Ohio State’s alumni team, Carmen’s Crew, led the second half with up to 18 years of age, but it wasn’t enough to beat The Money Team – which was ticketed to the Tuesday with a 91-89 win Quarterfinals of the basketball tournament cracked.
Despite a high-octane offensive attack in the first three quarters of the game, Carmen’s crew offensive stuttered on the track – allowing The Money Team to fight back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter. A game-winning jumper from the time of the Elam end lifted The Money Team past Carmen’s crew.
Carmen’s crew fired from all cylinders early but succumbed to fourth quarter pressures – they shot just 45 percent out of the field and 16.7 percent out of three in the final quarter.
Carmen’s crew went into the Elam Ending five points ahead, but late exploits by Munford and Peyton Aldridge led the money team past the Ohio State alumni squad.
At the top of the money team was Munford, who came off the field with an 8 of 12 to a team high of 22 points. Munford scored 14 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.
The Carmen’s Crew offensive opened the game on fire – losing 31 points on all five 3-point attempts in the first quarter – and allowed the Ohio State alumni team to take a 10-point lead into the second quarter .
At the head of Carmen’s crew’s early offensive attack was guard William Buford, who scored 10 of his total of 15 points in the first frame.
Despite Buford taking the lead early, Carmen’s crew picked up points from all but one player in the first half of the game.
Buford’s supporting cast included Center – who lost 10 points to 3-out-of-4 from the field and 4-out-4 from the charity streak in the first half.
Koufos finished the game with a team high of 18 points, plus two rebounds and two assists.
Despite Carmen’s crew’s early successes on offense, it spun the ball 15 times, resulting in 23 points for The Money Team.
On the defensive side of the floor, guard Shannon Scott served as the ballhawk for Carmen’s crew – she collected three steals and two blocks. Scott also had an offensive impact – he handed out five team-high assists.
Carmen’s crew also checked the glass throughout the competition on Tuesday – and put a 30-26 lead on the boards. 6-foot-2 striker Jeff Gibbs led Carmen’s crew on the glass, racking up a team high of six boards.
The Money Team will play against Blue Collar U in the quarter-finals on Saturday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.