Pitt Jam Fest LIVE Blog

Pittsburgh, PA– After a week break, Hoop Group Team Tournaments is back in action for the Pittsburgh Jam Fest! One of the biggest events of the Spring, the Pittsburgh Jam Fest is sure to bring in hundreds of high level players. Tip off is just moments away…let the live blog begin!

 

Sunday, April 26th, DAY 3

4:00 pm

The #PittJamFest has come to a close. 8 Teams leave today victorious after achieving their goals. There was plenty to talk about this weekend, and you can bet that we will cover everything this week. We’d like to thank everyone who made this event possible: all of our facility directors, our staff, refs, college coaches, and most importantly, you, the participating teams and fans. We look forward to seeing many of you in two weeks for the Providence Jam Fest. Good night everyone!

3:37 pm

Last champions crowned. Congrats to the NJ Playaz (14) Rockland Rockets (17 Gold) and West Virginia Wildcats (17 Steel) on championships!

3:11 pm
Three championships handed out at Mount Lebanon:
17u Platinum: West Virginia Wildcats

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Open: NorthEast Basketball

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15u: Buckeye Prep

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2:25 pm
West Virginia Wildcats jump out to an early lead over Team Loaded 757. West Virginia commit Chase Harler is a guy we haven’t talked about much, but has done a fantastic job leading the cats to the final game

2:00 pm
16u final was everything we expected it to be. Tight game through out, great players on both sides. Jersey Shore comes out with the championship, their second in as many Jam Fests this Spring. Taylor Funk is named MVP with 13 points in the final.
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12:57 pm

Expect a shoot out for a 17U final. Team Loaded and West Virginia Wildcats both have a bunch of guys who know how to score the basketball. Game is coming up in about an hour.

12:05 pm Excited to watch the NorthEast Basketball Club as they compete in the Open championship. Club was very impressive in the Spring Jam Fest, losing on a buzzer beater to the eventual champion Canaries Basketball. Could very easily win it all today.-@TheHoopGroup 11:08 am Jersey Shore Warriors look like they will be heading to their second Jam Fest championship game this spring in as many tournaments. They’ll take on Team Melo in the 16u Championship. Should be a lot of coaches watching that as both teams have a ton of prospects. 10:21 am Team Loaded uses a big second half run to take down Team Takeover Orange. Great guard play helped lift Loaded to the Final Four. Adam Grant, Donald Hicks and Travis Fields all looked great in the Elite Eight Game. 9:33 am 16u  Platinum Final Fours is set:

9:20 am Team Rio’s run in the 16u bracket comes to an end. The 14u hung tough against Team Melo, but the size of Melo was ultimately too much. Chris Orlina (Capitol Christian Academy ’17) finished with a game high 16 and Andre Rafus (St. Benedict’s ’17) chipped in with 14. –@TheHoopGroup 7:57 am Championship Sunday! Best day of the weekend, which teams will find themselves taking home some hardware?

Saturday, April 25th, DAY 2 10:39 pm And after the overtime period between NJ Shoreshots (Rice) and FBCG Disciples comes to an end, so does day 2 of the Pitt Jam Fest. 2 days in the books means trophies will be handed out tomorrow. For full coverage check us out on Twitter! 10:21 pm Minnesota Fury had a good run, but fall short against the West Virginia Wildcats. Cats will play Wayne PAL in the Elite Eight tomorrow. IMG_8397 10:08 pm Seven teams now in the 17u Elite Eight as Wayne PAL advances over the Jersey Shore Warriors. 17u team made a good run in Spooky Nook, and now have made a deeper one here at Pitt! Can they keep it rolling? 9:58 pm 15u Elite Eight is set. Potential Match up between Michigan Gators and Erick Gren Athletics could be awesome. Gators a top seed in the bracket, but EGA is having a great run through the tourny. –@TheHoopGroup 9:00 pm We’ve seen Cam Reddish at Hoop Group Top 100s, Elite Camp and Jam Fests…he’s going to be a special player. Lot of talent and upside at such a young age.

7:57 pm Camari Wilkerson is only listed as 5’9, but he takes it to the hoops strong. Doesn’t shy away from bigger players inside, as you can see here. IMG_8365 6:23 pm Pretty good day for the Mid Jersey Mavericks in the 14u Division. 2 & 0 on the day after they just upset Canada Elite. Isaiah Wong having a stellar day. He had 32 points in a win over the Northern Kings and followed that with a 19 point performance over Canada Elite. –@JN_Albano 5:14 pm Kevin Jefferson is the latest person to join the 30 point scoring club this weekend. Rockland Rockets with a big win.

4:38 pm Andrew Wilbekin had 22 points for Nike Team Florida in a loss earlier today….despite the loss, Andrew’s got at least one fan rooting for him back home

4:01 pm New Heights 17u advances as they beat NJ Shoreshots (Rice). Kylan Guerra (pictured) was clutch for New Heights. He made every free throw down the stretch to prevent the Shoreshots from any chance at a comeback. He’s got ice in his veins. IMG_8342 3:18 pm The NJ Playaz and NJ Roadrunners brought their rivalry to Pittsburgh this weekend. The two teams played in an exciting afternoon match up with the winner moving on to a 17u final. After a back and forth, high energy game, the Playaz took a lead with 3 minutes left that they would not relinquish. They bested the Roadrunners in this one, but you can bet these two Jersey teams will meet again! –@TheHoopGroup 2:25 pm Check out who played well yesterday. View our Top Performers from Friday! 1:42 pm Team Rio (14u playing in 16u) still going strong. Scottie Lewis led the way with 17 points and Cole Anthony came up with the game winner. Team Rio moves on.

1:01 pm Gym 2 is packed in Mount Lebanon today. Coaches piled in to watch Team Takeover and MD3D. Tons of talent on both sides.

 

Coaches lining the gym for Team Takeover vs. MD3D right now at Mount Lebanon #PittJamFest

 

A video posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

12:17 pm Lot of talent coming from Virginia this weekend. CJ Williams is just the most recent to get looked at today.

11:56 pm One of our Top Players from Friday, Zane Martin, continues to impress. Great scorer who can also pass and has great court vision. Just threw a left hand no look pass to a teammate. Sharp, crisp and on time. –@TheHoopGroup 11:09 am River City advances, banged up, but still looking to make a run this weekend. JJ Matthews owned the paint once again.

10:32 am Great game going on between River City Reign and TNBA Ohio in a 17u Platinum match up. Over 30 college coaches on hand to watch the matchup, and for good reason. Both teams have a number of prospects that can play at the next level. Reign leads 21-18 at the half –@JN_Albano 9:58 am Alex Sorenson having another great performance at a Hoop Group Jam Fest. Meanwhile, Reajon Figures is showing how talented the 14u bracket is!

8:59 am Games have already tipped, but let’s flashback to last night, where Shamar Burrows drills a game winner for 17u Middlesex Magic!

Shamar Burrows nails a three pointers off a broken play to win the game for Middlesex Magic! A video posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

  8:30 am Day two is here! We’ll have more action coming today from Pittsburgh. This is a big day for a lot of teams, as they have a chance to make it to the Elite Eight of their brackets and keep their championship hopes alive. Let’s get to it! Friday, April 24th, DAY 1 11:00 pm Day 1 of the Pitt Jam Fest is in the books. Ton of great scoring performances as well as some teams who showed they have what it takes to make a long run this weekend. Be on the look out for some top performers and check us out on Twitter isf you missed anything today. We’ll see you back here tomorrow! 10:51 pm Great ending to a great day! ICC Truth hits a game winner with 3 seconds left to win a close contest over Waterloo Wolverines. Next door, Young Legends (WI) held off CM3 Elite in the night cap. Jevon Smith finished with 23 for the Legends. IMG_8302 10:02 pm Arizona Warriors didn’t make the long trip to Pittsburgh for nothing. They’re getting their guys the best exposure around!

9:41 pm River City Reign’s 17u and 16u teams both won their opening games today. Look for both squads to make deep runs this weekend.

9:06 pm Team Rio, the 14u squad who won the 15u Nook bracket in Spring Jam Fest, won their first game in the 16u Steel bracket. This team is loaded with young talent…you’ll be hearing more from them.

8:49 pm Saw a good OT game in Mount Lebanon earlier. Canada Elite and Pittsburgh Nets went down to the wire. Nets had a chance to tie at the line, but missed the second of two. Canada Elite only went 1-2 from the line on their trip and it was still a 2 point game. With 3 seconds left, Pittsburgh had a chance, but double overtime was not in the books. Canada Elite moves on! 8:14 pm David Collins was at the Pittsburgh Top 100 last night and has carried his good play to the Pitt Jam Fest!

7:52 pm Mike Dixon (Sanford ’16) is one of our leading scorers of the young Pitt Jam Fest. He dropped in 32 points as Diamond State Titans won their first game of the weekend. 7:23 pm Couple strong performances early. 17U South Jersey All-Stars won a close one, taking down Team Supernatural in round one. Justin Williams (Eastern High School ’16) led the way with 19 points. IMG_8298 6:48 pm Only Friday night, but the coaches are piling in. Several High major schools are already in the gyms checking out players…Hoop Group will get you exposure!

6:21 pm Lot of teams making the trip to Pittsburgh. Best part about Hoop Group events is you’ll face some of the best competition from all over!

6:05 pm
And we’re under way at the Pitt Jam Fest! 32 games tipping off right now and many, many more to follow. Stay with us for full coverage of this weekend’s events. –@TheHoopGroup

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