The Basketball Tournament

Boeheim’s Army (3) vs. Florida TNT (5)

Boeheim’s Army advanced to the championship game in The Basketball Tournament with a 66-64 win over Florida TNT. Tyrese Rice put up 24 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and a crucial steal. Chris McCullough was the only other double-digit scorer as he put up 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Florida TNT’s more balanced attack wasn’t enough. TNT was led by Keith Clanton’s 18 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. Kenny Boynton added 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. The last double-digit scorer, Dominique Jones, was rounded out with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, and a block.

In this surprisingly low-scoring game in The Basketball Tournament, Kenny Boynton’s two made free-throw going into the Elam Ending and made the final score at 66 for Florida TNT. Boeheim’s Army trailed 58-53 but started the Elam Ending with the ball. Tyrese Rice struck first with a big 3-pointer. Rice drove the lane and put up a nice floater. Rice again came down off a turnover and pulled up for another 3-pointer. Boeheim’s Army had its second lead of the day 61-58. Tristan Spurlock got fouled driving the lane and made one-of-two free throws.

A big block by Dominique Jones caused a foul on Deandre Kane. Jones made his free-throw and the possession, putting the score at 61-60. Rice got fouled shooting for Boeheim’s Army and made one free throw. Jones came down and put on a nice move for a floater in the lane to tie it up 62-62. McCullough fouled Keith Clanton on a shot and Clanton made both free throws. Rice cut into the lane for a nice shot tying the game at 64. A Kenny Boynton miscue led to a steal by Rice who would run the length of the floor to lay it in to win it for Boeheim’s Army.

Blue Collar U (6) vs. Team 23 (6)

Team 23 advanced to the Championship game in The Basketball Tournament over Blue Collar U, winning 78-62. Team 23 was led by Marcus Hall’s 16 points and 2 rebounds. Walt Lemon followed him with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Eric Griffin was the last double-digit scorer with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On a very offensively efficient day, Team 23 shot 52% from the floor.

Blue Collar U put up a great fight in the first half, but couldn’t match Team 23’s second half. Blue Collar U was led by Lamonte Bearden’s 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. The only other double-digit scorer was Nick Perkins with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist. C.J Massinberg finished with 9 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal.

Target score set the Elam Ending at 78 as Team 23 led Blue Collar U 70-55 in The Basketball Tournament semifinal matchup. Davonta Jordan fouled Daniel Ochefu who made one-of-two free throws. Nick Perkins and Eric Griffin got in a scrum after a rebound and both were ejected. Raphiael Putney got an offensive rebound off a miss by Walt Lemon and put it back and got fouled, making both shots from the line.

Marcus Hall came down and puts up a floater to put Team 23 just two points away from the win, leading 76-58. Bearden got fouled by Putney while shooting. Bearden made both his free throws. Davonta Jordan made a dunk to make the score 76-62. Marcus Hall cut into the lay-in for Team 23 to advance to the championship game of The Basketball Tournament. Team 23 will face Boeheim’s Army on Tuesday, August 3rd, at 8 p.m. CST.


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