2014 Fall Jam Fest: Tournament Recap

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This past weekend, the Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest took place inside Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune, New Jersey. The tournament hosted 62 teams total across four age brackets. Like most Hoop Group events, the Fall Jam Fest saw tremendous talent from players of all ages at the high school level. Here is a recap of every age bracket from the weekend.

15u Bracket
If this weekend is any indication of what the future holds for basketball in the Northeast, then we have nothing to worry about. There was a lot of good action to be seen from the 15 year old age group. We saw the ninth grade BABC team make their way down from Boston and put on a great showing. They won their pool on Saturday with two strong victories and eventually made it to the championship after Maurice Works hit a three with 2.1 seconds to knock off Hoop Heaven Elite in the semis. They would face the Jersey Force, who came into the final game rolling off a double digit win over the Hilltopper Heat, in the finals. The 15u championship game was a neck and neck contest that went down to the final seconds. Neither team was able to gain a substantial lead and that led to a dramatic finish. With just seconds to go, Jersey Force trailed by one when Darius Kinnel took an inbounds pass and drained a jump shot from straight away to give the Force a win and a trophy!

Congratulations to both teams, especially the Jersey Force on being named the 15u Fall Jam Fest champions!
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AAU tournaments are a great chance to get better during the fall, but they’re not the only way. Hoop Group Junior Elites provide you with a chance to get the same exposure and competition as an AAU tournament in just one day! Our next Jr. Elite will be this Sunday at Hoop Group Headquarters.

16u Bracket
There were a lot of story lines involving teams in the 16u division. For one, there were the Juice All-Stars, who made the trip to New Jersey from North Carolina and showed how much talent there is down south. Then there were the NJ Playaz, who scored 204 points in just two games on Saturday. They had guys scoring in bunches this weekend. They also had a crazy game Sunday morning versus Rock Elite, an AAU team based out of New York. The game went back and forth with clutch play after clutch play from both sides. In the end it was the Playaz that were able to sneak out a win, but both teams impressed a lot. Next there were the NC Runnin’ Rebels, who were a 15u team playing up and made it all the way to the championship. They had some major size and talent on their team and made it all the way to the championship when they knocked off the talented NJ Playaz in the semifinals. In the end, the 16u bracket was dominated by the South Jersey Jazz this weekend. Coached by former NBA player and current ESPN analyst, Tim Legler, the Jazz won the weekend in convincing fashion, beating every team they played by double digits. Guard Myles Cale is a special player and led the way for his team much of the weekend. Congratulations to the SJ Jazz on their tremendous play this weekend!
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17u Bracket
The 17u bracket at the 2014 Fall Jam Fest was filled with potential recruits and college prospects. Over a dozen college coaches were in attendance to watch guys such as Sam Iorio (Jersey Shore Warriors), Simeon Fryer (Jersey Shore Warriors), Dontae Julius (Prestige Pariots), Dan Largey (NJ Shoreshots), Jayln McKoy (Juice All-Stars), Alex Sorensen (Game 7 Elite), Tarik Boyd (Redemption Christian) and Patrick Andree (Jersey Shore Warriors). In two exciting playoff games, the championship game was set when the Jersey Shore Warriors defeated Redemption Christian Academy and the Prestige Patriots held off the NJ Shoreshot’s attempt at a comeback. In the final, Jersey Shore bested Prestige despite a 24 point effort from Dontae Julius. The Warriors got 21 points from Sam Iorio, as well as 11 form Simeon Fryer, who was a consistent scorer for his team all weekend. Congratulations to the Coach Sagona and the Jersey Shore Warriors on their 17u championship!
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Open Bracket
As impressive as the 17u age bracket was, the open bracket blew it away; this field was LOADED with big time players. Heading the group of all-stars was Tyus Battle, ESPN.com’s number 14 ranked player in the class of 2016.

Tyus Battle is ranked 14th on ESPN.com and  16th by Rivals.com for the Class of 2016.

Tyus Battle is ranked 14th on ESPN.com and 16th by Rivals.com for the Class of 2016.

We also saw a lot of impressive future Division one players such as Isaac Vann, Jonas Stakeliunas, Jagan Mosely, Myles Powell, Jason Dunne and Trevon Duval, to name a few. The open bracket had a great “Final Four” on Sunday, consisting of Hoop Heaven Elite, Redemption Christian Academy, Coastal Academy and the NJ Playaz. All teams brought Division one talent to the semifinals and the result were two exciting games for fans to watch. In the end it was the NJ Playaz who took home the trophy with a big win over Hoop Heaven Elite. With a roster filled with D1 players, the Playaz put up 83 points and had four players in double digits. Myles Powell capped off a tremendous weekend with a 31 point finale.
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The 2014 Fall Jam Fest was another well run, exciting event for parents, coaches and players. The talent level was very high, the highlight reel plays were everywhere and the competition was intense. Congratulations to all our champions. The last Jam Fest of the year 2014 will be the Fall Jr. Jam Fest on October 11-12 at Hoop Group Headquarters. We can’t wait!

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