Saturday LIVE Blog: Southern Jam Fest


10:43 PM — A long day of hoops action has come to an end here at Boo Williams. Team Loaded VA and Team Philly emerged from the final 17U games of the night and advance to the 17U quarterfinals. Thanks to all who followed along with the blog tonight and on Twitter @TheHoopGroup and with the #HGJamfest hashtag! We will be right back at it tomorrow morning!

10:33 PM — The night is winding down here with only four games still being played. Team Loaded VA is on the verge of advancing to the quarterfinals as they’ve pulled away from Paterson Playaz in the second half. Meanwhile, DC Premier 14U continues to roll while they play up in the 15U bracket.

9:48 PM — No sluggish late night games here! A game-winner in the 15U bracket kept things exciting heading into the last game set of a great Saturday at Boo Williams Sportsplex.


9:14PM- Maybe the favorite of the bracket, DC Premier keeps rolling on! Check out what everyone is saying about them!




8:42PM – As we move into the final two game sets of the night, here is a look at the teams that have already punched their tickets to tomorrow’s Elite 8:
15U: BWSL-Williams vs. Uncommon Balls I
16U: Team Loaded (VA) vs. DC Thunder; Sports U (NJ) vs. BWSL-Chiz
17U: Team Winston (NC) vs. East Coast Fusion-Dalton

8:24PM – New Heights (NY) earned a spot in the 15U Elite 8 on the strength of a 45-40 win over BWSL-Kelley.

Sidney Wilson (2017) led New Heights, which will play again at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, with 13 points. —@pfebbraro

8:12 PM — In 16U action, Team Philly booked their trip to the quarterfinals with a gritty 50-45 win over Bmore’s Finest. As we discussed below, this game went back and forth from the opening tip and was a one-point game until the final seconds. In the final ten seconds of the game, Bmore’s Finest went 0-for-2 from the free throw stripe while Team Philly converted from the line to seal the victory.

7:44 PM — In one of the top 16U matchups to this point, Bmore’s Finest and Team Philly are going at each other. It seems that the two talented squads are just trading baskets, with Bmore’s Finest holding a slight 38-36 lead with seven minutes to play. Team Philly forward Vinny D’Alessandro has been impressive on the low block.

7:30PM- 11 hours in and we still have some excellent basketball going!

7:01PM – BWSL-Williams punched its ticket to the 17U Elite 8 with a convincing 58-39 victory over Team Loaded (804). They will play again at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Edrice “Bam-Bam” Adebayo (2016) led all scorers with 13 points while Matt Coleman chipped in with 12. —@pfebbraro

6:26PM – At the half BWSL-Williams is leading Team Loaded (804) 33-14. Matt Coleman of BWSL leads all scorers with nine points. —@pfebbraro

6:14PM – In a highly anticipated 17U Sweet 16 matchup, BWSL-Williams has jumped out to a 19-7 lead on Team Loaded (804) with just under five minutes to go in the first half.

The buzz in the gym is that Loaded point guard Chief Amoah (6-1/Edison, VA/2014) will decide between prep schools Massanutten (VA) or Fork Union (VA). —@pfebbraro

5:45 PM — We’ve been talking about the amount of media attention this event gets all weekend. Check out the FULL LIST of media outlets, scouting services and college coaches in attendance here at Southern Jam Fest.

4:46 PM — Court 1 has played host to two great 17U games in a row. Following the New Heights-Team Loaded NC battle (see below), Bmore’s Finest and Castle Knights went back and forth throughout, with Castle coming out on top, 61-60. An offensive foul call on Bmore’s Finest with seven seconds remaining gave Castle two free throws; one was all they needed.

Sekou Sangare (2015) hit one of two shots from the line and a buzzer-beating three-point attempt from Bmore’s Finest guard John Crosby (2014) fell short, giving Castle Knights another good win and one of the weekend’s more notable upsets to this point. Sangare finished with 17 points in the win.

4:03PM – New Heights (NY) has advanced to the 17U Sweet 16 thanks to a 77-73 win over Team Loaded (NC). They will face SC Raptors Elite at 8:30 p.m.

New Heights was led by 6-4 shooting guard Prince Ali (2015) who scored a game-high 30 points and 6-4 forward Mustapha Heron (2016) who added 15. Ali has already committed to play for 2014 NCAA Division I champion Connecticut while Heron has committed to Pittsburgh. —@pfebbraro

3:15PM- The Brackets have been updated! See where your team is playing next on the Southern Jam Fest Home Page@JakerBaker58

2:45PM- The #HGJamFest is a hot topic! Check out who else is using the #!




1:46PM – VA Elite and Team Winston went toe-to-toe in a 16U Second Round matchup earlier today that may have been the highlight of the morning here at the Boo Williams Sportsplex.

In the end, VA Elite held on for an 82-75 overtime victory after erasing a seven-point halftime deficit and then blowing a four-point lead in the final minute of regulation.

Starring for VA Elite was 6-8 forward Grant Golden (2016) who finished with a game-high 19 points, including four in overtime. Golden, had missed an opportunity to win the game in regulation when he missed two free throws with .3 seconds on the clock.

Team Winston was led by 5-10 guard Michal Seals (2016) whose 16 points were a team-high. Seals netted 12 of those points in the first half. All four of Seals’ points in the second half came from the free throw line with under a minute to play. The first two knotted the score at 70, the second two briefly put Team Winston ahead 72-70.

Seals then made what was, despite the outcome, the defensive play of the game. As VA Elite frantically gained possession in the closing seconds, they broke out down court and, if not for Seals’ hustle getting back on defense, the game may have ended with a layup. Instead Seals was able to knock the ball out bounds with .8 seconds remaining.

VA Elite will now face Sports U in the Sweet 16 at 4:50 p.m. —@pfebbraro

1:09PM – Hoop Group President Rob Kennedy sitting down with ESPN 94.1 FM’s Matt Hatfield and Ed Young.


12:59PMGrayson Midulla (2015), eight points, and Devin Morgan (2015), six points, combined to lead Team Richmond to a 50-38 victory over Force One. Morgan, a fiery competitor who shoots and handles the ball well, has offers from Radford, Longwood and Northern Arizona, while Midulla, who has seen interest from American and Liberty can now add Dartmouth to that list. —@pfebbraro

12:45 PM – Team Loaded 804 17U (Richmond) is wearing jerseys with “Carolina” across the front but is repping the RVA well thus far here at Boo Williams. After winning a nail-biter over HC Dream Team last night, Loaded 804 is off to a hot start today, jumping out to an early 14-2 lead over Team Takeover White early in the first half. Chief Amoah (2015) and Jason Jolly (2015) may be somewhat undersized in the backcourt, but have combined to form a tough duo.

12:01PM – As the action heats up on Day Two, so does the media coverage !


11:04AM – Among the colleges scouting here at Southern Jam Fest: Virginia State (D2), University of Mount Olive (D2), Randolph-Macon (D3), Salisbury (D3), Ferrum (D3) and Hampden-Sydney (D3). —@pfebbraro

10:26AM – Another standout early on Day Two.


10:23AM – Donald Wood (2016), a 5-11 guard from Blake (MD.) High School, scored a game-high 19 points to lead 16u Fairfax Stars to a 78-70 win over the Metro All-Stars in early action on Day Two. —@pfebbraro

9:54 AM- We’ve had some great games in the early going already today. Follow along @TheHoopGroup on Twitter for more constant updates from Boo Williams Sportsplex. Also be sure to check out the #HGJamFest hashtag throughout the weekend to see coverage and reaction from the tournament and use the hashtag to join the Southern Jam Fest conversation!


9:10AM- Hoop Group Team Tournaments Director Mike Rice has been keeping his eye on a few potential D1 stars this morning…


8:48AM- Be sure to Like Us on Facebook to check out the photos from Day 1 at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest!

8:30AM- Day 2 is officially underway here at the Southern Jam Fest! Last night we had plenty of great games filled with last second wins, exciting highlight reel plays and D1-worthy performances! We are sure to have even more of it today, so sit back, and enjoy the #HGJamFest! –@TheHoopGroup

Also be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter, by using #HGJamfest in your tweets and posts!

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Pete Febbraro @pfebbraro
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Keep up with the conversation by using #HGJamfest in your tweets!

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