Battle on the Boardwalk: LIVE Blog

IMG_7878Hoop Group will be providing daily online coverage of Hoop Group Showcases in the form of “Live blogs,” recognizing outstanding achievements during the Showcase, and keeping you informed of all the latest Hoop Group happenings.

In these live blogs, Hoop Group staff will note player standouts, spectacular plays, college coaches in attendance, and more. While the bulk of updates will be text entries from writers, keep an eye out for video highlights and interviews, quotes from players, exclusive photos, Twitter updates, and more.

11:00AM- We are only and hour away from the first game of our 14th Annual Hoop Group Battle of the Boardwalk! First up we have Neptune vs. Shore Regional. For those who were at our NJ Tip Off back in December, you will most certainly remember Dan Pillari’s amazing Showcase, where he made 9, yes, 9 three pointers on his way to a 40 point performance! We can only hope for another game like that! –@JakerBaker58

12:20PM- Matt Cosentino at the BUZZER! Cosentino got this Showcase off to a hot start with a buzzer beating 3 to end the first quarter. That is currently the difference in this one, as Shore leads Neptune, 15-12 #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

12:45PM- At the half, Shore has expanded their lead to 7, with a 30-23 score. Dan Largey has looked solid, scoring 11 points including 4 in their latest 7-0 run! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

1:05PM- And a furious comeback has brought Neptune all the way into the lead! At the start of the 4th, Neptune leads Shore 40-39. Shakeem Richardson has looked impressive here, using his athleticism to get him into double-digit scoring! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

1:30PM- Game 1 of the Battle on the Boardwalk is final, as Neptune defeats Shore 59-49. Shakeem Richardson lead the Scarlett Fliers with 24 points in the victory. Coming up next: St. Anthony’s will face CBA in what is sure to be a great matchup! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

2:00PM- After 1 quarter, St. Anthony’s has controlled the game to the tune of a 17-6 lead. Tarin Smith has been great with 8 points. #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

2:30PM- At the half, St. Anthony’s still has a ten point lead, 26-16. CBA has gotten back into this game, and you have to think that the crowd is part of that! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

CBA Colt Crazies at the St. Anthony-CBA game of the #HGShowcase from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

2:50PM- Heading into the 3rd, CBA has their work cut out for them as they trail St. Anthony’s 40-25. Up next at the Battle on the Boardwalk, Lakewood and Long Branch! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

3:10PM- Game 2 of the Battle on the Boardwalk is final, as St. Anthony’s takes down CBA 54-36. Tarin Smith and Jagan Mosley went for double-digits in the victory. Tipping off now is Long Branch and Lakewood for game 3 of the #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

3:50PM- We have reached halftime here for game 3 of the Battle on the Boardwalk, as Long Branch trails Lakewood 21-18. #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

4:20PM- After 3 quarters, Long Branch holds a small lead over Lakewood, 32-27. Terrel Cox has set the pace of this game for the Green Wave, as they have looked good on their Home Court here at Long Branch High School. #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

4:45PM- And Barksdale has tied it up! The sophomore has 8 straight points and with under 3 minutes left, this is anyone’s game! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

5:00PM-An incredible finish here for game 3 of the Battle on the Boardwalk! Lakewood took the lead on a free throw with under three seconds left, leaving Long Branch in need of a miracle. And that is just what they got! They delivered on the Hail Mary pass, leading to a missed lay in, but Deon Williams made the follow up bucket at the buzzer for the Win! In front of their home crowd, Long Branch delivered the play of the Showcase!

Long Branch’s Miracle Game Winner from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.


5:30PM- After one quarter, the #1 in the Shore Conference Point Beach leads Jackson Memorial 15-5. Matt Farrell is looking as good as advertised, showing why he is a high D1 recruit! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

5:50PM- Well the route is on as Matt Farrell has as many points as Jackson Memorial in the first half. Point Beach leads, 30-14 #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

6:05PM- Jackson Memorial has come on strong in this half, as they head into the 4th still in this game, 42-31. Farrell has 18 to lead all scorers, but will need to keep it up to hold off the Jaguars! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

Well that is it from the Hoop Group Showcase, as Point Beach defeats Jackson Memorial, 57-37. Be sure to check in on Facebook and Twitter for pics and videos of all the action! The LIVE Blog is now CLOSED! #HGShowcase@JakerBaker58

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