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Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest — Updates

Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest — Updates

SUNDAY, 1:25 PM

New Jersey Shoreshots Deleo defeated JB Hoops McGoff, 45-27, today in a 17U Platinum Division game of The Hoops Group Spring Jam Fest in Lancaster County.

JB Hoops McGoff drops to 1-2 in the event.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams as they complete play in the event today.

SUNDAY, 1:15 PM

Bulls Basketball Club defeated Backcourt Hoops Miller, 50-31, this morning in the 15U Steel Division of The Hoops Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim.

The loss was the second straight for Backcourt Hoops Miller after winning its opener at the event in Lancaster County.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams as they complete play in the event today.

SUNDAY, 1:05 PM

New Heights from New York City defeated Backcourt Hoops Smith, 42-29, this morning in the 14U quarterfinals of The Hoops Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim, Lancaster County.

Backcourt Hoops Smith had won two games Saturday to win its pool and advance to bracket play where its tournament ended.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams as they complete play in the event today.

SUNDAY, 4:10 AM

JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams picked up three more wins Saturday night in the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim, Lancaster County.

The five teams in action are a combined 9-4 through Friday and Saturday’s games.

JB Hoops Callahan is 3-1 at the event following a 64-54 victory over the York Ballers in a 17U Elite Division losers’ bracket game. The only loss of the weekend came in overtime earlier Saturday.

JB Hoops Brown defeated North East Elite, 45-42, in a 15U Platinum Division game to improve to 2-1.

Backcourt Hoops Smith went 2-0 Saturday to win Pool H of the 14U Division. The second win came 57-41 over the Staten Island Stingrays.

The wins put Backcourt Hoops Smith in Sunday’s 9:10 a.m. quarterfinals against New Heights.

JB Hoops McGoff, in the 17U Platinum Division, and Backcourt Hoops McGoff, in the 15U Steel Division, are both 1-1 going into Sunday morning games.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams at Spooky Nook Sunday.

SATURDAY, 5:05 PM

This is a busy stretch of the afternoon for JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams in The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim, Lancaster County.

With coaches from Colgate, Holy Cross and other schools looking on, JB Hoops Callahan took District Basketball Plus into overtime before suffering its first loss of the weekend, 61-58.

Leo O’Boyle led the team in scoring for the second straight game. He had 18 points.

JB Hoops Callahan is 2-1 and has its next 17U Elite Division game at 9:30 tonight against the York Ballers.

NC Lakers defeated JB Hoops McGoff, 78-67, despite 21 points by Rhys Merritt and 14 by Tommy Montefour.

JB Hoops McGoff is 1-1 in the 17U Platinum Division.

Backcourt Hoops Smith defeated LBA Attack, 58-44, in its Pool H opener of the 14U Division.

Jason Shields led the team in scoring.

Backcourt Hoops Smith plays the Staten Island Stingrays in its second pool game tonight at 8:15.

Backcourt Hoops Miller dropped a 47-38 decision to Explosion Hoops at Lancaster Bible College in the 15U Steel Division.

The team returns to Spooky Nook, where it won its opener earlier Saturday, for a 10:20 a.m. game Sunday.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops teams at Spooky Nook this weekend.

SATURDAY, 1:12 PM

Brett Rumpel had 18 points and 4 assists today when JB Hoops Brown bounced back from an opening loss Friday to defeat Central PA Elite, 45-29, in the 15U Platinum Division in The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops teams at Spooky Nook this weekend.

SATURDAY, 10:40 AM

The four JB Hoops entries are not the only teams from Backcourt Hoops in Scranton who are playing at The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest this weekend at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County.

Backcourt Hoops Miller opened play in the 15U Steel Division this morning with a 43-27 victory over PG Bulls Black.

Johnny Rose led the win with 15 points. Vinny Talluto added 10.

Backcourt Hoops will face Explosion Hoops this afternoon at 3:30 in a game at Lancaster Bible College.

Return to this page for more updates on teams from Backcourt Hoops throughout the weekend.

SATURDAY, 10:12 AM

MANHEIM – Nate Kreitzer made an impact on Day One of The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports Friday.

Kreitzer had 20 of his 23 points in the second halves of a pair of JB Hoops Callahan wins and made other contributions as well. The Class of 2019 guard from Nanticoke led the team, which is competing in the 17U Elite Division, in assists and steals in the second win and he was part of the game-breaking run in the first game with both his scoring and defense.

Adam Ayalew from prephoops.com named Kreitzer, who was often the smallest player on the floor, as one of his 10 Friday Night Standouts at the event.

Kreitzer is used to finding ways to stand out.

Wyoming Valley Conference Division 2 coaches selected Kreitzer their Player of the Year during the 2017-18 season when he led the Trojans to the division title and a return trip to the state Class 4A playoffs.

Kreitzer averaged more than 19 points and three 3-pointers per game during the high school season while serving as a combo guard, handling the ball when needed and creating a spark with his defensive intensity.

All of that was on display Friday night.

JB Hoops Callahan turned a three-point lead with 3:11 left in the first half into a 38-27 advantage just 2:18 into the second half of the opener with the help of two 3-pointers and a three-point play off a steal by Kreitzer.

Kreitzer had 11 of his game-high 14 points in the second half of the 58-42 win over the New Jersey Roadrunners. He opened the half with a 3-pointer on the first JB Hoops possession.

“First possession, they left us open for a 3 and we knocked it down,” Kreitzer said. “We picked up our defensive intensity a little more and started running.

“They weren’t getting back as well on defense in the second half, so we just kept running on them.”

Highlights of Kreitzer’s 11-point second half against the New Jersey Roadrunners can be seen at https://twitter.com/TheHoopGroup/status/990002228894289920.

Kreitzer and JB Hoops were not done yet.

After falling behind by nine with 3:47 left in the half, they roared past New York Lightning, 65-56, to advance in the 17U Elite Division’s championship bracket.

Kreitzer had all of his team-high five assists in the first half, then all nine of his points in the second half. He added three steals.

“We picked it up on defense and that really got us going,” Kreitzer said.

Kreitzer said he has been working on his free throw shooting after being off from the line last week. Throughout the season as a whole, he is concentrating on improving his ballhanding and passing.

Friday’s performance showed off the proven 3-point threat’s ability to take the ball to the basket and to set up his teammate’s shots.

Return to this page for more on the JB Hoops teams in this weekend’s event at Spooky Nook Sports.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 9:36 AM

JB Hoops teams are now a combined 3-1 in The Hoop Group’s Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Lancaster County.

The latest win came early this morning when JB Hoops McGoff defeated Shore Stars, 49-33, in a 17U Platinum Division game.

Jack Farrell from Dallas led the way with 16 points. Rhys Merritt from Scranton Prep added 12.

Next up is JB Hoops Brown. Afer losing its 15U Platinum Division opener last night, JB Hoops Brown is scheduled to face the Central PA Elite at 11:50 this morning.

JB Hoops Callahan, which is competing in the 17U Elite Division, takes a 2-0 record into this afternoon.

Return to this page for more coverage of JB Hoops teams in the Spring Jam Fest.

SATURDAY, 3:30 AM

MANHEIM – As Bill Callahan’s voice boomed across the courts at Spooky Nook Sports Complex Friday night, heads turned.

Details of the message may not have been clear, but it was obvious Callahan was trying to get his JB Hoops team to make some changes late in the first half of the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest game.

The specifics of the request came through loud and clear within the confines of the huddle.

“Definitely our defense picked up a lot,” Leo O’Boyle said after hitting six 3-pointers and scoring 26 points in a 65-56 victory over the New York Lightning in the 17U Elite Division championship bracket game. “Coach gave us a little bit of a talking to during a timeout, so we got right into it after that.

“That (talk) was all defense. As soon as we got out of the timeout, our defense was a lot better.”

Callahan called timeout after New York went on a 14-4 run over a stretch of just 3:23 to take a 34-25 lead with 3:47 left in the half.

It was an entirely different game from that point forward.

Dimitri Gnall scored six points and O’Boyle added five as JB Hoops Callahan scored the next 11 points. It never trailed again.

Defense made sure the dominance was extended well into the second half.

JB Hoops allowed just one field goal in a stretch of 11:49 and did not give up its first basket of the second half until past the midway point of the 16-minute period. It all added up to a 23-5 run to a 48-39 lead.

“We were down a little bit in the beginning, then we picked up our defense and really got going,” said Nate Kreitzer, who scored all nine of his points in the second half and finished with team-highs of five assists and three steals.

Kreitzer said the formula for improved defense was simple.

“It was intensity and that was about it,” Kreitzer said.

O’Boyle got JB Hoops started, scoring the team’s first 10 points and getting 12 total in the first 5:55. He opened the game with consecutive 3-pointers for leads of 3-0 and 6-2 as part of a personal 6-for-7 start.

“The first shot, he lagged off me a little bit and I knocked it down,” O’Boyle said. “I was feeling pretty good from that and let the second one go.

“After that, I was just feeling like everything was going to go it at that point, so I just kept letting them fly and my teammates kept getting me the ball.”

The junior from Scranton Prep finished 6-for-9 from 3-point range and 9-for-15 overall. He also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists and made two steals.

Gnall, from Wyoming Seminary, went 6-for-8 while scoring all 13 of his points in the first half when he was also grabbing 4 of his 6 rebounds.

Abington Heights junior George Tinsley had 9 of his 15 points and 4 of his 6 rebounds in the second half.

JB Hoops committed just 10 turnovers while forcing 23.

Mario Rotell from Scranton Prep also had two steals.

JB Hoops Callahan plays again Saturday at 3:30 in another championship bracket game against District Basketball Club.

Check back for more coverage of the JB Hoops teams in the Spring Jam Fest.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 3:02 AM

MANHEIM – Late nights and early mornings are part of the routine of weekend AAU basketball tournaments.

JB Hoops Callahan walked off the court at 11:08 Friday night after its second win of the evening, 65-56, over New York Lightning to advance in the 17U Elite Division of the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

JB Hoops McGoff will get its tournament started Saturday at 8 a.m. in the 17U Platinum Division against the Shore Stars.

JB Hoops Callahan players get a chance to sleep in after advancing into a Saturday 3:30 championship bracket game against District Basketball Club.

The JB Hoops Callahan-New York Lightning game was already scheduled for a 9:35 p.m. start as part of the last wave of games of the night. When the preceding game on Court 6 went overtime, the JB Hoops Callahan team got started even later.

More details are coming on how JB Hoops Callahan rallied past New York Lightning.

          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 9:42 PM

MANHEIM – The New Jersey Bulldogs pulled away early in the second half to defeat JB Hoops Brown, 61-49, in a first-round 15U Platinum Division game in The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest Friday night at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster County.

Brett Rumpel hit a 3-pointer to start an 11-2 run that included points from four JB Hoops teammates for the team’s only lead, 18-17, with 3:40 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs regained a five-point lead by halftime and stretched it to 55-35 with 4:38 left.

Andrew Stark and Andrew Maddock sandwiched 3-point baskets around a three-point play by Rumpel as JB Hoops ran off nine straight points in less than a minute.

JB Hoops cut the deficit to 10 twice, but could not get any closer.

Rumpel and Gavin Bednarz finished with 10 points each in the loss.

Harry Johnson and Ethan Meuser grabbed seven rebounds each. Bednarz led JB Hoops with four assists.

          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 8:10 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops players and other competitors at The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest, tonight through Sunday at Spooky Nook Sports, get the chance to display their skills for college coaches.

George Tinsley, the leading scorer as a junior on the Abington Heights team that won the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class 5A state championship, is likely to be among the most watched JB Hoops players.

Tinsley plays on JB Hoops Callahan, which is competing in the 17U Elite Division.

Going into the weekend, Tinsley already has NCAA Division I scholarship offers from Binghamton University and the University of New Hampshire. He has also received recruiting attention from Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Hartford, Central Connecticut State, Loyola of Maryland and Lafayette.

FRIDAY, 8:03 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Brown is up next with a game in the 15U Platinum Division beginning at 8:25 against the New Jersey Bulldogs.

JB Hoops Callahan has a game at 9:35 in the 17U Elite Division. It is waiting to learn its opponent, the winner of an earlier game, in the championship bracket contest.

JB Hoops McGoff gets started in the 17U Platinum Division Saturday morning at 8 against the Shore Stars.

Backcourt Hoops Smith has two 14U Pool H games scheduled for Saturday. It plays LBA Attack at 3:30 and State Island Stingrays at 8:15.

Check back for more updates.

–          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 7:50 P.M.

MANHEIM – George Tinsley got JB Hoops Callahan out to the lead in the first half and Nate Kreitzer helped keep the team there in the second half.

Tinsley’s 11-point first half and Kreitzer’s 11-point second half led the way as JB Hoops defeated the New Jersey Roadrunners, 58-42, in a showcase game to begin action in the three-day Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports.

Kreitzer, a junior guard from Nanticoke, finished with 14 points and Tinsley, a junior forward from state Class 5A champion Abington Heights, had 12.

With dozens of college coaches looking on at Court 1 during the first set of games, both teams found success on the offensive boards midway through the first half.

Tinsley and Scranton Prep’s Leo O’Boyle got to the basket for close-range shots to begin opening up the JB Hoops lead.

An offensive rebound got Tinsley the first basket and each player scored on a strong drive for a 6-1 run to a 23-16 lead with 4:20 left in the half.

New Jersey only got as close as three twice after that and each time, JB Hoops immediately answered with a 3-pointer.

Kreitzer hit from the left wing for a 26-20 lead with 3:11 left in the half and Tinsley hit an open 3-pointer from the right corner to make it 29-23 with 2:06 left.

Corey Perkins, another starter on the state champion Comets team, added six points to help JB Hoops to a 32-23 halftime advantage.

Tinsley put in his work on the defensive boards in the second half when Kreitzer took over the leadership of the offense.

Kreitzer opened the second-half scorer with a 3-pointer from the right wing and took a steal the length of the floor for a three-point play less than two minutes later.

Perkins finished with nine points for JB Hoops, which got second-half scoring from eight of its nine players.

–          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 7:33 P.M.

MANHEIM – Freelance sports writer and frequent JB Hoops Blog contributor Tom Robinson is courtside at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex tonight for the start of The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest.

Two JB Hoops teams will be in action for a total of three games tonight. A total of five teams from the Scranton-based AAU basketball program, including two Backcourt Hoops teams, are entered in the event, which continues through Sunday.

JB Hoops Callahan got things started with a 58-42 victory over the New Jersey Roadrunners.

Details on that game and more reports from the event in Lancaster County to come throughout the night.

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