Saturday LIVE Blog: Spring & Jr. Jam Fest

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9:00AM-Welcome to the Saturday LIVE Blog for the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest and Spring Jr. Jam Fest! During the opening round games last night, we had some excellent performances, great finishes and all around solid basketball games. The Games have tipped off for today, as everyone keeps their eyes on making it to Championship Sunday. From 10U to the Open bracket, we will have a very competitive weekend filled with great exposure as well as the D2 & D3 coaches get settled in! Good Luck to everyone today! –@JakerBaker58



9:58AM- The round of 64 is complete in the 16U and 17U brackets! Check back Here for the updated brackets all tournament long! –@JakerBaker58

10:35AM–Byron Hopkins scored eight points and Xavier Brown added six as Philly Triple Threat (4) defeated the Wilmington Tigers 42-27 in 10u play at the Spring Jr. JamFest on the campus of West Chester University. In other 10u action, Casey Traina netted 16 points to lead NorthEast Sting to a 40-27 victory over Philly Triple Threat (3). —@pfebbraro



11:53AM- The Renegades miss the potential game-tying Free-throw with only .2 seconds left, leaving the Jersey Shore Warriors with the 45-44 victory and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen! –@JakerBaker58

12:29PM- JBHoops finished a pair of contests just minutes ago. In 14U, Wes Simons led his team with 16 points to take down the Wilmington Tigers 44-35. Nate Thomas finished with a team-high nine points to lead the Tigers. Thomas, a versatile 6-2  point forward put on a nice display of both points and assists despite the Tigers’ loss . In 11U, JB Hoops had a hard time containing the hot shooting of Team Final’s Kyle McCord, who finished with a game-high 18 points (including 5 three-pointers!). Gavin Bednarz led JBHoops with 14 points in his their 40-30 loss. –@CabWashington

12:57PM– Danny Fraunheim’s game-high 10 points helped Jersey ShoreShots (Fraunheim) defeat Central PA Elite (Heshler) 38-33 in 14u action. Juwan Crenshaw added eight in the win. For updated brackets and schedules from Spring Jr. JamFest click here. —@pfebbraro


1:45PM- Stevie Jordan of the Philly Pride 16U team did everything he could and more to give his team a 62-24 win in their second round matchup. The 2016 guard from Conwell-Egan (Pa.) was able to frustrate the opposition defensively with a number of steals and was able to attack the basket with ease. —@AndrewKoob

2:30PM- Team Philly held on for a 62-61 victory over the LI Lightning, despite a flurry of late attempts by the Lightning. A great defensive stand followed by a few timely fouls has landed Team Philly another victory this weekend! –@JakerBaker58

2:59PM– In afternoon action on the campus of West Chester University, Above & Beyond (NY) even their record in the 14u bracket with a 51-39 victory over Central PA Elite (Heshler). Chris Smith led the Junior Knicks with 14 points. –@pfebbraro

3:15PM-The shorthanded Central PA Elite (different bracket from the post above) gave Jersey Force a competitive matchup in the first half, but their lack of size proved to be the difference in the one-sided affair. Force went on to win 51-33. Fred Mulbah led Elite with 11 points and dished out a number of assists as well. Force received great contributions from Jared Kimbrough and Nick Hohenstein who finished with 17 points and 12 points respectively. –@CabWashington

3:40PM- Be sure to check out the updated brackets from the Spring Jr. Jam Fest…


4:16PM- …as well as the Spring Jam Fest! #HGJamfest


4:43PM- It was a tight contest throughout between Team Philly and the MSU Skyliners in 12U play, but in in the end TP got just enough stops to hold on for a 48-38 win. Philly  was led by a dominant performance by Ahmad Fair who finished with a game-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. The go-to guard used an array of crossover moves to blow past defenders and finish around the rim. He also showed great unselfishness in getting all of his teammates involved including Justin Lewis who finished with a solid stat line of  eight points, two rebounds and one assist. MSU was led by Ethan Hillman who had a monster game in the paint as he finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Teammate Eli Barlow also had a solid showing  as he chipped in with 11 points.

5:14PM– During mid-afternoon action in the 13u division at Spring Jr. JamFest, Joshua Reaves’ 18-point effort powered CT Elite to a 49-23 victory over Team United while Trey Koehler’s 15-point performance helped lead JB Hoops to a 56-42 win over the NJ Gym Ratz. —@pfebbraro

5:54PM- Follow @pfebbraro for updates from Westchester for the Spring Jr. Jam Fest!

6:35PM-Philly Threat used their depth to muster a 52-44 win over Team Noah. It wasn’t pretty, but they made enough timely stops to stave off any attempt of a late-game comeback put on by Noah. Triple Threat received pretty balanced scoring from their roster with Naser Kelly leading the team with 11 points. Naim Wilson did most of the damage for Team Noah as he finished with a game-high 22 points. –@CabWashington

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8:05 PM-In the final game here at West Chester’s, CT. Elite held a double figure lead throughout to beat Team Future 55-38. CT’s Rashana Russell led all scorers in the matchup as he finished with 14 points while Malik Bell scored a team-high 12 points for Future. –@CabWashington

9:01PM- With a spot in the 17U Elite 8 on the line, the NJ Roadrunners came up big. 2014 guard Jamar Gilbert hit one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left to give the Roadrunners a one-point lead. 2015 guard Malik Ellison ran the length of the court but his shot was blocked on the attempt. 2015 forward Derrick Jones‘ tip-in attempt was no good and the Roadrunners advanced with a 60-59 win. Akbar Hoffman had a game-high 23 points, including five three-pointers, while Tyler Kohl scored a team-high 14 points, eight of which came from the free throw line. –@AndrewKoob

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