2016 Pitt Jam Fest Day Two Recap

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A full slate of games in the heart of the live recruiting period gave plenty of memorable moments in downtown Pittsburgh.

With a full day of basketball in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look back at just some of the expansive action that took place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center:

TTG Elite survive and advance

The Pittsburgh-based program is on its way to the 17U Platinum quarterfinals with a pair of wins Saturday. The first came in a 65-53 victory over Cecil Kirk where Brennan Jackson posted 10 points in the first half.

The second contest ended in heart-pounding fashion. The game against the Ohio Unity needed an extra frame to decide a winner after Ohio Unity hit three free throws with less than a second remaining to tie the game.

A Shawndale Jones contested layup with seconds on the clock to give TTG Elite a 53-51 victory. They’ll play for a chance to crack the Final Four when they play the DC Blue Devils at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Blue Devils dominate

Speaking of the Blue Devils, they showed college coaches and fans alike why the program is a forced to be reckoned with.

The 17U Blue Devils started off the day with a standing room-only crowd watching their game with the Uncommon Bulls (VA). That contest turned into a blowout as the Blue Devils cruised to a 61-41 victory in a matchup littered with Division I talent.

DC got a bigger scare when they faced Team Final Black (PA) in the following round. The Blue Devils built a big lead, but a three-point barrage from Team Final Black made it a tightly-contested game. The Blue Devils were able to hold off long enough to secure a 59-56 win.

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi impressed throughout the day, putting his length and scoring ability on display with a number of high-impact dunks. Suk Mathon did his share in the post, playing well against Uncommon Bulls’ Simon Ejike-Obinna.

NJ Playaz Red scrap to wins

It wasn’t an easy day for the 16U NJ Playaz, but they made the most of their opportunities and continue into 16U Platinum championship bracket through Saturday.

The Playaz started off their day with a close 63-61 victory over Early Risers (NY) and found themselves in another grinding battle against TNBA West Ohio. Anas Amos hit a game-tying layup with 6.6 seconds in regulation, then a Playaz three-pointer with less than a minute all but secured the decision in a 57-53 overtime effort.

Jalen Carey displayed why he is considered a top 50 prospect in the 2018 class, displaying a smooth shot and plenty of athleticism that has plenty of high-majors pining for the 6-foot-2 New Jersey guard.

The Playaz compete in the quarterfinals against Erick Green Premiere at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

Middlesex creates Magic en route to quarterfinals

The Middlesex Magic had a path to the 17U Platinum quarterfinals that was far from a given.

The Massachusetts-based program was given all it could handle in the third round against TNBA West Vega (OH), but pulled away with a hard-fought 45-41 win.

The road didn’t get any easier with a matchup against Team Takeover Black 16U, one of the more athletic programs in the entire field. A back-and-forth affair that had plenty of physical moments ended in the Magic’s favor by way of a 59-55 triumph. Brendan Hoban tallied 18 points and 6 assists in the win; the 6’2 guard has had quite the weekend.

Cormac Ryan impressed throughout the day, scoring in bunches. The 6-foot-5 guard connected on four three-pointers in the Magic’s first game and posted 22 points in the win.

Middlesex will get the chance to battle its way to the championship, starting with a 9:15 a.m. Sunday tipoff against WV Wildcats Select.

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