Quick Hits: After sluggish start, Rice and Boeheim’s Army deliver rousing comeback

Boeheim's Army Florida TNT
Photo Credit: Ben Solomon, TBT.

Tyrese Rice stole the ball from Florida TNT guard Kenny Boynton and converted a layup at the other end to lead Boeheim’s Army past Florida TNT, 66-64. Here are various tidbits from the game:

  • Once again, Boeheim’s Army overcame a sluggish offensive start. The team missed nine of ten threes in the opening quarter en route to a 3-for-22 start from long distance. The Army finished 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) from long range while shooting 53.8 percent inside the arc.
  • The Army’s poor shooting was offset by their ball security, as they turned it over only six times.
  • Despite dominating their earlier opponents on the glass in the tournament, Boeheim’s Army also got beat on the glass in the first quarter, trailing 14-9. They did even things out over the remaining three quarters of play.

  • C.J. Fair played a major role in keeping the Army afloat in the first half with six points, seven rebounds, and two assists. That production and steadiness does make his mere six minutes of play in the second half a bit curious.
  • Malachi Richardson disappeared again, finishing with two points on 1-for-6 shooting and one rebound. He’s had little more than three good quarters of play in the five games.
  • Kiefer Sykes had a rough go shooting the ball (1-for-5), but had four assists and a couple steals, as well as providing a second ballhandling option late in the game.
  • Fourth quarter update: Boeheim’s Army 102, Opponents 55.

» Related: Boeheim’s Army heading to first TBT finals

  • Tuesday night, The Basketball Tournament will crown their 2021 champion. Boeheim’s Army will take on Team 23 for the honor.
  • Team 23 advanced to the title game by defeating Blue Collar U, 78-62. Team 23’s top scorer, Marcus Hall, had 16 points in the victory and is one of four players averaging in double digits. Raphiael Putney, Walt Lemon, and Eric Griffin average between ten and 12 points per outing.
  • Tip-off is at 9:00pm Eastern on Tuesday night with ESPN televising the game.

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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by NBA.com. He currently resides in Syracuse.