Game 1: (#4) Golden Eagles 76, (#13) Team CP3 67
After playing in arguably the best game of the TBT 2020 so far on Day 1 when they knocked off PrimeTime Players, the luck ran out for Chris Paul’s namesake team against reigning tournament runners-up, Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni).
CJ Harris (Wake Forest) was again one of the stand-outs for Team CP3, finishing with a team-high 19 points in the defeat to bring his two game TBT averages to 15.5 points per game, while shooting at a 47.4% clip from the floor. Fellow former Demon Deacon Codi Miller-McIntyre had a nice day at the office as well, finishing with 18 points and 4 rebounds, while guard Diante Baldwin (UNC Greensboro) added 12 points and 7 rebounds.
However, it was the Golden Eagles’ (Marquette Alumni) cohesiveness that would doom Team CP3, as the flurry of one-time Big East stand-outs would soon overtake them. Led by a 21-point showing from Darius Johnson-Odom (Marquette), a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double from Jamil Wilson (Marquette) and the classic 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists from Dwight Buycks (Marquette), the Golden Eagles kept their hopes for vengence alive in the TBT 2020.
Up Next: #4 Golden Eagles moves on to play #12 Team Brotherly Love on Friday, July 10th at 2:00 PM EST.
Game 2: (#22) Sideline Cancer 76, (#6) Challenge ALS 66
Despite the #22 seed next to their name, team Sideline Cancer is becoming a legitimate threat to the rest of the TBT 2020 field, as they knocked off team Challenge ALS to make their way to the Quarterfinals.
For Sideline Cancer, a new hero in Remy Abell (Xavier) emerged, dropping 17 points in just 22 minutes of court-time, which allowed TBT’s rising star Marcus Keene (Central Michigan) to only need to shell out 16 points and 6 assists in the win. The more I watch this Sideline Cancer team though, the more I definitely like what they bring to the table, especially with Maurice Creek (George Washington) off the ball and Eric Thompson and Diamond Stone on the interior.
Creek had 13 points and 5 rebounds in the victory, while Thompson tallied a double-double with 15 points (5-7 FG) and 13 rebounds.
For Team Challenge ALS, the group backed by an equally as worthy cause was spearheaded by guard Tyrese Rice (Boston College), who racked up 19 points and 6 assists. Deshawn Stephens (San Diego State) added 13 points and 7 boards, while Stephaun Branch (West Georgia) posted 11 points in the loss.
Up Next: #22 Sideline Cancer moves on to play #3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni) on Saturday, July 11th at 4:00 PM EST.
Game 3: (#3) Boeheim’s Army 76, (#19) Men Of Mackey 69
While both teams were paced by four double-digit scorers, Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni) toppled Men Of Mackey (Purdue Alumni) in a highly anticipated match-up of these deeply beloved ACC-Big Ten schools.
For Men Of Mackey, Frank Gaines (IPFW) finished with a team-high 18 points, while Justin Dentmon (Washington) added 13 points, Jon Octeus (Purdue) pitched in 12 points and center Isaac Haas (Purdue) totaled 12 points and 8 rebounds.
The player of the game definitely went to Boeheim’s Army guard Eric Devendorf (Syracuse), who poured in a game-high 20 points on a red-hot 9-14 shooting performance from the field. Alongside the former Syracuse legend, Donte Green (Syracuse) narrowly missed a double-double with 16 points and 9 rebounds.
Malachi Richardson (Syracuse) and Brandon Triche (Syracuse) also found the double-digit plateau, ending with 15 and 10 points respectively.
Up Next: #3 Boeheim’s Army moves on to play #22 Sideline Cancer on Saturday, July 11th at 4:00 PM EST.