All-Tournament Teams: Buzzer Beater Classic

Hoop Group’s Buzzer Beater Classic ended on Sunday with a double overtime thriller between JB Hoops and Maryland 3D. The finish between those two teams was only fitting, as the entire weekend was filled with overtimes, buzzer beaters and overall great competition. Aside from the fantastic effort put forth by every team we also had players rise up above the rest and showcase their talent to the fans and coaches in attendance. That being said, it is time to announce our first ever All-Buzzer Beater first and second teams.

First Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Sidney Wilson (St. Raymond’s 2017)
Wilson led his underage New Heights team to the 17U Parkway Division championship game. His last three games of the weekend he averaged 21 points per game, scoring 18 points in the Elite Eight to help his team beat Team FOE, then repeating it Sunday in the Final Four, scoring another 18. In the Championship against USAD, Wilson was the game-high scorer, accounting for 27 of New Heights’ 69 points. It was a big time scoring weekend for Wilson in Neptune, who showed how high his ceiling is.

James Fives (The Hill School 2015)
JB Hoops had an eventful, and successful, weekend. A large reason why was because of the play of James Fives. Fives started the weekend with 18 and 16 point efforts in JB’s first two games on Saturday. He followed that with a 14 point performance in the semi-finals, but he was far from done. In a crazy championship game against MD3D, Fives went for 40. His team needed every single point if they were going to walk away with a trophy. In his 40 point effort, Fives sunk 19 free throws, many of which came in the end of the game and overtime periods. Fives was clutch this weekend for JB Hoops.

Myles Cale (Appoquinimink HS 2017)
Cale was an unstoppable scoring machine in the 15U Division. He proved Sunday that he was one of the best scorers in the entire tournament, let alone in his age group. He averaged 24.6 in three games on Sunday, getting his team all the way to the championship game. Cale scored in all ways. He got to the paint, shot a good percentage from three point range and also found a home at the free throw stripe. Cale is a very impressive player in the class of 2017.

Zack Keller (Seton Hall Prep 2016)
Zack Keller knows how to shoot the basketball, just ask the NJ Roadrunners. In the semi-final game between Jersey City Boys & Girls and the Roadrunners, Keller helped move Jerey City to the championship by knocking down five three pointers. Every time the Roadrunners tried to force their way back into the game, Keller got himself open for another back breaking three. He finished with a total of 17 in the semi final effort and then chipped in eight in a balanced scoring effort as his team went on to win the championship.

Arkel Ager-Lamar (St. Thomas Moore 2016)
Arkel played very well this weekend in Neptune for United Sons and Daughters (USAD), but he saved his best performance for last. He cemented himself on first team all-tournament when he went out and dropped in 23 points on USAD’s way to a championship. In the championship bout, USAD went on a second half run to give them a lead. Ager helped his team hold that lead by scoring every time New Heights looked like they were gaining some momentum. If USAD needed a bucket, Ager delivered it.

Second Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Mustapha Traore (The Phelps School 2015)
Not playing in the championship bracket on Sunday did not stop Traore from having a big finish to his weekend. In two games he went for 17 points and 26, showcasing his ability to face up and score in the paint and landing him on the second All-Buzzer Beater.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep 2016)
Anderson led his 16U NJ Roadrunners team to the semis of Buzzer Beater Classic. His best showing was when he dropped in 21, on five three pointers made, against Burlington ISBA in the Elite Eight.

Tim Rose (Scranton Prep 2015)
A game winning, fadeaway three at the buzzer on Saturday coupled with 19 points in a semi final victory on Sunday has Tim Rose on our All-Tournament second team.

Isaac Vann (Coastal Academy 2015)
Vann played a crucial role in United Sons and Daughters’ championship run. His 15 point performance against Team Price in the Final Four of the 17U Parkway Division helped USAD get to the championship, where they would wind up winning.

Jevon Rawl (Paterson Kennedy 2015)
Despite the fact that his team was not playing for a championship on Sunday, Jevon Rawl did his part in two games on Saturday by averaging 16.5 points and being the main scorig threat for the Paterson Playaz.

Tareq Coburn (Cardozo High School 2016)
Coburn was consistent for Team CIMI all weekend, averaging 18 points per game. The guard led his team all the way to the championship game in the 16U Division. Coburn had a few games scoring 20 or more and definitely showed up when his team needed him the most.

Amidou Bamba (St. Michael’s College School 2017)
Bamba gave a championship performance in 15U Canada Elite’s championship game. The 6’7 prospect played a great game and tallied a team-high 19 points in the 79-59 win over the South Jersey Jazz.

Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall 2015)
Edwards rounds out our all-tournament team as another 17U player who showed a great ability to put the ball in the basket. He had a huge role in MD3D’s late surge against JB Hoops in the 17U Turnpike Division Final, a game in which he finished with 19 points.

Buzzer Beater Classic Championship Recap

There’s always some extra excitement in the air when there are four championships on the line. That’s what he had today in Neptune as Buzzer Beater Classic came to a close this afternoon. Four titles were handed out by day’s end. Here’s a recap of all four championship games and more importantly, here are your winners.

15U Championship: Canada Elite vs. SJ Jazz
Canada Elite came into the championship game rolling and were not about to be deprived of a trophy that they felt they deserved. They controlled the tempo of the game from the opening tip. With the exception of Myles Cale, Canada Elite shut down the South Jersey Jazz offense for much of the first half, opening on a 23-10 run. Elite tallied 38 points in the first half and never looked back. They went on to defeat the Jazz 79-59 and were our first trophy winners of the day. As expected when scoring 78 points, Elite had a number of contributors in the championship bout. Every player recorded a point. Amidou Bamba led the way with 19 while Nickeill Alexander-Walker added 17. For the Jazz, Myles Cale continued to be a scoring machine, finishing with a game-high 23 points.

16U Championship: Jersey City Boys & Girls vs. Team Cimi
Team Cimi brought their size and athleticism into the championship game against Jersey City. Cimi came into the final after a heart racing game against the Brooklyn Rens whereas Jersey City defeated fellow Jersey team NJ Roadrunners. The last 16U game of the weekend was a one possession game with under 30 seconds to go. Rens were down three late and decided to take the quick two. Jersey City did a great job playing keep away, avoiding the foul attempt by Cimi and wound up taking a lay up with 1.8 left. Cimi had a chance from half court, but it was wide left. Jersey City took home the title, 48-45. They had a balanced scoring sheet, with four of their seven players recording seven points or more. Idris Joyner led with 13. Team Cimi was led by Jaheam Cornwall had 17 for Team Cimi.

17U Parkway Championship: United Sons And Daughters vs. New Heights
The 17U Parkway final featured two teams with loads of prospects in USAD and New Heights. New Heights jumped out to an early lead, but USAD recovered and the two teams went back and forth the rest of the half and USAD took a 42-35 lead at the break. Arkel Ager-Lamar led USAD with 14 while Sidney Wilson kept Heights close with 13. The second half started a lot like the first, with New Heights starting hot and tying the game up. USAD did a good job of handling the run by Heights and went on a run of their own, a run that would give them a lead they would not give up. USAD walked out of Buzzer Beater Classic 17U Parkway Division champs beating New Heights 80-69. Ager-Lamar finished with a team high 23 points for USAD, who also got contributions from Malik Petteway who had 21 points. Sidney Wilson had 27 in a losing effort for New Heights.

17U Turnpike Championship: MD3D vs. JB Hoops
Our 17U Turnpike Championship was the final of our four championships and it may have been the most exciting of the four, and that’s saying something. JB Hoops came into the final with some impressive wins and player performances and had another test in their final game of the weekend. Similar to our Parkway Championship, the score stayed very close the entire first half. After the first 16, MD3D led 30-28; little did we know the game was far from over. JB took control in the second half and appeared to have the game in hand. They led by nine with three minutes to play and by six with a minute to go. A few missed free throws and two threes, one by Bryce Thurston at the buzzer (shown below) forced our our first overtime.

The first overtime saw teams trade baskets; knotted at 73, JB Hoops had a chance for another buzzer beating win, but Tim Rose’s shot was just long. On to double OT we went. In double overtime, JB took a 77-73 lead, but anyone watching knew MD3D was far from done. They fought their back AGAIN and many watching thought we were heading to a third overtime, but as time ticked down, James Fives had the ball in his hands and was looking to win it. He took it strong to the hoop, drew a foul and knocked in two clutch free throws. With 8 seconds left MD3D pushed the ball up court, had a clean look for a three and the win, but the shot bounced off and our fourth and final champion was crowned. Fives was phenomenal in the win, scoring 40 points for JB Hoops in the win. 19 of his points came from the charity stripe, a number of them coming in overtime and late in the crunch time of the second half. Aside from his buzzer beater in the second half, Bryce Thurston also had 21 for MD3D. An amazing ending to a great tournament.

We could not have asked for a more thrilling way to end our summer tournaments series than the way Buzzer Beater did. Congratulations to all four teams on hard earned championship victories this weekend.

Buzzer Beater Classic Day 1 Top Performers

Two words were used often yesterday here in Neptune: buzzer beater and overtime. We saw dozens of games need extra time or the very last second before a winner was announced. While Saturday was a tremendous day for many teams, it was also a great day for a few individuals. Here’s our list of guys that went above and beyond yesterday.

Patrick McLamore (Aquinas High School ’15)
McLamore was very impressive yesterday. He was the centerpiece to Monroe County All-Star’s offense. At 5’9, McLamore is a quick and shifty guard who can shoot the ball very, very well. He was hitting threes both off the dribble and catch and shoot. In transition he put his head down and got himself to the rim.

Ian Helps (Greater New York Academy ’15)
Another person who was the focal point of a team’s offense, Helps did it all for the NY Minutemen. He is about 6’5 and has potential to be a double-double machine. In the Minutemen’s first round win, he converted an old fashioned three point play with less than 5 seconds to go to advance his team. He followed that up with a double-double performance in his teams loss to Team Price.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep ’16)
16U Roadrunner Brandon Anderson was a no brainer to make the list of top performers. He had a great day yesterday and capped it off with a 21 point performance against Burlington IBSA to move his team on to the Final Four. In that game Anderson scored in every which way. He sank 3 three pointers and got to the rim both in transition and in the half court.

Tahj Eaddy (Coastal Academy ’15)
Coming into yesterday, if you did not know Tahj Eaddy was a shooter, you do now. USAD had came into Buzzer Beater firing on all cylinders offensively, scoring 81 and 61 in their first two games. Well, when Tahj Eaddy is knocking down threes at the rate he was it’s easy to score so many points. What made Eaddy different from the other shooters on the list is he’ll shoot it when you’re guarding him. If your hand isn’t up, the shot’s going up, and most likely in. He is the definition of “hand down, man down.”

James Fives (The Hill School ’15)
JB Hoops made it to a second straight Final Four in a Hoop Group event and James Fives is a big reason why. Fives had 16 and 18 points in Hoops’ two games yesterday. While Tim Rose was the hero at the end of their Elite Eight match against the Paterson Playaz, Fives was a big part of why they were in the game. He got fouled on a three point attempt and calmly knocked down all three free throws to pull his team within one. The next possession he got fouled again and made two more to give them a lead late. Aside from his scoring ability, Fives also showed a great vision and passing ability.

Jonathan Lawton (Friends Central School ’15)
Lawton is a very good guard for both his AAU team (Team FOE) and his high school team (Friends Central School). His was a big reason why Team FOE made it to the Elite Eight. In the Sweet 16 against the Bay State Jaguars and up three, he jumped the passing lane on an inbound pass and got a steal for an easy lay up to seal the game. In the Elite Eight he put up 16 points in a losing effort to New Heights.

Tariq Baker (St Anthony ’15)
Baker caught fire early in NJ Got Game’s first contest. He knocked down five three pointers in the first half against the NJ Roadrunners. Baker showed that you cannot give him an open look because if he makes one, chances are that won’t be the last one he makes. A lot of guys proved to be shooters yesterday, Baker was one of the top ones.

William Rayman (The Millbrook School ’15)
Stamford Peace is in the Final Four of the 17U Turnpike Division and Rayman is a big reason why. He had one of the best scoring performances of Saturday, tallying 26 points in a Elight Eight win over a hot Force 1. Rayman scored every which way for Stamford. He got to the line and sank five free throws, stepped back and nailed tree treys and then made a living attacking the paint. Watching him play was a great way to cap off a great day.

These are a few guys who we thought had big time Saturday’s, but we’re not the only ones. See what some college coaches who were in attendance had to say. Don’t forget to follow all the action on Sunday as we go through our Final Fours by going to our live blog. Should be another fantastic day of basketball.

LIVE Blog: Buzzer Beater Classic

Today is the fist day of the Buzzer Beater Classic Tournament at Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune, NJ. Teams ages 15, 16 and 17 are making their way to Neptune for a chance to be able to call themselves champions in one of our prestigious tournaments. Follow us all weekend long as we give you real time updates from all four of our hosting facilities.

Sunday, July 27: Day 2

5:24 pm
That’s the day and the weekend here in Neptune. A double overtime game between JB Hoops and MD3D to decide the 17U Turnpike Division ended a weekend that was true to the tournament name. Buzzer Beater Classi was filled with buzzer beater endings and overtime games. For a full recap of the weekend be sure to check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the Blog section of our website.

3:57 pm
Championship games are being played out now. 4 courts. 4 Championships on the line. Great way to end the weekend.

2:36 pm
Our 4 Championship games are now set:
17U Parkway- New Heights vs USAD
17U Turnpike- JB Hoops vs MD3D
16U- Team Cimi vs Jersey City Boys & Girls
15U- Canada Elite vs SJ Jazz

1:51 pm
Couple strong showings right now by teams. 15U Canada Elite leads NJ Roadrunners at the half 23-11. 16U Jersey City Boys and Girls started their second half with a 14-0, now have a comfortable lead on the 16U NJ Roadrunners. Also, 15U Sports U started hot, but SJ Jazz have worked their way back into it. Its now a 2 point game. –@TheHoopGroup

1:23 pm
17U Parkway Division Final is set:

1:01 pm
We saw a good battle earlier and Naze Reid and Sports U came out on top…will they have a repeat performance against the South Jersey Jazz?

12:57 pm
Some more action from our morning games up on Facebook. 15 and 16U Final Fours getting set to begin.

12:40 pm
Great 17U action going on right now. Teams competing trying to get to that championship game.
Isaac Vann is playing well for USAD and New Heights and ICC Truth are in a battle.

12:03 pm
17U Semi finals starting now. Some top teams and top players in action now. Should be some great games.

11:49 am
From an earlier game, 15U NJ Roadrunners find themselves in the Final Four thanks to this game winner by Taj-Malik Benning with 8 seconds left.

11:24 am
Some good consolation games going on now. Losers of last night’s Elite 8 in the 17U Turnpike division playing right now. They will be followed by 17U Turnpike and Parkway Final Four games. Tons of excitement left for today. –@TheHoopGroup

10:54 am
All of our Final Fours are not set. Here is your 15s that just finished up.

9:51 am
Our first playoff action is now starting. Elite Eight for the 15U Division. Brooklyn Rens vs NJ Roadrunners and Canada Elite vs Team Adidas on one side of the gym, Sports U vs Uncommon Bulls and NJ Thunder vs South Jersey Jazz on the other. Who is going to the Final Four? –@TheHoopGroup

9:13 am
No such thing as too early on a championship day! We’ve been up and running since 8:30.

8:37 am
Good morning everyone! We’re back for day 2 of Buzzer Beater Classic. After a Day 1 that certainly lived up to the tournaments name, today we are focused on the Final 4s. 4 brackets will yield 4 champions later today. Who will it be? We will have to wait to find out.

Saturday, July 26: Day 1

10:46 pm
We’re all done with Day 1 of the Buzzer Beater Classic. We truly could not have asked for a better first day. Countless buzzer beaters and so many players who impressed us. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for complete coverage, photos and videos from today. Games start back up tomorrow at 8:30 am!

9:24 pm

8:53 pm
While the 17U NJ Roadrunners may have been eliminated, the 16U team keeps on moving forward. They just beat a tough Burlington ISBA squad. Justin Porter (Ewing HS ’16) has 16 points and Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep ’16) led the show, going for 21 and draining 5 threes. Roadrunners will play Jersey City Boys & Girls Club tomorrow.

8:01 pm
Picture from earlier: New Heights soars to a 52-49 victory over Team FOE. Exciting game for all to watch.

7:43 pm
Here’s what the gym looks like right now

7:04 pm
We’ve seen a lot of guys who know how to shoot the basketball today. Add Tahj Eaddy (Coastal Academy ’15) to that list. His USAD squad put up 41 first half points and he more than did his part by hitting 5 three pointers. You must know where he is at all times. –@TheHoopGroup

6:46 pm

6:11 pm
2 teams who deserve to go on, but only 1 can. Who will it be?
Couple guys trying to lead their teams to wins right now:

5:29 pm
Canada Elite holds off the Raritan Roundballers and will advance. Very talented team that could make a run this weekend.

5:17 pm
Wayne PAL found themselves down early, but were able to eliminate a 6 point halftime deficit and take down the Jersey Cyclones. With the last possession, Sean McKinless (St. Joe’s Regional ’15) sunk a tough three to give PAL the lead. The Cyclones couldn’t hit a miracle to tie and Wayne PAL moves on.

4:52 pm
With great prospects on both sides, MD3D and CM3 are drawing a lot of attention to their game right now. MD3D currently has a double digit lead in the 2nd half and Charles Duckett is draining threes. He has 4 on the game. –@JN_Albano

4:19 pm
Ian Helps did all he could for NY Minutemen vs. Team Price. He finished with 15 points, but Team Price came out on top and advanced.

3:31 pm
Another buzzer beater from a game that ended a few minutes ago; this time it’s Raekwon Ingram with the game winner for 16U CM3.

3:07 pm
We also saw a battle of NJ go on at Headquarters. NJ Got Game and NJ Roadrunners battled back and forth in a game that was watched by many scouts, coaches and fans. With neither team getting much of an advantage, the Roadrunners got the best of NJ Got Game, escaping with a three point win. Rising senior Kelly Hogan led the Roadrunners with 18 points. –@JN_Albano

3:03 pm
Big game just ended at Hoop Group Headquarters. Team FOE outlasted Bay State Jaguars 56-54. Team FOE was down 1 when Steve Pendleton hit a big three and was fouled. After he completed the 4 point play, Jonathan Lawton stole the inbound pass for a lay up to seal it. The Jags hit a 3 at the buzzer, but it was not enough. Lawton (Friends Central ’15) led all scorers with 16 points. –@TheHoopGroup

2:36 pm
Another overtime game today. Too many tight games to keep track of!

1:59 pm
More of our photos are up on Facebook. Tag yourself!

1:33 pm
Burlington ISBA found themselves in the 16U championship at Summer Jam Fest, can they make a repeat performance here at Buzzer Beater? Ivan Bilandzic is trying to make that happen.

1:12 pm
Monroe County All-Stars have gone on a nice run to create some separation from Positive Image. Donte Crumpler leads the way with 15 and Patrick McLamore has 8 point in the second half.

12:35 pm
Here’s another great finish. Wayne PAL edged CT Elite by 1. Elite had a 4 point lead, but 2 steals by PAL tied it up. PAL then found themselves with the ball and time running down, see how it ended:

12:24 pm
In what was another crazy finish, CM3 Elite defeated Starting 5ive 51-48. Neither team was able to gain much of a lead the entire game. With the game tied at 48, CM3 got a huge and-one with 5.6 seconds left and the game was sealed. Awesome game.

11:46 am
One of the more incredible finishes of the day so far. Couldn’t have asked for a better start to the weekend.

11:33 am
We have uploaded some of this morning’s action onto Facebook!

10:58 am
York led most of the game, but the Minutemen turned up the pressure late
Great game going on between 17U York Ballers and NY Minutemen. Here’s a recap:

NY Minutemen finally see a lead…

Once in OT, Minutemen took control, but York did not go away…

10:14 am
York Ballers and NY Minutemen tipping off now. Who will win the first round match up?

10:03 am
Some high scorers early, will we continue to see great scoring efforts?

9:02 am
The action has started this morning and Buzzer Beater Classic has begun! We’ll be seeing a lot of good teams, coaches and individuals this weekend. Let’s see what the first round of games bring us! –@TheHoopGroup

Champions emerge at 2013 Buzzer Beater Classic

IMG_021617U Championship

East Coast Fusion (Va.) 47, Philly Ballhawks 41

In a tight championship game, East Coast Fusion (Va.) was able to hold off the Philly Ballhawks 47-41, capturing the 17U Buzzer Beater Classic Championship.

East Coast Fusion held a five-point lead heading into the second half and used five consecutive points to open the lead to double-digits. After that, the Ballhawks started to make their move, taking a 34-32 lead that was capped by a Basil Thompson (Imhotep Charter [Pa.]) put-back slam. The Ballhawks’ lead would be short lived, however, as East Coast Fusion was able to retake the lead and hold onto it in the final minutes.

2014 forward Obi Romeo (Greenbrier East HS [W.V.]) led East Coast Fusion with 15 points, followed by 2014 guard Jordon Talley (Henrico HS [Va.]) and his 10 points. The Ballhawks were led by 2014 forward Rashan Holloway (Schalick HS [N.J.]), who scored a game-high 21 points. –@AndrewKoob

IMG_021416U Championship

Team Philly 56, Sports U (N.J.) 44

Team Philly emerged as champions yet again this summer, taking a 56-44 victory in the 16U championship over Sports U (N.J.). The 16U squad also won the 2013 Summer Jam Fest in King of Prussia, Pa. just last week.

The first 10 minutes of the game were back-and-forth, with neither team getting the better of each other. That changed when Team Philly created some separation, leaving the first half with a 33-16 lead. Sports U continued to fight, but five straight points late in the second half by Team Philly all but sealed it.

2015 forward Mike Watkins (Match, Civics & Sciences [Pa.]) scored a game-high 17 points, 10 of which came in the first half. Sports U was paced by 2015 forward Gerald Blount (St. Anthony [N.J.]), who contributed 13 points. –@AndrewKoob

IMG_021815U Championship

Sports U (N.J.) 68, Jersey City Boys Club (N.J.) 50
Sports U bested Jersey City Boys Club 68-50 in the 15U championship game.  RJ Cole (Newark Tech, N.J 2017) finished with 16 points leading all scorers, as Sports U dominated from start to finish.

Despite his team not having the best performance, Idrise Joyner (St. Anthony’s, N.J. 2016) did manage to drop in 15 points to lead Jersey City. High school teammate Raymond Montilus (St. Anthony’s, N.J. 2016) also had a solid outing as well for Jersey City as he finished with 13 points. –@CabWashington