Boeheim’s Army, the group of former Syracuse Orange basketball players, saw its run in The Basketball Tournament come to an end as Sideline Cancer won by a final score of 65-48 and advanced to the semifinals.
Boeheim’s Army struggled to get going, particularly on the offensive end, throughout the game. Sideline Cancer created separation in the third quarter and never looked back the rest of the way.
Sideline Cancer jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but Boeheim’s Army went on an 8-1 run to close the quarter as Eric Devendorf connected on a shot, John Gillon scored at the rim, Will Rayman got a bucket to go inside and Andrew White made a jumper. Still, both teams struggled to shoot as the score was tied 10-10 after the first eight minutes.
Sideline Cancer had its best player, Marcus Keene, in foul trouble while the rest of the team struggled to score. The same was true for the former Syracuse guys as they started 0-10 from deep until Malachi Richardson knocked down a deep ball with under 3 minutes to go in the first half.
Boeheim’s Army went into the break tied 24-24. Sideline Cancer shot 30.0 percent in the first half while Boeheim’s Army shot 31.4 percent.
The Syracuse guys came out of the break flat and continued to struggle on both ends of the floor. Creek and Remy Abell made shots for their team in a third and built a comfortable double-digit lead.
Boeheim’s Army looked content to take their defenders one-on-one and to shoot from long-range. Sideline Cancer took a 48-34 lead going into the fourth quarter and was never seriously threatened the rest of the way.
With under four minutes remaining and Sideline Cancer in command, the target score set at 65. Devendorf and White made 3s for the Syracuse team during the Elam Ending but ultimately 4-27 shooting from distance and 20-66 shooting overall was too much to overcome.