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.

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