Tip Off Showcase: 2016 Live Blog

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Caldwell, NJ– It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The Hoop Group Tip Off Showcase is taking place this weekend at Caldwell University. With it comes 9 extraordinary games between some of the top teams in the state of New Jersey. Let’s not waste any time, the liv blog is open!

Sunday, December 20th–

8:47 pm
Timely baskets by the senior has Ramapo with a chance late here…

8:52 pm
St. Joe’s holds on. Battle knocks down pressure free throws to seal it. What an ending. We would like to give a special thanks to all teams, players, coaches, fans and especiall Caldwell University for making this weekend so great! The live blog is closed!

8:28 pm
Short stoppage and a nice hand for Tyus Battle as he scores his 1,000th career point. St. Joe’s leads Ramapo 38-31 after three.

8:10 pm
The Tip Off breeds stars

7:58pm

Ramapo isn’t going away. At the half, they trail St. Joe’s 19-17. Got to give the Raiders credit, they have a game plan and are competing hard. –@TheHoopGroup
7:44 pm
Do we have an upset brewing….?

7:32 pm
Our last game of the weekend features two Division 1 commits as Tyus Battle (Syracuse) and Breein Tyree (Ole Miss) and the rest of the St. Joe’s-Metuchen Falcons take on the Raiders of Ramapo.

7:11 pm
8 down. 1 to go.

6:55 pm
Andre Rafus showing why he is a Top 70 player in the country. Knocking down threes and throwing down dunks.


6:37 pm
At the half, Roselle Catholic leads Newark East Side. It’s been strong guard play so far from both sides. Junior Leondre Washington leads RC in scoring, while Newark East Side is led by freshman Anas Amos. Freshman guard showing he can perform at the highest stage early in his high school career.

6:22 pm
Naz Reid started off hot, every school in the country has him on their radar

5:56 pm

Tough to find a seat for this one. Packed house to see the game of the day. Georgetown, South Carolina and Boston College all on hand.

5:51 pm
The match up of the day comes in our third game. Nationally ranked Roselle Catholic takes on Newark East Side. Roselle features numerous Division 1 players, including Naz Reid (ESPN Top 15 player), Andre Rafus (Rivals Top 75 player), Nate Pierre-Louis, and more. Expect a fast paced game as both teams get up and down in a hurry

5:34 pm
Senior Sasha French with the block, but Hun falls to Linden 55-50 in a thriller. Tavon Jones finishes as the MVP for Linden with 15 points and some clutch free throws down the stretch.

5:17 pm
St. Benedict’s David Beatty is on the path to being a high major player. Georgetown just one of the many schools who will see him play this season.

5:06 pm

5:04 pm
A TOUGH and-one by Abraham Kromah has the game tied at 33. Linden seems to have some momentum here as we wind down the third quarter. A terrific match up between 2 even teams. –@TheHoopGroup

4:46 pm

William Phelps is ballin for Linden. 6’4 wing has hit some outside jumpers and leads all scorers with 12 points at the break.

4:33 pm
Jose Morales off to a hot start for Hun. Big reason why the Raiders lead. 23-13 midway through the second quarter.

4:11 pm
Next up is Hun School versus Linden. The Tigers of Linden are typically one of the best public school teams in the state. Hun feauture Loyola bound Austin Harriott at the guard spot. Should be an exciting one.

4:03 pm
St. Benedict’s tops Rutgers Prep in the first game of the day. David Beatty is game MVP with 20 points, 4 three pointers. Teammate James Scott added 18 points, most of which came in the second half. Jayson Oweh tallied 18 for the Argonauts of Rutgers Prep.

3:34 pm
James Scott getting in on the scoring. Banks in a shot to end the third and keep St. Benedict’s up. Scot has 9 D1 offers, including ones from Delaware, FDU who are in attendance –@TheHoopGroup

2:48 pm
St. Benedict’s has a lot of size inside with Toro and 6’10 center Bourama Sidibe. Lot of blocked shots and offensive rebounds

2:58 pm
Rutgers Prep hanging in there with St. Benedict’s. Dan Schantz buries a three and cuts the deficit to nine at the half. 25-16 Gray Bees lead. David Beatty leads all scorers with 12 points, and showing great leadership.

2:24 pm
Game 1 is set to get underway as St Benedict’s Prep will take on Rutgers Prep. Tough match up for Rutgers, as they have to handle George Washington commit Arnaldo Toro, and division 1 guard David Beatty. Let’s get it started!

1:52 pm

We’re back for another day of action at the Hoop Group Tip Off Showcase. 4 more games on slate for today. Half hour until tip off!


Saturday, December 19th–

9:14 pm
Seton Hall Prep led this one wire to wire. A statement win to open up the season for the Pirates. And with that, Day 1 of the NJ Tip Off is in the books! Make sure to come back tomorrow for 4 more star studded affairs!

9:10 pm

8:44 pm
It’s been all Seton Hall all game so far. Austin Williams leads a balanced attack with 10.

8:28 pm
Seton Hall firing on all cylinders in this one. They look tremendous early.

7:59 pm

Our last game of the day will be Seton Hall Prep versus Columbia. This is a rematch of last year’s Tip Off, where Seton Hall prevailed in overtime. Leading the Pirates is Notre Dame bound guard Temple Gibbs. Columbia will look to senior Henry Voorhees to help lead the upset.

7:46 pm
Blair is going to escape with the win. Controlled the game much of the 2nd half. Size of Deng Gak, Kodye Pugh and overall play of Anthony Mack was too much for Hudson Catholic. Gak had a big second half, will find his way to a lot of coach’s radars by the season’s end. He is awarded MVP with 13 points, almost all coming in the second half. Muhammad is MVP for Hudson, finishing with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bright seasons on the horizon for both teams.

7:34 pm
Quite game for the sophmore with high upside, but still time to make some noise.
Tough and-1 finish by Jahvon Quinerly. Quite game for the sophomore, but showing why he has D1 potential #HGShowcase

7:21 pm
This game is a no brainer for NJ colleges to come watch.

7:14 pm

He’s heating up….

7:04 pm

Tyheem Bruno buries a contested corner three to beat the horn and ties it up. We are knotted at half, 27-27. Mack leads Blair with 8 points and Luther Muhammad has 8 for Hudson Catholic. This game has been as good as advertised. A basketball fan’s dream! –@TheHoopGroup

6:34 pm

Junior Kodye Pugh showing why he has a number of high major offers. Making posters on the big stage.

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6:16 pm
Up next is the game of the day: Blair Academy versus Hudson Catholic. A lot of young talent on the floor in this game, high major young talent. Seton Hall is on hand to watch Hudson sophomores Jahvon Quinerly and Luther Muhammad. Blair is led by Kodye Pugh, who has 23 scholarship offers including Florida, Maryland, Georgetown, Stanford and SMU. What a game this should be.

6:01 pm
Brown commit Brandon Anderson leads Don Bosco over CBA. Pat Andree finishes with 19 of CBA’s 46 points. Junior Chris Paul had a huge second half to help the Ironmen hold off the Colts. Anderson and Andree were named MVPs.

5:57 pm
Be sure to keep an eye out for all the recaps and pictures from today’s games! We’ll provide them to you!

5:38 pm

Junior Charlie Bagin knocks in a three at the horn to end the third. Bosco in front with 8 to play.


5:28 pm

John Salcedo opens things up with a three from the corner and CBA regains a lead. If he gets hot it could be a good second half for the Colts

5:13 pm
Couple of unsigned upperclassmen impressing thus far.

5:01 pm
Asbury Park Press joins the media table to cover CBA against Don Bosco! The exposure continues to grow!

4:42 pm

Game 3 of the day will be a North vs Central Jersey Match up. Don Bosco takes on Christian Brothers Academy. Both teams feature Division 1 comits: Brandon Anderson (Brown) and Pat Andree (Lehigh). CBA will lean heavily on senior duo Andree and Jack McGuire.


4:29 pm

Gill tops Teaneck by a final of 64-55. Adam Mitola named game MVP with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jaquaye James had 25 for Teaneck.

4:21 pm

Adam Mitola has been the senior leader that GSB needed today. Came up with big baskets every time the Knights needed one. GSB up 10 with 1:38 to play – @TheHoopGroup

4:03 pm

Look out! Nick Whitaker with the big rejection

3:35 pm

It’s raining 3s here at Caldwell. Gill St. Bernard’s has been knocking them down from deep all half. Adam Mitola, TJ Chaney, Alex Schachne and Jake Betlow all have connected from down town.

3:22 pm

GSB leads after 1 thanks to some hot shooting from Adam Mitola.


3:14 pm

5’11 sophomore Alex Schachne is showing that all you need to rebound is heart. Two straight offensive rebounds gets Gill St. Bernard’s second chance points. They lead early. –@TheHoopGroup

3:06 pm

Game 2 consists of a great game between 2 young teams. Gill St. Bernard’s is led by senior Adam Mitola. Freshman Jake Betlow is also a name to remember in this one. For Teaneck, Jaquaye James is one of the most fun players on the court with the ball in his hands. Expect to hear his name often.

2:48 pm

Bergen Catholic tops Immaculate Conception 65-40. Taj Benning is named MVP with 19 points. Jalen Carey lead all scorers with 27, and was Immaculate Conception’s MVP. Up next: Gill St. Bernard’s and Teaneck.

2:29 pm

Jalen Carey doing all he can for Immaculate Conception, but Bergen Catholic is too well rounded, points coming from all over.

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2:14 pm

Entering game for BC is Rhona Eseyade, a 6’8 long post player who has interesting upside. Very raw, but has great athleticism, length and motor. –@TheHoopGroup

2:03 pm
At the half, BC leads Immaculate Conception 35-18. Gabriele Stefanini leads all scorers with 16 points. Taj Benning chippes in with 8 for BC. Offense tough to come by for Immaculate Conception, but Jalen Carey is doing his part, adding 12 points of his own for the Spartans.

1:55 pm
Tons of media on display here already. MSG Varsity, NJ.com, Garden State Hoops, just to name a few! Just another prime example of the Hoop Group Showcase exposure.

1:43 pm

Junior Gabriele Stefanini has single handedly extended BC’s lead. Showing athleticism with a dunk, finishing moves down low, and outside range.

1:32 pm

Always great to have Verizon Fios on hand to film the Tip Off! Saturday’s games will all be re aired on Fios1 TV

1:19 pm

Game one of the Tip Off includes the Crusaders of Bergen Catholic against the Spartans of Immaculate Conception. BC will look to junior Taj Benning to lead them. Benning is a Hoop Group Elite star, nad holds offers from VCU, NJIT and Boston U. Here we go!

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