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Coach Clay Basalyga huddles with his NEPA Elite 17U team at its first game (Jamie Monahan Photo)

Perfect finish for Coyle team

BOYS GAME DAY: Sunday, 7/26

POSTED: 11:49 p.m.

Justice Shoats and Gavin Bednarz led separate second-half surges that allowed NEPA Elite Coyle 17U to run away with a 68-46 victory over South Jersey Hoops Elite and finish on top of the 17U Division Pool E of the Pennsylvania Tip-Off.

The Coyle team finished 3-0 in the Hoop Group event at East Stroudsburg University, which represented the competitive debut of the boys program from the AAU club at Riverfront Sports in Scranton.

Shoats scored 11 of his 17 points and Bednarz all 12 of his points during the second half.

NEPA Elite led just 32-28 at halftime before scoring the first 10 points after intermission.

Shoats had eight points in a 14-2 start to the half, putting the lead in double figures to stay.

Bednarz did not score until the last 7 ½ minutes when he made sure NEPA Elite broke away. Bednarz started and ended the 17-2 run to a 66-41 lead.

After scoring 10 points during that run, Bednarz also added the team’s final basket.

Bednarz also had four offensive rebounds, four steals and two assists during the final eight minutes when NEPA Elite was more than doubling its lead.

Cole Walker led the team through the first half, scoring 10 of his 12 points.

Brandon Hall finished with eight points, including a dunk in transition for the third straight game.

NEPA Elite outscored its opponents by an average of 63-43 even though its competition included two games against teams that will be part of its competition in the Hoop Group Showcase League that is played in conjunction with weekend Hoop Group events.

Shoats is a rising junior at Holy Redeemer High School. Walker and Hall were also high school teammates at Wilkes-Barre Area. Bednarz plays at Scranton Prep. All three of those high school teams won District 2 championships earlier this year.


POSTED: 7:41 p.m.

NEPA Elite Coyle 17U had three double figures scorers in today’s 68-46 victory over South Jersey Hoops Elite.

Justice Shoats scored 17 points while Gavin Bednarz and Cole Walker added 12 each.

Bednarz had a big second half, going 6-for-6 while scoring all of his points. During that time, he also had four offensive rebounds, four steals and two assists.

Shoats had 11 points in the second half when NEPA Elite broke open a 32-28 game.

All three players scored in double figures in two of the three games to help NEPA Elite go unbeaten in the Pennsylvania Tip-Off at East Stroudsburg University.


POSTED: 2:54 p.m.

The first action of the season for the NEPA Elite boys is complete.

The new club from Riverfront Sports in Scranton posted a cumulative winning record for its four teams, led by a perfect 3-0 finish for the NEPA Elite Coyle 17U boys teams.

Club management chose Hoop Group’s Pennsylvania Tip-Off at East Stroudsburg University for the debut.

The Coyle team won all three games, including its first two encounters with teams it will be facing throughout this season as part of the Hoop Group Showcase League. The latest win came in the last action of the day, a runaway, 68-46 victory over the South Jersey Hoops Elite.

The Basalyga 17U boys team also finished on top of the six-team Pool A as one of the three teams that finished 2-1.

The 16U and 15U squads both went 1-2. The 16U boys lost their finale, 78-33, to Heat Elite.

Each team played two games Saturday and one today.

MORE TO COME: The games are over, but the reporting on today’s action will continue. Check page at this page for more.


POSTED: 2:40 p.m.

The NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U boys team used a balanced and efficient offense to finish its first weekend of competition with a winning record.

NEPA Elite defeated G2G Basketball PA from Philadelphia, 61-41, in a morning game in the Pennsylvania Tip-Off at East Stroudsburg University.

Three players scored in double figures and three more added seven points each while making other contributions to help the team finish 2-1 in 17U Pool A games.

NEPA Elite shot better than 50 percent from the floor and committed just eight turnovers, three of which came in the last four minutes after it had opened a 29-point lead.

Jacob Anderson went 6-for-7 from the floor and made his only 3-point and only free throw attempts while scoring a game-high 14 points.

Jason Shields added 12 points and Nick Nocito had 11.

Harry Johnson, Justin Smith and Austin Finarelli were the players with seven points each. Johnson also led the team with eight rebounds and two blocked shots. Smith and Finarelli joined Nocito in sharing the team assist lead with three.

Nocito also combined with Johnson to lead the defense, grabbing all six of his rebounds on that end of the floor, along with making two steals.

NEPA Elite opened leads of 6-0 and 12-2 and never trailed.

Nocito had seven points in a 10-point streak to a 31-13 lead late in the half.

Anderson and Johnson are also high school teammates at Abington Heights while Nocito and Finarelli form the backcourt at Dallas, which was the only District 2 team still playing in the state tournament when it was canceled in the quarterfinal round because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Shields is from Scranton and Smith is from Pocono Mountain West.

Final standings in 17U Pool A:

NEPA Elite 2-1
L&L Running Rebels 2-1
Team Elevation 2-1
G2G Basketball PA 1-2
Poughkeepsie Basketball 1-2
Heat Elite 1-2


POSTED: 11:10 a.m.

The first two NEPA Elite boys teams to play today split their games.

The NEPA Elite 15U boys fell to unbeaten pool champion Heat Elite, 70-43.

NEPA Elite Basalyga 17U then handled G2G Basketball PA, 61-41, to finish 2-1 in the Pennsylvania Tip-Off, a Hoop Group event at East Stroudsburg University.

Final standings in 15U Pool A:

Heat Elite 3-0
L&L Running Rebels 2-1
Perkasie Knights 2-1
Virginia Supreme Elite 1-2
NEPA Elite 1-2
Lehigh Valley Force 0-3


POSTED: 8:00 a.m.

The NEPA Elite boys teams will wrap up their first weekend of action by each playing one game today in the Pennsylvania Tip-Off, a Hoop Group event at East Stroudsburg University.

The Coyle 17U boys team went 2-0 Saturday while the Basalyga 17U team, the 16U team and the 15U team each went 1-1.

Return to this page throughout the day for coverage of those games.

Check out the Recent Posts listing on the right for links to coverage of all the NEPA Elite teams in their opening weekend of action.

Today’s schedule for NEPA Elite teams at East Stroudsburg University is below:











8:30 a.m. McGoff 15U/Pool A Heat Elite Whippany, NJ
9:50 a.m. Basalyga 17U/Pool A G2G Basketball PA Philadelphia, PA
12:30 p.m. Mastroianni 16U/Pool D Heat Elite Whippany, NJ
1:50 p.m. Coyle 17U/Pool E SJ (South Jersey) Hoops Elite – HGSL Medford, NJ
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