Philly Jam Fest: 2013 Champions

OPEN Champs

Hunting Park (Pa.) 56, Riverside Hawks (N.Y.) 48
Hunting Park ran through the Open division en route to a championship and increased exposure for unsigned seniors hoping to increase their college options late in the recruiting process. Anthony Durham and Steve Griffin led Hunting Park in the championship game with 10 and nine points, respectively. A 12-point performance from leading scorer Matt Knecovic (2014) was not enough to will Riverside to the title.

17U Champs

Team Loaded NC 61, New Heights (N.Y.) 58

Team Loaded NC came into the Philly Jam Fest with a new-look team but a roster filled with top-line talents. Led by N.C. State bound twins Caleb and Cody Martin, the team had a bit of everything; strong guard play, athletic wings, active big men, and players who bought into a team mentality. Along with the Martins, VCU commit Jonathan Williams and Top 100 prospect JaQuel Richmond are the main attractions. However, it was 6-foot-8 forward Zane Waterman who made the greatest impact in the title game.

In the final minute, Waterman scored five points, including the go-ahead layup with 44.9 seconds left, grabbed the final rebound with 0.9 seconds left and hit two free throws to ice the game.”

“We just rebounded really well down the stretch,” said Waterman, who scored 10 total points in the championship. “We just rebounded really well down the stretch, we weren’t getting a lot of calls for us. But down the stretch, we just fought through it and played hard. It was a team effort, we played well.

“It really just came down to hustle.”

Cody Martin contributed a team-high 14 points in the win, while New Heights forward Larry Beckett scored a game-high 15 points.
Link: Check out the full 17U Championship Sunday recap.

16U Champs

We R 1 (Del.) 72, Sports U (N.J.) 55

The 16U We R 1 team completed a Pennsylvania sweep, winning at both the Pitt and Philly Jam Fests. 2015 forward Derrick Jones, who has picked up multiple offers in the past week, scored a game-high 19 points in the championship victory.

“It’s great winning both of the live period tournaments” Jones said on Sunday. “When you get to the championship, most of the college coachers are looking at you because they know you’re an elite team. It’s great winning a championship, but it’s just great playing with each other, getting to the championship.”

Two more We R 1 players scored in double-digits in the final 16U game, with 2015 guards James Wright and Traci Carter scoring 14 points and 11 points, respectively.

15U Champs
DC Assault 51, Mass Rivals 33
The nation’s best 14U team last year is back this season on the 15U circuit with familiar faces and familiar results. Last year’s 14U Philly Jam Fest champions, Assault put together an impressive run with wins over Sports U, New Heights, and a talented Mass Rivals team in the title game. The win means two championships in as many weekends for Assault, as they won the 15U title at last week’s Pitt Jam Fest, as well.

Ako Adams led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points for Assault. Joe Hampton added 11 while Alani Moore and Reggie Gardner chipped in with nine points each. Saul Phiri led Mass Rivals in scoring with an eight points.

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