Who Are: The Scarlet & Gray TBT 2017

 

How They Advanced To Baltimore

Regional Championship: #2 Scarlet & Gray Clip #1 Golden Eagles, 811-56, To Advance To TBT Semifinals

All eyes have been on NBA veteran Jared Sullinger for the Midwest Region #2 seed Scarlet & Gray, but it was David Lighty and William Buford who stole the show. The two wingmen posted identical 9-for-14 lines from the field and combined for 44 points in an 81-56 win over the #1 seed Golden Eagles.

Sullinger contributed to the team’s win, scoring 15 points and grabbing eight rebounds. 

Scarlet and Gray’s defense held the usually strong-shooting Golden Eagles to just 16 percent from three-point range. Darius Johnson-Odom led the team with 15 points. 

 

Super 16: #2 Scarlet & Gray Advance Over #3 Always A Brave, 81-72

In its first-ever trip to TBT’s Super 16, Midwest Region #2 seed Scarlet & Gray looked right at home.

Jared Sullinger rebounded from an uneven performance in the Round 2 win to register 21 points and nine rebounds as the Ohio State University alumni squad put together an 11-0, second-half run and hung on to defeat #3 seed and defending Midwest Region champion Always A Brave, 81-72.

Aaron Craft hit seven of his eight field-goal attempts and finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Scarlet & Gray, which outrebounded Always A Brave, 39-24.

Jerome Randle led all scorers with 22 points, and Walt Lemon added 20 points in the losing effort for Always A Brave.

 

Round 2: #3 Always A Brave Victorious Over #6 Fort Wayne Champs, 92-81

Marcellus Sommerville, who scored a game-high 17 points in #3 seed Always A Brave’s opening-round win, tallied a team-high 21 points to send the Midwest Regional hosts on to a second straight Super 16, courtesy of a 92-81 victory over the #6 seed Fort Wayne ChampsStephan Hicks led the offense with 23 points for the Fort Wayne Champs, who failed to advance to the Super 16 for a second consecutive summer after reaching the TBT semi-finals in 2015.

 

Round 1: #3 Always A Brave Outscored #14 Mid American Unity, 68-63

Marcellus Sommerville led all scorers with a game-high 17 points and #3 seed Always a Brave gave its raucous home crowd at the Renaissance Coliseum everything they could ask for in a 68-63 win over pesky #14 seed Mid American Unity. Always a Brave trailed by 5 points at half-time, but pulled it together in the second half to walk away with a win. They'll advance to the super sixteen round in Brooklyn. Walt Lemon had 12 points in the win for the defending Midwest Region champions, who survived a back-and-forth affair that included five ties and eight lead changes. Mid American Unity more than held its own in its TBT debut. Richie Gordon (14 points), Jay Youngblood (12 points) and Jamil Dudley (11 points) all scored in double figures in the losing effort.

 

Quick Hits

Bid: Popularity

Notable Players: Aaron Craft, David Lighty, Jon Diebler

Number of Active Pros: 8

TBT History: First-time participant

Nutshell: Smaller team than most. Greg Oden may not be available to play, but the lights-out shooting from David Lighty and Jon Diebler and the scrappy defense of Aaron Craft should help them prevail.

 

Background

Scarlet & Gray enters the Midwest region as perhaps the most anticipated alumni team in the TBT 2017 field. While the team consists of mostly former Ohio State legends, the squad will be representing the entire Buckeye State in pursuit of the $2 million prize. Sweetening the deal for this group is the fact that 1996 Big East Rookie of the Year and 1999 Big Ten Co-Player of the Year Scoonie Penn will be coaching .

The team's most notable name participating is Jared Sullinger, who is looking to resurrect his NBA career after being traded from the Toronto Raptors and cut by the Phoenix Suns last season. College basketball fans will also surely remember Aaron Craft. The 6-foot-2 point guard is best remembered for his tenacious style of defense that landed the shifty guard two Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012 & 2014).  Craft's reputation as a defensive menace has held true in his professional career as well, as he has earned D-League All-Defensive First Team honors twice and was named the 2015 D-League Defensive Player of the Year. With players like William Buford, Jon Diebler, Dallas Lauderdale, David Lighty and Evan Ravenel playing beside Craft, the nostalgia will certainly run deep for Ohio State fans.

As mentioned above, the team aims to attract more than just Ohio State fans. Bowling Green State product Nate Miller and Northern Illinois alum Leon Rodgers will join Scarlet & Gray. The two bring a combined 16 years of overseas experience to the squad.