Building for Baltimore: West Region

 

By: Josh Goldfine, Josh Brown & Dan Friel


Team Colorado rolls into Super 16

Team Colorado is four wins away from the ultimate prize that it let slip through its fingers last summer by blowing a double-digit lead and falling to Overseas Elite in the $2 million, winner-take-all championship game. Marcus Hall, who led the University of Colorado alumni squad to the title game last summer, averaged 27 points per game on opening weekend and joined forces with newcomer Chris Copeland (24.5 points per game) to form a talented duo of former Buffs.

Armored Athlete makes its third straight appearance in the Super 16 with a deep and talented squad. TBT veteran Will Sheehy tallied a team-high 22 points in an opening-round rout of the Pearl 31’s, and newcomer Jalen Reynolds scored a game-high 25 points in a Round 2 victory over 2015 TBT semi-finalist Team 23 to send Armored Athlete to Brooklyn.

Few Good Men punched its ticket to Brooklyn by hanging on to beat Team Utah in a nail biter in Round 2, avenging its loss to Team Utah in last year’s Super 16. Stephen Gray lit up Las Vegas on opening weekend, averaging 32 points in the Gonzaga University alumni team’s two victories. Gray finished the weekend by connecting on 13 of his 21 three-point attempts.

Team Challenge ALS upset #3 seed The Stickmen in Round 2 to claim the final spot in the Super 16. Small forward/GM Sean Marshall, who was roommates with ALS-stricken Pete Frates while the two were at Boston College, has pledged that, were Challenge ALS to win the $2 million in TBT prize money, $250,000 would be donated to pay for Frates’ mounting medical bills. The squad even donned jerseys with “Frates” on the back, to symbolize who they are playing for in TBT.

Team Challenge ALS and Few Good Men will tip off the action on Saturday, July 22nd at 4:00 PM EST in Brooklyn, New York. Team Colorado and Armored Athlete will follow at 6:00 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.