The Basketball Tournament 2021 Results: Red Scare Upset by Category 5 in Sunday PlayJuly 25, 2021
The Basketball Tournament continued Sunday with several teams looking to separate themselves from the pack as top contenders in this event.
Teams from the Columbus and Illinois regions were in action with top seeds Carmens Crew and Golden Eagles among those looking to move one step closer to a $1 million prize. The single-elimination format still led to some upsets with lesser-known squads hoping to make a name for themselves this month.
Here is the latest from the unique basketball competition.
July 25 Scores/Schedule
No. 10 Category 5 def. No. 2 Red Scare, 76-69
No. 1 Carmens Crew def. No. 8 Men of Mackey, 80-69
No. 5 The Money Team def. No. 4 Team Hines, 93-76
No. 6 Blue Collar U def. No. 3 Zip Em Up, 93-83
No. 5 Autism Army def. No. 12 SCD Hoops, 76-48
No. 4 Always Us def. No. 13 Peoria All-Stars, 79-73
No. 1 Golden Eagles def. No. 16 B1 Ballers, 94-66
No. 9 Playing for Jimmy V def. No. 8 Brotherly Love, 78-46
Autism Army is just a No. 5 seed in its TBT debut, but the first game showed this could be a team to watch. The squad dominated SCD Hoops with a 76-48 victory led by former St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison.
Harrison was unstoppable offensively with 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. The team also showcased excellent ball movement in the victory:
It should be enough to put the rest of the Illinois region on notice.
Category 5 is also thriving in its TBT debut as the Miami alumni upset No. 2 seed Red Scare in the Columbus region.
Davon Reed, who spent two seasons in the NBA with the Suns and Pacers, keyed the victory for the No. 10 seed with 21 points, three blocks and three steals.
It meant a trip to the regional semifinals for Category 5, while Red Scare is eliminated in the second round one year after reaching the tournament semifinals. The squad comprised of Dayton alumni had a chance to play in its home arena for the championship, but the dream scenario was not meant to be.
Former champs Carmens Crew avoided a potential Round 2 upset against Men of Mackey in an intriguing Big Ten battle.
Robbie Hummel scored 17 for the team of former Purdue stars, but the Men of Mackey were held to just 6-of-23 from three-point range. Even a great showing from Kelsey Barlow (18 points, 11 rebounds and five assists) couldn't fuel enough offense.
Carmens Crew, consisting of Ohio State alumni, had no such trouble as a balanced effort helped the team light up the scoreboard:
William Buford led all scorers with 19 points in the win.
In one of the closer first-round battles of the tournament, the Peoria All-Stars nearly pulled off a huge comeback against Always Us but fell short during the Elam Ending. The Peoria All-Stars outscored their opponent 28-19 in the fourth quarter, led by Lachlan Anderson, but the Oregon-based Always Us did just enough to stay in front.
The No. 4 seed will now take on the fifth-seeded Autism Army in what should be an entertaining battle.
The Golden Eagles are still the team to beat in the region, which they showed with a 94-66 win over the B1 Ballers.
The Marquette alumni sent a message with an alley-oop to begin the game:
They didn't slow down from there as they cruised to an easy opening win. Elgin Cook led the team with 15 points, although the team showcased its depth with nine players scoring at least seven points.
After winning the title last year, the Golden Eagles are clearly a contender to go back-to-back.