The TBT 2020 continued on Sunday, July 5th with it’s second installment of games for the Round of 24. You can check out our preview of the TBT 2020 here and read up all about the Day Two’s results below.
Game 1: (#23) Herd That 80, (#5) Peoria All-Stars 65
The second-lowest seed in TBT 2020 came out with something to prove, as Herd That (Marshall Alumni) knocked off a well-liked Peoria All-Stars squad in the first contest of the final day of the Round of 24.
Herd That was the more cohesive and complete team throughout the game, tallying 22 assists and outscoring Peoria 45-8 in bench points and 44-20 in points in the paint. Jacorey Williams (Middle Tennessee) posted 22 points and 9 rebounds as the team’s most effortless scorer, while Jon Elmore (Marshall) flirted with a triple-double, finishing 9 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds. Big man Zach Smith (Texas Tech) was also a one-man wrecking crew for Herd That, who finished a handful of his 10 points on alley-oop dunks, including a game-winning one on the final possession of the Elam Ending.
For the Peoria All-Stars, the team is the highest-ranked outfit to lose in TBT 2020 so far, guard Trevon Allen (Idaho) scored a game-high 26 points, while Eljay Cowherd (Georgetown College) chipped in a great all-around display of 12 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds.
Up Next: #23 Herd That moves on to play #7 The Money Team on Thursday, July 9th at 2:00 PM EST.
Game 2: (#22) Sideline Cancer 93, (#11) Team Hines 91
TBT 2020 found a new star in it’s second game of Sunday’s slate, as Sideline Cancer’s Marcus Keene (Central Michigan) exploded for 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists in one of the most closely contested match-ups so far this year.
Keene, known best for his legendary scoring outbursts during his college career, got some help from a talented group of teammates that saw double-figures scoring contributions on the day from Diamond Stone (Maryland), Remy Abell (Xavier) and Maurice Creek (George Washington). Eric Thompson (Pacific) was also a menace at the defensive end of the court, totaling 10 rebounds and 3 blocks on the day.
In the tight defeat, Team Hines also had five guys reach the double-figure plateau in scoring, led by a monster day from Brandon Paul (Illinois) with 23 points and 13 rebounds and forward Ethan Happ’s (Wisconsin) 20 points and 6 rebounds.
Up Next: #22 Sideline Cancer moves on to play #6 Challenge ALS on Tuesday, July 7th at 2:00 PM EST.
Game 3: (#19) Men Of Mackey 85, (#14) Heartfire 79
Men of Mackey (Purdue Alumni) needed just about all thirty of Justin Dentmon’s (Washington) points on Sunday, as the star player for the Boilermaker-heavy team had a strong day from the field, connecting on 6 of his 11 three-point tries. Surprisingly, Dentmon and center Isaac Haas (Purdue), who added 11 points and 10 rebounds were the only two talents from men of Mackey to eclipse the double-figure mark in scoring. Guard Jon Octeus (Purdue) also had a solid day, posting 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
While Team Heartfire came into TBT 2020 with a great cause and some amazing people in tow, including head coach Billy Kennedy, center Isaiah Austin (Baylor), Branden Dawson (Michigan State) and Mark Lyons (Arizona), they somehow didn’t come out with a victory despite a really balanced and what most would say more complete team effort. However, their goal was to increase exposure for the HeartFire Missions which according to their TBT biography, “trains and equips world-changers to bring hope to a desperate world through global medical, surgical & humanitarian relief.”
Up Next: #19 Men Of Mackey moves on to play #3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni) on Tuesday, July 7th at 4:00 PM EST.
Game 4: (#15) Armored Athlete 98, (#18) Power Of The Paw 91
The nightcap if you will as your 4th of July weekend wound down, TBT veterans Armored Athlete came away with a win in the final contest of the day and became the last team to insert themselves into the Super 16.
“Double A” was led by a pair of twenty-plus point scorers in John Roberson (Texas Tech), who led the team with 26 points and 5 assists and Scott Machado (Iona), who finished with 23 points and 4 assists. Five players for Power of the Paw (Clemson Alumni) reached that coveted double-digit scoring mark, but it was all for naught.
Up Next: #15 Armored Athlete moves on to play #2 Overseas Elite on Thursday, July 9th at 4:00 PM EST.