Aaron Craft exacted his revenge on Dayton — and he did it in poetic fashion. After missing an attempt at the winning layup in Ohio State's loss to the Flyers in the NCAA Tournament in 2014, the guard had no trouble hitting his drive this time around, putting the finishing touch on Carmen’s Crew's 85-71 defeat of the Red Scare on Sunday in a regional final of The Basketball Tournament at Capital University's Capital Center.
Carmen's Crew, a team of Ohio State alumni, advanced past Red Scare's Dayton alumni to earn a spot in the tournament quarterfinals starting Aug. 1 in Chicago.
Among the crowd were Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and Dayton coach Anthony Grant.
“These guys played hard,” Carmen's Crew coach Jared Sullinger said. “From top to bottom, the whole roster has been ready to play. Our defensive intensity has been there. Offensively we’ve been sharing the ball … we’ve been playing great.”
The Red Scare, which trailed by 10 points entering the final period, put on a late rally in the fourth but was slowed by back-to-back turnovers.
Craft ended the Red Scare's comeback hopes with a driving layup to surpass the Elam Ending, the game-ending target score of 84 points.
Craft finished with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. William Buford led Carmen's Crew with 23 points.
Carmen’s Crew struggled early with four turnovers and 27% shooting from the field to trail 19-15 at the end of the first quarter.
For the second day in a row, a three-point play seemed to turn the tide for Carmen’s Crew. David Lighty’s layup and free throw in the second period brought the team back within one at 24-23. Carmen’s Crew’s improved shooting sent the team into the half with a 42-40 advantage.
Carmen's Crew carried its momentum into the start of the second half, jumping out to a 10-point lead early in the third period.
The Red Scare went scoreless for 2:45 late in the third — a span that included six turnovers — and Carmen's Crew finished the period up 62-52.