Ohio makes presence felt at Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest

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Jordan Barham (6’3/2012) of University School/Ohio Shooting Stars

The 2011 Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest was filled with some top level talent
from Texas to the East Coast, but Ohio proved they were right there at
the top of the list. Several teams from the Buckeye state delivered
top-notch performances.


Pittsburgh, PA — The 2011 Pitt Hoop Group Jam Fest was filled with some top level talent from Texas to the East Coast, but Ohio proved they were right there at the top of the list. Several teams from the Buckeye state delivered top-notch performances. Here is a look back at some of the weekend’s top showings.

Champions:
The 17U tournament was won by Team Takeover (MD) as it defeated Team Loaded (VA), 83-71.

Team Final (PA) defeated CIA Bounce (CAN) in the 16U tournament championship.

CIA Bounce (CAN) upended Team Takeover (MD) in the 15U championship.

Ohio’s Top Performances:
All-Ohio Red and All-Ohio Purple were the only 17U teams to make the Gold Bracket. Red and Purple both won its opening round tournament contests and then met each other in the Sweet 16 on Saturday night. Red was able to use a strong second half defensive effort to score a hard fought 55-46 triumph over its rival.

Red followed the win over Purple with a solid victory over a good DC Assault squad on Sunday morning advancing to the Final 4 where they would meet Team Loaded which is led by North Carolina State commit, Tyler Lewis. The 5-11 guard went for 27 points leading Team Loaded to a four-point triumph of Ohio’s premier team.

All-Ohio director Jerry Watson protested the game due to some seniors playing for Team Loaded, but the argument fell on deaf ears.

The Ohio Basketball Club and the West Virginia Wildcats also had good showing in the Silver Bracket. OBC defeated the Wildcats in overtime, 52-50 in the semis before falling to a good SYF team led by 6-11 Mitch McGary. This was OBC’s first tournament of the year.

In the 16U division, All-Ohio Red, All-Ohio Varsity, Columbus Hawks, Ohio Basketball Club, Ohio Aces, West Virginia Wildcats, Martin’s Wolverines, and Team CBIZ all made Gold Bracket play.

All-Ohio Varsity had a great showing in Pittsburgh which came up short in a quarterfinal game against CIA Bounce. The Central Ohio-based team proved they belong with the big boys on Saturday night by defeating a star-studded Eric Gordon All-Stars team featuring Devin Davis, Zak Irvin, Collin Hartman, VJ Beachem, and Basil Smotherman.

All-Ohio Red fell to DC Assault in the Sweet 16. The Ohio Basketball Club fell victim to the eventual champion, Team Final in a rugged battle late Saturday night. Team Final is led by a quarter of D1 prospects in Austin Colbert (Elizabeth, N.J./St. Patrick), Davon Reed (Ewing, N.J./ Princeton Day School), John Davis (Neumann-Goretti) and Rondae Jefferson (Chester, Pa./Chester).

The WV Wildcats and Martin’s Wolverines were also knocked out in the Sweet 16. The Wildcats were defeated by The Playaz Club (NJ) and the Wolverines were sent home after a great showing against CIA Bounce.

The Columbus Hawks were dismantled by All-Oho Varsity after winning its pool and Team CBIZ lost a close contest with Garner Road Elite (NC). The Ohio Aces also lost in the opening round against OBC despite putting up a good fight.

TNBA East, led by 6-8 Mark Williams (Cle. Benedictine), won the 16U Silver Bracket championship.

In 15U action, All-Ohio Red, Ohio Basketball Club, Ohio Varsity White, and King of the Court advanced to the Gold Bracket.

King of the Court won its opening round of tournament game before defeating All-Ohio Red at the buzzer in its second game. The Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) ended King of the Court’s run on Sunday morning.

OBC lost in the opening round to The Playaz Basketball Club (NJ) and Ohio Varsity White were upended as well.

In the Silver Bracket, Team CBIZ stormed through the competition en route to capturing the title. CBIZ lost a close game to a very good Team Final squad in pool play, so keep an eye on this team full of shooters.

In the 14U tournament, All-Ohio Red made a good showing advancing all the way to the Final Four behind Andre Foster (Dayton), LaMonta Stone (Bowling Green), and Michael Simon (Hilliard). Red lost to The Playaz in the semis.

Hidden Gems enjoyed a good weekend in the Open Division.

Here is a look at the top individual performances “we saw” from the Jam Fest.

Fab Five:
Desmond Ridenour (6’1/2012)- Cleveland Benedictine/Ohio Basketball Club
Jordan Barham (6’3/2012)- University School/Ohio Shooting Stars
Mark Williams (6’8/2013)- Cleveland Benedictine/TNBA East
Devin Williams (6’7/2013)- Cincinnati Withrow/Ohio Basketball Club
Jaylon Brown (5’10/2013)- Fishers, IN/Martin’s Wolverines

Other Top Performers:
Pierce Cumpstone (6’5/2012)- Kenston/Ohio Shooting Stars
Jermaine Davis (6’9/2012)- Garfield Heights/Ohio Shooting Stars
Tim Goff (6’8/2012)- Berkshire/Ohio Shooting Stars
Mark Minch (6’4/2012)- Lakota East/Mustang Ballers
Davonte Peterson (5’9/2012)- Hilliard Davidson/Mustang Ballers
Jaaron Simmons (6’0/2013)- Kettering Alter/All-Ohio Red
Cha-Cha Tucker (5’11/2013)- Lansing/All-Ohio Red
Gerry Green (6’6/2013)- Thurgood Marshall/All-Ohio Red
Monty Boykins (6’3/2013)- Lakota West/All-Ohio Red
Clemmye Owens (6’0/2013)- Toledo Rogers/All-Ohio Red
Tony Kynard (5’10/2013)- Toledo Rogers/All-Ohio Red
Tyonte Robertson (5’11/2014)- Cincinnati Aiken/All-Ohio Red
Edmond Early (6’1/2013)- Thurgood Marshall/All-Ohio Red
Eric Weisenbach (6’11/2012)- Dublin Coffman/Nova Village
Shemar Waugh (5’8/2014)- Canal Winchester/Nova Village
Jaylen Tucker (6’5/2014)- Groveport-Madison/Nova Village
Kody Bender (6’0/2013)- Elyria/TNBA East
Brandon Smith (6’3/2013)- Sandusky Perkins/TNBA East
Rico Jones (5’10/2013)- Richmond Heights/TNBA East
Devon Scott (6’8/2012)- Columbus Northland/WV Wildcats
Zac Grossenbacher (6’7/2012)- Parkersburg, WV/WV Wildcats
Jack Flournoy (6’6/2012)- Woodberry Forest, VA/WV Wildcats
Thomas Franke (6’7/2012)- George Washington, WV/WV Wildcats
Kendrick Williams (6’0/2012)- Fairborn/Dayton Metro- Felder
Cole French (6’4/2012)- Eaton/Dayton Metro- Felder
Marques Greene (6’0/2012)- Xenia/Dayton Metro- Felder
Stephen O’Daniel (6’1/2012)- Westerville South/Ohio Hoopsters
Andre Yates (6’0/2012)- Trotwood-Madison/Ohio Hoopsters
Joe Thomasson (6’3/2012)- Thurgood Marshall/Ohio Hoopsters
Zach Garber (6’8/2013)- Vanlue/Ohio Hoopsters
Adam McCall (5’11/2012)- Walnut Ridge/Ohio Hoopsters
Tyler White (6’2/2012)- Lima Senior/Ohio Hoopsters
Joe Ballard (6’5/2012)- Thurgood Marshall/Ohio Hoopsters
Ronnie Drinnon (6’7/2012)- Jamestown Greeneview/Dayton Metro- Ank.
Luke Eddy (6’1/2013)- George Washington, WV/WV Wildcats
Chase Conner (6’1/2013)- Shady Spring, WV/WV Wildcats
Nathan Adrian (6’7/2013)- Morgantown, WV/WV Wildcats
Mark Winters (6’6/2013)- Magnolia, WV/WV Wildcats
Boo Osborne (6’3/2013)- Centennial/WV Wildcats
Maverick Morgan (6’9/2013)- Springboro/Martin’s Wolverines
Dontonio Wingfield (6’4/2013)- Lockland/Martin’s Wolverines
Antonio Woods (5’10/2014)- Summit Country Day/Martin’s Wolverines
David Fraley (5’11/2013)- Granville/Ohio Aces
Jordan Potts (5’11/2012)- Columbus Northland/All-Ohio Red
Jalen Robinson (6’8/2012)- Columbus Northland/All-Ohio Red
Elijah Macon (6’9/2012)- Marion-Franklin/All-Ohio Red
Jake Kretzer (6’7/2012)- Waverly/All-Ohio Red
Kenny Kaminski (6’7/2012)- Medina/All-Ohio Red
Terry Rozier (6’0/2012)- Shaker Heights/All-Ohio Red
Myles Hamilton (6’1/2012)- Lakewood St. Edward/All-Ohio Red
Deontae Hawkins (6’7/2012)- Dayton Dunbar/All-Ohio Red
Leroy Alexander (6’2/2012)- Toledo Whitmer/All-Ohio Red
Adolphus Washington (6’5/2012)- Cincinnati Taft/All-Ohio Purple
Orlando Berry Jr. (5’9/2012)- Cincinnati Taft/All-Ohio Purple
CJ Gettys (6’10/2012)- Findlay/All-Ohio Purple
Tommy Kreyenhagen (6’3/2012)- Summit Country Day/All-Ohio Purple
Willie Moore (6’3/2012)- Cincinnati Aiken/All-Ohio Purple
Evan Payne (6’1/2012)- Walsh Jesuit/OBC
Shaheed Davis (6’7/2012)- Warren Harding/OBC
Zeek Rogers (5’9/2012)- Westerville South/OBC
Anthony Dallier (6’5/2012)- North Allegheny, PA/OBC
Kevin Johnson (6’2/2013)- Summit Country Day/OBC
Tony Farmer (6’6/2013)- Garfield Heights/OBC
Elijah Brown (6’2/2013)- Lakewood St. Edward/OBC
Demonte Flannigan (6’6/2013)- Cleveland VASJ/OBC
Kash Blackwell (6’4/2013)- Shaker Heights/OBC

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