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TBT Northeast Bracket Day Two Review

Jonathan Kolbe for The Basketball Tournament

#1 FCM Untouchables vs.#9 Paul Champions (via TBT Jamboree)

The Untouchables and Paul Champions appeared to be a good second round matchup before the tipoff. However, the clock appeared to strike dawn for the Cinderella story as the Untouchables 15-3 run really created separation between the two as the Untouchables took a commanding 43-18 first half lead.

Nothing changed in the second half except the margin of victory for the Untouchables as they would go onto beat Paul Champions 91-57. Though, the margin of 34 was impressive, holding 13 year NBA veteran Earl Boykins to 4 points on 1-7 shooting was the most impressive stat of the day for the Untouchables.

“We just have to win today. Win one game. We don’t have to win the Tournament in one day,” said head coach Tony Durant. “Every game is a championship.”

“We take it one game at a time and we take who’s ever in front of us and treat them like they’re the Champions and they got what we want,” said Marcus Hatten who finished with 25 points. “And when we see them on the court we treat them like they got something that’s ours.”

#4 Team FOE vs. #12 Sideline Cancer

FOE came out to another slow start and Sideline looked fueled for another upset victory. Duane Johnson and Aaron Brown had the hot hands again in the first half for Sideline but FOE matched the intensity in the second half giving them the edge to pull away. Mario Little and Tyshawn Taylor’s 15 combined points in the second half were the difference maker for FOE as they closed out the game on a 12-5 run to win 82-75.

“It’s still the first weekend so everyone is still shaking off the rust,” said coach Thomas Robinson. “But I like how we still found it and finished both games strong.”

They’ll head back to Super 16 where they’ll look to avenge last year’s 99-83 loss to the City of Gods.

“We just have to prepare better and execute throughout the whole game,” said Sean Evans who had 12 points and 7 rebounds. “I think that’s why we don’t execute throughout the whole game and that’s why our second half’s are always better than our first half’s, because we find a clique in the second half. But we have to play the same way; hard and effective the whole game.

#3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni) vs. #11 GaelNation (Iona Alumni)

Boeheim’s Army had a nice boost from Donte Greene who joined the team on Sunday as the Army separated themselves early against GaelNation. Greene’s four first-half threes helped the Army lead 51-36 at the half with their biggest lead of the half being by 20 points.

Tempers started to flare in the second half as Rick Jackson and Dangelo Harrison began going back and fourth while Jackson was at the free throw line.

“They were talking and saw my free throw go in,” said Jackson on why Harrison and other players from the GaelNation were irate. “That’s what happened [laughs]. Shot, shut up. You know it went in and they didn’t like it [laughs]. I mean it’s $2 million.”

At that point the Orange had a commanding 62-43 lead and were looking unstoppable. Though, GaelNation responded cutting the Orange’s 19 point lead, which was at once at 22, to tie the game at 75.

Gael Nation would turn that tie into an eventual 82-79 lead. However, the Orange weren’t going to go down easy as they tied the game back at 84 and had the last shot with seven seconds remaining. But a Gillon drive with some heavy contact wouldn’t fall sending the game to overtime.

Leading by 5 in overtime it appeared the Orange were going to pull away. But GaelNation’s five points in 13 seconds tied the game at 94 eventually forcing a second overtime. In the second overtime the Army would eventually pull away winning 106-100 with Donte Greene (32 points and 6 rebounds) and Eric Devendorf (23 points and 10 rebounds) combining for 55 points and 16 rebounds.

The Army who had the biggest fan support of the Tournament as notably, Syracuse fans travel, will now move onto New York for the Super 16. A technical home game for the Army as it will be played in Brooklyn, NY.

“I think a lot. especially towards the end of the game when the fans start getting it to it,” said Trevor Cooney talking about the importance of Orange Nation. “The fans play a big part. We had a great turn out here in Philly, but I think it will be even bigger in Brooklyn, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

#2 Supernova (Villanova Alumni) vs. #7 Team Fancy

The upset was underway pretty quickly as Team Fancy jumped out to a stunning 11-0 lead early. Eventually they would extend their lead to as much as 21 points in the first half giving the hometown team a run for their money.

Supernova finally started to get something in the works as they would go on a late 9-2 run cutting Fancy’s lead to five and eventually cutting it to three with less than 30 seconds to go. However, their late game push wasn’t enough as Fancy would hold onto win, 82-74.

It was an overall team effort for Team Fancy who had four players in double digits as they were led by Delroy James with 21 points.

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