Review of the TBT quarter-finals on Friday
Team Heartfire and Blue Collar U (Buffalo Alumni) tipped the Friday night TBT doubleheader. Team Heartfire started the game on a 7-0 run in less than ninety seconds and took a 12-4 lead three minutes into the game. Blue Collar U responded with a 12-4 run to tie the game. Team Heartfire’s JD Sword ended the quarter with a bang, but not before Blue Collar U took the lead and held a 21-20 advantage.
The teams continued to trade baskets in the second quarter, with Team Heartfire leading 30-26 at the media timeout, but unable to distance themselves from Blue Collar U as the two teams were tied 36-36 at halftime.
Coming out of the half, the teams continued to trade buckets with great accuracy. Blue Collar U held a 48-46 edge five minutes into the third quarter and began to pull away at the media timeout, quickly taking a 53-46 lead. Team Heartfire pulled back before the end of the third, cutting the lead to one, trailing 54-53.
Marcus Hall kicked off the fourth quarter with a quick three to give the Heartfire a 56-54 lead. Hall and Justin Tuoyo of Team Heartfire each hit a three to increase the lead to 62-57. Blue Collar U responded with a spurt to cut the lead to 66-64 and continued the momentum, hitting the Elam Ending goal score of 74 with a 10-0 run to win the game 74-66.
Game two was set between Red Scare (Dayton Alumni) and Best Virginia (WVU Alumni). The game went back and forth with the team trading baskets through the media timeout and the Red Scare held a 9-8 lead and pushed the lead to seven with a 9-4 run to end the first quarter, leading 19-12.
The second quarter was good for the Mountaineer alumni. Best Virginia quickly got back into the game, taking the lead four minutes in at 22-21. However, the Red Scare regained the lead before the end of the quarter, leading 28-26 at halftime.
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John Flowers started the third quarter with a quick layup to tie the game at 28. The game was back and forth with tied frequency in the earlier part of the quarter. Red Scare began to pull away from Best Virginia with two threes from Ryan Mikesell, extending the lead to as much as eight. Best Virginia fought back and ended the quarter tied with the Red Scare at 49.
The fourth quarter started with an Ebanks shot off a Tevin Meyers shot to take the lead 51-49. The Red Scare gained momentum after two Scoochie Smith baskets, taking the lead 57-53. The score was 59-57 in the Elam finish; the goal score was 67. The Red Scare got off to a strong start, scoring seven unanswered points. After a foul, Mikesell put away the game-winning free throw. The Red Scare won 67-60.
Blue Collar U meets Red Scare Sunday at 6 p.m
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