Pitt Jam Fest: Day Three Rundown

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Championship Sunday was full of good basketball, quality players and a pair of Indiana based teams won titles at the Hoop Group's Pitt Jam Fest.

Led by Tyler Lewis, Tony Kimbro, Jackson Simmons and Adjehi Baru, Team Loaded, from Virginia, captured the 17's crown over Ohio Basketball Club and active forward Chane Behanan.

Lewis, the consummate point guard, tossed out double digit assists in a number of games. But in the championship Kimbro, Simmons and Adjehi were big in the put up big scoring efforts. Kimbro finished with 16 points, while the two big men tossed in a dozen each.

The 16's championship went to the Eric Gordon Central Stars. Ronnie Johnson, Patrick Ingram, Jeremy Hollowell and Nick Osborne were among the standouts for the Indiana based squad, who knocked off the South Florida Panthers in the finals.

Ingram and Hollowell were especially big in Eric Gordon's run to the crown. Ingram, a 6-foot-2 guard, put up a double-double in the quarterfinals, while Hollowell, a 6-foot-6 wing, provided a scoring spark when they were in need of points.

Much like the 16's championship, a team from Indiana was able to capture the 15's championship. Spiece has a dynamic backcourt that consists of Bryson and Brent Scott. But their big man Vitto Brown and shooter Josh Kozinski also played big roles in their run.

Jeremy Hollowell, SF, Eric Gordon 16's – The more we watch this 6-foot-5, maybe 6-foot-6 wing, the more we like him. Hollowell is becoming more aggressive on the offensive end and is starting to realize that he can take over at times. Despite his slender frame, he's also getting better at finishing off plays in the paint. Throw all of that in with his impressive jump shot and Hollowell is turning into quite a player.

Basil Smotherman, R.J. Curington & Devin Davis, SF, Eric Gordon 15's – The Eric Gordon certainly doesn't have a shortage of 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5 wings. All three impressed us during the last day of the Pitt Jam Fest. Smootherman shot the ball very well, Currington made plays by attacking the rim and Davis showed quality athleticism and an ability to rebound. We look forward to monitoring their situation going forward.

Bryson Scott, PG, Spiece -- Spiece head honcho Todd Hensley warned us about this 6-foot-1 floor general and he appears right on the money. Scott used a strong handle, but tricky handle and good speed to get by defenders and attack the rim. Scoring wasn't an issue either. Whether he was pulling up for deep jumpers, dropping in floaters or finishing at the rim, Scott didn't have a problem scoring. He also proved to be a talented passer that has impressive vision. He went for 24 points in the championship.

Shafeek Taylor, SF, East Coast Elite – In a wild semi-finals affair, Taylor, a 6-foot-3 wing, did everything he could to keep ECE in the game. Taylor, a product of Philadelpha (Pa.) Roman Catholic made his mark from 21-feet, burying a handful of three-pointers. A solid athlete, with a strong frame, Taylor also proved to be a good defender.

Jehvon Clarke went for 19 points in the championship loss to Team Loaded. All weekend he provided a spark from long range for OBC. P.J. Boutte, a Detroit commit, was big for OBC as well. He scored in the championship loss. Brenton Scott, the twin of Bryson, is pretty good in his own right. He dropped 21 points in the championship game. Josh Kozinski, a 6-foot-3 guard for the Spiece 15's, can really dial in from the three-point stripe. The Michigan native also has a quick release. Kozinski's teammate Vitto Brown was effective for Spiece inside. A 6-foot-6 post prospect, Brown showed a nice set of hands and good touch in the paint. 2012 lead guard Madison Jones had his moments on Sunday. The 6-foot-1 point man is a better athlete than we realized. Nick Osborne is quite effective for the Eric Gordon Central Stars. A 6-foot-7, possibly 6-foot-8 big man, played hard on both ends, showed an ability to face up for mid-range jumpers and went after boards.

In all of our years covering the circuit, we haven't seen anything like what occurred during the Spiece/East Coast Elite 15's game. ECE scored six technicals from the same ref, and two players, a fan and a coach were asked to leave the gym.

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