The matchup for the Northeast Regional championship is set. Boeheim’s Army and Team F.O.E. battle in Brooklyn for the title tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM EST.

F.O.E. cruised to their victory over the No. 1 seeded FCM Untouchables. For the Syracuse alumni squad, Team Fancy was a tough out.

The following shows how each team advanced to the Round of 8.

Team F.O.E. Uses Balance to Pull-Off Upset

Coming into the game, F.O.E. relied heavily on distributing the ball effectively during rounds one and two. That continued and thus pushed them through to tomorrow’s matchup.

On the other side, the Untouchables carried a certain swagger with them. They won their first two contests by double-digits, unquestionably living up to their name.

Though the opening minutes lacked fluidity, F.O.E. found some rhythm and slowly built a small lead. The Untouchables finally got a bit of momentum and chipped away at F.O.E.’s seven-point advantage. They took their first lead just over 12 minutes into the first half. That lasted all of 1 1/2 minutes before they took it back again one minute following that.

F.O.E. built on their one-point halftime lead, pulling away for good after a 47-47 tie early on. They grabbed their first double-digit lead with 7:58 to go in regulation.

The defense held the Untouchables to 33 points in the second half. F.O.E. became the first team to punch their ticket to the regional finals.

Maalik Wayns led F.O.E. with 17 points while also adding five rebounds to his stat line. Four of Waynes’ teammates scored in double-figures, including Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson with 11 each. The team’s bench outscored that of the Untouchables’ 31-8.

Meanwhile, Marcus Hatten kept the Untouchables afloat with his game-high 19 points. Kyle Hines had a double-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

Boeheim’s Army Survives a Scare

Boeheim’s Army battled Team Fancy all the way until the final whistle, emerging victorious. The Syracuse alumni team heads to their second regional final in the last three years tomorrow.

From the opening tip through the last minute of play, neither squad led by more than seven points. The game itself saw nine ties and nine lead changes.

Team Fancy got off to a hot start, scoring the first six points of the game. Boeheim’s Army then tied it up with a 6-0 run of their own. They grabbed their first lead a few game minutes later that put them ahead 11-9. Fancy took back the lead with 3:54 left in the half but would follow with a 3:24 scoring drought. Boeheim’s Army carried a three-point advantage into the break.

Early in the second half, it seemed like everything was going Boeheim’s Army’s way. They built their lead up to seven points with 7:31 to go. Then, Team Fancy caught fire and went on a 15-5 run to take a three-point lead with 2:33 left in regulation.

Down by 1 with 1:07 left on the clock, Eric Devendorf found Brandon Triche for a clutch three. Over the final minute of play, Triche sunk four free-throws to ice the game.

Devendorf led all scorers with 19 points and three assists. Dont’e Greene added 14 points and five rebounds to the winning effort.

For Team Fancy, Ra’Shad James scored 14 points. Zamal Nixon did all he could to bring them to victory with 12 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Onto the Northeast Regional Finals

Just as they did on Thursday, hundreds of Orange-clad fans will descend on LIU-Brooklyn’s gymnasium tomorrow. The most intriguing matchup figures to happen on the defensive end. Boeheim’s Army has displayed the vaunted Syracuse 2-3 zone with a sprinkling of man-to-man every so often.

Boeheim’s Army has played in several of this year’s most exciting games of the tournament. Both teams know how to make plays happen and get every player involved on offense. The battle for the Northeast Region is sure to be an entertaining one.

Claudia Ceva is a Staff Writer for TheSportsBlaze.com.

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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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