A Few Good Men have advanced to the Super 16 round of The Tournament, avenging last year’s loss with a tight 85-83 win over Team Utah. Steven Gray led all scorers with 33 points.
Things were looking a little dicey for the mostly Zag alum team for much of the contest. Only seven players were able to suit up for the game, and Mike Hart was dealing with the aftermaths of food poisoning. But, much like they did on Saturday in the opening round, A Few Good Men relied on the devastating outside attack from Steven Gray.
Gray finished with 31 points in the first round, and shot 6-of-9 from long range to help pace the Zags, who overall had a much better day on the court than Team Utah did. As a team, A Few Good Men hit 54.4 percent of their shots, compared to just 40 percent for Team Utah.
Jeremy Pargo finished with 12 assists, but struggled a bit with ball control (seven turnovers). But he was the playmaker the Zags needed to keep everything going as the winded squad was running short. With Dan Dickau not able to be in attendance, Blake Stepp adopted the player-coach mantra, drawing up a few plays to ensure A Few Good Men wouldn’t head home early for the second straight year.
Up Next, A Few Good Men will play Team Challenge ALS, a squad committed to raising awareness to support those affected by amyotrophic lateral scleroris, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
The Super 16 round will take place on July 22, in Brooklyn, New York.