After the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni defeated Midwest Dream Squad in a thrilling play-in game Thursday, the 16 remaining teams at The Basketball Tournament took the floor in Chicago to vie for quarterfinal spots.
With former collegiate and NBA standouts leading their respective teams into battle, the round of 16 provided the same drama that was evident throughout the Fighting Alumni's 79-77 buzzer-beating victory Thursday evening.
Here's a look at how Friday's eight-game slate shook out:
|The Basketball Tournament Round of 16 Results|
|Primetime Players def. Dirty South, 76-75||Brandon Robinson scores 23 points to lead Primetime Players|
|Overseas Elite def. Sean Bell All-Stars, 76-67||Five of Overseas Elite's six players finished in double figures|
|Team 23 def. 7outz, 105-64||Marcus Banks scores just four points in blowout loss|
|LAUNFD def. Team Utah, 93-82||Dijon Thompson totals 32 points and 10 boards in LAUNFD win|
|City of Gods def. Sideline Cancer, 91-78||DerMarr Johnson drops 23 points in 23 minutes|
|Boeheim's Army def. Liberty Ballers, 78-72||Hakim Warrick leads the way with 19 points; Eric Devendorf adds 15|
|Ants Alumni def. Fighting Alumni, 89-84||Sadiel Rojas double-doubles with 20 points and 10 rebounds|
|Armored Athlete def. Illinois Hoopville Warrior, 96-91||Will Sheehey carries Armored Athlete with efficient scoring display|
With the field narrowed down, Saturday's quarterfinal slate boasts four intriguing games. A complete overview of the bracket can be viewed here.
|The Basketball Tournament 2015 Updated Bracket|
|Dirty South vs. Overseas Elite||4 p.m. ET||July 25||Chicago, IL||ESPNU|
|LAUNFD vs. Team 23||6 p.m. ET||July 25||Chicago, IL||ESPNU|
|City of Gods vs. Boeheim's Army||8 p.m. ET||July 25||Chicago, IL||ESPNU|
|Ants Alumni vs. Armored Athlete||10 p.m. ET||July 25||Chicago, IL||ESPNU|
Once Saturday's action concludes, the remaining four teams will be off until August 1. At that point, semifinal play will resume in New York City, with the $1 million winner-take-all prize on the line.
Round of 16 Highlights
Dirty South def. Primetime Players, 76-75
Dirty South trailed by two late, but Brandon Robinson's clutch three-pointer from the left corner, with 15 seconds remaining, clinched a berth in the quarterfinals for the South Region's 21st seed.
The Tournament provided a look at Robinson's cold-blooded conversion on Twitter:
Robinson finished as the game's high-scorer, dropping 23 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 6-of-8 from three. Langston Nolley added 19 points and six rebounds, while Sylvania Watkins scored 11 points while grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds in the upset win.
"When you have played together for a number of years, you have a chemistry that you depend on down the stretch," Nolley told TheTournament.com. "We have been battle-tested many times."
Primetime Players advanced out of the South Region as the 19th seed, but they couldn't slam the door shut, despite outscoring Dirty South, 42-39, in the second half.
Four of Primetime's scorers finished in double figures, but Dirty South's advanced proficiency from deep proved to be too much. All told, the victors outscored the losers, 45-33, from beyond the arc.
Overseas Elite def. Sean Bell All-Stars, 76-67
The third-seeded Overseas Elite squad was the highest-ranked team to emerge from the South Region, and its nine-point win over Sean Bell All-Stars Friday afternoon set up a quarterfinal showdown with Dirty South.
The Tournament relayed an Instagram post commending Overseas Elite on the win:
As was the case throughout regional qualifying, two former college stars led the way for Overseas Elite. Ex-Texas Longhorn guard Myck Kabongo dropped 18 points, and former St. John's baller D.J. Kennedy chimed in with 11 points and 12 boards.
Overseas Elite only had six players available, but they still managed to squeak past Sean Bell All-Stars as five of their competitors tallied at least 11 points.
"Everyone here is a competitor," Kabongo said following the win, according to The Tournament. "Everyone showed great will."
Overseas Elite may be shorthanded, but they has one of the most polished collections of talent left in the tournament, with Travis Bader and Errick McCollum II flanking Kabongo and Kennedy.
Team City of Gods def. Sideline Cancer, 91-78
Team City of Gods jumped out to a 46-36 lead at halftime, and they never relinquished control, as Sideline Cancer struggled to keep pace with one of the competition's most prolific offenses.
Overall, City of Gods shot an absurd 68.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from three. Conversely, Sideline Cancer hit just 44.6 of their total shots and 28.6 percent of their long-range attempts.
DerMarr Johnson did the heavy lifting, with a game-high 23 points (7-of-10 shooting, 4-of-7 from three), but a couple of former NBA players also finished in double figures, as The Tournament noted on Twitter:
City of Gods secured one of the Northeast Regional's four spots in the Super 17, and former UMass and Team Grantland big Luke Bonner heaped praise on them following Friday's win:
However, City of Gods wasn't provided any favors after Liberty Ballers fell short in their upset bid of Boeheim's Army. The Northeast's No. 1 seed continued to wreak havoc Friday, thanks to 19 points from former first-round pick Hakim Warrick and 15 points from Orange darling Eric Devendorf.
If you can only catch one quarterfinal clash, make it the one between Boeheim's Army and Team City of Gods.