2013 Providence Hoop Group Jam Fest Champions

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17U Champs New England Playaz

Aaron Calixte and NE Playaz (Mass.) weathered a furious second-half comeback from Move Your Feet (N.J.) and held on for a 61-56 victory to capture the 17u championship at the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest on the campus of Rhode Island College.

Calixte (5-11/Lee Academy, Me./2014), who finished with a team-high 16 points, was clutch from the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to ice the win.

After Move Your Feet pulled to within one at 56-55, Calixte converted four-straight free throws to secure the title.

“We just had to settle down (after seeing the lead disappear),” said Calixte. “We started making better decisions and it all worked out. It feels good to head into the next few weeks with a championship.

Move Your Feet’s Mason Jones (6-2/2014) led all scorers with 17 points.

Bracket Results

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16U Champs Northeast Shooters

The Northeast Shooters (N.Y.) exploded out of the gate, and in the end relied on clutch free throw shooting and tenacious defense to capture the 16u Championship by defeating CT Elite 62-57.

Northeast ran out to a 9-0 lead and built that into a 34-18 lead by halftime.

While Northeast was moving the ball crisply and knocking down shots during the first half, CT Elite couldn’t seem to get out of its own way, as highlighted midway through the half.

Thomas Nolan (Fairfield Prep/2015) nailed a 3-pointer to bring CT Elite within 21-9, but on the ensuing possession, a turnover followed by a foul on Northeast’s Joel Wincowski opened the lead back to 24-9.

Wincowski (6-2/Lake George, N.Y./2015), recovering from a concussion suffered at the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest, would finish with a team-high 14 points.

In the second half a frantic comeback by CT Elite was stymied by not only the stellar play of Wincowski, but also the clutch shooting of Joe Shehadi (5-9/ Burr and Burton Academy, Vt./2015).

CT Elite, which never led, closed the deficit to 53-51 with 2:45 remaining when Shahadi took over.

Converting two free throws to up the lead to 55-51, Shehadi stole the ball on the next CT Elite possession and went back to the line to sink two more free throws.

In all he converted six free throws down the stretch on his way to matching Wincowski’s 14 points and helping to keep the CT Elite comeback effort at bay.

“His (Shehadi) play was extremely clutch,” Wincowski said. “It really was a great way to finish off a full team effort.”

Bracket Results

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15U Champs Albany City Rocks Black

Howard Washington (6-3/Canisus, N.Y./2016)  scored 14 points to lead Albany City Rocks (N.Y.) to a 46-34 championship game win over Metro Heat (Mass.) in the 15u bracket.

In a game which wasn’t always pretty to watch, for a four minute span in the second half Metro Heat recorded the only point, a free throw, it was the result in the end that mattered most to Washington.

“We did it as a team,” he said. ” This weekend a lot of teams had to tried to press up on us but we just didn’t get rattled.”

Bracket Results

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14U Champs Dream Team

13U Team Demi

13U Champs Team Demi

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