SUNDAY RECAP FROM BRADLEY U. AND VEGAS


By: TBT Staff


 

FIELD SET FOR THIS WEEK’S TBT SUPER 16 IN BROOKLYN AS QUEST FOR $2 MILLION CONTINUES 

SULLINGER, SCARLET & GRAY ADVANCE TO FIRST SUPER 16; TEAM COLORADO ROLLS, CONTINUE PUSH FOR SECOND STRAIGHT FINALS APPERANCE

SUPER 16 BEGINS THIS THURSDAY IN BROOKLYN; ALL GAMES LIVE ON ESPN OR ESPN2

 

The regional rounds of The Basketball Tournament ended with a bang as the final eight teams punched their tickets to this week’s Super 16 in Brooklyn. Scarlet & Gray advanced to their first Super 16, while Team Challenge ALS upset the heavily-favored Stickmen in convincing fashion. Both top-seeded teams advanced out of regional play in Las Vegas and Peoria, as Team Colorado looks to capture that elusive championship. These teams join the two-time defending champion Overseas Elite, the Syracuse alumni team Boeheim’s Army and six other teams that advanced to the Super 16 last weekend.

 

Standout performances on Sunday included:

  • Christopher Copeland (31 points) and Marcus Hall (30 points) caught fire, leading top-seeded Team Colorado past Broad Street Brawlers.
  • Steven Gray shot 11-17 from the field, finishing with a game-high 33 points as Few Good Men edged out Team Utah in a nail biter.
  • Jon Diebler led all scorers with 21 points as Scarlet & Gray cruised past Banner Boys.
  • Casper Ware poured in 22 points to lead the #6 Team Challenge ALS over Michael Rapaport’s #3 The Stickmen.

 

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

 

SUNDAY RECAP

 

MIDWEST REGION – BRADLEY UNIVERSITY IN PEORIA

#1 Golden Eagles def. #8 Majerus SLU Crew, 81-70

Darius Johnson-Odom scored a team-high 17 points, and the #1 seed Golden Eagles held off #8 seed Majerus SLU Crew in the final minutes to win, 81-70. Davante’ Gardner added 16 points in just 15 minutes for the victors, who relied on a 14-2 run midway through the second half to advance to the Super 16 for the second consecutive year. Jordair Jett’s 19 points led the way in the losing effort for the Majerus SLU Crew, who have yet to advance past the opening weekend in either of their first two appearances in TBT.

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#2 Scarlet and Gray def. #7 Banner Boys, 72-58

Jon Diebler led all scorers with 21 points, and #2 seed Scarlet & Gray took an early lead and cruised into the Super 16 with a 72-58 victory over #7 seed Banner Boys. William Buford added 14 points for the victors, who used a 10-0 run in the opening minutes to take a lead they never relinquished. Myles McKay paced the offense for the pesky Banner Boys with 14 points.

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#3 Always A Brave def. #6 Fort Wayne Champs, 92-81

Marcellus Sommerville, who scored a game-high 17 points in #3 seed Always A Brave’s opening-round win, tallied a team-high 21 points to send the Midwest Regional hosts on to a second straight Super 16, courtesy of a 92-81 victory over the #6 seed Fort Wayne Champs. Stephan Hicks led the offense with 23 points for the Fort Wayne Champs, who failed to advance to the Super 16 for a second consecutive summer after reaching the TBT semi-finals in 2015.

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#4 Purple and Black def. #5 Hilton Magic Legends

Jacob Pullen continued his strong TBT showing with a game-high 21 points, and #4 seed Purple & Black advanced to the Super 16 for the first time by defeating #5 seed Hilton Magic Legends, 90-79. Stefhon Hannah had 17 points and Dominique Sutton registered a double-double (10 points, 10 rebounds) for the victors, who went on an early 10-0 run and never trailed in cruising to Brooklyn. Diante Garrett finished off a strong TBT showing with a team-high 20 points in the losing effort for the Hilton Magic Legends.

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WEST REGION – LAS VEGAS

#1 Team Colorado def. #9 Broad Street Brawlers, 111-95

Christopher Copeland (31 points) and Marcus Hall (30 points) and continued their strong TBT showings as #1 seed Team Colorado used a strong second half to move past the #9 seed Broad Street Brawlers, 111-95. Copeland, who posted a double-double in Team Colorado’s opening-round win, led all scorers as the TBT 2016 runner-ups moved on to the Super 16 once again. Vee Stanford, who led the way with 24 points in the Brawlers’ opening game on Saturday, finished a strong TBT performance by tallying a team-best 25 points in the loss.

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#2 Few Good Men def. #7 Team Utah, 85-83

Steven Gray connected on 11 of his 17 field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 33 points, and #2 seed Few Good Men held on in the final minute to defeat #7 seed Team Utah, 85-83. Gray, who dropped 31 points on Mostly Sports Delco in an opening-round win on Saturday, hit six of nine attempts from beyond the arc. Dakarai Tucker’s 25 points paced the offense for Team Utah, which failed to advance to the Super 16 for the first time in its three TBT appearances.

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#4 Armored Athlete def. #5 Team 23, 84-77

Jalen Reynolds led all scorers with 25 points and also pulled down eight rebounds as #4 seed Armored Athlete held off #5 seed Team 23, 84-77. Julian Gamble added 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting in the win for Armored Athlete, which rolled to its third straight Super 16 appearance. David Bell had 19 points, including hitting five of his seven three-point attempts, in the losing effort for Team 23, which failed in its quest to reach a third straight Super 16.

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#6 Challenge ALS def. #3 The Stickmen, 87-73

Casper Ware scored 22 points to lead the #6 Challenge ALS team to a victory against #3 The Stickmen, 87-73. Ike Diogu from The Stickmen posted 22 points with 4 three-point baskets. Challenge ALS's Jerry Smith made 10 of his 11 free throw attempts. Challenge ALS led by just 2 points through half-time but ran away with the game in the second half finishing 14 points ahead of The Stickmen.

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