Memphis State Opens TBT With A Win

With a grand prize of 2 million dollars on the line, a team of former Memphis Tigers hoopers and a couple other ballers from Memphis came out fired up and ready to play against a Brooklyn Vultures squad comprised of just 5 players.


Memphis State jumped out to an early lead behind an intense focus on the defensive end, leading to several transition opportunities, including some Will Coleman highlight dunks.

Brooklyn switched to a matchup zone which led to a 6-0 run to cut into Memphis State’s early lead, but Doneal Mack knocked down two quick deep balls and Adonis Thomas knocked down a jumper to close out the first quarter with a 22-16 lead.

The second quarter began with a Tayloe Taylor 3, followed by another Will Coleman slam before the lead was pushed to 34-21 following a Thomas transition 3-pointer coming off one of the many Brooklyn turnovers in the game. A couple of Jalen Jenkins buckets brought Brooklyn within 7, with a halftime score of 37-30 in favor of the Memphis squad.

Lawrence Kinnard scored 8 quick points early in the 3rd to go along with another Mack 3 as well as a few more  Adonis Thomas buckets, who finished with a team-high 19 points. In the 3rd quarter, Memphis State’s depth proved to be too much, as the Vultures began to run out of gas. Willie Kemp closed out the quarter with a great hustle play, leading to yet another deep ball for the Memphis crew.

An Andre Allen 3, and two more Will Coleman dunks opened the 4th quarter and brought the game to the Elam Ending stage of the game, in which a target score of the winning team’s current score plus 7, is set and the first team to reach that score wins.

In this case, the score was 64-49, so the target score was set at 71. After struggling to score the final 7 points, Memphis State was able to (fittingly) win the game on an Adonis Thomas fadeaway, ending the game at 72-63.

Memphis State moves on to play Team DRC, sponsored by NFL defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, tomorrow at 11:50 local time, once again on ESPN 3. Team DRC is comprised of players from UCF, USF, and some other schools but one interesting name on their roster is former Tiger, Darius Washington.

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