Pitt Jam Fest LIVE Blog: Day 1

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11:13pm – The first day of Pitt Jam Fest is winding down and it has certainly set the stage for tomorrow! Be sure to follow us on all our social media outlets and here at hoopgroup.com to recap the day and preview tomorrow. —@TheHoopGroup

10:13pm –

10:11pm – For the second time today, the NJ Roadrunners survive a tight one – this time a 60-59 win over Tennessee Chosen Few. Akbar Hoffman hit the go-ahead free throw with seconds remaining and finished with a team-high 17 points. —@Josh_Stirn

10:08pm – Wildcats Select (West Virginia)vs PSP Select( North Carolina) was a battle from start to finish. Wildcat’s guard Chris Shields(Elev8 Academy) definitely turned some coaches heads with his array of crafty finishes and smooth jumpers. 6’10 Levi Cook was a house inside and posed matchup problems for PSP all night. Chase Harler also showed a nice stroke from deep. PSP guards Charles Minlend and Kenny Hairston carried the way for the North Carolina squad. Minlend, a 6’4 guard showed a variety of finishes with both hands. He has good length and is a very tough defender as well. Although close throughout, The Wildcats proved to tough and in the final seconds, Shields sealed the victory with two clutch foul shots. His first two games of the JamFest have been very impressive. —Jeff Sparrow

9:03pm – Final: Team Melo completes the 15 point comeback to beat Team Speed, 60-51. Their energy – and ironically their speed – won out. —@Josh_Stirn

8:46pm –

8:43pm – After trailing early 23-8, Team Melo has rallied back to tie the game at 42. 5’10 senior point guard Danny Shand has spearheaded the turnaround. —@Josh_Stirn

7:52pm –

7:40pm – In the first set of 17U, The Northern Kings took on a game NY Panthers Club. Although both clubs shot poor from the outside, strong drives and gritty defense made this game interesting to watch. The Northern Kings went 10 men deep all night and showed that no matter who was on the floor, they could all get after it on the defensive end. Led by the tough play of Kareem South and Russell Baker, The Kings were a handful on the perimeter. The Kings switched defenses and personnel throughout the game and were very balanced scoring. For the NY panthers, Stephen Milhaver’s 17 points and crafty left handed game kept this tight throughout but the Northern Kings defensive pressure proved too much for the NY panthers in a 58-46 victory. —Jeff Sparrow

7:37pm – Over at Pine Richlands, Pitt Nets Matt Cullen drained a three off the dribble to tie NJ Roadrunners 60-60 at the end of regulation.
It took two overtimes and a couple of big Kelly Hogan baskets late, but the NJ Roadrunners advance over the Pitt Nets by a score of 75-68. —@Josh_Stirn

6:22pm – The 2014 Pitt Jam Fest has tipped off! Stay here for updates, news and results. —@TheHoopGroup

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