Carmen's Crew, the Buckeye Basketball alumni team participating the in the $2 million TBT, got a lot of help from a pair of non-Buckeyes. Former Illinois guard Demetri McCamey, a high school teammate of Evan Turner's, scored 16 points and former Otterbein great Jeff Gibbs had 14, including the game clinching free-throws, as Carmen's Crew knocked off Eberlein Drive 79-71 to advance to Sunday's semifinals. Buckeye products William Buford, David Lighty and Aaron Craft also scored in double figures, helping Carmen's Crew build up a 20 point lead on last year's TBT runner-up. Eberlein Drive rallied to within four but could not draw any closer.
Buford scored 15 points, including a key 3-pointer at the start of the Elam Ending. Craft and Lighty scored 11 and 10 respectively and both played their typical hard nosed defense. Craft had 3 steals and Lighty, 2. Carmen's Crew, now two wins away from the $2 million dollar jackpot, will play the winner of Friday night's match-up between Overseas Elite and Loyalty is Love. Overseas Elite is undefeated in the TBT, having won the tournament in all four years of its existence. The semi-final match-up will be played Sunday afternoon and will be telecast on ESPN.
An interested observer, sitting courtside in Chicago Thursday was former Buckeye coach Thad Matta, who was on hand to watch former players like Buford, Craft, Lighty, Jon Diebler, LaQuinton Ross and Evan Ravenel play---and Jared Sullinger, Dallas Lauderdale and Evan Turner coach. Matta spoke briefly with ESPN during the telecast. Part of that conversation, as well as game highlights from the Carmen's Crew victory are posted below.