MANHEIM – JB Hoops Callahan put together two strong extended defensive stretches Friday night when the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest opened at Spooky Nook Sports.
The first was enough to produce an opening victory, but JB Hoops’ own dry spell in the second game kept the team from remaining in championship contention.
After going 1-1 Friday night, as part of a 4-1 night overall by JB Hoops teams, JB Hoops Callahan will continue Saturday with a game against Chris Ward Basketball White at 9:30 in the morning.
JB Hoops held the New York Jayhawks scoreless for almost nine minutes late in the first half of the first game, scoring 15 straight points in the process, to open a comfortable lead on the way to a 60-52 victory over the New York Jayhawks.
When it held the Bridge City Baseline HGSL to 13 points in 14 minutes spanning both halves, JB Hoops wiped out a 12-point deficit, only to ultimately fall short, 60-49.
Seth Maxwell, an Abington Heights senior who plans to play prep school basketball at The Hill School in Pottstown next year, led JB Hoops in scoring in both games. He had 18 points in the win and 14 points, along with 7 blocked shots, in the loss.
Maxwell had 12 points in the first half, including five straight at one point in the streak that created a 28-12 lead against the Jayhawks. He converted an alley-oop from Nate Kreitzer into a three-point play and scored off an offensive rebound on the next possession.
George Tinsley, Maxwell’s teammate on Abington Heights’ state semifinal team, was also a factor in the 15-0 run, hitting the floor several times to win loose balls.
Leo O’Boyle’s 3-pointer in transition capped the run with 1:33 left in the half. It was the first of his three 3s while scoring 15 points.
JB Hoops worked its way back from 12 down twice in the second half against Bridge City, a team from Venetia in the Pittsburgh area.
O’Boyle’s 3-pointer from the left corner tied the game, 37-37, with 11:55 left. Jeremy Callahan grabbed a long rebound and hit a 12-footer from the left side for a 39-39 tie, but then JB Hoops went cold.
When JB Hoops went 7:15 without a field goal, Bridge City put together a game-breaking, 15-2 run.
Trey Koehler had 12 points and O’Boyle had 9 in the loss.