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The Money Team, which included players from Gonzaga, Eastern Washington and Idaho, committed costly mistakes down the stretch and made a quick exit from The Basketball Tournament (TBT).
With the closest thing to basketball in the era of COVID 19 being games of H-O-R-S-E played remotely and broadcast by ESPN, the six-year-old The Basketball Tournament was more than ready for its star turn when games tipped off July 4.
Players from 22 teams will begin arriving at the NBA's Disney World campus next week, where they will live in restricted luxury hotels and play in empty gyms for up to three months as the league attempts to restart amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Perkins, former Zag Kyle Wiltjer, ex-Eastern Washington star Jacob Wiley and former Idaho Vandal Jeff Ledbetter are listed on TBT rosters. Wiltjer, Wiley and Ledbetter are playing for seventh-seeded The Money Team.
Former Gonzaga Bulldog Drew Barham has signed with the Hamburg Towers in the German Pro A league.
The former Brigham Young star is the centerpiece of Team Fredette in The Basketball Tournament, the ever-growing, $2 million, winner-takes-all event that draws to a close with Friday’s championship in Baltimore. Fredette is playing in the tournament for the first time, and to no one’s surprise, he’s been lighting up the scoreboard. In the four games that preceded this week’s semifinals, Fredette posted video game-like scoring totals – 32, 30, 28, 41 – and now his squad has a shot at the tournament’s big prize.
Omar Samhan showed he could multi-task, playing effective basketball while carrying on running conversations with anyone – refs, spectators, opposing players, an ESPN camera man as he walked off the court at half with Gale Force leading by 25 – as Gael Force rolled to a 95-48 win in the second round of The Basketball Tournament.
The Basketball Tournament organizers added a new wrinkle to their winner-take-all, $2 million event with the Elam Ending. Under the Elam rules, at the first dead ball with under 4 minutes remaining, seven points is added to the leading team’s score to set a target score. In the case of sixth-seeded Few Good Men and No. 11 Team Utah on Friday night, the score was tied at 77 so the target became 84.
Gael Force never trailed, led by double digits after Ian O’Leary’s dunk with 4:38 left in the opening quarter and cruised to an 82-54 win over Air Force Bomb Squad in the TBT opener at Lewis and Clark High School.
A funny thing happened to Omar Samhan in Japan last winter. He had to shake Rob Sacre’s hand – and try to keep a straight face.
Sixty-four teams of various affiliations compete for a prize of $2 million in The Basketball Tournament. Overseas Elite, a two-time champion, will play in the final at Coppin State on Thursday night against Team Challenge ALS, which features former Gonzaga University and NBA player Austin Daye, among others.