Who Are: uKnighted TBT 2018

 

 

Quick Hits

Bid: Jamboree (2017)

Notable Players: CJ Gettys, Myles Mack, Dallas Joyner

Number of Active Pros: 7

TBT History: Lost in the first round of the Jamboree to Silver Spring's Willows Runners last summer.

Nutshell: Rutgers alumni team. Lost a close game to SSWR in the Jamboree after almost staging an epic comeback during the Elam Ending.

 

What to Know

  • Down 13 when the Elam Ending started in the first round of the Jamboree last summer, uKnighted went on a 14-0 run to take a one point lead before eventually falling short of the target score of 74.
  • Stony Brook product Dallas Joyner was one of four uKnighted players who did not play his college ball at Rutgers. He led the team with 17 points and nine rebounds in the loss.
  • CJ Gettys, who helped lead UNCW to the NCAA Tournament in 2016 before transferring to Rutgers, scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
  • Just a couple weeks before playing in TBT 2017, Myles Mack was named Danish Cup Finals MVP while playing for Horsens IC. He finished the year averaging 16.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.8 apg and 2.1 spg.

 

How They Fared in TBT 2017

Jamboree Round 1: uKnighted's epic comeback falls just short

If you haven’t bought into the Elam Ending already, crawl out from underneath your rock.

This thing is absolutely nuts. For the second straight game, the Elam Ending reeked havoc on crunch time. When the target score of 74 was established, Silver Spring’s Willows Runners led uKnighted 67-54. 

With normal clock rules, a 13-point lead with less than three minutes to play almost always means four corners and fouling until the clock runs out. Not too entertaining.

But with no clock winding down, uKnighted was able to focus on getting stops and quality shots – and that’s exactly what they were able to do. An unreal 14-0 uKnighted run took them from down 13 when the Elam Ending started, to up 68-67.

After the teams traded threes, uKnighted led 71-70 with a target score of 74. Then SSWR snapped out of their funk and rattled off a quick four points to avoid making serious headlines for the wrong reason.

Jamal Olasewere was a force for SSWR – going for 25 points (9-20 FG) and 10 rebounds. In one of those “only in sports” scenarios, former Rutgers player Jerome Seagears was a thorn in the Rutgers alumni’s side, going for 13 points and adding six rebounds. Seagears played three years at Rutgers before transferring amid the Mike Rice coaching scandal.

Three-point shooting was bad all around, with both teams shooting under 30% from behind the arc. SSWR outrebounded uKnighted 45-35 and won the points in the paint battle 30-18.

Tune into WatchESPN tomorrow at 4:15 p.m. to watch Silver Spring’s play the winner of Champions and Stars & Stripes for the 64th and final spot in TBT2017. 

 

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