After Big X opened up a double-digit first-quarter lead in its second-round game in The Basketball Tournament, the Dayton alumni team took control with a 12-0 run to break open a tied game and earn a 77-68 win at Nationwide Arena on Wednesday afternoon.
Red Scare did it from deep: it hit 14 of 34 three-pointers, clinching the win with a three from the right corner by Ryan Mikesell, who hit 4 of 7 during the game.
"We were right there," Big X player-coach Andrew Dakich said. "It was a back-and-forth battle, pretty much until the Elam Ending."
Both teams were eliminated from TBT by the same team last summer: Carmen’s Crew, the official Ohio State alumni team. Big X went down first with an 89-75 second-round loss and Red Scare followed suit with an 85-71 defeat in the regional final.
Now Red Scare has a chance for revenge. Carmen’s Crew was set to play in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.
After Big X took a 57-55 lead into the fourth quarter, the teams were tied at 62 before the Red Scare scored five straight points to enter the Elam Ending with a 67-62 lead. From there, the clock was turned off, and the first team to reach 75 points would be the winner. Red Scare was within a point of winning before two late threes from Big X broke the 12-0 scoring run.
Former Buckeyes were on each side. Trevor Thompson, playing for the Dayton alumni team, finished with 12 points and seven rebounds. For Big X, C.J. Jackson had seven points and Dakich had one assist, three turnovers and no shots in the defeat.
Four days since opening the tournament with a 79-74 win against bottom-seeded D2 on Saturday, Big X opened up an early 10-5 lead on Red Scare before the Dayton team mounted a run midway through the first quarter. A 16-3 burst for Red Scare pushed it to a 21-13 lead, but Big X turned to Wisconsin product Trevon Hughes to mount a charge of its own.
Powering a 14-3 run that turned that 21-13 deficit into a 27-24 lead, Hughes scored 15 points during the second quarter to help Big X take a 38-33 lead into the half. Thompson, making his TBT debut, scored Red Scare’s first five points and had 10 at the break, six of which came on a pair of swished three-pointers from straight-on.
Thompson showed a more well-rounded game than while at Ohio State. In addition to the threes, he had a drive from the top of the circle that saw him give a head fake, dribble and finish against Michigan State product Nick Ward.
"He had a really good game," Jackson said of Thompson. "He showed his skills that I’ve known he’s had all this time. He was able to play the way he was. I’m happy for him."
Ward finished with 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
"We tried to get him shots," Dakich said. "That’s a scrappy team. They clog up the paint and he just really wasn’t open."