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JB Hoops Callahan rallies from late 20-point deficit

MANHEIM – JB Hoops Callahan opened the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest at Spooky Nook Sports in Lancaster County with a dramatic victory Friday night.

Fresh off a second-place finish at the Atlantic City Jam Fest, another Hoop Group event, last week, JB Hoops faced a 20-point deficit with six minutes left in its 17U Elite Championship division opener.

George Tinsley beat the buzzer for the game-winner in a 64-63 victory over the Middlesex Magic Reidy from Bedford, Mass.

“We just stuck together,” forward Dimitri Gnall said. “Coach (Bill) Callahan said we’d win the game if we got eight or nine stops. We just took it play by play.”

JB Hoops got the stops it needed, then caught a break when the Magic missed a free throw with 11 seconds left.

Jeremy Callahan got the ball to Blake Gearhart in the corner with about four seconds left.

“Blake found George cutting to the rim for a lay-up at the buzzer and we won by one,” coach Callahan said.

The win made JB Hoops one of 32 teams alive in the championship bracket going into Saturday’s action.

More to come on the JB Hoops Blog on this weekend’s tournament action.

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