The TBT 2020 kicked off on Saturday, July 4th with it’s first four games in the Round of 24. On Sunday, the action will continue with four more contests to decide the teams still remaining in the Super 16, set to begin on Monday. You can check out our preview of the TBT 2020 here and read up all about the opening day’s results below.
Game 1: (#9) Big X 79, (#24) D2 74
In the opening game of the TBT 2020, Big X took down D2 79-74 in a thrilling contest that reminded us all why we love this tournament so much. Big X, a team made up of mostly former Big Ten talents, was led to victory by forward Nick Ward (Ohio State), who finished with 18 points (7-14 FG) and 5 rebounds, as well as Javon Bess (Saint Louis), who added 11 points and 6 boards.
Kevin Capers (Florida Southern) paced D2 off the bench with 25 points, on a strong 8-11 showing from the field and a 4-4 day from long-range. Mike Davis (Queens) was the only other scorer in double-figures for D2, posting 13 points and 3 rebounds, while Demario Mayfield (Angelo State) flirted with a double-double, tallying 9 points and 9 rebounds.
Up Next: #9 Big X moves on to play #8 Red Scare (Dayton Alumni) on Wednesday, July 8th at 2:00 PM EST.
Game 2: (#12) Team Brotherly Love 87, (#21) Stillwater Stars 71
My prediction about Stillwater Stars becoming a potential sleeper contender fell short on Saturday, when in their TBT debut, the Oklahoma State alumni squad was upended by Team Brotherly Love, a collection of talented players with some deep Philadelphia connections.
For Team Brotherly Love, the trio of Khalif Wyatt (Temple), Ramone Moore (Temple) and D.J. Newbill (Penn State) were simply too much for Stillwater Stars to handle.
Wyatt posted a team-high 27 points and 6 rebounds, while Moore added 24 points and Newbill chipped in 13 points.
However, Stillwater did have the best overall player on the court in Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State), who finished with a game-high 30 points on a 12-18 shooting performance.
Tyshawn Taylor (Kansas) also stuffed the stat-sheet, adding 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the defeat.
Up Next: #12 Team Brotherly Love moves on to play #5 Eberlin Drive on Monday, July 6th at 7:00 PM EST.
Game 3: (#16) House of ‘Paign 76, (#17) War Tampa 53
The third game of the TBT 2020 slate, War Tampa may have an amazing name, but they didn’t exactly bring their best game against the equally fantastically named House of ‘Paign.
While House of ‘Paign claims to be an Illinois alumni squad, it was Mike Daum (South Dakota State) who led the charge on Saturday night, totaling a dominant 21 points and 13 rebounds in the 23-point victory. In terms of former Fighting Illini stand-outs on the squad, recently graduated swingman Andre Feliz and legendary guard Malcolm Hill both posted strong outings, combining for 35 points and 11 rebounds.
As for War Tampa, only Desean Murray (Auburn) found his way to double-figures in scoring, finishing the contest with 13 points. Overall, the newbies to the TBT struggled from the field, shooting 30% as a group from the field, including an abysmal 3 for 23 mark from three-point land.
Up Next: #16 House of ‘Paign moves on to play #1 Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State Alumni) on Wednesday, July 8th at 4:00 PM EST.
Game 4: (#13) Team CP3 76, (#20) PrimeTime Players 74
Save the best for last may have been true in the meeting between Team CP3 and PrimeTime Players, as the famous Elam Ending came into play in a massive way. PrimeTime may have forced the TBT’s signature finish, but Team CP3 took the lead during the non-timed period and eventually snagged the victory, stealing the ball on the final possession and finishing it with a CJ Harris (Wake Forest) dunk.
Harris was a pivotal piece for Team CP3, as he and Byron Gladden (Georgia Southern) both finished with 12 points off the bench. Nate Mason (Minnesota), the team’s top scorer, ended the contest with 26 points.
For PrimeTime Players, a minor league basketball squad, it was Christian Keeling (North Carolina) who led the way with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Ricardo Glenn (USC Upstate) helped the cause with a 10-point, 13-rebound double-double, while Sean Barnette (Wingate) was reliable down the stretch of the game, finishing with 11 points and 7 boards.
Up Next: #13 Team CP3 moves on to play #4 Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni) on Monday, July 6th at 9:00 PM EST.
TBT 2020: Sunday, July 5th - Round of 24 Schedule
- #5 Peoria All-Stars vs. #22 Herd That (Marshall Alumni) | 2:00 PM EST, ESPN
- #11 Team Hines vs. #22 Sideline Cancer | 4:00 PM EST, ESPN
- #14 Heartfire vs. #19 Men Of Mackey (Purdue Alumni) | 7:00 PM EST, ESPN2
- #15 Armored Athlete vs. #18 Power Of The Paw (Clemson Alumni) | 9:00 PM EST, ESPN2