SOUTH JERSEY SPORTS ZONE
First annual Midnight Madness Tip-off was a success for local basketball academy
By Kevin Emmons
RJS Basketball and Difference Makers hosted the first ever Midnight Madness Tip-off at Trenton Catholic Academy on Friday night.
HAMILTON – RJS Basketball Academy founder Rickey Sullivan and Difference Makers founder Julian Dunkley collaborated to host the first ever Midnight Madness Tip-off on Friday night.
The event was a huge success with tickets completely selling out. Scouting services in attendance included The Miller Report, Black Cager, Del Val Hoops, Prep Hoops, Made Hoops, and NJ Hoops.
The Midnight Madness Tip-off took place at Trenton Catholic Academy and featured six high-profile high school basketball games. Participating boys teams included Life Center, Timber Creek, Bordentown, Point Pleasant Beach, Covenant College Prep, Saint Joseph’s-Hammonton, Saint Augustine Prep, Paul VI, Camden, and Trenton Catholic.
The Trenton Catholic and Life Center girls basketball programs also participated in the elite event.
The game of the night featured host Trenton Catholic and Camden.
The Iron Mikes outscored Camden 28-12 in the first half and prevailed for a 52-45 victory. The game was highlighted by the dominating play of VCU-commit Jamir Watkins (Trenton Catholic) and Kentucky-commit Lance Ware (Camden).
The atmosphere matched that of a late-February playoff game with the seats filled to maximum occupancy and the noise levels of the crowd reaching high volumes.
Life Center 54, Timber Creek 52: Wesley Robinson scored a game-high 21 points and was named MVP. Justin Hawkins added 12 and Daniel Hayden scored 8 for the Warriors. Eric Benjamin led Timber Creek with 15 points. Jalen Bergen added 13.
Bordentown 54, Point Pleasant Beach 42: Jordan Martin led Bordentown with 19 points and was named MVP. Osvaldo Urenja added 11 and Gavin Shriver poured in 10. Jake Clark led the Garnet Gulls with 19 points.
Covenant College Prep 55, St. Joe’s-Hammonton 45: Samier Kinsler scored a game-high 25 points and was named MVP. Kinsler led the showcase in scoring (25.0 ppg). Dwaine Jones contributed 11. Marcus Piers powered Saint Joe’s-Hammonton with 15 points.
(Girls)-Trenton Catholic 40, Life Center 32: Ciara Bailey scored 10 points and was named MVP. Maniya Curtis added 10 and Jazmin Boyd contributed 9 for the Iron Mikes. Jaylin Vandunk led Life Center with 11 points and Doreen Ariik added 8.
Trenton Catholic 52, Camden 45: VCU-commit Jamir Watkins scored 16 points and was named MVP. EJ Evans added 14 and Freddie Young scored 12 for the Iron Mikes. Kentucky-commit Lance Ware led Camden with 16 points. Devin Benson added 9 for the Panthers.
Saint Augustine Prep 41, Paul VI 23: Elmarko Jackson scored 8 points and was named MVP. The Hermits outscored Paul VI 22-8 in the second half.
South Jersey Sports Zone’s Midnight Madness Tip Off All-Tournament teams:
JAMIR WATKINS, Trenton Catholic
SAMIER KINSLER, Covenant College Prep
WESLEY ROBINSON, Life Center
JORDAN MARTIN, Bordentown
EJ EVANS, Trenton Catholic
ELMARKO JACKSON, Saint Augustine Prep
LANCE WARE, Camden
FREDDIE YOUNG JR, Trenton Catholic
JAKE CLARK, Point Pleasant Beach
ERIC BENJAMIN, Timber Creek
MARCUS PIERS, Saint Joe’s-Hammonton
WISLER SANON II, Paul VI
OSVALDO URENJA, Bordentown
JUSTIN HAWKINS, Life Center
JALEN BERGEN, Timber Creek
CIARA BAILEY, Trenton Catholic
JAYLIN VANDUNK, Life Center
MANIYA CURTIS, Trenton Catholic
JAZMIN BOYD, Trenton Catholic
DOREEN ARIIK, Life Center
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