Creek sparks Sideline Cancer into TBT semis

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As a Syracuse alumni team, Boeheim’s Army predictably employed a 2-3 zone in Saturday’s The Basketball Tournament (TBT) quarterfinals.

But former IU guard Mo Creek helped Sideline Cancer solve the problematic zone, delivering 22 points and eight rebounds to lead his team to a 65-48 victory and a berth in the 24-team, $1 million winner-take-all event.

Sideline Cancer is now the only team that did not have a first-round bye still alive.

“Everybody believes on the team, but nobody else believes,” Creek said. “A lot of people picked us to lose and a lot are still going against us now.”

But it’s hard to pick against the resilient Creek, who overcame three operations in a span of 22 months during an injury-plagued Hoosier career.

The game was tied at 10 after the first quarter and still tied at 24 at halftime, but in the third quarter, a 24-10 burst sparked by Creek put Sideline Cancer in control.

Creek got help from another former Hoosiers, as Remy Abell contributed 13 points, three assists and three steals. Former Central Michigan standout Marcus Keene also had 13 points, but it was the defense that kept Boeheim’s Army at bay, forcing them into 20-of-66 shooting from the field.

“Just believe on defense, the best part of us is on the defensive end,” Creek said.

Sideline Cancer will now take on four-time TBT champ Overseas Elite in the semifinals at 6 o’clock Sunday night.

4 comments

  1. The should rename their team to ‘Team Crean Disposables.’

    Congrats to Mo and Remy.

    1. Mo was always a great shooter! Looks like he was right and Crean was wrong on his leg issues!

  2. I think we knew that about Creek when he got to GW.

    Unless they could still somehow help Crean’s personal resume footnotes of “placed in NBA*,” anyone was crunchable, expendable…or Remyabel.

    Austin Etherington, the young man instrumental in selling and pushing Cody Zeller to wear candy stripes, was also expendable.
    Add Devin Davis to the list as well. The young man had a traumatic brain injury. He should have never been kicked off the team because of smoking weed in his dorm. But there was always too few rosters spots and another “next D-Wade” experiment waiting in the wings.

    Zero loyalty to kids was another factor in Crean increasingly losing favor with Indiana recruits (along with the X’s and O’s ineptitude and meltdowns in the tournament).

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