The Road To $2 Million Goes Through Brooklyn

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


The super 16 goes down July 20-23 at LIU Brooklyn

What started as 64 teams looking to win life-changing money has been reduced down to just 16, as four teams from each region will travel to Brooklyn, NY this week for the TBT2017 Super 16. The Northeast will get things started on Thursday as #1 FCM Untouchables takes on #4 Team FOE (led by the Morris twins) followed by #3 Boeheim's Army (Syracuse alumni) squaring up with #7 Team Fancy in what will be an overwhelmingly pro-Syracuse environment. The South region will go at it on Friday with the Midwest and West both playing Saturday. 

This is the time in TBT where the idea of winning the $2 million winner-take-all prize really starts to sink in. There's a huge difference between 64 teams each looking for six wins and 16 teams looking for just four. Winners of Thursday, Friday and Saturday games will move on to Sunday's quarterfinals and by Sunday night we'll know the four regional champions heading to Baltimore. You can watch every game from this weekend's action LIVE on ESPN/ESPN2 and streaming LIVE on WatchESPN. 

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Thursday, July 20

#1 FCM Untouchables 71 vs. #4 Team FOE 85

Team FOE, the Northeast Region’s #4 seed, relied on a balanced scoring attack in TBT’s opening weekend, and nothing changed when the scene moved to Brooklyn for the Super 16.

Maalik Wayns led five players in double figures, and all 10 players scored as Team FOE used a 27-8 second-half run to break open a tie game and put away the #1 seed FCM Untouchables, 85-71. Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson each had 11 points for the victors, whose bench outscored that of the FCM Untouchables, 31-8.

Marcus Hatten completed a strong TBT showing with 19 points in the losing effort for the FCM Untouchables. Hatten averaged 20 points in his three TBT games.

Team FOE advances to play the winner of #3 Boeheim’s Army vs. #7 Team Fancy. That game will be played in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 23rd, live on ESPN.

#3 Boeheim's Army 65 vs. #7 Team Fancy  61

After a triple-double in an opening-round rout of Dubois Dream and a 13-point effort in an overtime win over Gael Nation in Round 2, Brandon Triche had been quiet for the first 35 minutes of the Super 16 in Brooklyn.

But, that was before Triche drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with just under a minute remaining and scored his team’s final seven points to give #3 seed Boeheim’s Army a lead they would never relinquish in a 65-61 victory over #7 seed Team Fancy.

Eric Devendorf, who scored 23 points in the second-round, overtime victory, poured in a game-high 19 points in the win for the Syracuse University alumni squad, which returns to the regional title game for the first time since 2015.

Ra’Shad James scored 14 points in the loss for Team Fancy in a back-and-forth contest that featured both nine ties and lead changes.

Boeheim’s Alumni advances to play Team FOE in Brooklyn on Sunday, July 23rd, live on ESPN.

Friday, July 21

#2 Ram Nation 79 vs. #14 NC Prodigal Sons 64 

Jamie Skeen led the way in the opening game, and Eric Maynor paved the road to Brooklyn with a dominating performance in Round 2. In the Super 16, Ram Nation, the South Region’s #2 seed, relied on a complete team effort to advance.

Reggie Williams tallied a team-high 14 points, and 10 different players scored as Ram Nation used a 15-2 run midway through the second half to run away from #14 seed NC Prodigal Sons en route to a 79-64 victory.

Al’lonzo Coleman (16 points, 15 rebounds) completed his strong TBT showing with his third straight double-double in the losing effort for the Prodigal Sons, who shot just 29% from the field in the second half.

Ram Nation advances to face #1 seed Overseas Elite on Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM ET, live on ESPN.

 #1 Overseas Elite 84 vs. #5 Tampa Bulls 76

Every time you think they just might crack, South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite is there to show you why they remain the only undefeated team in TBT history.

The back-to-back TBT champions used an 11-4 run midway through the second half to break open a three-point game and pull away from the #5 seed Tampa Bulls in an 84-76 victory.

Kyle Fogg led five players in double figures for Overseas Elite, which jumped out to a 14-point lead halftime lead behind 67% shooting from the field and improved to 16-0 all-time in the winner-take-all tournament.

Dominique Jones, who sent the Bulls to Brooklyn with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Round 2, completed an impressive first run in TBT, finishing with a game-high 26 points.

Overseas Elite advances to face #2 seed Ram Nation on Sunday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM ET, live on ESPN.

Saturday, July 22

12:00 p.m.    #3 Always a Brave vs. #2 Scarlet & Gray  (ESPN & WatchESPN)

Scarlet & Gray and Always A Brave cruised into the Super 16, but their head-to-head matchup should be a knock-down drag-out fight to the final buzzer. Scarlet & Gray, the Ohio State alumni team, will rely on the outside shooting of Jon Diebler (14.5 ppg) and William Buford (8 ppg), who combined for 35 points in their 72-58 win over the #7 Banner Boys. NBA veteran Jared Sullinger will command the low post for Scarlet & Gray.

Aaron Craft, a two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, will be tasked with shutting down Jerome Randle, who dropped 21 points in the Bradley alumni team’s 92-81 victory over the Fort Wayne Champs. The front line of former Toronto Raptor Patrick O’Bryant (7.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg) and Marcellus Sommerville (19 ppg, 4.5 rpg) should give Sullinger and Dallas Lauderdale fits.

2:00 p.m.      #1 Golden Eagles vs. #4 Purple & Black  (ESPN & WatchESPN)

The Golden Eagles are the top seed in the Midwest for a reason. Their roster includes four former NBA players, including point guard Dwight Buycks, who dropped 21 points on seven made three pointers in the Marquette alumni team’s first round win over Midwest Dream Squad. He’ll be complemented by former Laker Darius Johnson-Odom (17.5 ppg), Jerel McNeal (9 ppg) and soon to be Los Angeles Clipper Jamil Wilson (12 ppg).

Jacob Pullen will try to channel his Kansas State days as he tries to lead the KSU alumni team to a TBT upset. He dropped 21 points on just 11 shots in Purple & Black’s 90-79 victory over the Hilton Magic Legends. Pullen and gunner Stefhon Hannah (16 ppg) make for a dangerous backcourt pairing. Jordan Henriquez, Kansas State’s all-time blocks leader, should be good to go for their matchup on Saturday after sitting out most of the first two games with an injury.

4:00 p.m.      #6 Team Challenge ALS vs. #2 Few Good Men  (ESPN2 & WatchESPN)

Few Good Men spent their entire weekend in Vegas shorthanded, but that didn’t stop them from earning a spot in the Super 16. They have Steven Gray to thank for that. The former Zags star averaged 32 points and shot 62.8 percent from the field, making him an early candidate for TBT MVP. Few Good Men will also get some reinforcements in the form of point guard Jannero Pargo, swingman Kevin Palmer and big man Kamari Murphy.

Team Challenge ALS is the second lowest seeded team in the Super 16, but they deserve to be taken seriously. The team has a potent yet well balanced offensive attack featuring Sean Marshall (21.5 ppg), former Sixers guard Casper Ware (13.5 ppg) and Jerry Smith (15 ppg).

6:00 p.m.      #1 Team Colorado vs. #4 Armored Athlete  (ESPN2 & WatchESPN)

The last game of the Super 16 could turn out to be the best. Both Team Colorado, a Colorado University alumni team, and Armored Athlete both have scorers that can light it up. Former New York Knick Chris Copeland and 2016 TBT All-Tournament Team guard Marcus Hall combined for 61 points on 23-41 shooting in their victory over the Broad St. Brawlers. They’ll also be joined by big man Joshua Scott, who just wrapped up summer league with the Portland Trail Blazers.

They’ll take on an Armored Athlete squad that might be the most unselfish group in the entire tournament. Will Sheehey, Garrett Sim and Talor Battle give the team three top notch shooting threats from the perimeter, while Xavier forward Jalen Reynolds (18 ppg, 7 rpg) will provide some athleticism in the front court. They’ll also add former Indiana standouts and Armored Athlete veterans Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls for their game on Saturday.

Sunday, July 23

12:00 p.m.     #1 Golden Eagles vs #2 Scarlet & Gray  (ESPN & WatchESPN)

2:00 p.m.       #3 Boeheim's Army vs #4 Team FOE  (ESPN & WatchESPN)

4:00 p.m.       #4 Armored Athlete vs #6 Team Challenge ALS  (ESPN2 & WatchESPN)

6:00 p.m.       #1 Overseas Elite vs #2 Ram Nation  (ESPN2 & WatchESPN)

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