2013 Southern Jam Fest Champions

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17U Champions DC Assault

After falling in the championship game in April at Pitt Jam Fest and the quarterfinals at Philly Jam Fest, D.C. Assault 17U came to Southern Jam Fest with a chip on their shoulder and a point to prove.

Ripping off an impressive run with wins over several talented teams, Assault put the finishing touch on their impressive weekend with a hard-fought 48-45 win over Garner Road (N.C.) in the 17U title game.

Maryland commit Melo Trimble led the team with 16 points, including two late foul shots that proved to be key in the final result.

After Trimble’s pair from the line gave Assault a five-point lead, Garner Road center Marcus Bryan hit a turnaround jumper in the lane to bring the lead back to three points.

A D.C. Assault turnover on the ensuing inbounds gave Garner Road a chance to hit a game-tying three with four seconds remaining, but the last chance attempt fell short.

“It feels good that I finally got a championship under my belt in this 17U season,” Trimble said.

The future Terrapin said that after the team’s disappointing finishes in Pitt and Philly, the Assault staff told the players to “get it together.”

There was a change in mentality at practice and a personnel change as 6-foot-5 swingman Mike Morsell was brought in as a defensive sparkplug.

“Mike is long and athletic,” Trimble said about the new addition’s impact. “He can defend and he can rebound…he really helped us.”

Assault now looks to carry their championship momentum into next week’s Under Armour Association event in Dallas.

Bracket Results

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16U Champions DC Assault

D.C. Assault captured the 2013 Southern Jam Fest 16U title with a 75-60 win over East Coast Fusion.

John Davis paced D.C. Assault with 28 points, joined by teammate Jamaal King with 12. Peter Agba scored 19 in a losing effort for East Coast Fusion.

It’s the first Jam Fest title for the squad this year, with the win capping an impressive run through a deep 16U field. Assault fell in the semifinals at Pitt Jam Fest and quarterfinals at Philly Jam Fest.

D.C. Assault carried a 35-33 lead into halftime and the game remained close for much of the second half until Davis began to take control of the game and create some separation for Assault.

With about six minutes remaining, the 6-foot-2 combo guard scored 10 points in a two-minute span, capping off his run with an emphatic dunk in transition.

“It helped the team win,” Davis said about his prolific scoring day.

“The game was back and forth, everybody was tired,” Davis said.

“My coach told me he needed me to get a bucket and not force shots. My shots were falling and I could get to the basket at will.”

After finishing a lay-up through contact, Davis suffered a cramp and left the game, but his damage was done. By the time Davis left, Assault was up 68-56 with 3:40 remaining in the game.

Without much rest between their semifinal win over Sports U and the title game following, the Assault team knew they were facing the possibility of cramps.

“I was cramping up at the beginning of the game,” Davis explained. “And then when I went up for that lay-up, both my legs just cramped up.”

The cramp turned out to be minor, as Davis returned with two minutes remaining and helped Assault close the book on the game and the tournament in style.

Bracket Results

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15U Champions DC Assault

A funny thing happened on the way to BWSL Williams (VA) road to the championship in the 15u bracket, Alani Moore showed up.

Moore (5-8/DeMatha Catholic (Md.)/2016) scored 18 points, all in the second half, as DC Assault overcame a 17-point deficit to capture the 15u title with an 80-74 win over BWSL to complete a championship sweep at the Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest.

“It’s great,” Moore said. “Our older teams won, our younger teams won, we just had to do it for ourselves and for our organization.”

Of course getting there wasn’t easy.

In the first half BWSL opened up a 17 point lead, thanks in large part to the play of Edrice “Bam Bam” Adebayo.

Adebayo, who finished with 13 points, recorded three big blocks and threw down two monster dunks as it appeared BWSL was on cruise control to the championship by opening up a 42-31 lead at halftime. Then it became the Alani Moore show.

Moore had zero points in the first half, but his composure, along with his 18 second-half points, helped his team stay focused, and when Anthony Cowan, who finished with 22 points, sank a running jumper with six minutes to go in the game, DC Assault had come all the way back from that 17-point deficit to take a 61-60 lead, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish the rest of the way.

“I’ve never had a game like this,” said Moore. “But I always play my hardest and anything can happen. Today it did.”

Bracket Results

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14U Champions DC Assault

In the 14U championship game, it all came down to the final seconds. For DC Assault, the defense held and they came away with a 61-60 victory over Bmore’s Finest.

“Any time we’re in a tournament, our goal is to get the championship. Along with other goals and playing together and becoming better teammates, better students. We try to incorporate all of that when we come out here and play. We like these types of events, these tough teams and environments for our kids to play in.”

Chris Lykes and Jamir Moutrie combined for 32 points to lead DC Assault to the victory, the program’s second of three during the Southern Jam Fest. Justice Kendall of Bmore’s Finest put on a show with 22 points, a game-high performance.

The two teams went back and forth for the entirety of the game, with Bmore’s Finest clinging to a one-point lead with two minutes left in the game. Moutrie scored the final five points, starting a scoring battle with Kendall that ended with 7.5 seconds left, when Kendall missed the potential go-ahead basket.

Bracket Results

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