LIVE Blog: Buzzer Beater Classic Day One

DSC08446Be sure to keep up with all the #BuzzerBeaterClassic action happening at BasketBall City here in the Big Apple! We will be here all weekend!

10:45AM- Welcome to the #BuzzerBeaterClassic! What a great start to our first morning session of the Tournament! Our first game has reached halftime as Expressions Elite(MA) trails People’s Basketball(CAN) by a score of 22-20. Expressions, as you may remember, won our Summer Jam Fest last weekend in King of Prussia. Trayvon Ross(Eastern Commerce) has led People’s with six points. Will we see our Champs fall in the first round? Be sure to follow us for all the LIVE action, and remember, #BeElite! –@JakerBaker58

11:25AM- After a slow start, Expressions Elite (Mass.) got it together and took a 55-42 victory over People’s Basketball (Can.). Expressions Elite 2014 guard Cane Broome looked impressive, scoring eight points in the win, while People’s Basketball 2014 guard Trayvon Ross contributed a game-high 12 points (two three-pointers) in the loss. –@AndrewKoob

11:40AM- A few games have just finished as the NYC Jayhawks had a very good morning, winning in the 16U bracket 52-48 and the 17U bracket, winning 58-47. The 17U Jayhawks were led by Deshawn Benson who had 13 points and Austin Williams who had 11. They will advance to the round of 16 where they will play Expression Elite(MA)! –@JakerBaker58

11:52AM- Don’t forget to check the updated brackets for the Buzzer Beater Classic here. –@pfebbraro

12:10PM- We have another tight game on our radar, as the NJ Thunder and Positive Direction(NY) are tied at 48 with 8 minutes to play. Austin White(St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ), who has had a great summer here with us at the Hoop Group, has looked good, trying to will his team to the victory and into the sweet 16! –@JakerBaker58

12:40PM- Another game goes final here at the #BuzzerBeaterClassic, as Austin White(17 points including 4-4 FT’s with under one minute left) and Michael Silverthorn(15 points on 5 three pointers) lead the NJ Thunder past Positive Direction(NY) by a score of 69-63. For Positive Direction, Tyler Whitehead was nearly unstoppable in this game, going for 32 points in the losing effort. He was scoring in the paint a lot, which forced the Thunder defense to sag off and give him open looks outside, which he was able to convert as well. Sean Hoehn had 15 as well for the NJ Thunder, evening out a balanced scoring attack for the Jersey Boys. The NJ Thunder will move on into the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the winner of the Brooklyn Badgers(NY) and the East Coast Fusion Lemcke(VA). –@JakerBaker58

12:45PM– Westside Terriers edged House of Sports not too long ago behind a 20 point performance by 5-foot-8 point guard Andy McNulty (West Springfield HS, Ma. 2014). The sharp-shooting floor general connected on four threes and knocked down some clutch free throws down the stretch to impede any chances of Ground Up getting back into the game.-@CabWashington

1:15PM- Jordan Talley hits the running layup as time expires to give East Coast Fusion Lemcke (Va.) a 52-51 win. Talley finished with 15 points, none bigger than the last two that sent his team to victory. –@AndrewKoob

1:45PM- This one is final as the Rairitan Roundballers fall to East Coast Fusion Dalton by a score of 53-52. For Raritan, Jake Dadika helped the Roundballers stay in the game until the very end with 17 points, but would end up just a point short as they start the Tournament with a loss. For ECFD, Connor Schroeder was fantastic, scoring 18 points and using his 6’7 frame to dominate down low! ECFD will move on to the second round and play tonight at 5:30PM-@JakerBaker58

2:05PM- Another one goes final as Rens(NY) defeats Team Boss(NJ) by a score of 74-58. Check out all the updated brackets here. –@JakerBaker58

2:36PM- The NJ Shoreshots held a 20-point lead, but almost lost against Team Adidas (Pa.) in a 60-51 match. 2014 forward Evan Gordinier was on fire in the first half, hitting six three-pointers and scoring 20 points in the half. He finished the game with 25 points, 21 of which came from beyond the arc. –@AndrewKoob

2:59PM- The City (N.Y.) and Team Future (Md.) needed an extra two minutes to decide a winner and The City came up big with a 45-43 win. Wolfgang Novogratz hit the game-winning runner with 5.3 seconds left. Team Future had a good look at what would have been a game-winning three-pointer, but it was too strong and fell off the mark. –@AndrewKoob

3:15PM– In 16U play, Sports U routed the Montreal Ravens 63-43 as Jahlil Tripp (Brooklyn Collegiate, N.Y. 2015) poured in a game-high 18 points. Tripp’s double-digit performance consisted of mostly taking the ball to the basket in transition as well as converting a number of second chance opportunities on the offensive glass. Another player to watch out for that had a solid performance was Breein Tyree (St. Joseph’s, N.J. 2016). Tyree gave his team a lot of intensity on defense and did a great job facilitating on offense. Despite being only 15, Tyree fits right in with the competition that he faces at the 16U level. –@CabWashington

3:37PM- Another tight finish, as Positive Direction (N.Y.) 16U upends PA Renegades 64-61. Ramel Powers scored a game-high 21 points for Positive Direction, while Matt Penecale and Tim Guers combined for 34 points for the Renegades. –@AndrewKoob

4:10PM- Be sure to check us out on Facebook as well. There you can see all of our pictures and learn more about future camps. You can access the page here. –@JakerBaker58

4:55PM- We have all the updates brackets from #BuzzerBeaterClassic here!-@JakerBaker58

5:20PM- What looked like the matchup of the night, turned out be a one-sided affair as Expressions Elite(MA) took down the NYC Jayhawks(NY) by a score of 61-53. Right from the start, the Jayhawks had many problems with the Elite defense, forcing many bad passes and getting shots blocked left and right. Expressions led by 12 at half and cruised a bit in the second half, relying on their defense some more. Even in the loss, Kalaun Lewis(Mercerburg Prep, 2014) played lights out defense, recording three steals and forcing a few bad passes as well. On offense, he had ten points and three assists to keep the Jayhawks in the contest for as long as possible. For Expressions, Jesse Bunting(Tabor Academy, MA, 2015) had a stellar day, scoring 13 points and grabbing double-digit rebounds as well. Bunting stepped his game up when his team needed it most as Jared Terrel missed the game with an injury. Expressions Elite is the first team to move on safely into the Elite 8 and will play tomorrow morning at 10:50AM against East Coast Fusion Lemcke(VA). –@JakerBaker58

5:45PMEast Coast Fusion topped N.J. Thunder 51-45 in a matchup that was pretty competitive throughout. The Thunder weren’t able to knock down shots late in the final minutes despite Austin White’s putting impressive 18 point performance. Aaron Young (Virginia Episcopal School, Va. 2014) dropped in 11 points to lead Fusion.-@CabWashington

6:30PM- Team Price(NY) defeats the NJ Cyclones by a score of 57-53. Price now moves on to tomorrow’s Elite 8 where they will play the winner of the NJ Shoreshots and The City. For Team Price, James Wagner Jr. had 19 points and paced his team the whole game, in what would be an extremely close contest that came down to the final possession. –@JakerBaker58

7:10PM- The City(NY) defeats the NJ Shoreshots by a score of 65-56. The Shoreshots looked hot this morning, as Evan Gordinier was on fire from long range, but they just could not handle the fast pace game that The City played, and were eliminated from the Championship with the loss. For The City, they will play against Team price tomorrow morning at 10:50AM in the Elite 8. Should be another exciting day of basketball here in New York City! –@JakerBaker58

7:50PM- In the final 17U winners game for Saturday, the Philly Ballhawks moved on with a 54-44 win over Connecticut Select. 2014 forward Basil Thompson scored a game-high 16 points in the game, bringing his daily total to 27 in two games. –@AndrewKoob

8:30PM- 17U Update: Our Final 8 teams are set for tomorrow morning, as we are primed to have four fantastic games all tipping off at 10:50AM! The games for tomorrow morning are as followed: Elite Expressions(MA) vs East Coast Fusion Lemcke(VA), Westside Terriors(MA) vs Move Your Feet(NJ), The City(NY) vs Team Price(NY), and Philly Ballhawks(PA) will take on the BC Eagles(NY). This will be a very exciting finish tomorrow! –@JakerBaker58

10:15PM – The first day of the #BuzzerBeaterClassic is in the books! We had plenty of great games, including 30 point performances, last second shots and down-to-the-wire finishes that you would expect from talented and well-coached basketball teams. Tomorrow, we have an 8:30 AM start, where we will finish up the consolation brackets, followed by the Final Eight teams, which tip off at 10:50 AM for the 17U bracket. You can find all of the updated brackets here. We look forward to seeing everyone here tomorrow for all the action, and if you’re at home, please follow us on the Blog to get all the updates all day long! Well that does it, the LIVE Blog is now CLOSED! –@JakerBaker58

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