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Boeheim’s Army 84 - Gael Nation 74: Syracuse guys advance in TBT 2019 behind Eric Devendorf

Boehiem’s Army moves on to the Super 16 in TBT 2019.

After escaping We Are D3 on Friday night, Boehiem’s Army had a 15 hour turnaround in TBT 2019 to compete against Gael Nation, a team of Iona basketball alumni. The former Syracuse Orange guys got off to another sluggish start, but didn’t dig as deep of a hole as it did on Friday and walked out with an 84-74 win.

An inauspicious start put the Syracuse guys behind 20-19 after the first quarter, but six turnovers from Gael Nation and five early points from Eric Devendorf helped keep things close. Devendorf was hot from the get go, attacking off the dribble and knocking down shots from range. He was the first player into double-figures and led the charge in back-and-forth second quarter.

As the second stanza went on, BJ Johnson joined the scoring party and connected on a triple of his own before a Jordan Crawford driving lay-up capped off an 11-4 run that gave Boehiem’s Army a 43-39 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Andrew White III got hot by scoring eight straight points on a pair of 3s and a pull up two. But following the White series, a scary moment occurred when Devendorf blocked a three point attempt on the defensive end and got poked in the eye. He was attended to by the medical staff who tried to stop the swelling, and would return in the fourth quarter.

Even without its leader though, Boehiem’s Army was able to keep Gael Nation at bay as a pair of dunks by Johnson and Crawford continued the offensive attack. Darryl Watkins provided some really good minutes at center too with a couple of put-back and-ones and connecting on a mid-range jumper.

An improved defense from BA combined with the strong third quarter on the offensive end gave the Syracuse guys a 57-66 lead after three quarters. Gael Nation kept the game within single-digits in the fourth quarter, but Boehiem’s Army proved to be too much, reaching the target score of 83 on a fitting Eric Devendorf game-winner.

Boeheim’s Army will now tip off on Sunday from OCC at 2:00 p.m. ET against the winner of Armored Athlete/Brotherly Love. That game will air on ESPN.

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