The right half of the bracket played its first-round games on Saturday in The Basketball Tournament, and four mid-major alumni teams advanced. With the Second Round tipping off shortly, catch up on all of the action here:
Always A Brave wins at home
Those who expected 3 seed Always A Brave to coast on their home court against 14 seed Mid-American Unity were quickly proven wrong. The underdogs led for much of the game, answering every run that the Bradley alumni threw at them in a game that featured five ties and eight lead changes. In fact, Always A Brave didn’t take the lead for good until under a minute left to play. Marcellus Sommerville led all scorers with 17 points for Always A Brave, while Walt Lemon added 12 more to go with four assists. With a 68-63 win, they advance to face Fort Wayne Champs on Sunday, also on the campus of Bradley University.
Banner Boys come from behind to advance
The Milwaukee alumni also faced a tough challenge in their first-round contest, sneaking by the Jackson Tennessee Underdawgs, 61-59. Ronald Davis hit the game winner for Banner Boys, corralling a blocked shot and converting with just over a second to play. Davis finished with 13, while Dylan Page had a team-high 16 points to go with 11 rebounds. Jeremy Weddle led all scorers, posting 19 points for the Underdawgs on 7-12 shooting. Banner Boys advances to face Scarlet & Gray, the Ohio State alumni team, on Sunday.
Few Good Men dominates to set up western alumni battle
As expected, the Gonzaga alumni had an easy time with Mostly Sports Delco. Steven Gray had 31 points to lead Few Good Men to an 89-47 blowout win. Few Good Men went on a 27-4 run in the first half to take control and never looked back, outscoring Mostly Sports by 30 in the second half. Five of the seven players to appear for the Gonzaga alumni team scored in double-figures, including Missouri alumnus Leo Lyons, who had a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Tyrone Hill had 13 to pace Mostly Sports. With the win, Few Good Men advances to face Team Utah, the Utah alumni team, in round two.
Majerus SLU Crew earns date with top seed
Remember Jordair Jett? Of course you do. He had 20 points and Mike McCall Jr. had 29 to lead the Saint Louis alumni past HBC 91-87 in the midwest region’s 8-9 game. As a team, Majerus SLU Crew shot 50 percent from three and 53 percent overall. Six of HBC’s seven players scored in double figures, led by 16 from Anthony Hilliard, but it was not enough. This is the first time in three TBT appearances that HBC has failed to advance. The Saint Louis alumni will face 1 seed Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) on Sunday.
Weber State alumni fall short
Team Challenge ALS used a late 8-0 run to pull away from the Wasatch Front, 97-81. Scott Bamforth shot 9-12 from the field and scored 27 points to lead the Weber State alumni, but it was not enough as rebounding and second opportunities ultimately lifted Team Challenge ALS. The final margin on the boards was 47-24 in their favor, and they converted that into a 19-5 score in second-chance points. Sean Marshall had a game-high 28 points, while Marvelle Harris had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Team Challenge ALS will face The Stickmen in round two.
Air Force Bomb Squad routed by The Stickmen
The Stickmen led 55-24 at halftime and never trailed, dominating Air Force Bomb Squad, 105-63. The Stickmen shot 62 percent from the floor for the game, while the Air Force alumni could not overcome a 9-40 performance from the field in the first half. Lou Amundson led all scorers with 27 points, while Michael Lyons had 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Air Force Bomb Squad. Air Force Bomb Squad has failed to advance in three of its four TBT appearances.
Second Round schedule:
(all times Eastern)
1:45 p.m.: Scarlet & Gray (Ohio State alumni) vs. Banner Boys (Milwaukee alumni)
3:30 p.m.: Fort Wayne Champs vs. Always A Brave (Bradley alumni)
3:30 p.m.: Few Good Men (Gonzaga alumni) vs. Team Utah (Utah alumni)
5:15 p.m.: Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) vs. Majerus SLU Crew (Saint Louis alumni)