Sean Marshall scored 26 points and Marquez Haynes poured in 23 as Skinner’s Frate Train dispatched Mostly Sports in the first round of The Basketball Tournament, 99-72.
Despite holding only a 10 point lead at the halftime break, 51-41, the Train shot 54% from the field, including a 7-16 mark from beyond the arc. They replicated that performance in the second half, shooting 52%, hitting the same amount of shots, and shoring up their defense by locking down on the Mostly Sports shooters.
As for Mostly Sports, they stayed in the game thanks to their ability to hit the long ball. They hit nine threes in the first half and finished 14-36 from beyond the arc, though they were sunk by a 38% shooting percentage in the second half.
Marshall was the only player to hit double digit field goals, going 10-19 from the field including a 4-10 mark from beyond the arc. Haynes went 4-8 from beyond the arc, finishing with a 9-15 performance that put him as the team’s second leading scorer. Joe Trapani and Harvard alum Kyle Casey finished in double figures with 17 and 10, respectively.
Jordan Richard cleaned up the glass by adding nine defensive rebounds en route to a 10 board game, while Aaron Pettway had eight of his own, including three on the offensive glass.
For Mostly Sports, Jeff Miller went 9-21 from the field, including 7-14 from three and 4-6 from the free throw line to score a game high 29 points. Jay Devlin joined him with 20 points on 7-16 shooting.
The fourth-seeded Skinner’s Frate Train team now head into the second round to take on fifth-seeded Team Colorado. The Buffaloes alumni team from the University of Colorado, they narrowly avoided the upset in the 5/12 game when they defeated Shaare Zedek, 78-73.
All of the favored seeds advanced in the West Regional. Two of the alumni teams were eliminated in the process, with the 11th-seeded Air Force Bomb Squad (Air Force alumni) losing, 80-78, to sixth-seeded 7outs and the 10th seeded Utah Stallions (Utah State alumni) dropping a one-point heartbreaker to Team Utah (out of their archrival University of Utah), 78-77.
Four alumni teams remain in the bracket, which is guaranteed of at least one spot in the Round of 16. Colorado faces Boston College today, with Gonzaga alumni team Few Good Men taking on 7outz. Team Utah will take on the second-seeded LAUNFD in prime time.
Highlights from last night’s game: