Red Scare Surges in Fourth Quarter for 77-68 Victory
COLUMBUS, OH—Play resumed in TBT 2020 at the Ohio Bubble on Wednesday afternoon with 9th seeded Big X returning to action. Coming off a Round of 24 win over 24th seeded D2 (79-74) on Saturday, Big X battled 8th seeded, Red Scare in the Round of 16.
This where the run ends for Floyd and Big X at TBT 2020. Engaged in a back and forth battle that saw numerous lead changes and ties, Big X led 57-55 heading into the 4th quarter. Unfortunately, Red Scare put together a 22-11 surge in the final frame for a 77-68 victory.
Former Sayreville basketball standout, Jehyve Floyd (Holy Cross), had an even better performance than on Saturday versus D2. Coming off the bench, Floyd made all three of his shot attempts for 6 points to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 blocked shots, and an assist.
One of Floyd’s blocks came towards the end of the third to preserve Big X’s 57-55 lead going into the fourth. Over the two games played in TBT 2020, Floyd was a perfect 4 of 4 from the floor for 8 points. He also grabbed 10 boards, blocked 4 shots, and handed out an assist. Floyd averaged 4 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game during the tourney.
Wisconsin alumnus, Trevon Hughes led all scorers with a game high 20 points in a losing cause for Big X. Vitto Brown (Wisconsin) and Nick Ward (Michigan State), a hero for Big X in the win over D2 on Saturday, each chipped in with 11 points.
Brown also collected a game high 9 boards, and Ward also swatted three shots. Meanwhile, Red Scare had four players score in double figures. The Dayton alumni squad was led by Darrell Davis, who had a team high 15 points. Davis also handed out 4 assists and grabbed 3 rebounds.
Another University of Dayton alum, Ryan Mikesell, added 14 points, 2 rebounds and an assist. Ohio State alumnus, Trevor Thompson, and Louisville alum, Ryan McMahon each chipped in with 12 points. In addition, Thompson added 7 rebounds and a block while McMahon tallied 3 rebounds and an assist.
Six of the eight Red Scare players that scored had at least 6 points in the game. Meanwhile, Big X only had 5 of its 9 scorers score more than 6. Key factors in the game were turnovers, bench points, and 2nd chance points. Red Scare held an edge in each category: 11-17 in turnovers, 28-15 in bench points, and 17-6 in 2nd chance points.
Big X opened the contest fast with 6 of the first 8 points. Red Scare answered with a 17-6 rally that included 10 consecutive points for a 19-12 lead. Fighting back, Big X mounted its own response by scoring 13 of the next 18 points to retake the lead.
Highlighting the rally was a Ward layup off an assist by Floyd for a 25-24 second quarter lead. The Big Ten alumni squad then scored 13 of the last 22 points of the 2nd period lengthen its lead to 38-33 at intermission. Red Scare closed the gap in the third with a 22-19 showing to pull within two entering the fourth.
Both teams opened the final period with 5 points for a 62-60 Big X lead. Then, about a minute before Elam Ending time, Red Scare embarked on a decisive 14-0 surge for a 74-62 lead. Brown gave Big X some hope by netting two straight threes to cut the deficit in half. However, it was too little, too late as Mikesell sealed the 77-68 win with a game ending trifecta.
Red Scare advanced to play 16th seeded House of ‘Paign. A team made of mostly alumni from Illinois, House of ‘Paign knocked off defending champion and top seeded Carmen’s Crew in the nightcap game on Wednesday, 76-68. Carmen’s Crew, made up mostly of Ohio State Alumni, won the title last year after upsetting Overseas Elite. Meanwhile, the run ends for Floyd and Big X at TBT 2020.
Moving to Thursday action, 2nd seeded Overseas Elite advancedwith a 76-70 victory over 15th seeded Armored Athlete. The four time TBT champions will now face 23rd seeded Herd That in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Consisting of Marshall University alumni, Herd That won its Round of 16 contest over The Money Team, 102-99. The tourney’s Cinderella, Herd That trailed by 18 points early on before rallying to upset the 7th seeded squad.
Other teams that still remain include: 3rd seeded Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni), 4th seeded Golden Eagles (Marquette Alumni), 12th seeded Brotherly Love (Philadelphia), and 22nd seeded Sideline Cancer. Sideline Cancer registered a 76-66 upset of 6th seeded Challenge ALS on Tuesday afternoon.