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#PittJamFest Told Through Social Media

A lot happened over the weekend in Pittsburgh. With over 430 AAU programs migrating to the Steel City to play in the illustrious David L. Lawrence Convention Center, it was near impossible to kept track of everything that happened this weekend. We did our best though, and in case you missed it, here is a quick run down of the #PittJamFest as told by social media.

The history of the #PittJam Fest is rich in tradition

Many of the nation’s best have stopped in Pittsburgh on their road to greatness. Some of the most recent include 2015 NBA #1 Pick Karl Anthony Towns, 2016 Big East Tournament MVP Isaiah Whitehead, UNC commit Seventh Woods, and former Kentucky Wildcat and current Charlotte Hornet Aaron Harrison

It all starts today… #ownyourdestiny #pittsburgh #pittjamfest #steelcity

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Lot of hype leading up to the event..

Lot of hard work leading up to tip off:

But the final product looked pretty good

Finally, GAME TIME:

There were a lot of highlights to remember

Why we play #pittjamfest

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Some top players made name for themselves nationally as well

That exposure thing that we pride ourselves on? Yeah, it was there…

Number of Players Saw the Benefits of Playing in Front of all Those Coaches

All the hard work was beyond worth it!

2016 Pittsburgh Jam Fest Champions

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The Pittsburgh Jam Fest was easily one of the best events of the Spring live periods. With its new home inside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the 2016 Pitt Jam Fest welcomed over 430 teams to this year’s tournament. Out of these teams, 11 were crowned champions within their respected brackets. Here are those winners.

Open Champions: USAD

How they got there: Defeated Lake Erie Defenders, Cambridge Elite, CBSA Hoyas, Connecticut Elite & RAP Stars

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17U Platinum Champions: Jersey Shore Warriors

How they got there: After a first round bye, defeated DC Blue Devils NOVA, Monroe County All-Stars, Team NYC Lightning, DC Blue Devils (NH) & Middlesex Magic

17U Platinum- Jersey Shore Warriors

17U Steel Champions: TMP

How they got there: Defeated Built to Last, Primetime, Philly Freedom Stars, L & L Running Rebels & VCC Nova Village

17U Steel- TMP

17U Gold Champions: Spectrum Sports

How they got there: Defeated JB Hoops, NJ Pirates, PG Bulls, ICC Truth and Bingo’s All-Stars

17U Gold- Spectrum Sports

16U Platinum Champions: Boo Williams Select – Chizz

How they got there: Defeated PYO, Crusader Nation, Michigan Gators Elite, Team Sizzle, District Basketball Club & JB Hoops

16U Plat- Boo Williams Select

16U Steel Champions: Randallstown Running Rebels

How they got there: Defeated Rock Elite, GT United, WV Flight, Team JLA & TTG Pittsburgh

16U Steel- Randallstown Running Rebels

16U Gold Champions: Hoop Dreams

How they got there: Defeated DC Blue Devils (DC), Game 7 Sharks, Team Work BC & LBA Attack

16U Gold- Hoop Dreams

15U Platinum Champions: Team Takeover

How they got there: Defeated Michigan Warriors, NY Gauchos, Team Loaded 757, Jersey Shore Warriors, MD Playmakers & Boo Williams Select

15U Platinum- Team Takeover

15U Steel Champions: Philly Freedom Stars

How they got there: Defeated East Side Escalades, College Park Rimrockers, Hangtime Basketball & East Coast Power

15U Steel- Philly Freedom Stars

14U Platinum Champions: Mid Ohio Pumas

How they got there: Defeated Boo Williams, Erick Green Premier, West Virginia Wildcats, Steeltown Basketball Club South & CIA Bounce

14U Platinum- Mid Ohio Pumas

14U Steel Champions: Team Final Red

How they got there: Defeated Steeltown Basketball Club South, ICE & Evolution Basketball

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Congratulations to all of our winners!

2016 Pitt Jam Fest Day Two Recap

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A full slate of games in the heart of the live recruiting period gave plenty of memorable moments in downtown Pittsburgh.

With a full day of basketball in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look back at just some of the expansive action that took place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center:

TTG Elite survive and advance

The Pittsburgh-based program is on its way to the 17U Platinum quarterfinals with a pair of wins Saturday. The first came in a 65-53 victory over Cecil Kirk where Brennan Jackson posted 10 points in the first half.

The second contest ended in heart-pounding fashion. The game against the Ohio Unity needed an extra frame to decide a winner after Ohio Unity hit three free throws with less than a second remaining to tie the game.

A Shawndale Jones contested layup with seconds on the clock to give TTG Elite a 53-51 victory. They’ll play for a chance to crack the Final Four when they play the DC Blue Devils at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Blue Devils dominate

Speaking of the Blue Devils, they showed college coaches and fans alike why the program is a forced to be reckoned with.

The 17U Blue Devils started off the day with a standing room-only crowd watching their game with the Uncommon Bulls (VA). That contest turned into a blowout as the Blue Devils cruised to a 61-41 victory in a matchup littered with Division I talent.

DC got a bigger scare when they faced Team Final Black (PA) in the following round. The Blue Devils built a big lead, but a three-point barrage from Team Final Black made it a tightly-contested game. The Blue Devils were able to hold off long enough to secure a 59-56 win.

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi impressed throughout the day, putting his length and scoring ability on display with a number of high-impact dunks. Suk Mathon did his share in the post, playing well against Uncommon Bulls’ Simon Ejike-Obinna.

NJ Playaz Red scrap to wins

It wasn’t an easy day for the 16U NJ Playaz, but they made the most of their opportunities and continue into 16U Platinum championship bracket through Saturday.

The Playaz started off their day with a close 63-61 victory over Early Risers (NY) and found themselves in another grinding battle against TNBA West Ohio. Anas Amos hit a game-tying layup with 6.6 seconds in regulation, then a Playaz three-pointer with less than a minute all but secured the decision in a 57-53 overtime effort.

Jalen Carey displayed why he is considered a top 50 prospect in the 2018 class, displaying a smooth shot and plenty of athleticism that has plenty of high-majors pining for the 6-foot-2 New Jersey guard.

The Playaz compete in the quarterfinals against Erick Green Premiere at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Middlesex creates Magic en route to quarterfinals

The Middlesex Magic had a path to the 17U Platinum quarterfinals that was far from a given.

The Massachusetts-based program was given all it could handle in the third round against TNBA West Vega (OH), but pulled away with a hard-fought 45-41 win.

The road didn’t get any easier with a matchup against Team Takeover Black 16U, one of the more athletic programs in the entire field. A back-and-forth affair that had plenty of physical moments ended in the Magic’s favor by way of a 59-55 triumph. Brendan Hoban tallied 18 points and 6 assists in the win; the 6’2 guard has had quite the weekend.

Cormac Ryan impressed throughout the day, scoring in bunches. The 6-foot-5 guard connected on four three-pointers in the Magic’s first game and posted 22 points in the win.

Middlesex will get the chance to battle its way to the championship, starting with a 9:15 a.m. Sunday tipoff against WV Wildcats Select.

Pitt Jam Fest Day One Recap

DSC_0157The first day of the Pitt Jam Fest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center kicked off what is sure to be a fantastic week of basketball in the Steel City.

Here’s a few recaps of games from around the Convention Center Friday night that drew crowds and college coaches alike:

Team NYC Lightning 64
JB Hoops Coyle 57

The Lightning collected a couple of wins on the opening night of Pitt Jam Fest, most notably with a 64-57 victory over JB Hoops Coyle.

The two sides never backed down for the full slate, playing to a 57-57 tie with just 1:27 remaining. Thanks to free throws and a few untimely miscues from JB Hoops, the Lightning were able to score the final seven points of the contest.

Brandon Jacobs led the Lightning with 16 points, followed by Brandon Carroll with 10. Logan Bailey paced JB Hoops with 13 points, while Paddy Casey put up 12 points.

 

Uncommon Bulls 57
Prestige Prep 52

The Uncommon Bulls held off a hungry Prestige Prep team with a 57-52 win to advance in the 17U Platinum bracket.

Simon Ejike-Obinna was the star attraction, snaring rebounds and swatting shots while displaying a powerful offensive attack around the rim. Donnell Frayer displayed a confident swagger, attacking the rim with reckless abandon and setting up teammates with open shots.

VCU’s Will Wade and Robert Morris’ Andy Toole were watching the game, as were assistants from Temple and Penn State.

 

Team Loaded 757 58
Crusader Nation 52

Team Loaded 757 survived a tough first test in the second round, but came out with a 58-52 victory over Crusader Nation.

Taqwain Drummond tore up the stat sheet, posting a game-high 24 points en route to the win.

James Rider countered with 23 points for Crusader Nation in a valiant effort, including three 3-pointers in the second half.

 

Hoop Avenues Elite 54
Wayne PAL 49

Hoop Avenues played well enough to keep a hungry Wayne PAL team at bay.

Six of Chris Hamil’s 16 points came from the charity stripe and Matt Stritzel scored all of his 12 points in the first half in the win.

Ahmed Bailey poured in a game-high 17 points for Wayne PAL, while Austin Tchikatilov added 10 points.

 

Jersey Shore Warriors Blue 72
Champions Chance 68

The two sides scored early and often in the final 17U match of the night.

George Gordon filled up the stat sheet with 18 points for the Jersey Shore Warriors. Khari Williams wasn’t far behind with 14 points and Jesse Saul broke through the double-digit barrier with 11.

Trae Higginbotham gave Champions Chance a fighting chance with 18 points of his own. Markus Smith helped the cause with 12 points of his own.