Game 1: (#8) Red Scare 77, (#9) Big X 68
Despite trailing by five at half-time, Red Scare (Dayton Alumni) found it’s way past Big X on Thursday to move on the quarterfinals of TBT 2020.
Paced in the contest by four scorers who reached the double-digit plateau (and a fifth who barely missed the mark), the overall balance of Red Scare seemed to leave Big X guessing throughout most of the second half and a late 13-0 run sealed the deal for the group of mostly former Flyers.
Darrell Davis (Dayton), who knocked down a pair of clutch threes during the Elam Ending, led the team with a team-high 15 points. Ryan Mikesell (Dayton) added 14 points, while Ryan McMahon (Louisville) and Trevor Thompson (Ohio State) pitched in 12 points a piece.
For Big X, Trevon Hughes (Wisconsin) scored a game-high 20 points, while Vitto Brown (Wisconsin) barely missed a double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Nick Ward (Ohio State) finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds, bringing his TBT 2020 averages to 14.5 points and 5 rebounds per contest over the course of two outings.
Up Next: #8 Red Scare moves on to play #16 House Of ‘Paign on Friday, July 10th at 4:00pm EST.
Game 2: (#16) House Of ‘Paign 76, (#1) Carmen’s Crew 68
And just like that, the dream was all over.
Carmen’s Crew (Ohio State Alumni) and their shot at back-to-back TBT titles evaporated as in their best “Virginia/UMBC-esque style”, as the #16 seeded House Of ‘Paign (Illinois Alumni) found their way past the reigning champions.
Clearly the upset of the TBT 2020 so far, it was not an Illini legend but South Dakota State royalty Mike Daum, who posted 23 points (8-10 FG) and 8 rebounds and was hands down, the hardest individual match-up on the floor for the Carmen’s Crew defense. However, Daum had some help in the likes of Kyle Vinales (Central Connecticut State), who pieced together a strong 16-point outing, as well as Andre Feliz (Illinois), who tallied 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in the upset victory.
As for Carmen’s Crew, the team looked clearly dejected after their repeat bid was thwarted, but all in all, maybe the shortened tournament didn’t help the chemistry building of a team trying to mimic the success of last summer. David Lighty (Ohio State) led the outfit, posting 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Jon Diebler (Ohio State) chipped in 11 points and Aaron Craft (Ohio State) had a stat-sheet filling 4 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Up Next: #16 House Of ‘Paign moves on to play #8 Red Scare on Friday, July 10th at 4:00pm EST.
Game 3: (#23) Herd That 102, (#7) The Money Team 99
They say that offense wins games and defense wins championships, but in the case of Herd That (Marshall Alumni), a high-octane offense propelled the #23 seeded Thundering Herd crew to an impending match-up with arguably the best team left in the TBT 2020, Overseas Elite.
Averaging 91 points per game as a team through their first two contests, Herd That used that offense to knocked off the #5 seed Peoria All-Stars in their first game and then utilized the tournament’s first triple-digit score to get past #7 seed The Money Team. Anchored by two players who broke the 30-point mark in Chris Cokley (UAB), who scored 32 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, as well as Jacorey Williams (Middle Tennessee State) who went for 30 points and 6 boards, the one-two punch of Herd That was too much for Floyd Mayweather’s namesake squad. And that’s not even counting Jon Elmore, who dished out 10 assists to go with 7 points and 5 boards in the clash.
Despite having five players score in double-figures, led by Bryce Alford (UCLA) who posted 20 points, The Money Team failed to get a victory in their TBT debut.
Up Next: #23 Herd That moves on to play #2 Overseas Elite on Saturday, July 11th at 2:00pm EST.
Game 4: (#2) Overseas Elite 76, (#15) Armored Athlete 70
With Carmen’s Crew now out of the mix, four-time TBT champions Overseas Elite move into one of the potential field favorites, along with last season’s runners-up, Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni).
Overseas Elite was, as always, was extremely cohesive across the board and took down a really likeable Armored Athlete squad, with it’s team-centered play. OE had five players finish with ten or more points, led by Pooh Jeter’s (Portland) 22 points.
For Armored Athlete, Coty Clarke (Arkansas) ended his TBT 2020 run with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
Up Next: #2 Overseas Elite moves on to play #23 Herd That on Saturday, July 11th at 2:00pm EST.