SATURDAY RECAP FROM BRADLEY U. AND VEGAS


By: TBT Staff


 

JARED SULLINGER LEADS OHIO STATE ALUMNI TEAM TO FIRST ROUND VICTORY WHILE JIMMER FREDETTE FALLS SHORT IN COACHING DEBUT SECOND ROUND PLAY IN $2 MILLION TBT BEGINS TODAY AT 12:00PM ET IN LAS VEGAS AND PEORIA, IL ALL GAMES LIVE ON ESPN3 AND THE ESPN APP

Seeking to prove he still belongs in the NBA, Jared Sullinger – filling in for an injured Greg Oden – led the Ohio State alumni team Scarlet & Gray to victory in the first round of The Basketball Tournament’s Midwest Regional in Peoria, IL. In other action, Jimmer Fredette came up short in his coaching debut, as his Team Fredette fell to Team Utah. Overall, competition remained fierce with $2 million on the line, as seven of the 16 first round games in Las Vegas and Peoria, IL on Saturday were decided by single digits. In addition, all but one higher-seeded team came out on top, setting up some highly competitive second round matchups for today’s action, which tips off at 12:00pm ET live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app.

Standout performances on Saturday included:

  • Top-seeded Golden Eagles defeated Midwest Dream Squad behind Dwight Buycks’ sharpshooting, connecting on seven of his eight attempts from beyond the arc.
  • Diante Garrett poured in a game-high 30 points to lead Hilton Magic Legends past Illinois Hoopville Warriors.
  • Ronald Davis’ put back with one second remaining sent Banner Boys on to Round 2 with a 61-59 victory over Jackson Underdawgs.
  • Michael Rapaport’s Stickmen ran through Bomb Squad behind 27 points from NBA veteran Lou Amundson.
  • Tim Drisdom drilled a three-pointer with just under one second remaining to send Team Utah to the Round of 32 for the third consecutive year, topping the squad coached by Jimmer Fredette.

A full recap of Saturday’s action is below, including links to video highlights and box scores.

All games this weekend will air live on ESPN3 and the ESPN app. ESPN commentators for this weekend’s regionals include play-by-play voices Lee Hall and Brian Bedo with analysts Chad Kleine and Rich Zvosec in Peoria, and the play-by-play/analyst duos of Eric Duick-Mike Brown and Tim Swartz-Robert Smith in Las Vegas. 

Today’s schedule (all times ET):

  • Midwest Regional in Peoria, IL:
    • 12:00pm – No. 4 Purple and Black vs. No. 5 Hilton Magic
    • 1:45pm – No. 2 Scarlet & Gray vs. No. 7 Banner Boys
    • 3:30pm – No. 3 Always A Brave vs. No. 6 Fort Wayne Champs
    • 5:15pm – No. 1 Golden Eagles vs. No. 8 Majerus SLU Crew
  •  West Regional in Las Vegas:
    • 2:00pm – No. 4 Armored Athlete vs. No. 5 Team 23
    • 3:45pm – No. 1 Team Colorado vs. No. 9 Broad Street Brawler
    • 5:30pm – No. 2 Few Good Men vs. No. 7 Team Utah
    • 7:15pm – No. 3 The Stickmen vs. No. 6 Team Challenge ALS

 

SATURDAY RECAP

 

MIDWEST REGIONAL – BRADLEY UNIVERSITY, PEORIA

#1 Golden Eagles def. #16 Midwest Dream Squad, 103-89

Dwight Buycks connected on seven of his eight attempts from beyond the three-point line and finished with a team-high 21 points in just 19 minutes as the #1 seed Golden Eagles ran away from #16 Midwest Dream Squad in the second half to advance with a 103-89 victory. Darius Johnson-Odom (18 points), Davante’ Gardner (18 points), Jamil Wilson (13 points), Maurice Acker (11 points) and Jerel McNeal (10 points) all reached double figures for the Golden Eagles, who shot 63% (20-for-32) from beyond the arc. Joel Box hit nine of his 15 shots and finished with a team-high 21 points for the Midwest Dream Squad, which lost in the opening round for the second straight year after falling on a last-second buzzer-beater to the Fighting Alumni in the Super 17 in 2015.

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#2 Scarlet & Gray def. #15 The Region, 78-63

Jared Sullinger registered a double-double in his TBT debut, tallying team highs with 18 points and 11 rebounds as the #2 seed Scarlet & Gray ran away from #15 seed The Region, 78-63. Scarlet & Gray scored a consistent 39 points during each half, and the Region trailed by 7 at the halfway point. Scarlet & Gray made 9 of their 12 free-throw attempts, but have some room for improvement with their 3-point shots, making only one-fourth of their attempts. Evan Ravenel and David Lighty had 13 points apiece, and Aaron Craft added 10 points for the Scarlet & Gray, who were making their first-ever TBT appearance. Jeremy Saffold’s 19 points for The Region led all scorers.

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#3 Always A Brave def. #14 Mid American Unity, 68-63

Marcellus Sommerville led all scorers with a game-high 17 points and #3 seed Always A Brave gave its raucous home crowd at the Renaissance Coliseum everything they could ask for in a 68-63 win over pesky #14 seed Mid American Unity. Always a Brave trailed by 5 points at half-time, but pulled it together in the second half to walk away with a win. They'll advance to the super sixteen round in Brooklyn.  Walt Lemon had 12 points in the win for the defending Midwest Region champions, who survived a back-and-forth affair that included five ties and eight lead changes. Mid America Unity more than held its own in its TBT debut. Richie Gordon (14 points), Jay Youngblood (12 points) and Jamil Dudley (11 points) all scored in double figures in the losing effort.

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#4 Purple & Black def. #13 Canton Bulldogs, 79-70

Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen had 17 points apiece, and the #4 seed Purple and Black pulled away in the final minutes to defeat the Canton Bulldogs, 79-70. Stefhon Hannah, whom the squad recruited from The Region after Hannah dropped 27 points in an opening-round TBT contest against Purple and Black last summer, added 15 points in his debut. Demetrius Treadwell had a game-high 22 points in the loss for the Bulldogs, who were undone by shooting just 36% in the second half.

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#5 Hilton Magic Legends def. #12 Hoopville Warriors, 91-87

Diante Garrett poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the #5 seed Hilton Magic Legends past the #12 seed Illinois Hoopville Warriors, 91-87. Curtis Stinson, Tyrus McGee and Yempabou Palo all scored in double figures for the triumphant Iowa State University alumni squad, which closed the first half on a 20-3 run and never looked back en route to its first-ever TBT win. Malcolm Griffin’s 23 points paced the offense for the Illinois Hoopville Warriors, who have lost consecutive first-round games after advancing beyond the opening round in each of their first two appearances in TBT.

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#6 Fort Wayne Champs def. #11 Peoria All-Stars 93-76

Matt Bouldin led all scorers with 25 points, and the #6 seed Fort Wayne Champs closed the game on a 12-0 run to defeat the #11 seed Peoria All-Stars, 93-76. Travis Leslie had 20 points, and Stephan Hicks contributed a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in the victory for the Fort Wayne Champs, who shot 57% from the field in avenging their opening-round loss in TBT 2016. Lawrence Alexander hit nine of his 16 shots and finished with a team-high 22 points to pace the offensive attack for the Peoria All-Stars, whose TBT run ended following a two-game run through TBT’s inaugural Jamboree last month.

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#7 Banner Boys def. #10 Jackson TN Underdawgs, 61-59

Ronald Davis put back an offensive rebound with one second remaining to send the #7 seed Banner Boys on to Round 2 with a 61-59 victory over the #10 seed Jackson Underdawgs. The low-scoring game was tied at half-time, 25-25, and remained neck-and-neck all the way through the last shot.  Dylan Page had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Banner Boys, who survived in a back-and-forth game that had six ties and 11 lead changes. Jeremy Weddle led all scorers with 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting for the Jackson TN Underdawgs, who were unable to replicate the magic from their 2016 stunning win over the top-seeded Bluegrass Boys, the only time in TBT history that a top seed has been defeated in Round 1.

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#8 Majerus SLU Crew def. #9 HBC, 91-87

Mike McCall, Jr. paced the offensive attack with a game-high 29 points and eight rebounds for #8 seed Majerus Crew in a 91-87 victory over #9 seed HBC. Jordair Jett chipped in with 20 points for the victors, who shot 50% from beyond the arc. Anthony Hilliard had 16 points and Kelvin Martin registered a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds) for HBC, which failed to advance past the first round for the first time in its three TBT appearances.

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WEST REGIONAL – LAS VEGAS

#1 Team Colorado def. #16 Kimchi Express, 100-71

Marcus Hall picked up right where he left off from a spectacular TBT 2016 by scoring a team-high 24 points as #1 seed Team Colorado began its quest to return to the $2 million TBT championship with a 100-71 dismantling of #16 Kimchi Express. Kimchi Express completed the entire game without taking the lead once. Team Colorado's largest lead was 33 points late in the second half. Each team made 25% of their 3-point attempts. Team Colorado had an impressive 53 rebounds, while Kimchi Express grabbed 27. Christopher Copeland (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Dominique Coleman (10 points, 10 rebounds) each registered double-doubles for the reigning West Region champions, who never led and cruised to the Round of 32. Brian Goins led all scorers with 25 points in the losing effort for Kimchi Express, which was making its TBT debut.

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#2 Few Good Men def. #15 Mostly Sports, 89-47

Steven Gray poured in a game-high 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting – including 7-for-12 from beyond the arc – and #2 seed Few Good Men used a 27-4 first-half run to defeat #15 seed Mostly Sports, 89-47. Leo Lyons posted a double-double (11 points, 14 rebounds) in the win for Few Good Men, who outscored Mostly Sports by 30 points in the second half in advancing to the second round. Tyrone Hill led the way for Mostly Sports with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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#3 Stickmen def. #14 Bomb Squad, 105-63

Lou Amundson tallied a game-high 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting as #3 The Stickmen opened the game on a 9-0 run and cruised to a 105-63 opening-round victory over the #14 Air Force Bomb Squad. Six of the seven players for The Stickmen scored in double figures, and the squad shot 62% from the field. Michael Lyons had 17 points in the losing effort for Air Force Bomb Squad, which trailed by 29 points at the half and has now lost its opening-round games in three of four TBT appearances.

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#4 Armored Athlete def. Pearl 31’s, 119-74

Will Sheehey tallied a team-high 22 points, and #4 seed Armored Athlete used a 34-7 run midway through the game to pull away from #13 seed Pearl 31's in a 119-74 victory. Jon Octeus (22 points, 9-for-13 from the field) and Talor Battle (17 points) also pitched in for Armored Athlete, which had had all eight players score in double figures. Terrence Roberts posted a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) in the losing effort for the Pearl 31’s, whose bench was outscored in the loss, 33-4.

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#5 Team 23 def. #12 Pedro’s Posse, 107-92

Davin White’s team-high 23 points led the way as the #5 seed Team 23 pulled away late to defeat #12 seed Pedro’s Posse, 107-92. White went 6-for-7 from beyond the arc for Team 23, which has never lost a first-round game in TBT. Gabe Freeman (18 points), David Bell (16 points), Zach Andrews (14 points) and Larry Owens (10 points) all scored in double figures for the victors. Yancy Gates scored 23 points for Pedro’s Posse, which failed to replicate its Super 16 appearance from last summer.

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#6 Challenge ALS def. #11 Wasatch Front, 97-81

Sean Marshall scored a game-high 28 points, and #6 seed Challenge ALS used an 8-0 run late in the second half en route to a 97-81 victory over Wasatch Front. Marshall, who is also Challenge ALS’s GM, connected on five of his eight attempts from beyond the arc for Challenge ALS, whose bench outscored that of Wasatch Front, 45-6.  Scott Bamforth finished with 27 points – including 6-for-9 from beyond the arc – in the losing effort for Wasatch Front.

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#7 Team Utah def. #10 Team Fredette, 100-97

Tim Drisdom hit a three-pointer with just under one second remaining to send #7 seed Team Utah to the Round of 32 for the third consecutive year, courtesy of a 100-97 victory over #10 seed Team Fredette. Drisdom’s three-pointer came with a hand in his face and was just his second field goal of the afternoon. Terrence Drisdom’s 27 points were a game high, and Shaun Green (22 points), Dakarai Tucker (20 points) and Brandon West (10 points) all scored in double figures for Team Utah, which is on a quest to avenge its 2016 Elite 8 loss to eventual runner-up Team Colorado. Brandon Davies led six players in double figures for Team Fredette, which was making its TBT debut under coach Jimmer Fredette.

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#8 Trained To Go def. #9 Broad Street Brawlers, 108-95

Sammy Zeglinski scored nine of his 23 points in overtime, and the #9 seed Broad Street Brawlers survived against #8 seed Trained to Go, 108-95. Zeglinski made 11 of his 12 free-throw attempts, and both Vee Stanford (24 points) and Dyshawn Pierre (22 points) also chipped in with strong performances for the Brawlers, who entered the field of 64 after cruising through the inaugural TBT Jamboree last month. Charles Davis led the way for Trained to Go, scoring a team-high 23 points in the losing effort.

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