ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Highlighted by a 35-point, 10-rebound effort in the 17U Championship Division semifinal, Leo O’Boyle led the way for JB Hoops Callahan during a strong performance in the Hoop Group Atlantic City Jam Fest Friday through Sunday at the Convention Center.
Following a tournament in which he averaged 22.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, O’Boyle received offers from four NCAA Division I schools Monday. American, Lafayette, St. Francis and Marist were the latest to make offers to the 6-foot-7 small forward prospect, who is going into his senior year at Scranton Prep.
O’Boyle led in scoring during every game while JB Hoops was winning four times and losing a pair of close games to tournament champion Middlesex Magic Crotty, the top-ranked team in the season standings of the Hoop Group Showcase League.
“He’s really good,” said Michael Crotty, coach of the Bedford, Mass.-based tournament champions. “He goes inside; he goes outside; he never stops moving.
“ … When he gets a clean look, you just count it, so we tried to contest him.”
JB Hoops could not quite get past the top team out of 30 that play in the HGSL throughout the season, but it did beat the teams that went into the event in second and third place in the standings on the way to its own second-place finish.
O’Boyle had 19 points and 4 steals in a 54-31 win over second-ranked Early Risers from Monroe, N.Y. in the first round before his big semifinal game against third-ranked Crown Basketball from West Hempstead, N.Y.
JB Hoops repeatedly got out to fast starts in Atlantic City with O’Boyle leading the way.
In Friday night’s opener, O’Boyle had nine points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in sparking a 15-7 lead over Team MOAM from Orlando in the first 6:12. He finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the 63-48 victory.
JB Hoops took a 23-14 lead with 4:20 left in the half of its Saturday Showcase League game against the Magic behind nine points by O’Boyle. Middlesex came back for a 51-47 win and O’Boyle finished with 17.
O’Boyle had 11 points in his first 7:11 of playing time in the first round of elimination play, helping JB Hoops take a 17-11 lead with 6:12 left in the half against Early Risers.
After O’Boyle drove for the game’s first basket, JB Hoops got the next nine points from George Tinsley while running out to an 11-4 lead over the DC Blue Devils in the quarterfinals. O’Boyle had 16 second-half points while finishing with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the 70-60 win.
O’Boyle had 14 points during the first 5:28 for a 19-10 lead in the 64-53 semifinal win over Crown Basketball. He converted a four-point play to complete a burst of 12 points in 2:27 as part of that start.
In the championship game, O’Boyle needed just 5:20 to put up his first six points for a 9-6 lead. Middlesex won, 53-46.
BY THE NUMBERS
Other statistical highlights for JB Hoops during the Jam Fest:
Tinsley led the team in field goal percentage (29-for-48, 60.4), defensive rebounds (37), total rebounds (49 for an average of 8.2) and blocked shots (8).
O’Boyle and Scranton Prep teammate Brian Boland shared the lead with 18 assists. Effective passing to get easy shots was a trait shown by the entire team. Nate Kreitzer had 17 assists, Corey Perkins 16 and Tinsley 15.
Tinsley, who was second on the team with 13.3 points per game, made his first 17 free throws. O’Boyle made his last nine.
O’Boyle had a pair of double-doubles while Tinsley had one.