Following an eventful opening weekend, the West and Midwest teams began their own journeys in The Basketball Tournament.

Since its inception in 2014, TBT continues to grow and flourish. The competition does well to fill the void during the dregs of summer.

The first and second rounds of the Midwest Region take place at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois this year.

All Chalk in the Midwest Opening Round

No. 4 Purple and Black Take Down No. 13 Canton Bulldogs

Purple and Black wasted no time in their first round victory over the Canton Bulldogs. Up by seven at halftime, the Kansas State alumni team kept the pressure on for the final 18 minutes to seal it.

Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen paced Purple and Black with 17 points each. Kelly also added six rebounds while Pullen grabbed four.

Meanwhile, Demetrius Treadwell led all scorers with 22 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs.

No. 5 Hilton Magic Legends Defeat No. 12 Illinois Hoopville Warriors

Hilton Magic held on for the final minutes of play to advance to the Midwest Second Round. A 20-3 run late in the first half keyed the 91-87 win. A 55-point second half failed to bring the Hoopville Warriors glory.

Diante Garrett scored 30 points and three assists to lead Hilton Magic. Curtis Stinson nearly had a double-double with his 18 points and eight rebounds.

Malcolm Griffin led the Hoopville Warriors with 23 points. Griffin added nine rebounds to his effort as well, to no avail.

No. 7 Banner Boys Walk-Off With the Victory Over No. 10 Jackson TN Underdogs

In the first round last year, the Jackson Underdogs pulled off the greatest upset in TBT history. They knocked out the number one seeded Bluegrass Boys as a 16-seed. This time around, as a 10-seed, they could not carry over the magic. Instead, Ronald Davis of the Banner Boys converted a putback jumper to win it.

Dylan Page paced the Banner Boys with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Davis totaled 13 points on the day.

Jeremy Weddle put in 19 points of work as the only Jackson Underdogs player in double-figures.

No. 2 Scarlet & Gray Succeed in Debut Against No. 15 The Region

One of the most talked about teams coming into the tournament this year handled business in round one. The Scarlet & Gray Ohio State alumni squad garnered multiple nods as one of the ones to watch. They had little trouble yesterday, leading by seven heading into the break.

Jared Sullinger led the charge for the Scarlet & Gray with 18 points and 11 rebounds. In his much anticipated debut, Aaron Craft scored 10 points and grabbed five boards.

For The Region, Jeremy Saffold had 19 points as well as four rebounds.

No. 3 Always a Brave Hangs On Versus No. 14 Mid American Unity

In a game that saw five ties and eight lead changes, Always a Brave stood tall in a 68-63 victory. The Bradley alumni team rallied for 38 points in the second half after going down by five at the half.

Marcellus Sommerville paced Always a Brave with 17 points. Sommerville also added five rebounds to his stat line. All but one player on the 11 that saw some time yesterday scored.

Richie Gordon scored 14 points and grabbed six boards.

No. 6 Fort Wayne Champs Advance in Win Over No. 11 Peoria All-Stars

The Fort Wayne Champs avenged last year’s opening round loss in their 93-76 win. A 12-0 run near the close of the second half helped to seal it. They also shot 57.1 percent from the field through the entire game.

Matt Bouldin led all scorers with 25 points for the Fort Wayne Champs and added seven rebounds. Travis Leslie had 20 points and seven boards of his own. Stephen Hicks recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds.

Lawrence Alexander had 22 points and four rebounds for the Peoria All-Stars.

No. 1 Golden Eagles Run Away With the Victory Against No. 16 Midwest Dream Squad

After escaping the first half with just a three-point lead, the Golden Eagles took control of the contest. They shot 61.3 percent from the field over that span.

Dwight Buycks hit seven of his eight three-point attempts for 21 points for the Marquette alumni squad. Darius Johnson-Odom and Davonte’ Gardner added 18 points apiece.

Joel Box scored 21 points and grabbed nine boards for the Midwest Dream Squad.

No. 8 Majerus SLU Crew Squeaks By No. 9 HBC

Majerus SLU Crew held off HBC just long enough to advance to the second round of the Midwest Region.

Mike McCall Jr. led all scorers with 29 points and had eight rebounds for the Saint Louis alumni team. Jordair Jett added 20 points and four boards in the winning effort.

Anthony Hill had 16 points and six rebounds for HBC. Kelvin Martin’s double-double came at a losing expense with 12 points and 10 boards.

The Midwest Second Round

All of the higher-seeded teams live to play another day. Action began this afternoon and continues into the evening.

Claudia Ceva is a Staff Writer for TheSportsBlaze.com.

About The Author

Claudia Ceva
College Basketball Writer

Claudia Ceva is a graduate of Syracuse University where she majored in Communication & Rhetorical Studies. Claudia is a beat writer for the Syracuse women's soccer team over at SB Nation's "Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician." When she's not writing, you can find her rooting for the Orange, New York Giants, Yankees, New York Rangers, and Knicks in-person or at home. She also dabbles in the musical arts in her spare time, when there are no games to watch.

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