By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Red Scare (Dayton alumni) are heading to the TBT (The Basketball Tournament) championship game in its first appearance in the tournament. Capital University men's basketball coach, Damon Goodwin, was determined to give the Dayton fans something to cheer about and be proud of. He has done just that.
On Friday night, the Red Scare took control early and never relinquished the lead over No. 6 The Region, comprised primarily of Central and Northeast Indiana ballplayers. Without its two top weapons, Red Scare exploited the opposition and became the first (and only team thus far) to hit 100 points in a game in Columbus. Behind a game-high 27 points from Devin Oliver and a familiar face to Goodwin in Ohio Northern University standout Ryan Bruns scoring the final two points to end the game, Red Scare advanced to Saturday semi-final round with ease behind a 108-82 victory.
Red Scare then matched up against No. 6 Mid-American Unity, which pulled off the first upset of the weekend by defeating No. 2 Kohl Blooded (Wisconsin alumni) to open the tournament. Kendall Pollard led the Red Scare with 14 points, but it was Oliver that ended the game with an exclamation mark. After the Elam Ending went into effect, both teams went back and forth in the untimed portion of the fourth quarter. Up 62-58, Mid-American Unity missed a shot and an outlet pass created a breakaway on the other end. The short-range jumped fell short, but Oliver was there with the demonstrative dunk to slam home a win for Red Scare, 64-58.
Red Scare will take on the regional favorite, Carmen's Crew (Ohio State alumni). Carmen's Crew, comprised primarily of former Buckeyes from 2007-2014, have rolled to a pair of victories by defeating Illinois BC (88-71) and Big X (69-60) in consecutive days. The two Ohio-based squads are now on a collision course at The Capital Center (Capital University) on Sunday, July 21 at 12 p.m. The game will also be broadcast on ESPN.
Coach Goodwin said before TBT began, that the goal was to win one, maybe two games to have a good showing at TBT. He has done that, and now has his eyes set on resting then coming back and defeating Carmen's Crew in front of what is expected to be a sold-out crowd.
"The crowds have been great. The Dayton crowd has been unbelievable … and I imagine we'll have another good one tomorrow [Sunday]," said Goodwin. "It's going to be a great environment."
Tickets for the Columbus regional are on sale now and can be purchased online at https://thebasketballtournament.ticketspice.com/tbt-columbus-2019.
Additional site information for the Columbus regional can be found online at https://promotions.thetournament.com/tbt-2019-columbus-regional.
For more information on TBT, go to www.thetournament.com.