The Basketball Tournament 2021 Results: AfterShocks' Win Headlines Friday's Scores

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIJuly 17, 2021

Nebraska's Deverell Biggs (1) drives past Ohio State guard Shannon Scott (3), with Nebraska's David Rivers (2) following, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Nebraska won 68-62. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
AP Photo/Nati Harnik

The eighth edition of The Basketball Tournament began Friday with a quartet of exciting and close games. 

Teams were brought into the tournament through an open application process.

Those teams have different themes and groupings: For example, many squads heavily consist of alums from a specific school, like Team Arkansas (the University of Arkansas Razorbacks).

It's a 64-team, single-elimination competition, and the teams are split into four regions and seeded No. 1 through No. 16. The winner takes home $1 million

Games are split into nine-minute quarters, but there is a twist.

This tournament incorporates the Elam ending, which involves teams shooting for a target score rather than getting as many points as possible before the clock runs out.

That target score is the winning team's point total after the first under-four timeout of the fourth quarter plus eight points.

For example, Purple & Black led 52-48 at the under-four timeout over the Omaha Blue Crew, meaning that the winning team would get 60 or more points before its opponent. That ended up being Omaha Blue Crew in a 60-59 thriller.

Regionals are being held in Peoria, Illinois; Columbus, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; and Wichita, Kansas. The quarterfinals, semifinals and championship will go down in Dayton, Ohio.

Here's a look at how the first games went down.

All stats via the official TBT website.


No. 6 Team Arkansas 74, No. 11 Fort Worth Funk 70

Jaylen Barford's 23-point, 12-rebound outing propelled Team Arkansas (a group of Arkansas basketball alumni) to a 74-70 win over Fort Worth Funk (TCU hoops alums) to kick off Friday's action.

Barford hit the game's biggest shot after he nailed an off-balance three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give Team Arkansas a 63-58 lead:

TBT @thetournament

BARFORD HITS A DAGGER WITH THE SHOT CLOCK WINDING DOWN‼️<br><br>4th quarter on ESPN3 <a href="https://t.co/22tMvjfCJw">pic.twitter.com/22tMvjfCJw</a>

The action got a little heated down the stretch:

TBT @thetournament

With $1 mill on the line, things get a little testy sometimes! 😤😡<br><br>Catch the ending on ESPN3 <a href="https://t.co/ii6RcdTDGL">pic.twitter.com/ii6RcdTDGL</a>

But CJ Jones sent Arkansas home happy with the game-ending corner three-pointer to hit the 74-point Elam score:

TBT @thetournament

CJ JONES’ DAGGER 3PT SENDS <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamArkansasTBT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TeamArkansasTBT</a> TO THE NEXT ROUND! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 <a href="https://t.co/4p9lnwIr8p">pic.twitter.com/4p9lnwIr8p</a>


Team Arkansas has Team Challenge ALS on deck next.


No. 3 Team Challenge ALS 67, No. 14 We Are D3 60

Marvelle Harris scored 22 points and Deshawn Stevens added a 12-point, 10-rebound, four-steal outing to lead Team Challenge ALS (team goal: raise awareness and funds for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) over We Are D3 (ex-Division III players) 67-60.

This was a sluggish offensive game for both teams, with Team Challenge ALS notably shooting 3-of-23 from behind the three-point line.

But Team Challenge ALS did enough down the stretch to slowly pull away from the Division III challengers, who cut their deficit to 52-51 early in the fourth quarter. Stevens' putback dunk gave Team Challenge ALS the win:

TBT @thetournament

Deshawn Stephens seals the victory for <a href="https://twitter.com/TMchallengeALS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TMchallengeALS</a>. 👏👏<br><br>One win down, five to go! <a href="https://t.co/xAJ3tgEHbu">pic.twitter.com/xAJ3tgEHbu</a>

Team Arkansas and Team Challenge ALS will face off in the second round.


No. 10 Omaha Blue Crew 60, No. 7 Purple & Black 59

Deverell Biggs' three-pointer gave Omaha Blue Crew (ex-Creighton players) a 60-59 win over Purple & Black (Kansas State alums).

TBT @thetournament

A moment he’ll cherish forever. 🙏<br><br>Deverell Biggs just etched his name into Elam Ending history. <a href="https://twitter.com/OmahaBlueCrew?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@OmahaBlueCrew</a> <a href="https://t.co/JJpXhjBIgS">pic.twitter.com/JJpXhjBIgS</a>

Three Omaha Blue Crew players scored in double digits led by Biggs' 14. Thomas Gipson III's 19 points for Purple & Black led all scorers.

Gipson's layup gave his team a 54-49 lead that put the ex-KSU players six points away from the target score. Undeterred, the Omaha Blue Crew kept fighting and tied the game at 57 off a Nick McGlynn dunk. Gipson later responded with a slam of his own before Biggs called game.

The No. 2 AfterShocks are up next for the ex-Bluejays.


No. 2 AfterShocks 60, No. 15 Ex-Pats 53

Rashard Kelly's 16-point, 13-rebound night and Conner Frankamp's 15 points (four three-pointers) allowed the AfterShocks (ex-Wichita State alumni) to hold off a valiant effort from the ex-Pats (former Patriot League players).

Prentiss Nixon's 21 points kept the ex-Pats hanging around. The challengers trailed 52-51 in the fourth quarter after a pair of Kyle Leufroy free throws, but Zach Brown hit a huge three-pointer after an offensive rebound and kickout to put his squad up 55-51. 

Frankamp then hit a three-pointer for a 58-51 edge, and Kelly answered an ex-Pats bucket with the game-winner.

TBT @thetournament

RASHARD KELLY WINS IT FOR THE <a href="https://twitter.com/AfterShocksTBT?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AfterShocksTBT</a>‼️🔥<br><br>THE ELAM ENDING NEVER DISAPPOINTS <a href="https://t.co/0iaNsRGSqs">pic.twitter.com/0iaNsRGSqs</a>

The Wichita State-based team has the Omaha Blue Crew up next.