Late rally not enough for House of ‘Paign

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Illini alumni team eliminated from $1 million winner take all tournament

WCIA — A late 15-1 run gave the House of ‘Paign a chance to advance in The Basketball Tournament but the Elam ending proved too much to overcome, as Red Scare advanced to the semifinals of the $1 million winner take all event, with a 83-76 win on Friday afternoon at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The Illini alumni team trailed by 22 points with 5:51 left in the game. Red Scare, the Dayton alumni team, had a 19 point advantage after calling timeout with 3:59 to go, initiating the Elam ending. It set the magic number to 82, once a team hits that point total, the game is over. That’s when House of ‘Paign started its run, as Red Scare missed 11 of its next 13 field goals.

“I thought that Elam ending epitomized who we are as a team, and who we’ve been this entire tournament,” House of ‘Paign head coach Mike LaTulip said. “It stinks, I know to most people this was just another basketball tournament but to us it was a lot more.”

“We wanted to make sure that we ended it the right way, that we ended like champions, and that we fought to the end–the very very end,” House of ‘Paign guard Malcolm Hill said. “This was so much fun just competing, and we didn’t win but I’m really happy with the way we went out.”

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Andres Feliz led House of ‘Paign with 17 points, to go along with a game high 14 rebounds. Billy Garrett Jr. added 16 points, to go along with 11 from Kyle Vinales off the bench. The team’s leading scorer in the first two games, Mike Daum, was limited to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting, including just 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.

Trey Landers scored a game high 19 points, with the Red Scare putting five guys in double figures. They advance to face Golden Eagles, the Marquette alumni team, Sunday afternoon in the semifinals.

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