Champions crowned at 2013 Elite 2

NBA East Upperclassmen Champions

East Upperclass champsTeam 1 61, Team 16 54
Isaiah Whitehead scored 16 points, seven in the game’s final two minutes, to lead Team 1 to a 61-54 win over Team 16 in the NBA East Upperclassmen Championship Game

The performance earned Whitehead (Lincoln (N.Y.)/ 6-4/ 2014), who also attended Hoop Group camp’s last summer, game MVP honors before he would go on to cop the same honor in the Top 20 All-Star game.

“Last year it was a great experience here,” said Whitehead, “and coming back this year was a great opportunity to showcase my game.”

In addition to Whitehead showcasing his skills in the title game, his presence seemed to bring out the best in one of his opponents, Gemil Holbrook (Roman Catholic (Pa.)/ 6-4/ 2015), who matched Whitehead’s 16 points.

Three of Holbrook’s points came late in the second quarter. After jostling with Whitehead in the paint, Holbrook came down on his team’s next possession and drained a 3-pointer from the top of the arc. –@pfebbraro

NBA East Underclassmen Champions

East Underclass champsTeam 12 54, Team 25 52
Jagan Mosley scored 15 points to lead Team 12 to a 54-52 win over Team 25 in the NBA East Underclassmen Championship Game.

“The difference in the game was definitely our defense and the success of our transition game,” said Mosley (St. Anthony’s (N.J.)/6-3/ 2016) who finished with 15 points and was named the game’s MVP.

Behind that defense, and Mosley’s shooting, Team 12 took a six-point lead into the half and had increased in to an eight-point lead by the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth Mosley cemented the win by continuing to score from the perimeter as well as throwing down a key dunk which effectively ended the game.

“Over this week I have really developed a lot more confidence in my jumper and it showed today,” said Mosley. –@pfebbraro

NBA West Champions

NBA West champsTeam 51 56, Team 52 52
Team 51 held on in the final minutes to become NBA West champions with a 56-52 victory over Team 52.

2013 guard Jerrin Ball led the way for the winning team with a game-high 13 points, while 2014 guard Tyler Brecher added 12 points in the defeat.

“Our first game, we didn’t really know each other so we had to find our bond,” Team 51 and 2016 guard Andrew Hill, who added seven points, said. “Once we found that, we played pretty well.” –@AndrewKoob

NCAA Champions

NCAA ChampsTeam 69 54, Team 65 41
Team 69 edged Team 65 by a final score of 54-41 in the NCAA division Championship game. The contest was close throughout until Team 69 was able to pull away late to pick up the double-digit victory. The game featured some of the youngest phenoms in camp as the championship team was led by rising sophomore Curtis Williams (Good Counsel, Md. 2016), who finished with a game-high 16 points 11 rebounds.

“My job was just to lead the team and keep everybody involved in the game and play hard,” Williams stated after the game.

Williams role was huge for his team all week as the young Maryland native took advantage of this opportunity at camp to really showcase his skills.

“Since a lot of people haven’t heard of me, I’ve kind of had a chip on my shoulder to show everybody what I can do. I’m just trying to do all I can to put my name on the map.”

Devin Garret (Indian Creek, Md. 2016) also had a stellar performance as he dropped in 14 points to go along with seven boards for Team 69.

Team 65 was led by Emmanuel Chukwu (Monsignor Scanlan, N.Y. 2016) who finished with nine points and eight rebounds. Isiah Jennings chipped in with eight points as well.-@CabWashington

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