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TBT Final Four Review

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#2 Scarlet & Gray (Ohio State Alumni) vs. #6 Team Challenge ALS
As expected, Scarlet & Gray jumped out to an early lead in the first half. However, Team ALS didn’t just stick with the Ohio State Alumni, but they ended up taking the lead at the half, 30-28. Getting consistent scoring from their team, ALS was able to take the lead in the first half.

Though, everyone thought that the first half was a fluke, ALS, continued to control the tempo in the second half and started to prove the weakness of the Midwest bracket. Leading Scarlet & Gray for the entire second half, ALS, proved that they were playing for more than just a cause, but that they we’re playing for a title run.

However, just as it appeared that it was over Scarlet & Gray made the comeback and took the lead by two. Though, ALS wasn’t going away as Casper Ware was able to draw the crucial foul against Aaron Craft. Down by two, Ware went two of three from the line and gave the Ohio State Alumni a slim chance.

With four seconds to go, Dave Lighty would try to score in the post as time expired but as he adjusted his shot, the ball would rim out forcing overtime.

Heading to overtime without Craft, the Alumni were definitely short handed. Fighting hard with ALS, Casper Ware wouldn’t let his team go away as his eight points and floor presence in general was just too much for the Alumni. Though, just as it appeared to be over, William Buford’s four point play would tie the game up at 78 all with 31 seconds remaining. And after a missed jumper by Ware, ALS and the Alumni would head to a double overtime.

In double overtime, ALS would jump out to a quick three point lead from Austin Daye to take an 81-78 lead. Though, after a foul on Daye, which would give him his sixth foul, ALS appeared to have a big loss on their hand. Trying to avoid a third overtime as it would be without Daye, Ware hit a step back jump shot to seal the deal with 15.6 seconds remaining as ALS would go onto pull off the upset winning, 88 to 83.

#1 Overseas Elite vs. 3 Boeheim’s Army (Syracuse Alumni)

After both teams witnessed the crazy multi-overtime upset before their game, it was clear that either team wasn’t going to come out anything less than 110 percent out of the gate. Though for the Army, they would jump out early as they led as much as six points. However, a strong performance from leading scorer, Errick McCoullum would give the back-to-back defending champs an early 44-40 halftime lead.

In the second half the Elite would control the lead however, they couldn’t pull away as the Army would counter with runs of their own and respond with impressive scoring plays themselves. Though, the back-to-back champs, we’re just too much for the Army as McCoullum’s leadership and the Elite’s experience was just too much for the Army as they would go onto win 81-77.

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