ALS to final eight

July 29, 2018 - als

Former Fresno State star Marvelle Harris had 32 points and 8 rebounds off a dais as Team Challenge ALS found a form after halftime, reaching a final 8 of this year’s The Basketball Tournament by defeating a UCLA-centric Sons of Westwood, 86-80, yesterday in Atlanta.

Harris, a heading scorer in Bulldogs’ module history, helped Challenge ALS — combined by former BC star Sean Marshall to lift recognition about Lou Gehrig’s illness — strech tonight’s quarterfinals. The West’s tip seeds will face Eberlein Drive, a patrol led by former Cal star Jerome Randle, during 7 p.m. on ESPN2.

Challenge ALS struggled with a Sons’ distance and physicality via a initial 3 quarters, during that they trailed by as many as nine, afterwards again after a fourth-quarter swell gave Challenge ALS a 79-71 corner entering a “Elam Ending.”

(Debuting this year, a format adds 7 to a heading team’s measure during a initial blocking in a final 4 minutes, with a initial group to strech that measure — 86, in this box — winning a game. Designed by Mensa member Dr. Nick Elam, it aims to forestall counsel fouling during a finish of games.)

Challenge ALS, however, immediately committed 4 true turnovers as a Sons ran off 9 true points to lead 80-79.

Foul shots valid a savior, however, as play incited messy on both ends. Challenge ALS strike 3-of-4 to retrieve a lead and then, after blank a span of 3s, dual some-more to tighten within a indicate of victory. Westwood’s Malcolm Lee afterwards missed a layup, heading to a fast-break, clinching asperse by Harris.

“He played unbelievable,” pronounced Marshall, who had 14 points of his own. “The rest of a guys . . . we have to step it up.”

Harris was also partial of final season’s Challenge ALS squad, that mislaid a winner-take-all pretension diversion in a final second to 3-time champions Overseas Elite. The tip seeds in a South segment reached a quarterfinals on Friday night.

“We feel like we’re still a underdog,” he said.

Jordan Adams, an Atlanta native, led a Sons of Westwood with 30 points on 9-of-18 shooting.

This is a fifth year of a single-elimination TBT, a brainchild of Belmont local Jon Mugar. Seventy-two teams entered, with a leader of a final on Aug. 3 in Baltimore claiming $2 million. If Challenge ALS wins, Marshall says $250,000 will go to ALS research.

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