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The Cortland Voice team of owner and publisher Timothy A Bennett, staff writer Kevin L. Smith, and intern Theodore “TJ” Behlin attended the Syracuse Regional Round of The 2022 Basketball Tournament (TBT) Friday evening at the SRC Arena.
Kevin L. Smith, staff writer at The Cortland Voice, wrote the story as mentioned by owner and publisher Timothy A. Bennett.
“Kevin covered St. Bonaventure as a student when he attended the college. It was great seeing (Kevin) interact with the coach (David Moore) of the Brown and White team,” Bennett said. “TJ played basketball at OCC as both a college student and during his high school years while attending Rome Free Academy. Seeing both TJ and Kevin filled with excitement was priceless, and I’m thankful that we were able to cover a great event like this so close to Cortland County.”
Top-seeded Boeheim’s Army, the reigning TBT champion, defeated 8th-seeded India Rising by a score of 90-62. The fifth-seeded Brown & White squad, consisting of St. Bonaventure University men’s basketball alumni and other former college players, fell 79-71 to The Nerd Team (a 4th seed).
In the bottom half of the Syracuse region bracket, Friday Beers (82) beat Mental Toughness (69) and Blue Collar U (91) defeated NG Saints (64).
Boeheim’s Army faces The Nerd Team (TNT) in the regional semifinal round at 2 p.m. later today. Before they play, the other semifinal game will take place at noon with the matchup of Blue Collar U and Friday Beers.
Boeheim’s Army 90, India Rising 62
Boeheim’s Army led 43-27 following the first half and never looked back.
Dee Bost led Boeheim’s Army with 18 points. Bost was also 4-of-4 from the free-throw line and had two steals.
Andrew White III and Matt Morgan each chipped in 16 points, while White also contributed eight rebounds. Rakeem Christmas and CJ Fair both had eight points.
TNT 79, Brown & White 71
The matchup went into an elam ending format, which means either team had to reach a target score of 78.
TNT led 70-66 going into the format, and compiled a 73-68 lead further into the game. Brown & White’s Marcus Posley, however, cut it to 73-71 on a three-pointer.
Later on, TNT’s Jelan Kendrick came through with the 3-point dagger to make it 76-71. After a free throw from Brandon Sherrod, Juan Rodriguez hit a mid-range jumper to win it for TNT.
Posley scored 19 points for Brown & White. Courtney Stockard finished with 12 points, nine boards and three assists. Dion Wright chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Da’Quan Cook had 10 points, five rebounds and five blocks.
TNT’s Kendrick led all scorers with 25 points. Sherrod recorded 17 points and 10 boards for a double-double.