First year team, Team Challenge ALS made a nice run to make it to the Super 16 out of the West region as they dominated the first weekend. With double-digit wins in both of their games it was clear that ALS could score and score a lot. Despite being shorthanded in the first weekend, Few Good Men were able to squeeze by team Utah in the round of 32 to make it to Brooklyn.
Starting the game off slower than normal, Few Good Men definitely appeared to have some chemistry issues that usually get worked out in the first weekend. ALS was sparked by Ivan Aska, who around the 3:30 mark had back to back blocks which then led to an alley hoop dunk on the other end.
ALS would build on their four point lead in the second half as a 12-4 run early in the half gave ALS their largest lead of the game at 12. And they wouldn’t look back as ALS would eventually extend their lead to 25 as they would cruise to another victory winning 77-60.
After getting knocked of the Tournament last year in the Super 16, Armored Athlete was salvataing for a shot at redemption. With the number one seeded Colorado adding former NBA swingman Chris Copeland, Colorado looked poised for another victory and another TBT run.
However, after a close first-half, Armored Athlete really turned it up as they outscored Colorado by 12 and suppressed star Marcus Hull holding him to just 10 second-half points.
The key for Armored Athlete was that they were able to get boost from their bench, which provided them 31 points. They also capitalized on second chance opportunities with 21 points.
Armored Athlete will face the lowest seed left in the field of 8, Team Challenge ALS, who’s the sixth seed at 4:00 pm ET.