Philly Hoop Group Jam Fest: Day 1 Observations

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Friday night tipped off the 2013 Philly Jam Fest and, with nearly 250 teams participating, it was the beginning of an event-filled weekend. Here’s a look at some of the games and players that stuck out on Philly Jam Fest’s opening night:

Team Loaded Gore

The 16U bracket got off to a hot start with Team Loaded Gore putting the mercy rule in effect, beating CWB White 77-37. Loaded Gore turned in four double-digit performances from 2016 forward Deshawn Corprew (24 points), 2016 guard Curtis Jones (19), 2015 forward Marsellis Purvis (13) and 2015 wing Isaiah Buck-Lowman (11).

Mercy Rules

The 16U games played at Competitive Sports Edge put the mercy rule to good use, with three of the four games ending early. First, Loaded Gore won by 40 points, then Sports U IZod (whose 17U team won it all at the Pitt Jam Fest last week) pummeled Team New York to the tune of an 84-35 victory. In the nightcap, We R 1 (who won the 16u bracket at Pitt Jam Fest) continued its dominating ways with a 61-18 drubbing of CWB Green.

Showing Heart

When it comes to colleges scouting prospective athletes, heart and determination are big factors in those decisions. No one showed more of either than JB Hoops’ 2014 guard JC Show. The 6-foot-2 guard from Abington Heights (Pa.) High School scored 19 points, but what really stuck out was how hard he played for the entire 32 minutes, even in a losing effort to LA Rockfish. Numerous college scouts were in attendance to see Show’s performance, and it certainly left an impact on those that watched the game.

Team Loaded VA

Another Team Loaded squad put in a great performance on Friday night. In one of the last games of the day, Team Loaded VA put in another mercy rule game with an 83-42 win against the Mt. Pleasant Bulldogs. Three separate players from Loaded scored in double-digits, with 2014 guard Isaac Fleming (21 points) leading the way, followed by 2015 guards Cedric Wiggins and Adrian White, who scored 16 points and 14 points, respectively.

Play of the Day

The play of the day goes to Swish Hoops (Pa.)’s Malik Hooker, who capped off a 31-point performance with a monstrous slam with 10 seconds left to put the game out of reach. The 2014 guard from New Castle (Pa.) High School certainly put on a show for the scouts, which included schools from the Big 12 and American.

@AndrewKoob is a student at Temple University and staff writer for CityofBasketballLove.com, covering Philadelphia-area high school & collegiate basketball.

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