The first two rounds of The Basketball Tournament are officially over, and two more mid-major alumni teams punched their tickets to the Super 16 on Sunday.
Here’s how the final slots for next week’s showdown in Brooklyn were filled:
Majerus SLU Crew’s run ends against Golden Eagles
A 14-2 second-half run proved to be the difference as the Golden Eagles ended the Saint Louis alumni team’s run in the second round, 81-70. It was the second year in a row that Majerus SLU Crew failed to get out of the first weekend of play. Jordair Jett had 19 points in the losing effort, while Mike McCall Jr. and Kwamain Mitchell each had 16. Darius Johnson-Odom (17 points) was one of four Marquette alumni in double figures. Golden Eagles will face Purple and Black (Kansas State alumni) in the Super 16 on Saturday on the campus of LIU Brooklyn.
Fast start fuels Always A Brave
Always A Brave led by 16 at the half, then by as many as 20 as they held off Fort Wayne Champs for a 92-81 win. 12 players from the Bradley alumni team saw the court, led by Marcellus Sommerville and Jerome Randle who scored 21 points each. Walt Lemon had 19 points on a perfect 9-9 shooting. Next up for Always A Brave: No more home court advantage and a date with the Fightin’ Aaron Crafts (actually, the Ohio State alumni team is called Scarlet & Gray) on Saturday in Brooklyn.
Banner Boys no match for Scarlet & Gray
Scarlet & Gray advanced with a 72-58 win, despite committing 19 turnovers against a pesky Banner Boys team. Jon Diebler led all scorers with 21 points, while Miles McKay paced the Milwaukee alumni with 14. In terms of names you might remember, Jared Sullinger had four points, eight rebounds, and six assists, and Craft had seven points, eight rebounds, and four assists. Banner Boys never led, as Scarlet & Gray used an early 10-0 run to take control.
Few Good Men wins a thriller
The Gonzaga alumni led by 12 with just over three minutes to go and withstood a furious Team Utah rally to prevail 85-83. Steven Gray shot 11-17 from the field, which was good for 33 points to go with six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. In two games this weekend, Gray has totaled 64 points. Jeremy Pargo had 15 of his own on Sunday to go with 12 assists. 6 seed Team Challenge ALS is next up for Few Good Men on Saturday evening.
Super 16 schedule:
(all times Eastern)
Fri. 7 p.m.: Ram Nation vs. NC Prodigal Sons
Sat. Noon: Always A Brave vs. Scarlet & Gray
Sat. 6 p.m.: Team Challenge ALS vs. Few Good Men