Team Scarlet & Gray Pulls Away Late To Advance To Super 16 Of TBT

Team Scarlet & Gray Pulls Away Late To Advance To Super 16 Of TBT

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Team Scarlet & Gray Pulls Away Late To Advance To Super 16 Of TBT


It wasn’t easy, but the team comprised of mostly former Buckeye players made the plays when it needed in order to beat the Matadors and advance to the Super 16 of The Basketball Tournament. 


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Team Scarlet And Gray Pulls Away Late To Advance To Super 16 Of TBT

The run continues.

Team Scarlet and Gray shook off a slow start to wrestle control away from a Matadors team looking to make a big upset in the 2018 version of The Basketball Tournament.

The Texas Tech based Matadors showed no signs of being intimidated in front of a home Columbus crowd eager to watch heroes of the past compete for the ultimate prize of a winner-take-all $2 Million prize. They came out with more jump and began hitting from deep at the tip and got up by as much as nine points on the Ohio State alums at one point in the first half.

But then Jared Sullinger took over.

Sully seemed to be energized, invigorated and motivated after a bit of a scuffle with the Matadors Quincy Diggs. Sullinger attempted to coral a loose rebound but hit the deck while fighting for the loose ball with Diggs. Diggs got in his face, Sullinger got to his feet and pushed through him, then Diggs made a game-turning mistake by throwing a blow that connected with Sullinger’s neck.

After a lengthy review and discussion, Team Scarlet and Gray’s big man was assessed a technical, with Diggs being thrown out of the game for throwing a punch.

It awoke something in Sullinger, and slowly S&G began reeling in the Matadors and went to the half down just one.

The former Ohio State all Big-Ten-performing-big man continued to get feeds in the post and convert throughout the second half, and in combination with more defensive effort from Aaron Craft, David Lighty and company, the Matadors had nothing left for a counter-punch.

S&G went up by a score of 75-70 before the under four timeout, and then the target score of 82 was set in the Elam Format. The Matadors could only muster one three pointer to a quick seven point run that was capped off by a game ending lob dunk to David Lighty to seal the deal 82-73.

But Sullinger was the star. He ended the game with 28 points and a ridiculous 20 rebounds to put the team on his back and send the team into the Super 16 in Atlanta next weekend.

Sully will be unavailable next weekend because of something called nuptials, so it appears we’ll get our first look at Greg Oden down in the post for Team Scarlet and Gray.

It should be fun.

 

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