All-Tournament Teams: Buzzer Beater Classic

Hoop Group’s Buzzer Beater Classic ended on Sunday with a double overtime thriller between JB Hoops and Maryland 3D. The finish between those two teams was only fitting, as the entire weekend was filled with overtimes, buzzer beaters and overall great competition. Aside from the fantastic effort put forth by every team we also had players rise up above the rest and showcase their talent to the fans and coaches in attendance. That being said, it is time to announce our first ever All-Buzzer Beater first and second teams.

First Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Sidney Wilson (St. Raymond’s 2017)
Wilson led his underage New Heights team to the 17U Parkway Division championship game. His last three games of the weekend he averaged 21 points per game, scoring 18 points in the Elite Eight to help his team beat Team FOE, then repeating it Sunday in the Final Four, scoring another 18. In the Championship against USAD, Wilson was the game-high scorer, accounting for 27 of New Heights’ 69 points. It was a big time scoring weekend for Wilson in Neptune, who showed how high his ceiling is.
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James Fives (The Hill School 2015)
JB Hoops had an eventful, and successful, weekend. A large reason why was because of the play of James Fives. Fives started the weekend with 18 and 16 point efforts in JB’s first two games on Saturday. He followed that with a 14 point performance in the semi-finals, but he was far from done. In a crazy championship game against MD3D, Fives went for 40. His team needed every single point if they were going to walk away with a trophy. In his 40 point effort, Fives sunk 19 free throws, many of which came in the end of the game and overtime periods. Fives was clutch this weekend for JB Hoops.

Myles Cale (Appoquinimink HS 2017)
Cale was an unstoppable scoring machine in the 15U Division. He proved Sunday that he was one of the best scorers in the entire tournament, let alone in his age group. He averaged 24.6 in three games on Sunday, getting his team all the way to the championship game. Cale scored in all ways. He got to the paint, shot a good percentage from three point range and also found a home at the free throw stripe. Cale is a very impressive player in the class of 2017.
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Zack Keller (Seton Hall Prep 2016)
Zack Keller knows how to shoot the basketball, just ask the NJ Roadrunners. In the semi-final game between Jersey City Boys & Girls and the Roadrunners, Keller helped move Jerey City to the championship by knocking down five three pointers. Every time the Roadrunners tried to force their way back into the game, Keller got himself open for another back breaking three. He finished with a total of 17 in the semi final effort and then chipped in eight in a balanced scoring effort as his team went on to win the championship.

Arkel Ager-Lamar (St. Thomas Moore 2016)
Arkel played very well this weekend in Neptune for United Sons and Daughters (USAD), but he saved his best performance for last. He cemented himself on first team all-tournament when he went out and dropped in 23 points on USAD’s way to a championship. In the championship bout, USAD went on a second half run to give them a lead. Ager helped his team hold that lead by scoring every time New Heights looked like they were gaining some momentum. If USAD needed a bucket, Ager delivered it.
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Second Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Mustapha Traore (The Phelps School 2015)
Not playing in the championship bracket on Sunday did not stop Traore from having a big finish to his weekend. In two games he went for 17 points and 26, showcasing his ability to face up and score in the paint and landing him on the second All-Buzzer Beater.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep 2016)
Anderson led his 16U NJ Roadrunners team to the semis of Buzzer Beater Classic. His best showing was when he dropped in 21, on five three pointers made, against Burlington ISBA in the Elite Eight.

Tim Rose (Scranton Prep 2015)
A game winning, fadeaway three at the buzzer on Saturday coupled with 19 points in a semi final victory on Sunday has Tim Rose on our All-Tournament second team.

Isaac Vann (Coastal Academy 2015)
Vann played a crucial role in United Sons and Daughters’ championship run. His 15 point performance against Team Price in the Final Four of the 17U Parkway Division helped USAD get to the championship, where they would wind up winning.

Jevon Rawl (Paterson Kennedy 2015)
Despite the fact that his team was not playing for a championship on Sunday, Jevon Rawl did his part in two games on Saturday by averaging 16.5 points and being the main scorig threat for the Paterson Playaz.

Tareq Coburn (Cardozo High School 2016)
Coburn was consistent for Team CIMI all weekend, averaging 18 points per game. The guard led his team all the way to the championship game in the 16U Division. Coburn had a few games scoring 20 or more and definitely showed up when his team needed him the most.

Amidou Bamba (St. Michael’s College School 2017)
Bamba gave a championship performance in 15U Canada Elite’s championship game. The 6’7 prospect played a great game and tallied a team-high 19 points in the 79-59 win over the South Jersey Jazz.

Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall 2015)
Edwards rounds out our all-tournament team as another 17U player who showed a great ability to put the ball in the basket. He had a huge role in MD3D’s late surge against JB Hoops in the 17U Turnpike Division Final, a game in which he finished with 19 points.

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