2020 The Basketball Tournament Highlights – Sideline Cancer Vs Boeheim’s Army

TBT’s only seven-time participant is now just two wins away from $1 million.

Maurice Creek led all scorers with 22 points, and Eric Thompson grabbed 18 rebounds, to lead Sideline Cancer past Boeheim’s Army, 65-48.

“I’m always going to be shooting it all the time,” said Creek, who made nine of his game-high 21 field goal attempts. 

It was the defense, however, which held Boeheim’s Army scoreless over nearly a 10-minute stretch in the second half, keying Sideline Cancer’s first trip to the TBT semi-finals.

“I’m proud of my team because we play defense,” said Marcus Keene, who scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds.  That’s what I take pride in, and what my team takes pride in. It starts on defense.” 

Creek maintained that Sideline Cancer believes in its chances, no matter what others are predicting.

“Everybody on this team believes,” said Creek. “Everyone picked against us against Team Hines and against [Challenge] ALS.” 

Eric Devendorf’s 14 points paced the offense for Boeheim’s Army, which shot just 30 percent.

Sideline Cancer advances to face four-time champion Overseas Elite on July 12th at 6:00 PM EST.

2020 The Basketball Tournament Highlights – Sideline Cancer Vs Team Hines

Sideline Cancer was the Cinderella team of TBT in 2019. If Marcus Keene’s offensive outburst on Sunday afternoon is any indication, another deep tournament run may be in the cards for 2020 as well.

Keene hit a 15-foot jumper to reach the Target Score and finished with a game-high 29 points as Sideline Cancer overcame a 12-point second-half deficit and defeated Team Hines, 93-91.

“We just had to figure each other out,” said Keene. “We knew the importance of each win (in TBT). We dug deep down inside and got the win.”

Keene went 12-for-22 from the field and added six rebounds and six assists in the win for Sideline Cancer, which advanced to the Wichita Regional championship last summer by defeating both Kansas and Wichita State alumni teams.

“We’ve been here before,” said Keene. “I felt like experience would come into play. We got stops, and we know how to play the Elam Ending. We knew [we couldn’t allow any] threes. We just had to get the ball back and see what happened.”

Brandon Paul (23 points, 13 rebounds) and Ethan Happ (20 points) paced the scoring load in the losing effort for Team Hines.

Sideline Cancer advances to face Challenge ALS on July 7th at 2:00 PM EST.

2020 The Basketball Tournament Highlights – Herd That Vs Peoria All-Stars

It was no secret that Herd That could shoot the ball. On Sunday afternoon, the Marshall University alumni squad only validated that thought.

Jacorey Williams had a team-high 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting as Herd That led by 19 points at one point and coasted to an 80-65 victory over the Peoria All-Stars.

“You can have a lot of fun playing in this style,” said Williams, the 2017 Conference USA Player of the Year while at Middle Tennessee State University. “You can’t guard this style of play because there are no set plays. You can’t prepare for it.”

Williams also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in the win for Herd That, which outscored the Peoria All-Stars, 44-20, in the paint.

“I just run, and these guys find me,” said Williams. “ Once we got to training camp, I got an up-close look at what they were trying to do. The combination of rebounding and athleticism with the threes make us hard to beat.”

Trevon Allen led all scorers with 26 points in the losing effort for Peoria.

Herd That advances to face The Money Team on July 9th at 2:00 PM EST.