Building for Baltimore: Northeast Region

 

By: Josh GoldfineJosh Brown & Dan Friel


FCM Untouchables getting stronger heading to Brooklyn

Competing as a Pitt alumni team in TBT 2016, the FCM Untouchables came up short in the Northeast Regional Championship Game. This year, the talented group of overseas professionals is on a mission to go beyond that point. Shaking off a slow start against OPI in Round 1, the top-seeded Untouchables ran away in the second half in a 92-77 win. Dewayne Jackson led the way with 20 points. The Untouchables wasted little time in putting away the Paul Champions in Round 2 and cruised to a 91-57 rout behind 25 points (including seven three-pointers) from Marcus Hatten.

Team FOE, which overcame deficits in both of its first two games, earned the chance to take down the region’s top seed by relying on a complete team effort. Three different players scored in double figures in an 80-75 victory over DC On Point in Round 1, and five players did so in a come-from-behind victory over Sideline Cancer in Round 2.

Boeheim’s Army arrives in Brooklyn looking to avenge its 2016 Super 16 loss to The Untouchables. After running past Dubois Dream in a Round 1 victory and running up a 20-point lead on GaelNation in Round 2, Boeheim’s Army was a virtual lock for the Super 16. However, GaelNation mounted a furious rally to force overtime, and eventually the Syracuse University alumni squad needed a second overtime to advance, 106-100, in one of the best games in TBT history. Donte Green, who was not available for the opening-round game, tallied a game-high 32 points to send Boeheim’s Army and its electric fan base to Brooklyn.

Team Fancy avenged its first-round exit from 2016 by winning twice in Philadelphia to earn a spot in Brooklyn. Delroy James paced the New York-based hoopers’ offense in both games, scoring 18 points in an opening-round win over the Rebel Riders and finishing with a game-high 21 points in an upset victory over Supernova in Round 2.

FCM Untouchables and Team FOE will tip off at 5:00 PM EST on Thursday, July 20th in Brooklyn, New York. Boeheim’s Army and Team Fancy will follow at 7:00 PM EST. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2. The winners will meet on Sunday, July 23rd live on ESPN for the right to advance to the semifinals.