For Sideline Cancer, It Was All About the Fight


By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine


Despite a close loss in the TBT Championship Game, Sideline Cancer won a fight that was bigger than basketball. That fight was to promote awareness for pancreatic cancer and the victims that have been affected by it.

Sideline Cancer won this fight by playing every possession of the tournament with heart.

Throughout the tournament, the team found themselves facing new battles every single game. Whether it was a stacked Overseas Elite team or a tough Boeheim’s Army squad, Sideline Cancer won fight after fight.

The team may have been down, but they were never out.

In many of their games, they faced a double-digit deficit. However, the “I Can” mentality and the fight and heart that the team possessed carried them to win after win.

Although they didn’t win their last game of the tournament, they fought until the very last minute and gained a victory that will impact more than just the basketball world.

This victory was the fight for the victims of pancreatic cancer watching from home, the fight for the families who have been greatly affected by the disease, and promoting greater awareness and research into this devastating form of cancer.

The fight on the court, however, was a team effort. It was Marcus “Elam” Keene hitting game winners and leading the team when it counted.

It was Eric Thompson, stepping up to be the team’s reliable and consistent big man.

It was Jamel Artis and Remy Abell, leading the scoring charge by making one tough bucket after another.

It was Mo Creek, who kept the team in the game no matter what the score was throughout every round of the tournament.

Finally, it was coaches Charlie Parker and Jordan Griffith, GM Billy Clapper, and founder Kathy Griffith who gave this team the mentality to believe in themselves on the court and to fight for those off the court who are affected by pancreatic cancer.