Many of the top teams in the country made their way to Pittsburgh this weekend for Hoop Group's Pittsburgh Jam Fest. In Saturday action, All-Ohio Red's U-17 team rolled into town with only six players, as Treavon Jackson was side-lined with an ankle injury and Elijah Macon could not make the trip. In the first game, the shorten bench did not hinder All-Ohio as they began the day with a 69-43 win over New York's Abyssinina Church. In the win, Trey Burke finished with a game-high 17 points, follwed by Stevie Taylor, George Fant and Nate Anderson, all with 14 points. The leading scorers for Abyssinian Church were Geerell Martin (16 points) and Geoff Tolentino (14 points).
Ken Taylor's Ohio Basketball Team got of to a nice start with a 71-60 victory over East Coast Fusion. In that contest, University of Detroit pledge PJ Boutte dropped a team-high 17 points, followed by Jordan Manual (13 points), Chane Behanan (10 points), Ronald Ross (10 points) and Kristien Taylor (9 points). For the first time this season, OBC unvailed a revised roster, which included several of Indiana's top talent in Boutte, Manual and Ross. The leading scorer for East Coast Fusion was Andre Roberts who finished with a game-high 21 points. With the late Saturday night results, OBC would appear to be the favorite to win it all.
Day two of the Jam Fest put a scare into the tournament's top seed, as Columbus, Ohio's own Running Rebels went toe-to-toe with Team Final, before dropping a highly contested (and a bit controversial) game Team Final. For the sake of full disclosure, Team Final was without the number one player (2011) in the country in Michael Gilchrest, and elite prospect Rakeem Christmas; however, the fact that the Running Rebels were leading most of the 1st half, and was tied 24-24 going into the second half, is a great story. If not for 3 technical fouls late in a four point game, the Rebels might have pulled off the shocker of the tournament.
The New Jersey Playez Gold got off to a good start with a 81-47 victory over YAAACE, before being upset in the second round of the tournament by 2012 Team Philly. In the YAAACE game, the leading scorers were Myles Davis (19 points), Miles Mack (14 points), Vaughn Gray (10 points) and Kyle Andersion (10 points).
In their second game of the day, All-Ohio Red defeated a very scrappy and hot shooting Basketball Stars of America (BSA) by a score of 68-58. The leading scorers for Red were Trey Burke (25 points), Stevie Taylor (20 points) and George Fant (14 points). The first round of bracket ended in a 60-46 win over the Staten Island Stingrays. Leading scores were Trey Burke (20 points), and Stevie Taylor and George Fant both with 15 points. All-Ohio Red's run in the tournament was interrupted in the second round as they were soundly defeated by a more athletic and motivated Westchester Hawks, who they had beaten four times last summer. Before going down with an ankle injury, Jabarie Hinds was spectacular and virtually unguardable.
OBC advanced to the second round with a 59-47 win over East Coast Elite. After knocking off New York's New Height's, OBC moved into the quarter-finals. On Friday night, All-Ohio Purple notched a 76-57 win over the PG Bulls. Adlophus Washington led all scorers with 24 points, followed my Willie Moore's 15 points and Orlando Berry Jr's 8 points. The U-17 All-Ohio Force defeated NJABC 63-59, and All-Ohio's U-16 squad romped over the Buffalo Dragons 71-51. Kyle Molock's 19 points were a game-high, followed by Deontae Hawkins' 16 points and Drake Kretzer's 10 points. All-Ohio Purple's bid for a championship ended with a 2 point loss to CP3 on Sunday. Aldolphus Washigington's 35 points, while impressive, was not enough to combat CP3's guard play. All-Ohio Red's 16 squad lost by 2 points to Eric Gordan All-Stars last night in second round play, and the U-15 Red team lost on a buzzer beater to Eric Gordan All-Stars. In the U-17 final four, OBC will face the Westchester Hawks and Team Loaded will match up with Jersey Shore Lighting. To see the pictures I took at the event, visit the Buckeye Prep Facebook Fan Page. Check out Ty Kish's highlight video.