LIVE Blog: Academic Elite Session 2 Day Four

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8:30AM- One more day left of Academice Elite 2 Camp and we have a few games underway here on Championship Day at The Hoop Group. Thanks for joining us today, with a few mechanical difficulties yesterday, we couldn’t get you the LIVE Blog updates that you’ve gotten in the past. But fear not! We are back today just in time for the best day of camp! Hopefully all the campers will take what they’ve learned to #BeElite! –@JakerBaker58

9:05AM- We have a tight game on our hands as Austin White(St.Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ) and Marshall Macheledt(Greensboro Day School, Greensboro, NC) are trying to lead their team to a come from behind victory, but it will be tough as Habib N’garnim(Westtown HS, Westtown, PA) has helped his team to a late game lead! This one should be another great finish! –@JakerBaker58

9:45AM- From what I’ve see at camp, Jay Joyer(Shorecrest Prep, St. Petersburg, FL) may be the most impressive player this week. On defense, he’s impossible to score against, playing smart and always one step ahead of the ball handler. He’s been a great rebounder and has had a dozen blocked shots. On offense, he’s all power! While we’ve seen some big men like to step outside and beat you with a balanced and tough inside-outside game, Joyer uses his big frame and just muscles his way to the rim. In every game I’ve seen, Joyer has had one posterizing dunk that has lifted his team to a new level. He’s helped his team to an 11 point lead at the break! –@JakerBaker58

10:05AM- Reading High School’s Gilberto Benz (6-1/2014) is playing solid in an Ivy League semi-final game. He has driven the lane for some nice buckets while also finding open teammates and distributing the ball. –@pfebbraro

10:40AM- Two of the camp’s better performers are at it again today, as the quick and talented Nathan Evans(Old Mill, Millersville, MD) takes on big man superstar Alexander Wear(Mount Saint Joseph, Baltimore, MD) in what will be a very important game in the run to the Championship. Wear has been able to use his all-around game to his advantage this week, stepping outside and knocking down shots, as well as hitting the paint hard for the easy bucket. Evans uses his quickness and athleticism to get himself into the paint and score easy buckets by moving constantly without the ball. –@JakerBaker58

10:50AM- Gebril Faris (Hayfield (Va.) High School/6-1/2014) is running the point well and making some nifty passes and creating opportunities for his teammates. –@pfebbraro

11:20AM- And our Championship Games are underway! On Court 1 of the Bollman Center, we have Teams 41 and 44 battling for the NESCAC Championship, and on court 2 we have teams 1 and 9 facing off, which may come down to which big man prevails. The matchup of the day here is Vic Jusino(St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ) and Jay Joyer(Shorecrest, St. Petersburg, FL) battling down low to win the Championship of the Ivy 1 League! –@JakerBaker58

12:05PM What a game! Two minutes left and this Ivy League 1 finals is back and forth! –@JakerBaker58

12:20PM- What a spectacular finish to the Ivy League 1 Championship! In Overtime, Jason Geter(Hun School, Princeton, NJ) led his team with four points in the period, including two clutch free throws to tie the game, with a lead taking layup on the next possession, to win the Championship. Jay Joyer was also a key component in this one, forcing a bad shot at the end of regulation to give his team a chance to win in OT! –@JakerBaker58

1:10PM- With the Championship Games getting very tight towards the end, Sean Hoehn(Morristown HS, Morristown, NJ) hits a big 3 to put his team up 54-51. He would follow that up on the next possession with a missed shot, the offensive board, and the layup! But that was far from the end! Hoehn would get one more chance at the buzzer, but couldn’t sink it as we head for yet another Overtime! –@JakerBaker58

1:15PM- Gemil Holbrook(Roman Catholic, Philadelphia, PA) hits a clutch three and two more free throws to seal his team’s victory in OT. What a great Championship Game! It is now time for the Awards Ceremony! We will return for the All Star Games after the presentation! –@JakerBaker58

2:10PM-IVY ALL STAR GAME UPDATE: Both teams are going at it hard as Team White leads Team Black early. For Team White, Salvadore Biasi(Hazleton HS, Hazleton, PA) has led the team, knocking down a few outside jumpshots. For Team Black, Austin White(St. Peter’s Prep, Jersey City, NJ) has made a few nice plays to keep this one tight. After 1 quarter, Team White leads 10-9. –@JakerBaker58

2:25PM-IVY ALL STAR GAME UPDATE: In the 2nd quarter, we had a much more fluid game for Team Black, as they jumped out to a quick 6 points thanks to the outside shooting of Louis Pillari(Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ). For Team White, they gave up the lead, but not to the fault of Rip Engel(Council North Rock, Newton, PA), who came in and was the sparkplug of the game. Engel, the Ivy League MVP was able to score late, as we are tied at half, 21-21! –@JakerBaker58

2:35PM-IVY ALL STAR GAME UPDATE: After 3 quarters, Team White trails Team Black, 34-33. For Team Black, Sean Hoehn(Morrisown, Morristown, NJ) continues to be the go-to guy on offense, with his solid range and moving without the ball. For Team White, Salvadore Biasi has been able to set up his teammates for easy looks all quarter long! –@JakerBaker58

2:55PM-IVY ALL STAR GAME UPDATE: And Team Black edges out Team White, 57-53. For Team White, League MVP Rip Engel was solid, but couldn’t pull out the victory. Gemil Holbrook(Roman Catholic, Philadelphia, PA) had an incredible four point play to bring the team within a point with a minute left, but they couldn’t get the go-ahead bucket. For his strong play, even in a losing effort, Gemil was named Ivy All Star Game MVP. For Team Black, a few controversial calls went there way, including a lane violation in a one possession game. Louis Pillari had a very nice game shooting, and his clutch shots led to the W! –@JakerBaker58

3:05PM- Well that does it! We’re done here in Reading, PA for a few days as we are off until Tuesday’s Elite 3 Camp! Keep following us this weekend for updates from Philadelphia for the Philly Jam Fest coverage! It should be a very exciting weekend with plenty of solid AAU Teams duking it out in front of Division 1 scouts! We had a great Academic Elite 2 Camp, which ends our Summer Academic Elite Camp Sessions. Be sure to check back at the homepage for anything you missed, including All Star lists, Award Winners, League Champions, special guest lectures, pictures and social media updates! Hope you enjoyed the week, see you tomorrow! The LIVE Blog is now CLOSED! –@JakerBaker58

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