Philly Jam Fest: 17U Championship Sunday Recap

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ELITE EIGHT
Team Loaded 45, Bmore’s Finest 44
In a game that was competitive from start to finish, Team Loaded NC held on to defeat Bmore’s Finest, 45-44. Loaded held a 25-19 lead at halftime due to a late 5-0 run, but their six-point lead was one of the largest of the game. Up 45-44 with 3.9 seconds remaining in the game, Team Loaded’s Broderick Stith forced a turnover that took away Bmore’s Finest’s opportunity for a last shot and sealed the game for the North Carolina squad.

Power forward Anton Waters was a force down low for Bmore’s Finest but Loaded’s Zane Waterman stayed active throughout the game on both ends and finished with a game-high 17 points. Sharpshooter Kamau Stokes led Bmore’s Finest with 13 points.
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New Heights 47, Mass Rivals 44
In another hotly-contested quarterfinal game, New Heights pulled off a minor upset over Mass Rivals, 47-44. Led by 12 points and a gutsy effort down low from big man Jordan Washington , the New York-based team had a balanced attack, as Mohammed Ahmed and Glenn Sanabria each added 10 points a piece.
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Sports U 64, LA Rockfish 55
Sports U IZod and LA Rockfish went back-and-forth for the first 27 minutes of the game, but Sports U IZod was able to put a cushion in between for the final five in a 64-55 win in the quarterfinals. 2014 guard Tarin Smith scored a team-high 13 points in the win, while 2014 forward Thomas Lacey followed with 12 points. 2014 guard Grant Lozoya led the Rockfish with 13 points.

“It was a tough game,” said Rockfish center Thomas Welsh, who ended the game with seven points. “They were a good team, we fought hard but we didn’t close out at the end.”
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Team Takeover Orange 68, D.C. Assault 65
Team Takeover Orange sure loves to put on a show. Their second game on Saturday ended with a James Mitchell half-court buzzer-beating heave for a win over Virginia Eltie. Against a tough DC Assault squad on Sunday, it was Darian Bryant that stepped up when the team needed it most. In a 65-65 tie game with 13.6 seconds to play, Bryant shook his defender to get an open look from three-point range and nailed the shot with 1.8 seconds left to send Takeover to the 17U semifinals.

“The whole game, I had been getting to the basket a lot,” Bryant said following the game. “They were defending me to go to the basket the whole game. I made one move on [the defender], he backed up and the open shot was there.”

FINAL FOUR
Team Loaded NC 67, Sports U 53
Team Loaded NC handled Sports U IZod in a 67-53 semifinals win. Loaded NC was paced by a great performance from 2014 forward Caleb Martin (NC State commit), who scored a team-high 24 points in the victory. Sports U IZod was led by 2014 guards Wade Baldwin and Tarin Smith, who scored 15 points and 12 points respectively.

Loaded NC ended the first half on a 12-0 run to take a 33-17 lead heading into the break and never looked back. Sports U IZod was able to bring the deficit to 11 points with five minutes left in the game, but an 8-2 by Loaded NC squashed any hopes of a comeback.
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New Heights 51, Team Takeover Orange 44
In a game much closer than the score, it was again Jordan Washington who took over for New Heights, finishing with a game-high 26 points and dominating the paint throughout the semifinal contest. In a game where both teams were determined to leave everything on the floor, Washington took over down the stretch, using raw power and a high energy level to impose his will.

Takeover Orange forward Cam Gregory(2014/St. Stephen’s-St. Agnes) capped off a strong weekend with a team-high 12 points in the losing effort.

17U CHAMPIONSHIP
Team Loaded NC 61, New Heights 58
Team Loaded NC came into the Philly Jam Fest with a new-look team but a roster filled with top-line talents. Led by N.C. State bound twins Caleb and Cody Martin, the team had a bit of everything; strong guard play, athletic wings, active big men, and players who bought into a team mentality. Along with the Martins, VCU commit Jonathan Williams and Top 100 prospect JaQuel Richmond are the main attractions. However, it was 6-foot-8 forward Zane Waterman who made the greatest impact in the title game.

In the final minute, Waterman scored five points, including the go-ahead layup with 44.9 seconds left, grabbed the final rebound with 0.9 seconds left and hit two free throws to ice the game.”

“We just rebounded really well down the stretch,” said Waterman, who scored 10 total points in the championship. “We just rebounded really well down the stretch, we weren’t getting a lot of calls for us. But down the stretch, we just fought through it and played hard. It was a team effort, we played well.

“It really just came down to hustle.”

Cody Martin contributed a team-high 14 points in the win, while New Heights forward Larry Beckett scored a game-high 15 points.

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