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East Coast Championship – Updates

East Coast Championship – Updates

MANHEIM – Strong all-around efforts by Rachael Rose and Leah Hodick were not enough for JB Hoops Carra to overcome multiple absences from the lineup while losing to Team Pennsylvania Fortney, 51-47, Sunday afternoon in the East Coast Championship Girls 11th Grade Gold Division title game.

Rose and Hodick combined to shoot 7-for-8 from the floor in the second half when they accounted for all but four of the team’s points.

JB Hoops Carra went without Victoria Toomey for the entire game because of an injury. Hannah Smith was unavailable for the second day of the tournament following a death in her family.

Lisa Tallo was done in the first half and Gianna Delfino missed significant time during the game after a hard fall. Two younger players were added to the roster before the game to help provide some depth and both saw playing time.

Rose finished with 20 points by hitting her last 6 foul shots and 6 of her last 7 shots from the floor. She also contributed 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.

Hodick grabbed seven of her eight rebounds in the first half when she was struggling to convert shots. She wound up making her final 4 attempts, including 3 in the second half, to finish with 11 points. Hodick also had a team-high three steals along with two assists.

Isabelle Leazier hit seven 3-pointers for Team Pennsylvania, which hurt JB Hoops from long range early.

JB Hoops got four points from Delfino and three each from Hodick and Rose during a 12-3 run to a 13-8 lead midway through the first half.

Team Pennsylvania started 6-for-8 from 3-point range, using four of Leazier’s bombs in less than four minutes to take a 24-15 lead.

Kathleen Rose hit a 3-pointer and Rachael Rose scored the next seven points for a streak of 10 straight to take a 25-24 lead.

JB Hoops took a 27-26 lead into halftime when Rachael Rose penetrated to set up Hodick’s shot from the foul line one second before the buzzer.

Team Pennsylvania moved ahead to stay with 7:30 left, but the lead never got higher than five before the game’s final six seconds. When it did, Rachael Rose scored four straight to pull JB Hoops within, 46-45, with 1:24 to play.

Five straight points from the foul line clinched the win for Team Pennsylvania.

TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 7:19 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Coleman scored the game’s final four points, three by Kayla Rose, at the foul line to edge In the Zone Plantinum 20-20 Turpening, 40-37, Sunday afternoon for the Girls 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver title of the East Coast Championship at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

In the Zone went ahead, 37-36, on a drive with 1:31 left, but did not score again.

Kylie Lavelle helped JB Hoops down the stretch, hitting what proved to be the game-winning free throw and joining Moriah Murray to lead the late-game defensive efforts.

Rose hit one of two free throws with 1:16 remaining to create the last tie in a game that was close throughout.

When Rose missed the second free throw, JB Hoops got three straight offensive rebounds, leading to Lavelle also making one of two for the lead.

Murray blocked a lay-up to protect the one-point advantage before Rose hit two free throws with 37.3 seconds left to close the scoring.

From there, Lavelle made one defensive rebound and stole away an In the Zone offensive rebound to help protect the lead.

“We were just taking unselfish shots, boxing out, playing together and talking,” Rose said of the team’s ability to pull out the close win.

JB Hoops Coleman had reached the championship game by winning its first three weekend games by an average of more than 20 points.

Return to this page for more details on the two championship games involving JB Hoops girls teams.

– TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 6:57 PM

MANHEIM – Action is complete in the East Coast Championship at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster County.

Two NEPA Flames teams claimed girls titles and two JB Hoops teams split in girls championship contests as the two-day event was drawing to a close.

NEPA Flames Reno won four games by a total of 71 points and claimed the Girls 10th Grade Silver title.

In the final, NEPA Flames Reno broke away from a tight game to defeat Chester County Storm Marchese, 54-37, for the second time in the day. The two teams had finished first and second in round-robin play in the four-team division.

NEPA Flames Toomey was the best of eight teams in the Girls 8th Grade Gold Division, winning the title by going 5-0, winning every game by at least a dozen points and putting together an average victory margin of 19.8.

After winning in the morning to finish 3-0 to and win its pool, NEPA Flames Toomey beat the Silver Bullets, 42-15, in the semifinals, then played again two hours later and beat Advanced Hoops Cavoli, 55-38, for the title.

JB Hoops Coleman won the Girls 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver Division with a 40-37 victory over In the Zone Platinum 2020 Turpening, 40-37, in the championship game.

JB Hoops Carra, playing with a shortened bench because of injuries and another mid-tournament absence overcame a nine-point deficit in the Girls 11th Grade Gold final, before falling short against Team Pennsylvania Fortney, 51-47.

Return to this page for more details on the two championship games involving JB Hoops girls teams.

          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 4:19 PM

MANHEIM – The games are getting closer as the East Coast Championship comes closer to its conclusion at Spooky Nook Sports.

JB Hoops Brown fell in the Boys 9th Grade Gold Division final, 56-55, against Syracuse Select Coker.

It was the second meeting of the tournament between the two teams. JB Hoops won, 50-48, Saturday and took the tiebreaker for first place in their pool after both teams went 2-1.

Each won in the semifinal round earlier today to set up a rematch.

JB Hoops Coleman is trailing, 23-22, with 11 minutes left in the Girls 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver Division championship game.

Backcourt Hoops Joyce went 3-0 in the Boys 6th Grade Silver Division pool play before losing the championship game to HD Elite Smith, 41-38.

Backcourt Hoops Smith was 2-0 in pool play but lost in the quarterfinals of Boys 8th Grade Gold Division, 56-42, to Nova 94 Feet.

JB Hoops Callahan and JB Hoops McGoff both reached the final of the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division, but will not play each other. That division’s play is now complete.

JB Hoops McGoff won its semifinal, 46-24, over Double Platinum.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops teams at the East Coast Championship.

          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 3:52 PM

MANHEIM – Electric City Voltz Kettel from Backcourt Hoops in Scranton captured the Boys 4th Grade Silver Division championship today in the East Coast Championship at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

Electric City Voltz Kettel overcame a one-point loss in its tournament opener Saturday by winning three straight games. It avenged the loss in the championship game with a 35-24 victory over HD Elite Byrne.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and other Backcourt Hoops teams at the East Coast Championship.

SUNDAY, 3:42 PM

MANHEIM – Rachael Rose scored 12 points in the final 5:04 this afternoon to help JB Hoops Carra get past Valley Thunder Marcinkowski/Purdy, 63-49, in an East Coast Championship Girls 11th Grade Gold Division semifinal at Spooky Nook.

Valley Thunder closed within three points before the freshman from Scranton Prep led the strong finish.

Rachael Rose hit two 3-pointers and Kathleen Rose made one during the closing run.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and other Backcourt Hoops teams at the East Coast Championship.

– TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 3:06 PM

MANHEIM – George Tinsley took care of the scoring and Leo O’Boyle handled the rebounding early, then JB Hoops Callahan got plenty of balance the rest of the way this afternoon while defeating Cats Wernoch, 70-36, to reach the championship game of the East Coast Championship Boys 11th Grade Gold Division.

Tinsley had 19 of his 22 points in the first half. He had 10 in the first 6 minutes for a 14-3 lead.

O’Boyle scored of an offensive rebound to build that lead to 16-3 before Cats Wernoch managed its first field goal 7:16 into the game. The rebound was the sixth of the game for O’Boyle, who finished the half with 7 points and 8 rebounds on the way to a 16-point, 9-rebound finish.

Dimitri Gnall had 7 of his 11 points and Nate Kreitzer had all 7 of his during the second half.

Gnall, Kreitzer and Tinsley all added five rebounds. Kreitzer, Brian Boland and Corey Perkins each shared the team lead of four assists.

Cats Wernoch got as close as 23-18 with 5:18 left in the half, before Tinsley and Gnall scored four each in a 13-3 run to end the half.

After Cats Wernoch used a 6-1 start of the second half to get within, 37-28, JB Hoops Callahan pulled away for good.

Gnall, who got things started with a 3-pointer, scored the first five points and Kreitzer the next four to start an 11-0 run.

After Cats Wernoch stopped the streak, O’Boyle, Tinsley and Kreitzer hit consecutive 3-pointers to run off nine more points for a 59-31 lead with 8:10 left.

Tinsley took just two shots in the second half when he only played 6:08. The first-team, all-state selection from Abington Heights finished 9-for-14 from the floor, 2-for-4 on 3-pointers and 2-for-2 at the line.

JB Hoops Callahan recovered from a 1-for-5 start to shoot 52 percent the rest of the way.

Return to this page for more updates from the East Coast Championship.

TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 2:46 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Carra broke away from a close game down the stretch to defeat CPA Dynamite 2020, 66-58, at the East Coast Championship.

The inside game produced scores from Victoria Toomey and Leah Hodick for the last two field goals, then JB Hoops Carra hit six straight free throws in the final 1:15 to secure the win.

JB Hoops Carra is unbeaten on the weekend and playing in the semifinals of the Girls 11th Grade Gold Division.

Other teams are in action now.

JB Hoops McGoff is trying to join JB Hoops Callahan in the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division final.

After taking a 14-5 lead on Double Platinum at the midway point in the first half, JB Hoops McGoff increased the lead to 11 a minute later on a dunk by Gabe Springer.

JB Hoops McGoff defeated Iron Saints, 63-33, in a quarterfinal this morning.

NEPA Flames Reno is 3-0 on the weekend in the Girls 10th Grade Silver Division, but is in a tough game in a semifinal rematch of its toughest test so far.

With five minutes left in the half, NEPA Flames Reno was tied, 15-15, with the Chester County Storm Marchese.

Return to this page for more updates from the East Coast Championship.

          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 2:02 PM

MANHEIM – Action is progressing toward late afternoon championship games in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports.

Before playing their semifinal, the JB Hoops Carra girls are in a game that does not count toward the championship elimination and it’s a close one. They trail CPA Dynamite 2020, 33-32, at halftime.

JB Hoops Callahan has moved into the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division final after beating Cats Wernoch for the second straight day, increasing the margin this time to 70-36.

George Tinsley, who this week learned of his first-team Class 5A all-state high school honors for his play at Abington Heights, had a 19-point effort in the first half against Cats Wernoch. He took just two second-half shots in reduced playing time and finished with 22.

JB Hoops McGoff is on the court now trying to play its way into an all-JB Hoops championship game against JB Hoops Callahan.

Return to this page for many more details on the latest JB Hoops Callahan win, plus updates on other games.

TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 12:48 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Brown dropped a 61-60 decision to Hoop Heaven Hawks Elite today in the East Coast Championship, but still finished 2-1 in pool play and will advance to the 1:20 p.m. semifinals of the Boys 9th Grade Gold Division at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the day.

SUNDAY, 12:39 PM

MANHEIM – Coach Taylor (Greene) Coleman was happy with her team’s offensive execution Saturday and the strong play is continuing early in Sunday’s first game.

JB Hoops Coleman is out to a 15-7 lead midway through the first half of its East Coast Championship semifinal with DM Panthers Brown in the Girls 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver Division at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Coleman scored 56 and 51 points in Saturday’s two pool play wins and was on that type of pace again in the semifinal.

“I thought our ball movement and our unselfishness was really strong,” coach Coleman said. “We found girls in good positions where they could score the ball with their strengths.”

Lauren Casey from Nanticoke worked inside to score eight points in the first half of the second game of the day and was part of the team’s strong rebounding effort.

“She played well,” coach Coleman said. “We had a size advantage so we made sure we put her in spots near the rim where she could just turn and score quickly.”

– TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 12:04 PM

MANHEIM – Dimitri Gnall showed off a variety of moves in Saturday’s second JB Hoops Callahan game, whether he started in the paint or was attacking it from the perimeter.

That was no accident.

Gnall already possesses the post moves from doing much of his work close to the basket on Wyoming Seminary’s 2017-18 division and district championship teams.

As an all-state high school player anticipating a position change when he moves on to the college level, Gnall has been going through private lessons with coach John Bucci to add to his offensive moves away from the basket.

“I’m trying to work on my ballhanding a little more with getting some private lessons with coach Bucci,” Gnall said, “as well as more outside play, perimeter game play with driving and shooting.

“I know in college, that’s probably where I’ll be playing.”

Gnall is looking ahead this summer in many ways. He is planning visits and camp appearances at some strong academic NCAA Division III schools.

As a junior at Wyoming Seminary, Gnall averaged 17.1 points and was named Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 Player of the Year by NEPABasketball.com and division coaches. He was also a third-team Class 3A all-state selection by state sports writers after leading the Blue Knights to a District 2 title and a state tournament win.

There is still work, however, to be done this spring and summer.

Gnall was less pleased with his effort in Saturday’s first game, but saw progress in the second game as JB Hoops started 2-0 and earned a bye into the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division semifinals.

“With my school team, being one of the taller guys, I was stuck down in the post,” Gnall said. “In AAU, playing with some of these guys, I’ll still be down low, but coach Bucci and I are working on getting me out to the 3 spot, working from out there and trying to improve that aspect of my game.”

Depending how much time he spends on the floor with the team’s taller players – Division I prospects Leo O’Boyle from Scranton Prep and George Tinsley from Abington Heights – Gnall still works inside with JB Hoops Callahan, as needed. He is mixing in some game-time opportunities on both ends, including defending on the perimeter as well as his more-established roles as a rebounder and interior defender.

Gnall, a Moosic resident, is a long-time participant in Backcourt Hoops programs, developing his game there in the spring and summer. He attended Wyoming Seminary’s Lower School from first through sixth grade, went to the state 8th-grade tournament as a junior high student at Our Lady of Peace in Clarks Summit and began his high school career with a season at Scranton Prep before returning to Wyoming Seminary for his final three years.

With a strong JB Hoops presence and Gnall leading the way, the 2017-18 season turned into a special one at Wyoming Seminary, which won its first District 2 title since 1986 and first state tournament game since 1992. With only one senior in that starting lineup, a sense of excitement has developed around the Blue Knights program, including feedback from many of the school’s former players.

“It was good to know that even though they’re not in the program any more, they still want to be involved because they just love it,” Gnall said. “It was nice being recognized by the school as well as the fans.”

NOTE: Action has been underway for hours at Spooky Nook. Reports on some of today’s results coming soon.

 

          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 9:33 AM

MANHEIM – Hannah Smith started at Backcourt Hoops with the NEPA Flames in fourth grade and has been moving up through the various JB Hoops teams, according to age, since seventh grade.

After playing a prominent role in Wallenpaupack’s Lackawanna League Division 2 championship as a junior, Smith is trying to make the most of her last spring and summer of AAU basketball.

“I thought that for my last year I should spend it with the team I’ve been playing with in fourth grade,” said Smith, who does not expect to pursue basketball in college. “I think we just like to be together, but the ultimate goal is to keep winning games and beat teams that have beaten us in the past.”

Even though they have played together for years, the JB Hoops Carra girls are still adding new wrinkles.

Smith said the team, which won handily in its two games Saturday in the Girls 11th Grade Gold Division of the East Coast Championship, is working on putting those changes to use as the season progresses.

“Just getting into the flow of our offense better,” Smith said. “We have a lot of different plays that we’re working on to get people open and get people to the basket.”

Smith, a first-team division all-star at Wallenpaupack, is in the JB Hoops Carra guard combination that keeps pushing opponents on the defensive end.

Remaining part of a team for so many years is part of what brings Smith back to Backcourt Hoops in Scranton each year. When she transitions back to high school for her final season, Smith said one of her goals will be to make sure new teammates feel comfortable.

With three Wallenpaupack starters graduating, Smith is ready for an increased leadership role.

“I’ll have to step up more than I have in the past and kind of bring the younger girls into the program and make them feel welcome like I was when I was a freshman,” she said.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 8:39 AM

(expanded SUNDAY, 9:22 AM)

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Carra and JB Hoops Coleman each went 2-0, led their divisions in fewest points allowed and landed top seeds for bracket play at the East Coast Championship.

Saturday’s performances at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex also set up the two JB Hoops girls teams to receive byes into today’s semifinals.

JB Hoops Carra needed the defensive effort for the top seed after tying at both 2-0 and in point differential at the top of the six-team 11th Grade Gold Division. It landed the top spot by allowing just 49 points.

Coach Taylor (Greene) Coleman said improvements in the help-side rotations that JB Hoops Coleman has been working on played a role in giving up just 64 points while going 2-0 in the 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver Division.

JB Hoops Coleman received the only bye in the seven-team division and will play its semifinal at 12:20.

JB Hoops Carra has a 1:20 p.m. game that is not part of the championship pursuit, then plays the semifinal at 2:25.

In Saturday’s second game, JB Hoops Carra held the Delaware Charms scoreless for the first 5:03, running off the game’s first 14 points in a 65-20 romp.

We started really slow in the first game, but we really run off our defense,” said Hannah Smith, a JB Hoops Carra guard from Wallenpaupack. “Our offense comes from our defense, so once we get going, I think that’s when everything started flowing and we got up ahead early.”

JB Hoops Valvano was sixth of seven 9th Grade Gold teams Saturday when it went 0-2, losing by a total of four points, with a one-pointer in regulation and a three-point defeat in overtime. It is the first in action today, needing to get through a 9:05 a.m. quarterfinal to advance.

TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 7:45 AM

(revised 11:05 AM)

MANHEIM – The three JB Hoops boys teams each went 2-0 in pool play Saturday, setting themselves up in the best possible positions going into Sunday’s bracket portion of the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Callahan and JB Hoops McGoff were the top two teams out of seven in the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division.

JB Hoops Callahan was the highest scoring team with 156 points in two games, racking up the highest point differential to earn the top seed and a bye into the 1:20 semifinals. It awaits the winner of Court Kings and Cats Wernoch.

JB Hoops McGoff allowed the fewest points (65) while going 2-0 and goes into bracket play as the second-place team. It faces Iron Saints in an 11:15 a.m. quarterfinal.

JB Hoops Brown was the only 2-0 team in its pool in Boys 9th Grade Gold Division. It plays Hoops Heaven Hawks Elite in its last pool game at 11:15 a.m. Semifinals are this afternoon for the top two teams in each of two pools.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 11:00 PM

MANHEIM – The JB Hoops program made an impression on Brett Rumpel he was on the opposite side playing against the teams out of Backcourt Hoops in Scranton.

“We used to play JB Hoops a lot,” said Rumpel, the lone New York State resident on a JB Hoops team. “Our AAU team went its separate ways.

“I was looking for an AAU team.”

Rumpel and his family decided to try making the hour trip from Binghamton, N.Y. for practices to join a former opponent.

The decision has been paying off for Rumpel and the JB Hoops Brown, a ninth-grade team.

Clearly comfortable with the ball, as both a scorer and playmaker, Rumpel is continuing to develop other parts of his game, including on the defensive end and when playing offense away from the ball.

JB Brown Hoops Brown has added an effective closer.

When the East Coast Championship opened Saturday at Spooky Nook Sports Complex, Rumpel showed off some of the moves that made him the sixth man on a New York Class B state finalist at Seton Catholic High School in Binghamton.

Rumpel scored the game-winning basket in the closing seconds of one win and hit the go-ahead basket as part of a major role in the decisive run in the team’s second win.

“If he’s playing well at the end of the game, I can call a play for him and get him in a spot where he’s comfortable scoring and he generally executes.”

Rumpel did just that. He drew a foul while scoring the winning basket in a 50-48 victory over Syracuse Select Coker.

JB Hoops Brown trailed with less than five minutes remaining before Rumpel had 13 of the points in a 17-point streak that fueled a 55-43 victory over LL Thunder.

“I saw that they were playing off me a little bit because I had gone around them a couple times,” said Rumpel, who put JB Hoops ahead to stay with one of his two late 3-pointers and also had a three-point play during the decisive streak. “I was feeling my jump shot.”

Rumpel took over down the stretch when JB Hoops needed him, but the team has generally been showing more balance.

The newcomer has not missed a practice while getting the feel of playing with new teammates and within a new program.

“It’s been different,” he said. “We’re getting better. They’re all good kids; they’re all unselfish. We share the ball.

“Practice has been good. Playing with the older guys challenges you.”

When games were on the line at the East Coast Championship, Rumpel was up to the challenge.

NOTE: Return to this page throughout the completion of the East Coast Championship Sunday for more on what is happening with JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 8:41 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Carra and JB Hoops Coleman girls teams improved to 2-0 with wins to finish up their first day in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Carra defeated Delaware Charms, 65-20, in the 11th Grade Gold Division.

JB Hoops Coleman topped Chester County Storm Lucas, 56-33, in the 10th Grade Gold/11th Grade Silver Division.

The JB Hoops McGoff team is also 2-0 after winning its 11th Grade Gold Division game, 49-25, over Cats Kraft. The lead was 49-19 before allowing two 3-pointers in the final minute.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day event.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 7:47 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Carra held the Delaware Charms scoreless for the first 5:03 while building a 14-0 lead in their East Coast Championship Girls 11th Grade Gold Division game at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Carra is trying to improve to 2-0 in the tournament.

Two other JB Hoops teams just finished tournament games.

JB Hoops Callahan ran away from Cats Wernoch, 77-52, in a Boys 11th Grade Gold Division game to end the first day at 2-0.

JB Hoops Valvano made it into overtime with the help of a 19-for-24 shooting effort from the line, but lost to In the Zone Plantinum 2021 Khalil, 48-45, in the Girls 9th Grade Gold Division.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day event.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 7:03 PM

MANHEIM – Leo O’Boyle made sure JB Hoops Callahan got off to a fast start in its second game of the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

Before heading to the bench for the first time just before the midway point in the first 16-minute half, O’Boyle already had nine points, four defensive rebounds, two assists and a deflection that led to a teammate’s steal.

The efforts of the second-team, all-state selection from Scranton Prep helped get JB Hoops out to a 19-9 lead on Cats Wernoch, a local Lancaster County team. The teams are competing in the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division.

O’Boyle needed just 47 seconds to score the game’s first five points. He hit a 3-pointer on the first JB Hoops possession, then added two free throws. The 6-foot-8 junior also had defensive rebounds that started both possessions.

When he took his first break, O’Boyle was 3-for-4 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line.

Before sitting down, he found Scranton Prep teammate Mario Rotell in the right corner for what turned into a four-point play and the 10-point lead with 8:06 left in the half.

O’Boyle recently received a scholarship offer from the University of New Hampshire. He already was being pursued by Columbia and Holy Cross and watched by other college recruiters.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day event.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 6:48 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops girls teams are off to a 2-0 start in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Carra defeated Team PA Fortney, 53-29, in the 11th Grade Gold Division.

JB Hoops Coleman handled In the Zone Platinum Turpening, 51-31, in the 10th Gold/11th Silver Division.

The other JB Hoops girls team, JB Hoops Valvano, is tied, 17-17, with 6 ½ minutes left in the first half against In the Zone Platinum 2021 Khalil in the 9th Grade Gold Division.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day event.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 5:58 PM

MANHEIM – The first two JB Hoops girls teams are in action in the East Coast Championship at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex and both are out to comfortable halftime leads.

JB Hoops Carra is up 30-16 on Team PA Fortney in the 11th Grade Gold Division.

Leah Hodick was on each end of interior passes in the final 35 seconds of the half to stretch what had been a 10-point lead. She scored off a Victoria Toomey feed and set up Hannah Smith’s transition basket to end the half.

JB Hoops Coleman leads In the Zone Platinum Turpening, 32-14, in the 10th Gold/11th Silver Division.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day event.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 5:25 PM

MANHEIM – NEPA Flames Reno opened play in the Girls 10th Grade Silver Division with a 54-25 victory over Wyoming Valley Wolverines Magin.

Corinna Scoblick from Lake-Lehman scored 10 points to help NEPA Flames Reno to a 31-15 lead at halftime. Talili Turner-Boyd from West Scranton hit three 3-pointers in the second half to help expand the lead.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day tournament.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 5:03 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Callahan boys and NEPA Flames Toomey girls went on to win their games in the East Coast Championship at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

JB Hoops Callahan won its Boys 11th Grade Gold Division opener, 79-38, over Iron Saints.

NEPA Flames Toomey is 2-0 in the Girls 8th Grade Gold Division after posting its second straight double-digits victory, 46-34, over Jaguars Blue. Ciera Toomey led the way with 14 points.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the two-day tournament.

SATURDAY, 4:38 PM

MANHEIM – The JB Hoops Carra, Coleman and Valvano girls teams will all begin their tournaments in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex in 5:30 p.m. games.

Return to this page for more updates.

SATURDAY, 4:23 PM

MANHEIM – Defense has helped the JB Hoops Callahan and NEPA Flames Toomey teams to leads in their games currently going on in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.

Steals and easy baskets in transition are helping JB Hoops Callahan pile up the points in a Boys 11th Grade Gold Division game. One of those steals, by Robert VanBrunt, led to Leo O’Boyle’s dunk during a 10-0 run to a 65-30 lead with 8:40 left in JB Hoops Callahan’s opening game against the Iron Saints.

NEPA Flames Toomey struggled early while trying to improve its record to 2-0 in the Girls 8th Grade Gold Division.

After falling behind 7-2 and 9-4 early, NEPA Flames Toomey held Jaguars Blue scoreless for nearly six minutes while taking an 18-9 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the first half.

Return to this page for more updates on JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams in the two-day event.

          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 3:37 PM

MANHEIM – Brett Rumpel and the JB Hoops Brown team waited until the closing seconds to pull out a win in their first game of the day in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Center.

Rumpel and his teammates got started a bit earlier in their second game Saturday.

After LL Thunder took its final lead with less than five minutes to play, JB Hoops Brown ran off the game’s next 17 points, including 13 by Rumpel, on the way to a 55-43 victory.

JB Hoops Brown is 2-0 in the Boys 9th Grade Division.

Rumpel, from Seton Catholic High School in Binghamton, N.Y., answered an LL Thunder 3-pointer with one of his own.

Harry Johnson from Abington Heights turned an offensive rebound – the fourth by JB Hoops Brown in the possession – into the next basket, then Rumpel hit a 14-footer in the lane to give the team seven points in a minute to take control for good.

Rumpel hit two 3-pointers, a three-point play, another basket and two more free throws during the flurry that opened the lead to 53-37 before LL Thunder finally scored again with 39 seconds left.

“He played really well that game,” coach Jake Brown said. “That’s how it often ends.

“If he’s playing well at the end of the game, I can call a play for him and get him in a spot where he’s comfortable scoring and he generally executes.”

Rumpel got fouled while scoring the game-winning basket with 12 seconds left in a 50-48 win over Syracuse Select Coker to begin the day. He missed the ensuing foul shot but JB Hoops Brown held on.

Coach Brown was happy not to have the second game decided so late.

“It was nice to pull away,” he said after the team held LL Thunder scoreless for more than four minutes in the decisive run. “I think guys are starting to realize to buy in on defense.

“ … Toward the end of that game they started to pick up a little bit on defense and it led to easy baskets on offense.”

Return to this page throughout the weekend for more about Brett Rumpel and more updates on how the various JB Hoops and Backcourt Hoops teams do in the tournament.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 2:07 PM

MANHEIM – The NEPA Flames Toomey and Backcourt Hoops Doughton teams won their openers in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Center today.

NEPA Flames Toomey defeated the Jersey Bombers, 51-33, in the Girls 8th Grade Gold Division.

Backcourt Hoops Doughton topped Central PA Elite Yeakle, 38-21, in the Boys 8th Grade Silver Division.

Backcourt Hoops Wignot is off to a 0-2 start in Boys 5th Grade Division.

More detailed reports coming soon as more divisions get started in the two-day event.

SATURDAY, 1:35 PM

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Brown pulled out a 50-48 victory over Syracuse Select Coker in a Boys 9th Grade Gold game to being action in the East Coast Championship at Spooky Nook Sports Center.

JB Hoops Brown is one of three JB Hoops boys teams in action in the two-day event.

JB Hoops Callahan, which opens with a 3:25 game, and JB Hoops McGoff, which begins play at 4:30, are both competing in the Boys 11th Grade Gold Division.

Check back for more updates.

SATURDAY, 1:10 PM

MANHEIM – Freelance sports writer and frequent JB Hoops Blog contributor Tom Robinson is at Spooky Nook Sports to provide updates on JB Hoops teams and others from Backcourt Hoops during today and Sunday’s East Coast Championship in Lancaster County.

Check back often for updates.

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