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LIVE UPDATES COMPLETED: Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest

LIVE UPDATES COMPLETED: Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest

MONDAY, 8:56 a.m.

By Tom Robinson

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan had the top team in the Hoop Group Showcase League down, but not out, on consecutive days.

Using a very similar approach, the Middlesex Magic Crotty fought back each time.

Cole Prowitt-Smith scored the last 10 points of a 14-point, second-half streak that carried the Magic to a 53-46 victory in the championship game of the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest 17U Championship Division.

“We went 4-2. It was a good weekend,” JB Hoops coach Bill Callahan. “The kids played hard. I think they played better.

“They really like playing together and they’re fun to coach.”

JB Hoops had reached the championship game with three straight wins in the bracket portion of the weekend, including two earlier Sunday.

It could not, however, get past Middlesex.

While its defense was getting stops on the other end, the Middlesex offense was getting into the lane, drawing a series of fouls that frustrated the JB Hoops team.

The Magic’s second comeback in as many days started with one three-point play and was capped by two more.

Officials conferred before determining that Danny Yardemian’s drive to the basket and the foul he drew occurred exactly as time expired in the first half. With the teams watching from the bench, Yardemian added the foul shot that completed the three-point play and cut what had been the largest JB Hoops lead to 27-23 at the break.

Prowitt-Smith went 8-for-9 from the line while scoring 14 points in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer a minute into the second half to make it 29-26, then did the bulk of the damage in the game’s decisive run, including scoring 8 points in 17 seconds for the 40-31 lead with 10:51 left.

“The same thing happened (Saturday),” coach Callahan said. “We got up, but then they made a little run and got the lead.”

Prowitt-Smith was already preparing to complete his second consecutive three-pointer when JB Hoops coach Callahan was assessed a technical foul as the team returned to the card from a timeout. Prowitt-Smith took advantage, making it a five-point play by hitting the foul shot he had coming, then staying on the line to add two more for the technical.

The streak ended there and JB Hoops battled back to get as close as 42-40 on five straight points by Dimitri Gnall, but never caught up.

The championship game broke down much like Saturday morning’s finale to the Showcase League, which was played prior to the tournament bracket and served as a season-long qualification and seeding process for the 24 teams fighting for 16 spots in the championship division.

JB Hoops opened halftime leads of 26-21 and 27-23.

The Magic, from the Boston suburb of Bedford, outscored JB Hoops in the second half, 30-21 and 30-19.

JB Hoops was called for 17 fouls to 8 against Middlesex in the second half of Saturday’s game, then 13 fouls to 5 by the Magic in the championship game.

The Magic took advantage by going 11-for-18 from the line in the first meeting and 13-for-16 with the title on the line.

“We were able to get into some seams in transition a couple of times and even within our offense,” Middlesex coach Crotty said. “ … We had a couple of wrinkles and then used our motion to get into the paint. There was that stretch there where we took it to the hole five or six times in a row, then we hit a timely 3 and the lead gets to nine and it feels like a really big swing.”

John McCoy added 10 points for the winners, who went 6-0 on the weekend.

JB Hoops made the championship game with its 4-2 weekend in which the only two losses came to the Magic.

Leo O’Boyle led JB Hoops with 19 points and five assists. He finished with 22.3 points per game for the weekend.

“He’s a terrific player, one of the best we’ve gone against,” Crotty said.

George Tinsley added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Nate Kreitzer had six rebounds. Brian Boland had four assists.

O’Boyle and Tinsley brought JB Hoops back after the Magic opened leads of 7-2 and 9-4 in the first four minutes.

O’Boyle’s 10-foot turnaround from the right baseline gave him six points and cut the deficit to 10-8 with 11:20 left in the half. Tinsley penetrated the defense to set up a Gnall basket for a 10-10 tie.

After McCoy gave the Magic its first three-point play of the game, Tinsley scored the next five points for the first JB Hoops lead. He converted an O’Boyle pass in transition, then completed a 3-for-3 start with a long 3-pointer for a 15-13 lead.

O’Boyle set up Mario Rotell, who ran the floor to make a timely cut to the basket, then scored the next five points of a 9-2 run that Tinsley completed with a tip-in for the 27-20 lead in the final minute of the half.

After shooting 11-for-27 (40.7 percent) in the first half, JB Hoops was 6-for-22 (27.3 percent) in the second half. That was again similar to the first meeting of the weekend when JB Hoops was 9-for-21 (42.9 percent) in the first half and 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) in the second half.

“We just didn’t make enough shots, but it was a great weekend,” coach Callahan said.

The game brought an end to a grueling, but successful weekend for both teams.

“For each team, it’s the sixth game in less than 48 hours, it’s our third game (in six hours),” Crotty said. “I thought both of us were real tired.

“I know how good their shooters are, but they were short. Our shooters are good, but we were coming up short. We found a way to dig deep.”

MORE TO COME: With the tournament over, the updates on this page are complete. During and after the Jam Fest, freelance sports writer Tom Robinson interviewed JB Hoops players, both championship game coaches, and Hoop Group Director of Team Tournaments Dave Fedor for a series of additional stories which will appear in upcoming entries on the JB Hoops Blog.

SUNDAY, 8:10 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan settled for second place in the 17U Championship Division of the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest after falling to the Middlesex Magic, 53-46, in this afternoon’s championship game at the Convention Center.

The Bedford, Mass.-based team showed why it is the top-ranked team in the Hoop Group Showcase League standings by battling from behind in the second half for the second straight day while handling JB Hoops its only two losses in six weekend games.

Leo O’Boyle led JB Hoops with 19 points and five assists.

George Tinsley added 13 points and 7 rebounds, Nate Kreitzer had 6 rebounds and Brian Boland had 4 assists in the loss.

Cole Prowitt-Smith had 18 points to lead the Magic, which shot 13-for-16 from the line in the second half.

JB Hoops led by seven until the first-half buzzer and was still ahead 31-26 more than two minutes into the second half. Middlesex scored the next 14 points, including half of them from the line.

Prowitt-Smith scored the last 10 points in the streak.

More details from the game will be coming tonight in an update that includes quotes from both coaches.

SUNDAY, 2:05 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan followed a nerve-wracking, but winning, formula for its first two games of the day at the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

A quick burst at the start was followed by a slump that had the team on the verge of being run out of the game, which was eventually decided by prolonged success at the finish.

JB Hoops outscored Crown Basketball from Long Island by 20 points over the final 13 minutes this afternoon to post a 64-53 victory and land a berth in the 17U Championship game.

Before rallying from nine points behind in the second half of the semifinal game, JB Hoops came from 13 down in a 70-60 victory over the DC Blue Devils in the morning quarterfinal.

JB Hoops led 9-2 in the quarterfinal before a 24-4 DC run put the Blue Devils ahead 28-15. JB Hoops recovered with a 43-point second half that included a streak of 14 straight points.

Leo O’Boyle scored 35 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and was part of both the fast start and the big finish in the semifinal.

JB Hoops scored the game’s first 10 points, slipped behind 39-30 early in the second half, then outscored Crown, 34-14, the rest of the way.

O’Boyle had seven points, following up a Mario Rotell game-opening, 3-pointer, during the 10-0 start. He had half the points in the closing run.

Crown was still within 56-52 with 1:35 left before Dimitri Gnall did all the scoring in a 6-1 run.

O’Boyle’s long diagonal pass from near midcourt completed the press break with 1:35 left. Gnall then hit a 10-footer from the left side and converted another lay-up, this one on a Rotell pass that once again beat pressure.

Nate Kreitzer chipped in with eight points, George Tinsley had seven rebounds and Brian Boland had five assists.

Crown went 0-for-12 from 3-point range in the second half and missed its last 15 shots after starting 4-for-7 from long range.

JB Hoops went ahead to stay on an O’Boyle 3-pointer with 5:10 left. He then converted an offensive rebound to make it 50-46 with 4:34 to go. That was part of a stretch in which O’Boyle scored nine points in less than three minutes to key an 11-4 burst for a 56-50 lead.

Return to this page for coverage of the JB Hoops-Middlesex Magic championship game.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 1:52 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan gets a rematch for its final in the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest at the Convention Center at 2:30.

The team from Backcourt Hoops in Scranton gets another shot at the Middlesex Magic. The Magic, from the Boston suburb of Bedford, lead the Hoop Group Showcase League standings as the top 17U Championship level team among the 30 regulars to Hoop Group events.

JB Hoops led for much of the HGSL game Saturday morning before falling, 51-47.

Both teams then went 3-0 since bracket play began.

Middlesex reached the final by beating Nova Village Russell from Columbus, Ohio, 63-55, in the quarterfinals and PK Flash from Butler, Pa., 66-60, in the semifinals.

JB Hoops topped the DC Blue Devils, 70-60, and Crown Basketball, 64-53, today. It rallied from 13 down against DC in the quarterfinals and 9 down in the second half of the semifinal against Crown.

For more details on the semifinal win and information on this afternoon’s final, return to this page.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 1:32 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Leo O’Boyle scored 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds this afternoon when JB Hoops Callahan used another big finish to play its way into the championship game of the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest with a 64-53 victory over Crown Basketball from Long Island.

JB Hoops outscored the West Hempstead, N.Y. team, 34-14, over the final 13:13. O’Boyle had 17 of those points and Dimitri Gnall had six while JB Hoops was scoring eight of the game’s last nine points.

Gnall finished with 11 points.

Nate Kreitzer chipped in with eight points, George Tinsley had seven rebounds and Brian Boland had five assists.

JB Hoops scored the game’s first 10 points, on a 3-pointer by Mario Rotell, followed by seven straight points by O’Boyle.

Crown Basketball rallied for a halftime lead, then scored the first six points of the second half for a 39-30 advantage.

T.J. Long had 13 points for Crown. He hit two 3-pointers while scoring eight in the first half, then was held without a field goal in the second half.

Crown started the game 4-for-7 from 3-point range, then missed its last 15 attempts, including a dozen in the second half.

For more details on the semifinal win and information on this afternoon’s final, return to this page.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 11:53 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan got off to a fast start as it has all weekend in the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

After six first-half minutes of being picked apart by the D.C. Blue Devils on both ends of the floor, JB Hoops then put together a much-needed, outstanding offensive effort in the second half to pull out a victory and advance to the 17U Championship semifinals.

Leo O’Boyle scored 24 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out 3 assists to lead JB Hoops to a 70-60 victory.

JB Hoops overcame a 13-point deficit that was created by a 24-4 Blue Devils run in a game filled with streaks.

A 43-point second half was finished off when Nate Kreitzer hit his last six free throws while O’Boyle was scoring two baskets and Corey Perkins was making two foul shots.

JB Hoops shot 62.5 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the line in the second half. It scored the game’s final six points when Kreitzer sandwiched two pairs of foul shots around a basket by O’Boyle off a George Tinsley feed.

Tinsley added 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Kreitzer shot 8-for-9 from the line in the second half when he scored 12 of his 15 points. He also dished out 6 assists and took two charges.

Mario Rotell chipped in with five rebounds and four assists while Dimitri Gnall had 6 points.

Tinsley converted a three-point play in the middle of a personal seven-point streak for a 9-2 lead. He scored again to make it 11-4 with 10:45 left in the half.

The Blue Devils, who had started 1-for-11 from the floor, took over from there.

DC gained momentum with its full-court zone press defense and built on it from there by starting to make 3-point shots. Half of the points in the 24-4 run came from long range as the Blue Devils went from missing their first eight attempts from long range to making four straight, including two by Max Bonney-Liles.

The second 3-pointer by Bonney-Liles created the game’s biggest lead at 28-15.

Kreitzer and Tinsley each hit 3-pointers as JB Hoops answered with eight straight points to start a 10-1 run that closed the gap to four.

The Blue Devils hit another 3-pointer with 1:06 left for a 34-27 lead going into halftime. They had a chance to add to that lead, but Kreitzer stepped in to draw an offensive foul in transition.

JB Hoops then scored the first 11 points of the second half to complete what became a 23-6 run and take the lead for good.

Tinsley started the half by taking a Rotell pass and maneuvering through the lane for a three-point play.

O’Boyle scored on a jump hook off an offensive rebound, then cut through the lane to receive a Brian Boland pass and convert it into the tying points. The rising Scranton Prep senior, who is averaging 20 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists at the Jam Fest, powered through a double team to put JB Hoops ahead.

After committing eight turnovers in the first half, JB Hoops broke down the DC pressure, losing the ball just twice in the second half and creating many easy baskets by beating traps.

Elliott Nelson hit five second-half 3-pointers while scoring 17 of his 19 points for the Blue Devils before fouling out with 1:15 left.

DC did not score again.

O’Boyle finished 11-for-19 from the floor while Tinsley went 9-for-14. They combined to make all three of their free throw attempts.

JB Hoops is playing Crown Basketball from West Hempstead, N.Y. in the noon semifinals.

More coverage of the quarterfinals still to come along with information on JB Hoops does in the next round.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 11:33 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The next JB Hoops opponent will be Crown Basketball from West Hempstead, N.Y.

Crown Basketball defeated Team Takeover Orange from Greenbelt, Md., 78-65, in a morning quarterfinal and will play JB Hoops Callahan at noon at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

More coverage of the quarterfinals still to come along with information on JB Hoops does in the next round.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 10:58 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan is on to the semifinals of the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest after rallying from 13 points down this morning to defeat the D.C. Blue Devils, 70-60.

JB Hoops shot 62.5 percent from the floor and 76.9 percent from the line during a 43-point second half.

Leo O’Boyle scored 24 points, George Tinsley had 21 and Nate Kreitzer added 15 to help JB Hoops overcome a 24-4 run by the Blue Devils in the first half.

JB Hoops will play again in the noon semifinals at the Convention Center.

Return to this page. Much more to come.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SUNDAY, 9:28 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan had what was arguably the toughest Saturday schedule at the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

Playing against two of the top three teams in the Hoop Group Showcase League season standings, JB Hoops posted a convincing win and led the majority of the other game.

After falling to the top-ranked Middlesex (Mass.) Magic, 51-47, in the second Showcase League game earlier in the day, JB Hoops came back with a 54-31 victory over Early Risers from Monroe, N.Y. to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.

The JB Hoops defense held Early Risers without a point for 8:03 and without a field goal for 9:05 through the middle of the second half to build a 49-24 lead.

JB Hoops scored 14 straight at one point.

“We just helped each other,” said guard Corey Perkins, who had a team-high seven assists. “They were quick kids, but if we just help each other, they won’t be able to get by us.

“We took away their shooting.”

Leo O’Boyle got off to his third straight fast start and finished with a team-high 19 points. He had 11 points in the first 10:09, including four straight to start a six-point run to a 19-11 lead when JB Hoops was beginning to take control.

George Tinsley had 16 points and 8 rebounds, including 5 on the offensive end. Dimitri Gnall added eight points and matched Mario Rotell for the most defensive rebounds with four.

The victory sends JB Hoops into the Sunday 9:40 quarterfinals of the 17U Championship division against the DC Blue Devils.

Return to this page for reports on Sunday’s games.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 11:05 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan moved into Sunday’s quarterfinals with a dominant effort in the last game to finish up Saturday’s action at the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

Leo O’Boyle scored 19 points, George Tinsley provided 16 points and 8 rebounds and Corey Perkins ran the offense with 7 assists, all in support of another strong defensive performance in a 54-31 victory over Early Risers from Monroe, N.Y. at the Convention Center.

JB Hoops held Early Risers without a point for 8:03 and without a field goal for 9:05 through the middle of the second half to build a 49-24 lead.

The victory sends JB Hoops into the Sunday 9:40 quarterfinals of the 17U Championship division against the DC Blue Devils.

For more details on Saturday night’s win and reports on Sunday’s action, return to this page.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 9:16 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Bill Callahan brought the JB Hoops team into this weekend’s Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest off the longest layoff of his nine-year run as coach in the AAU program.

Consider the break between tournaments, Callahan likes what he has seen in the first two games.

“We’re still working a little bit of the rust off,” Callahan said.

JB Hoops opened with a 63-48 victory over Team MOAM from Orlando Friday night. Earlier today, it led most of the way before falling, 51-47, to the Middlesex Magic, a Boston suburbs-based team that is ranked as the top team in the Hoop Group Showcase League that plays in conjunction with Hoop Group tournaments throughout the spring and summer.

“I told the kids, ‘that’s the top team in The Hoop Group and we went toe-to-toe with them for quite a while. Hold your heads high. We can play with a lot of teams here’,” Callahan said.

JB Hoops is about to take the court for its first elimination game of the weekend against the Early Risers from Monroe, N.Y.

Return to this page for more updates throughout the remainder of the tournament.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 8:57 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Middlesex Magic demonstrated some of the reasons why it is the most successful team in this year’s Hoop Group Showcase League today when it held JB Hoops Callahan to two field goals for more than 9 ½ minutes while completing a rally from a nine-point deficit for a 51-47 win.

The win came in the second game of Showcase League play at The Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest. Teams now move into bracket play to decide the 17U Championship of a 16-team field.

The JB Hoops offense went stagnant while the Magic, from Belmont Mass., were using a late, 18-5 run to take control of the game. The Magic scored eight straight points at the start and six straight at the end of the game-deciding run.

“They’re very good,” said ninth-year JB Hoops coach Bill Callahan. “We’ve been watching them for a long time. It’s my first chance playing against them.

“They run a lot of nice stuff. They’re very well coached; they’re disciplined.”

Point guard Danny Yardeman had 11 of his 13 points in the second half when power forward Thomas O’Neil, one of three 6-foot-8 players for the Magic, had seven of his 11.

Leo O’Boyle led JB Hoops with 17 points. George Tinsley had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out on an offensive foul with 49.1 seconds left and Middlesex holding a 45-41 lead.

Nate Kreitzer had four assists and Dimitri Gnall had three offensive rebounds to lead JB Hoops in those two categories.

JB Hoops was hurt by a 17-8 foul discrepancy in the second half when the Magic went 11-for-18 from the line.

“They made almost everything down the stretch and we got in a little bit of foul trouble,” JB Hoops coach Bill Callahan said. “That’s part of the game.”

The JB Hoops defense shut down Middlesex early, with five of the first dozen Magic shots failing to even get to the rim when two contested 3-pointers were airballs while Tinsley was blocking two shots and O’Boyle another on the inside.

O’Boyle had nine points to help JB Hoops open its biggest lead at 23-14 with 4:20 left in the first half.

Middlesex answered with seven straight points, but a Tinsley 3-pointer gave JB Hoops a 26-21 halftime lead.

JB Hoops held Middlesex to 20.7 percent shooting in the first half, including 2-for-15 on 3-pointers.

“I thought we played really well there in the first half,” Callahan said.

The Magic finished just 5-for-27 from long range, but shut down JB Hoops in the second half, forcing seven turnovers 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) shooting.

“I need to do a better job making sure we’re getting shots that are good for us,” Callahan said. “I told (the players) that I didn’t do a real good job of that, putting them in the right position.

“I’ve got to be a little better at that the rest of the tournament, so we can be successful.”

Corey Perkins scored on a strong drive for a 36-32 lead with 9:40 left, but Middlesex went on its streak from there.

JB Hoops managed just two more field goals until Nate Kreitzer hit a 3-pointer in the final second.

Until the cold spell, JB Hoops had trailed for just 59 seconds of the first 23 minutes of the game and 55 minutes of the weekend.

Yardeman took a steal the length of the floor to put the Magic ahead to stay, 37-36. It was one of three straight turnovers by JB Hoops that helped Middlesex put together its eight-point streak.

Return to this page for more throughout the weekend.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 2:35 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Today’s JB Hoops Callahan-Middlesex Magic Crotty game at the Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest matched two players with offers from Holy Cross.

Leo O’Boyle, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Scranton Prep, led JB Hoops with 17 points.

Thomas O’Neil, a 6-8 power forward from St. John’s Prep, was the second-leading scorer for Middlesex, a highly regarded suburban Boston team. O’Neil had seven of his 11 points in the second half when the Magic rallied for a 51-47 victory.

O’Boyle and O’Neil guarded each other at times, including down the stretch.

Check make for more coverage of the JB Hoops Callahan team, playing at the Convention Center in the Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 2:25 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Pairings are set for the round-of-16 in the 17U Championship bracket at the Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

JB Hoops Callahan has a tough draw, playing at 9:30 tonight against the Early Risers from Monroe, N.Y. in the Middletown/Newburgh area.

Early Risers entered today’s play as the third-ranked team in the Hoops Group Showcase League standings. JB Hoops went 1-1 in Select League games this weekend, losing to top-ranked Middlesex Magic, 51-47, earlier today.

Tonight’s winners advance to the championship quarterfinals. The losers fall into a consolation bracket and continue play Sunday.

Check back for more details on the JB Hoops Callahan team throughout the weekend at the Convention Center.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 2:06 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan led most of the way Saturday before falling to Middlesex Magic Crotty, 51-47, in a Hoops Group Showcase League game at the Convention Center.

The Magic, from Belmont, Mass., is the top-ranked team for the season in the HGSL. This is the first time JB Hoops and Middlesex have met.

JB Hoops went 1-1 in the HGSL games, which contribute to the bracket portion of the tournament that begins later today. The 16 teams in the 17U Championship bracket will play their first-round games with starting times between 5:50 and 9:30.

Middlesex held JB Hoops to three field goals over the final 9:50, including one that came in the final second of the game.

Leo O’Boyle led JB Hoops with 17 points. George Tinsley had a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.

There are many more details still to come from the game against the Magic and the schedule for the rest of the weekend.

Return to this page for more throughout the weekend.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 11:40 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan is in for a tough challenge in the game coming up in minutes at The Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest at the Convention Center.

The second game of the Hoops Group Showcase League portion of the weekend is against HGSL season standings leader Middlesex Magic Crotty from Belmont, Mass.

Tyler Kolek, a 6-2 point guard going into his junior season, hit five 3-pointers for the Magic during Friday night’s 66-38 romp over the Jersey Shore Warriors Gold.

Kolek and Leo O’Boyle from JB Hoops were listed as two of the top seven performers in Friday night’s action, according to a post on the Hoops Group website.

O’Boyle had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in a 63-48 win over Team MOAM from Orlando.

More to come throughout the weekend, including on today’s two games.

–          TOM ROBINSON

SATURDAY, 1:15 a.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan started with passes, turned to some rebounds before the first half was over, then mixed in more drives as the game progressed.

The methods may have been different, but the results were the same – close-range baskets that led to a 50-percent shooting effort and a 15-point victory.

JB Hoops hit 14 lay-ups and scored on another runner in the lane Friday night while defeating Team MOAM from Orlando, 63-48, in the opener for each team at The Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest.

Nate Kreitzer set up Leo O’Boyle, O’Boyle found George Tinsley, then Tinsley scored on a pass from Brian Boland pass as JB Hoops hit its first three shots – all lay-ups.

“We strive to move the ball around,” Tinsley said. “It was working real well. We were able to break their defense down and get really open looks.”

The team got its fourth basket on a lay-up as well, this time when O’Boyle converted his own rebound for an 8-1 lead just 2:18 into the game.

JB Hoops built the lead as high as 13 twice in the half, the first time on Nate Kreitzer’s twisting drive in transition to make it 23-10 with 4:58 left in the half.

Dimitri Gnall also had a lay-up in the half off a feed from O’Boyle, who had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in the first 6:12 while building a 15-7 lead.

After hitting six lay-ups in the first half, JB Hoops found a way to produce eight more in the final 16 minutes before capping the scoring on O’Boyle’s running hook shot from inside five feet.

O’Boyle scored off another drive, a putback and an interior pass from Tinsley that led to a three-point play.

Tinsley was on the receiving end of another Boland pass and scored on a drive to complete the press break.

Kreitzer created his own breakaway by picking the pocket of a Team MOAM ballhandler.

Mario Rotell finished on a fastbreak and Corey Perkins drove for a score.

“Everyone was just putting it on the floor well and passing well,” Kreitzer said.

The biggest thing that kept the game from being a blowout was some Team MOAM perimeter pressure that led to five first-half steals.

JB Hoops, however, cut its turnovers in half – from eight to four – after intermission and broke away after Team MOAM cut a 13-point deficit to three.

O’Boyle had seven points in the closing 16-6 run. The rising Scranton Prep senior finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

“We were moving the ball real well early in the game,” O’Boyle said. “That really got us some open looks.”

Tinsley, who led Abington Heights to a state Class 5A title in March to wrap up his junior season, added 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Nanticoke’s Kreitzer went 5-for-6 from the floor, including hitting his last three 3-pointers, while adding 14 points and 2 steals. Kreitzer drained shots from each corner 2:15 apart after Team MOAM had closed within, 40-37, midway through the second half.

“We really slowed the ball down and ran our sets,” Kreitzer said. “That’s what we do.

“We try not to go too fast. That really helped us in the second half.”

Boland chipped in with five rebounds and three assists. Perkins had four assists.

Gnall added five rebounds for JB Hoops, which grabbed eight of the game’s first nine rebounds and finished with a 37-25 advantage on the boards.

“We always try to box out, obviously,” Tinsley said. “We have very athletic guys and we just get the rebound and we go.”

Bryce Street led Team MOAM with 14 points.

JB Hoops plays again Saturday at 11:50 a.m. at which point teams will be seeded for the beginning of bracket play in the tournament, which runs through Sunday.

“We knew coming into this weekend that we had to win at least one of the first two games to solidify our spot,” O’Boyle said. “This was a really big game for us. (Saturday), we have a really big game against the Middlesex Magic, so hopefully, we can carry this momentum with us.”

Check back throughout the weekend for information on the team’s remaining games.

–          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 10:57 p.m.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – JB Hoops Callahan is off and running at the Hoops Group Atlantic City Jam Fest where it won its opener at the Convention Center, 63-48, Friday night over Team MOAM from Orlando.

JB Hoops hit its first three shots and got layups for its first four baskets on the way to an 8-1 lead that it expanded to 15-12 late in the first half of a game that it never trailed.

Leo O’Boyle fueled the fast start and finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals.

“We were moving the ball real well early in the game,” O’Boyle said.

George Tinsley added 18 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.

Nate Kreitzer went 5-for-6 from the floor while adding 14 points and 2 steals.

Brian Boland chipped in with five rebounds and three assists. Corey Perkins had four assists.

Dimitri Gnall added five rebounds for JB Hoops, which grabbed eight of the game’s first nine rebounds and finished with a 37-25 advantage on the boards.

JB Hoops plays again Saturday at 11:50 a.m. at which point teams will be seeded for the beginning of bracket play in the tournament, which runs through Sunday.

Check back for more details on this game and throughout the weekend.

–          TOM ROBINSON

FRIDAY, 9:25 PM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Freelance sports writer and frequent JB Hoops Blog contributor Tom Robinson is on site at the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest where the JB Hoops boys are getting ready to play their first game in the 17U HGSL Championship Division.

JB Hoops will face Team MOAM from Orlando, Fla. in the first of two games that will help determine seeding for the elimination bracket portion of the event that runs through Sunday.

Check in throughout the weekend for more updates.

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