While Summer Classic East went on in King of Prussia, Pa., Hoop Group was busy crowning more champions out in West Virginia, where teams competed for the crown in Morgantown. Pete Febbraro recaps all the action:
17U West Virginia Jam Fest Champions: Team Adidas
Devin Wilson’s 24-footer beat the buzzer and allowed his Pittsburgh Team Adidas squad to beat Drill 4 Skill (PA) 38-35 to win the 17U Division tournament championship at the Hoop Group’s annual West Virginia Jam Fest in Morgantown, W.V. Thursday.
“I was surprised it went in,” Wilson (Montour (PA) HS/Class of 2013) said. “But I’ll take it.”
And so will his coach Ernie Kusnyer.
“I’ve been bringing teams to Hoop Group events since 1989 and this is my first championship,” Kusnyer said. “Tell Rob (Hoop Group President Rob Kennedy) that Kush finally got one.”
The win, in overtime, came a little later then Team Adidas would have liked.
Corey Stanford (Penn Trafford (PA) HS/Class of 2013) had a chance to win the title by sinking one of two free throws at the end of regulation with no time showing on the clock. He missed both.
“I didn’t say anything to him,” Kusnyer said. “You just have to keep going when that happens. We won so now that’s forgotten.”
In overtime both teams played tough defense and neither was able to put the ball in the basket until Wilson, a 6-foot-5 forward from Montour (PA) High School, dropped in his game-winning shot.
“I’ve hit a few game winners before so really this is nothing different,” said Wilson, who finished with a team-high 12 points. “This team always seems to start slow but we pick it up in the end and never stop fighting.”
Drill 4 Skill’s Shawn Anderson (New Castle (PA) HS/ Class of 2013) lead all scorers with 14 points.
16U West Virginia Jam Fest Champions: Swish Hoops
In the 16U championship game Swish Hoops (PA), behind Drew Allen’s (New Castle (PA) HS/Class of 2014) 22 points, defeated Team Insane (PA) 66-60.
Allen’s play capped an overall good tournament experience for his team and head coach Robb White.
“Overall this was a good experience for us,” White said. “The facilities were good, the atmosphere. Drew really came through for us this game.”
15U West Virginia Jam Fest Champions: DB Hoops
DB Hoops (OH) captured the third and final division championship of the tournament when they topped Long Island Lightning (NY) 55-53 to win the 15U bracket.
Both Tanner Houska (Medina Highland (OH) HS/Class of 2014) and Brogan Scott (Medina Highland (OH) HS/Class of 2014) tallied 14 points to lead DB Hoops.
“”We will definitely keep coming down (to the tournament),” DB Hoops coach Chris Baum said. “This was a great experience. It was nice playing different teams, playing at a different level.”
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