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.
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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!
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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

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