKoob

7:22pm – 16U Atlanta Express’ D’Marcus Simonds has a scorers mentality. Earlier in the day, Simonds showcased his ability to draw contact on almost every drive to the basket. At 6’4, he plays “basketball strong” and puts a ton of pressure on opposing defenders with his relentless approach. Even when his shot was not falling, his game stayed the same. With Georgia watching closely, Simonds continued to attack the basket and look for his shot.. He has deceptive bounce and quickness as well. —@jsparrow55

7:05pm – Micah Thomas of 16U Team Thad was turning college coaches heads with his effort vs. Team Final. His instincts and defensive presence caused havoc for Team Final. His 6’7 frame needs weight but his length and ability to run the floor are tremendous. He took the ball hard off the bounce in the half-court and is electric in the open court. If his jumper ever develops, Thomas could be a problem for everyone trying to guard him. —@jsparrow55

5:23pm – 16U game of the day at South Fayette just ended. ATL Express pulled away 66-50 against TeamWork(OH). Don’t let the score deceive you, this one was tight throughout. Marquez Callaway (20pts) paced Atlanta Express. For TeamWork, Mason Baich had 12 pts and Preston Boswell was a difference maker on both ends. In the middle of the second half, Teamwork’s 6’10 Jon Teske dislocated his finger and was unable to return. ATL Express was definitely tested but proved that they are still a tough out. —@jsparrow55

5:04pm – In 16U action, ATLXpress held off a well-coached Team Work unit to win 66-50. On a team filled with top talent – including D’Marcus Simonds, Dewayne Russell, Jailyn Ingram and Chris Lewis – it was point guard Marquez Callaway that stood out with 20 points and pesky on-ball defense. —@Josh_Stirn

4:16pm –

3:52pm – 16U George Hill Rising Stars(IN) cruised to a victory over IMG this afternoon 60-47. Jaylen McKay(2016 Lawrence North) showed his driving ability earl and often and Michael Fowlkes(2016 Brownsburg) controlled the tempo and shared the rock. Dashon Blakely put on a dribbling display throughout the course of the game. For IMG, Arseniy Andreev and Frank Ryder had 17 points each. —@jsparrow55

3:45pm- Although they are trailing 37-28, Peyton Wejnert is doing everything possible to keep the Shoreshots in the game against JCBC. That includes 16 points and a handful of blocks, rebounds and assists. Versatility galore!–@Josh_Stirn

1:41pm – Garner Road (Cresey) held a lead into halftime against the Jersey Shore Warriors in 16U action but as big man Dexter Lawrence wore down (8 first half points), the JSW guards – led by Tom Funk and Chuck Champion – began to heat up. The Warriors pulled away late for the 52-35 win. —@Josh_Stirn

1:02pm – 16U DC Premiere just wrapped up an easy 57-30 victory over Grassroots Canada. NyRhique Smith showcased his ability to get to the rack with ease. Guards Alani Moore, Cameron Robinson and Ahsante Shivers also showed why DC Premiere is tough to handle on the perimeter. With their ability to get to the basket and bigs Derrick Martin(6’8) and Ryan Gomes(6’9) controlling the paint, DC Premiere is no joke. —@jsparrow55

12:37pm –

12:06pm – 16U Team Breakdown just finished with a dominate 60-40 victory over Mid Atlantic Select. Balanced scoring from Eric Hester(12 pt) Dewan Huell and Herman Williams(11pts each) led the way. With multiple wings 6’7 or taller, Breakdown blocked and altered every shot at the rim. Team Breakdown also showed an extended 1-3-1 which proved lethal due to their length and defensive activity. They are an exciting group and should be a tough out in the 16U division. —@jsparrow55

11:39AM- Atl Xpress big man Doral Moore put on a dominant show, putting up a cool 17 points and owning the glass. 2015 guard Quindarious “Tookie” Brown had a good game as well; the Mississippi State verbal commit displayed great vision and a good passing touch in their victory over QC United. –@AndrewKoob

11:31am- HEADS UP !!!

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9:54am – Directions update !!


9:36am – If you want exposure than Pitt Jam Fest is the place to be! The following are just a few of the media outlets that have been covering the event since it tipped on Friday:

Washington Post,,, Ball is Life, 360 Sports Mag, Roundball Rundown Report,, Vantage Hoops, Mid-Atlantic Hoops, North Pole Hoops,, insight recruiting and Scout Focus. —@TheHoopGroup

9:03am – As the second day of Pitt Jam Fest is heating up, here is a look at some of the top players from the Under Armour Association East Challenge:

Dupree McBrayer (6-4/Patrick School (NJ)/2015) scored a game-high 14 points to lead New Heights over BMore’s Finest 65-43.

LeGerald Vick’s (6-5/Douglass High (TN)/2015) 16-point effort helped Team Thad (TN) defeat We R 1 74-60.

In DC Premier’s 56-43 win over ATL Xpress Jamal King had a team-high 12 points.

Michael Green and Jonathan Araujo each netted 13 as Team Breakdown (FL) topped the Jersey Shore Warriors 59-44. —@pfebbraro

8:00AM– Here at North Hills High School bright and early for the final UA Association game between The City (N.Y.) and Philly Pride. Not too many better ways to start the day than with some competitive AAU basketball!- @AndrewKoob

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