MANHEIM – JB Hoops Reagan followed up two wins to start the Hoop Group Spring Jam with an impressive offensive performance before falling short and being eliminated from title contention in the 17U Platinum Division Saturday afternoon.
JB Hoops fired off six 3-pointers in a span of 5:06 in the second half as part of a 29-point outburst in 8:20 that it used to take a late lead on Metro Boston only to fall short, 75-72.
In its final game of the tournament at Spooky Nook Sports, JB Hoops lost to Hoop Ave. Elite, 84-74. It averaged 71.5 points while going 2-2.
Jackson Danzig led the surge against Metro Boston, hitting three 3-pointers, including two 25 seconds apart while JB Hoops was starting its way back from a 55-43 deficit in the final 10:55.
“It’s nice being able to turn to the classic coach’s kid,” JB Hoops coach Larry Reagan said of Danzig, an Abington Heights junior and the son of University of Scranton coach Carl Danzig. “He makes a lot of good decisions.
“He can really shoot it when he gets going. … It’s nice having a kid like that where you feel really comfortable when he’s letting it go.”
Danzig had four 3-pointers total while scoring a team-high 20 points.
Joe Grula got the run started with a 3, Alex Charlton also hit one and Tyler Maddock made another to cut the deficit to 66-64.
The Hazleton Area combination of Josh Samec and Jeff Planutis took it from there.
Samec tied the game with a baseline scoop shot, then Planutis won the race to a loose ball at midcourt and took it in for a dunk and the first JB Hoops lead since late in the half.
“That’s something we were kind of waiting for,” Reagan said. “This is really the first game that I think Josh, Jeff and Jackson all kind of had it going.
“We just ran into a good team.”
Samec gave JB Hoops the lead two more times, converting one of his 10 rebounds into a basket, then scoring off a spin move in the lane.
Metro Boston pulled out the win by scoring the last five points. The last two came on a dunk at the buzzer when JB Hoops was forced to gamble on a steal off an in-bounds play with 1.9 seconds left.
Samec and Joe Grula, another Hazleton Area player, finished with 13 points each. Planutis had six of his eight points in the second half.
Metro Boston, however, had some firepower of its own. Carl Pierre, a 6-foot-4 guard, hit three 3-pointers and went to the basket hard on the way to a game-high 24 points.
“They had some tough matchups for us,” Reagan said. “A couple of guys off the dribble gave us some problems and they had a nice mid-range game that not a lot of kids these days have – it’s usually a 3 or a layup.
“They were strong kids. When they got inside, they finished through contact a lot. I thought our guys did a nice job of going straight up and contesting shots.
“Sometimes, good offense beats good defense. We do need to do a better job keeping the ball out of the paint, but I think our guys worked hard.”