Sunday Recap From Philly and Charlotte

 

 


By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan


Tampa Bulls Beat Kentucky Kings at the Buzzer

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The madness in Charlotte continued as Kentucky Kings went up against Tampa Bulls in what was the best game we’ve seen all weekend.

The Kings came out hot in the first half, shooting 55.6% from the field and knocking down seven of their 11 three-point chances (63.6%) to take a 48-43 lead into halftime. The Bulls fought back in the second half, as the two teams went back and forth trading the lead.

It all came down to one final play. With his team trailing by two and just five second left, Tampa Bulls guard Dominique Jones inbounded the ball, got it right back and shook free from Kings defender Jeremy Evans. Jones launched with two seconds left and banked home a three as time expired to send the Bulls to the Super 16.

Evans led the way for Kentucky with 20 point and 12 rebounds. Jones’ 29 points were a game-high and he added seven boards. 

Paul Champions Fall to FCM Untouchables

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It was all FCM from the tip this afternoon in Philly, as the Untouchables showed why they’re the number one seed in the Northeast with a 91-57 win over Paul Champions.

Paul Champions really struggled shooting the ball in the first half, largely thanks to suffocating FCM defense. Champions shot just 7-27 from the field (25.9%) and 1-9 from behind the arc (11.1%). Meanwhile, FCM shot 47.4% from the field and knocked down seven first half threes to take a 43-18 lead into halftime.

The second half proved to be more of the same, as the lead ballooned to 40 points. Marcus Hatten was tremendous for FCM, dropping a game-high 25 points on 9-16 shooting. Three other FCM players pitched in double-digits, while not a single broke double-digits for Paul Champions.

The win for FCM means they are the first team to lock in their spot in the Super 16. They’ll have next weekend off before heading to Brooklyn July 20. 

Overseas Elite Overtakes Matadors in Second Half

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We’ve seen it time and time again from Overseas Elite – a slow start puts them in an early hole, you look away for a minute or get up to grab a drink, and by the time you get back they’re up a dozen.

Such was the case Sunday, as the Matadors came out swinging. Their first-half lead grew into the teens, and the Texas Tech alumni squad just looked like the better team. But towards the end of the first half, Overseas Elite started creeping back in it and by the time the first half horn sounded, the lead for Matadors was just two.

It didn’t take long for Overseas to take control in the second half, using a 26-10 run to turn a 40-38 deficit into a 64-50 lead. They stayed in control from that point forward, keeping the Matadors out of striking distance and picking up a hard-fought 78-67 win.

The deep ball was a big part of the defending champs’ run, knocking down six of their nine second half attempts from downtown. DJ Kennedy shined for Overseas, putting up a game-high 25 points (7-14 FG) while adding six rebound and four assists.

The win send Overseas Elite to the Super 16 for the third straight year. They’ll have next weekend off, then will head to Brooklyn to square off against Tampa Bulls (South Florida alumni) July 21

Team Foe Comes From Behind to Beat Sideline Cancer

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For the second straight day, Team FOE found themselves coming from behind to stay alive in TBT2017. Sideline Cancer shot 47.2% from the field (17-36) in the first half compared to just 37.8% (14-37) for Team FOE – but that only turned into a 40-38 lead for Sideline Cancer at halftime.

The shooting momentum switched sides in the second half, as Team FOE shot 55.2% from the field and Sideline Cancer went cold, shooting just 36.7%. FOE took the lead and didn’t look back – clinching a spot in the Super 16 with a 82-75 win.

It was a true team effort for FOE, with five players scoring in double figures. Vincent Simpson led the way with 15 points, Mario Little was right behind him with 14, Tyshawn Taylor dropped 13, Sean Evans added a dozen and Scott Rodgers chipped in 10. Aaron Brown was the high man for Sideline Cancer, putting up 21 points on 8-13 shooting.

FOE will be back in action on July 20 as they take on the top-seeded FCM Untouchables in Brooklyn

NC Prodigal Sons Beat Golden Boot Dynasty

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We’ve officially found our TBT2017 Cinderella.

After knocking off No. 3 Ole Hotty Toddy yesterday, No. 14 NC Prodigal Sons punched their ticket to the Super 16 this afternoon, pulling out a tight win over No. 11 Golden Boot Dynasty.

NC led for 28:40 of the 36 minutes and their largest lead was 13, but Golden Boot wasn’t going to lay down easy. They chipped away at that 13-point lead to tie the game up with just minutes to play. Prodigal Sons didn’t make a field goal for the last 3:32 of play, but knocked down enough free throws to hang on for a 74-72 win.

Al’lonzo Coleman was big for NC, putting up a double-double of 17 points (7-8 FG) and 12 rebounds. Guard Damier Pitts was the high-scorer for NC with 21 points.

Prodigal Sons advances to the Super 16 in Brooklyn, where they’ll take on the winner of Ram Nation vs. PrimeTime Players July 21

Boeheim’s Army Advances to Super 16

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Boeheim’s Army and GaelNation treated fans in Philly and watching online to one of the best games TBT has ever seen.

It looked like the Syracuse squad was going to cruise into the Super 16, building a 20-point lead that had the pro-Boeheim’s crowd on their feet. But by now, everyone should no that no lead is safe in TBT. GaelNation came out of halftime down 15 and went to work.

The lead fell to 10, then six, then just two – and late in the second half, GaelNation took the lead. The Army weathered the storm and tied things back up to send the game to overtime tied 84-84.

Overtime continued to be a heavyweight fight, with both teams trading buckets as the momentum see sawed back and forth. Last night’s hero for GaelNation, Steve Burtt couldn’t get a last second heave off in time and it was on to the second overtime.

Eric Devendorf, who finished with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, was huge for the Army in the second OT. They held GaelNation to just six second OT points and were able to hand on for a 106-100 win.

Former NBA first round pick Donte Green was a beast for Boeheim’s Army, going for 32 points and six rebounds. Give a ton of credit the three-headed monster of Steve BurttDangelo Harrison and Javier Carter. Burtt poured in a game-high 34 points, Harrison added 22 and Javier Carter was an absolute monster on the glass with a huge 14-point, 21-rebound double-double.

Boeheim’s Army will be back on the court July 20 when they take on Team Fancy 

Ram Nation Takes Out PrimeTime Players

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After a first-round scare, Ram Nation looked like the Ram Nation we expected to see on Sunday.

It was a bit of a slow start, as PrimeTime Players opened up an early seven-point lead, but once Ram Nation started clicking, you could really see why so many people are excited about this team’s chances at $2 million.

Ram Nation shot well in the first half, shooting 51.4% from the field and taking a 48-40 lead into the break. PrimeTime fought back at times in the second half, but the VCU alumni were able to keep PrimeTime at bay, thanks in large part to the all-around play from Eric Maynor.

The former NBA guard and VCU legend was feeling it from downtown, going 7-11 from behind the arc. He finished with a game-high 28 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists. Brandon Rozzell and Jamie Skeen were also big for Ram Nation, putting up 19 and 14 points, respectively.

Chris Moore led the way for PrimeTime with 27 points and seven rebounds. PTP knocked down 14 threes, but Ram Nation one-upped them with 15 trey balls of their own.

Ram Nation moves on to the Super 16 in Brooklyn to face TBT Cinderella team NC Prodigal Sons. 

Team Fancy Shocks SuperNova

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After two days of wild finishes and game-winners, it was only right that the last game of the weekend was a huge upset.

With Boeheim’s Army winning earlier in the afternoon, a win from SuperNova would set up an old Big East matchup between Syracuse and Villanova alumni in the Super. Only problem was Team Fancy is trying to take home $2 million, not revive old rivalries.

Fancy came out with serious energy and it didn’t take long for them to build a double-digit lead. Ice cold shooting from Nova didn’t help their cause. The Wildcat alum shot 32.4% (11-34) from the field in the first half, including just 3-11 (27.3%) from three-point land.

All of that combined for a 44-28 lead for Team Fancy at halftime. Fancy kept SuperNova at bay for most of the second before Nova made a charge late in the second half. A fast break bucket would have cut it to a one possession game with a couple minutes to play, but Nova couldn’t capitalize. The big first-half lead proved to be too much to overcome and Team Fancy knocked SuperNova out 82-74.

Delroy James came to play for Fancy, putting up a game-high 21 points (7-13 FG) and grabbing eight rebounds. Kyle Hunt added 15 points and seven rebounds as well and Team Fancy was 25-26 from the free throw line on the day. 

Reggie Redding led the way for Nova with 19 points, but shot just 6-20 from the field. Team Fancy is back in action July 20 at 7p.m. in Brooklyn, NY.