After five year hiatus, La Salle alumni planning TBT 2021 comeback

 

By: Gabe Maturo


20th & Olney is applying for TBT for the first time since 2016

After a five year break from TBT action, 20th and Olney has announced they’ll be making a comeback this summer for TBT 2021.

This squad of La Salle University alumni last played in the tournament in 2016.

 

For college hoops fans, the La Salle Explorers basketball team may ring a bell.

That’s because in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Explorers went on a run for the ages.

La Salle made the Sweet Sixteen. As a thirteen seed.

This remarkable tournament run turned heads with wins over Boise State, a high-powered 4-seed Kansas, and Ole Miss.

The La Salle faithful will never forget the team’s win over the Rebels.

With the game tied at 74 and 13 seconds left on the clock, Tyrone Garland drove to the basket and hit what will forever be known as the Southwest Philly Floater.

 

The shot put the Explorers ahead with 2.5 seconds to spare and ultimately was the game-winner that sent them to the Sweet Sixteen.

Garland, who nailed the shot, also plays on 20th and Olney.

In 2015 and 2016, 20th and Olney competed in TBT.

 

Both years resulted in early exits.

2015 was still an exciting tournament for 20th and Olney. After winning their first game, they faced Syracuse legend Eric Devendorf and Boeheim’s Army in the second round.

The game was a battle from start to finish, but ultimately ended in a one point loss.

That game, however, did not lack intensity. Late in the third quarter, things started to get heated. 

After attempting to collect a rebound off a missed shot, 20th and Olney’s DJ Peterson was met by Eric Devendorf from Boeheim’s Army, who managed to force a jump ball.

With both guys standing their ground and fighting for the ball, trash talk started and a fight broke out.

The fight went on for almost a minute before play resumed.

 

Will we see tensions rise again this summer?

The next year, in TBT 2016, 20th and Olney lost a tough game in the first round.

This summer, they’ll look to flip the script and finally make a deeper run in the tournament.

 

This year’s roster boasts four players from the 2015 and 2016 teams and two players with other TBT experience.

In TBT 2015, Tyreek Duren led 20th and Olney in minutes and assists while also averaging 12.5 points per game.

Ramon Galloway would take Duren’s spot in the next tournament by leading his squad in both minutes and assists. In his professional career last season, Galloway posted averages of 29.3 points and 5.7 assists per game in the Dominican Republic’s top league.

Another 20th and Olney star returning this year is Garland. He averaged 21.5 points per game in 2015 and scored 10 points in his team’s only game in 2016.

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The last returning member of the original squad is Steve Zack. The 6’11” big is coming off a season where he averaged a double-double in Israel.

Rounding out the roster are Jordan Price as well as TBT grad transfers Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson (Temple), and Dom Morris (Boston University).

Price’s TBT experience roots back to 2018 with Illinois BC. His play was remarkable as he led his team in minutes, points, assists, and steals.

 

Rahlir Hollis Jefferson first played in TBT in 2014 for Broad St Brawlers, where he averaged 30.7 minutes, 17.7 points, and 3.7 assists per game.

Dom Morris has had a successful professional career with multiple teams across Europe. He's coming off a season where he averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in Switzerland’s top league.

With all the talent and TBT experience that this team boasts, will we see 20th and Olney make a deeper run in this year’s tournament?