LIVE BLOG: Day 2 of Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest

 

Sixty-six teams from 15-Open divisions will be competing in likely their last competition together before the start of the high school basketball season. Hoop Group will be updating LIVE from the Fall Jam Fest at Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune, New Jersey. Check back throughout the day for scores, updates, and insight.

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September 25th, 9:14am

Games are underway here on the second day of Hoop Group Jam Fest.

For updated brackets, check right here.

One of the biggest match ups comes at 10:50am, when highly-rated 2014 forward Noah Vonleh takes on highly-rated 2013 forward Tyler Roberson. Both are high-major players who could go head-to-head more than once today.

Roberson is a lanky forward that runs the floor with ease and can finish above the rim. In contrast, Vonleh is a player who can physically dominate a game. Yesterday, he took control of a close game against the NJ Pirates and turned a tied ballgame into a 10-point victory for the Rivals in a matter of minutes.

September 25th, 10:27am

On Court 3 of Hoop Group Headquarters, the loudest game of the morning is a showdown between DC Assault Gold and Team Philly.

Both storied programs have been a part in Hoop Group events many times in the past, including this summer.

DC Assault is the former AAU team of Portland Trailblazers guard Nolan Smith, who, himself, is a Hoop Group alum. This year’s 16u team features Bryon Hawkins, who is looking to be a high-major prospect, as well as big-time athlete Darius Speaks.

Team Philly 17u’s tore up the summer circuit, including winning Summer Classic East and playing well at West Virginia Jam Fest. From that team, guard Maurice Watson has committed to Boston University, forward Brandon Taylor to Penn State, and forward Chazz Patterson to Mount St. Mary’s.

September 25th, 2011, 12:11pm

In one of the most exciting finishes thus far this weekend, Connecticut Select wins in overtime over the New England Playaz on a buzzer-beating dunk.

In other scores, the Rhode Island Hawks take down the New Jersey Playaz with a strong shooting performance from three-point range.

The Noah Vonleh-Tyler Roberson main event is living up to the hype. Full coverage is coming in a feature story, to be released this afternoon.

Beacon Prep advances in the open bracket, led by Marquis Gentry, Davontay Grace, and Sajae Pryor.

September 25th, 2011, 1:41pm

An update on the action at the Lakewood location:

Connecticut Elite knocked off the New Jersey Pirates, 61-56, in the 15U Gold Bracket semifinals behind Marcus Blackwell’s 21 points.

In the other 15U Gold semifinal, DC Assault breezed past the Keystone Blazers.

Connecticut Select beats New Jersey Elite 67-54 to advance to the 16U Silver Bracket final. They will face L and L Runnin’ Rebels,  who beat the New Jersey Predators, 57-34, to advance.

The New Jersey Roadrunners 15U team took down the Jersey Shore Devils to advance to the 15U Silver final. They will take on the Jersey Shore Warriors.

September 25th, 2011, 2:31pm

The 16U Gold Bracket final is set:

New England Playaz vs. DC Assault at 3:40pm at Hoop Group Headquarters

DC Assault finds themselves in the final after taking down the New Jersey Playaz, 77-74. Byron Hawkins helped to take control of the game, along with a strong performance from Darius Speaks, who is beginning to use his athletic foundation to build his game.

New England Playaz will have a size advantage in the championship, featuring three players who are at least 6’5″.

September 25th, 2011, 4:05pm

Champions are being crowned by the minute:

Open Gold Champion: Crusader Nation

17U Silver Champion: New Jersey Pirates

16U Gold Champion: DC Assault Gold

Byron Hawkins and company were able to outlast the size of the New England Playaz, in a game that came down to the wire.

The Assault had trouble, in the first half, breaking the zone, but their speed and athleticism came through in the 2nd, as the Playaz big men began to tire.

September 25th, 2011, 5:07pm

More Champions:

17U Gold: New Jersey Roadrunners

15U Silver: New Jersey Roadrunners

16U Silver: Connecticut Select

Check out www.twitter.com/thehoopgroup for unofficial champion photos!

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