LIVE Blog: 2013 Summer Jam Fest Day One

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3:30PM- The 2013 Summer Jam Fest is underway here in Philadelphia and there’s going to be plenty of action over the next three days. Follow here for updates on the weekend’s activities. –@AndrewKoob

3:57PM- Advanced Hoops (Pa.) guard Sam Light stepped up big-time with a 24-point performance, but it wasn’t enough to stop the onslaught of three-pointers from Syracuse Select (N.Y.), led by Dan Kaigler’s 17 points. –@AndrewKoob

4:52PM- Team Insane’s Kyle Wilson has been on fire in his first Summer Jam Fest game. He has 17 points in the first half, 15 coming from long range. –@AndrewKoob

5:40PM- Victonio Platt of South Jersey Blitz Wilson owned the boards in his first game. The 6-8 forward was a couple of inches taller then the competition and used that advantage well. –@AndrewKoob

6:06PM- 3rd Degree (Pa.) is looking like a well-oiled machine. They’ve been defending well and scoring well, as they have jumped out to a 32-14 lead with another two minutes remaining until halftime. –@AndrewKoob

7:01PM-The Jersey Shore Warriors are picking up right where they left off last night, where they won the Summer Classic East. Great ball movement, smart play from everyone on the court and some easy looks at the basketball. –@AndrewKoob

8:20PM– We had a great game this evening between the Syracuse Select and the Expressions Elite. This was one sure to get the college coaches watching. The first half was dominated by speed and turnovers, as the Select got out to an early lead thanks to Stuart Wright(Fabius Pompey, NY). The point guard was all over the place on defense, forcing multiple turnovers and turning them into fast breaks. During a stretch in the middle of the first half, Wright went on a 7-0 run that opened up a nice lead for the Select, but due to missed free throws and turnovers of their own, the Select couldn’t manage to ever get much more than a few points of separation. Wright’s run was a nice mix of offensive stylings, as he had a nice up-and-under layup, a free throw line jumper and hit a running three pointer all in the fast break in a matter of 50 seconds. Wright may be short(5’8), but he makes up for it in a solid build that almost reminds you of Russell Westbrook. Wright had 11 points at halftime. The second half, however, was a whole different ballgame. Jared Terrell(Brewster Academy, MA) wasn’t going to just let this one get away from him. As much as the quicker, shiftier point guard Wright got the best of his team in the first half, Terrell, a bigger(6’4), much more muscular point/shooting guard definitely had the attention of the crowd in the second half. Terrell had 13 points on the game, all of which came from in the paint or at the free throw line. Jared used his monstrous frame to bully the smaller Syracuse Select guards down low, and his elite level athleticism to score points in the open court. Terrell wasn’t the only member of the Elite that got going in the second half, as teammate Kimani Lawrence(Kushing Academy, PA) added three fast break dunks that definitely shifted the momentum in the second half. With the athleticism of Expressions Elite, the Syracuse Select just couldn’t keep up and lost by a score of 54-51. As hot as Wright was in the first half, he only had two points in the second half, but still was showing true grit getting beaten up by bigger guards. Also for the Select, rising junior Jack Rauch(Bishop Ludden, NY) added ten points and ten rebounds to help his team stay in the game. Jack personified the #BeElite attitude, often diving on the floor for every loose ball chance he had. –@JakerBaker58

9:10PM– Another thrilling game comes to an end as Threat 220 edged out Team Chaos, 70-66 to advance in the Philly Jam Fest 17U Bracket. Threat 220 was led by Saquan Epps-Walker(Frederick Douglas Senior) who had three big baskets late in the tight game. Epps-Walker was able to get free of the “chaotic” defense and scored on multiple fast breaks with flashy lay-ins. Threat 220 will play the VA Elite tomorrow at 12:30 pm at the Competitive Edge Sports Complex. –@JakerBaker58

10:30PM– The NJ Roadrunners lost a heart-breaker to Force One(MD), but there was so much more to it than that. At the break, the Roadrunners had a small lead and were looking to power their way into the next round of the tournament. Young Super Stars-in-the-making, brothers Jachai and Jahlil Simmons(Plainfield HS, NJ, 2015) were the athletic phenoms that any basketball scout would love to watch. But sadly they could only watch one as Jachai received two technical fouls and was removed from the game. The once great game slipped out of the Roadrunners’ hands once Jachai and coach Eli Friedman were thrown out of the game. It was a shame to throw them out, but that is the world of tournament basketball. Play by the rules, or get played by the rules. Also shining for the Roadrunners was Everson Davis(Petty, NJ, 2015), who had to step up when Jachai Simmons was on the bench. The three soon-to-be Juniors played excellently and proved to be future top prospects today, even though they head home with a loss. But remember the Simmons brothers. –@JakerBaker58

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