Sideline Cancer TBT

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is a 5-on-5, winner take all tournament with a grand prize of $1+ million.

Sideline Cancer TBT Update

#6 TEAM 23 DEFEATS #1 SIDELINE CANCER IN QUARTERFINALS OF TBT 2021 78-71
(Read the Game Summary)

About Sideline Cancer TBT

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the world’s deadliest cancers with a 5 year survival rate of 9%. Sideline Cancer plays for those who are fighting pancreatic cancer currently, those who are no longer with us, and their families. Our mission is to take Pancreatic Cancer “Off the Sideline and to the Finish Line for a Cure!”

Sideline Cancer is a member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and spreads awareness for victims like Alex Trebek, John Lewis, Greg Griffith, and families of the 56,770 people in the United States who are projected to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year.

As Greg once said, “The time for a cure is NOW!” The TBT has allowed for the Griffith Family Foundation to reach a larger community to provide hope to all that one day there will be a cure for pancreatic cancer.

The Sideline Cancer team has been a participant in the TBT since its inaugural debut in 2014. For the last 7 years, Sideline Cancer has brought a unique platform and story to the TBT by raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.  Sideline Cancer is the ONLY team to have participated in all 8 TBT’s, posting a record of 13-8, making 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four and Championship Game appearance.

In TBT 2020, Sideline Cancer was excited to return as 1 of 24 teams for another run in the “Quarantined” TBT on Saturday July 4th-14th at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament was broadcast on ESPN. It was the first professional tournament of any top four sport to be played after the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspended those activities. Promoting an “I Can Attitude & Believe Always Spirit” Sideline Cancer propelled itself to the Championship Game capturing the hearts of many new fans in the process!

This July 2021, SidelineCancerTBT earned a top seed in one of the four regionals in The Basketball Tournament. SidelineCancerTBT will be playing Sunday Night July 18th at 5pm at the Charleston Arena against Founding Fathers, a James Madison alumni team on ESPN 3!

If you have an “I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit” and want to root for a team playing for something “Bigger Than Basketball,” then Sideline Cancer is the team for you!

To learn more about the Sideline Cancer Basketball Team follow us on: Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook 

To learn more about the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition: www.worldpancreaticcancercoalition.org/

To learn more about the TBT visit: www.thetournament.com

To learn more about the Sideline Cancer Basketball Team visit: www.thetournament.com/teams/sideline-cancer

Media Contacts: Billy Clapper (814) 251- 3383
[email protected]

Sierra Cobler (814) 505-2676

Sideline Cancer TBT 2021 Game Summaries

#1 SIDELINE CANCER DEFEATS #16 JMU FOUNDING FATHERS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL IN TBT 2021 80-77

Sideline Cancer advanced to the 2nd Round of The Basketball Tournament West Virginia Regional Tournament with a thrilling 80-77 win against Founding Fathers, James Madison University alumni team. Maurice Creek hit a game winning three point shot from the left corner to break the 77-77 race to the target score of 79.

The game began with honoring A.J. Davis, a JMU alumni, as a starter for Founding Fathers. Davis was in a tragic motor vs pedestrian accident while he was giving groceries to a man in need in May 2021, tragically losing both of his legs.

The win puts Sideline Cancer into the 2nd Round of the West Virginia Regional Tournament game set for Monday afternoon vs Fort Wayne Champs. Sideline Cancer’s top scorers included Marcus Keene with 17 points and 6 assists, Maurice Creek with 16 points and 5 rebounds, and Trey Lewis with 19 points and 3 rebounds. Trey Lewis scored most of his points within the second half of play. Stucky Mosley led in points for the Founding Fathers with 17 points, scoring 7 points straight in the Elam Ending.

Both Head Coach Charlie Parker and Maurice Creek agreed that the Founding Fathers were a great team who tested Sideline Cancer well today.
Sideline Cancer’s next game will be aired tomorrow, Monday 7/19, at 4 PM ET on ESPN3.

Sideline Cancer plays in honor of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation which raises awareness for pancreatic cancer.

The following are the splits for Sideline Cancer vs Founding Fathers
1st: 19-25 Founding Fathers
2nd: 37 – 43 Founding Fathers
3rd: 52-49 Sideline Cancer (Sideline Cancer outscored Founding Fathers 15-6)
4th: 80-77 Sideline Cancer

#1 SIDELINE CANCER DEFEATS #9 FORT WAYNE CHAMPS IN THE SECOND ROUND OF WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL IN TBT 2021 92-71

Sideline Cancer advanced to the 3rd Round of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) West Virginia Regional Tournament with an impressive 92-71 win against Fort Wayne Champs. Maxie Esho, a UMass graduate, won the game with a layup. Sideline Cancer had a momentous 3rd period and continued into the Elam Ending with a score of 83-62.

Assistant Coach Jordan Griffith states “The Sideline Cancer team we saw in the 2nd half was the one we envisioned seeing on paper before the tournament started. We locked down defensively and got an all-star performance from Marcus Keene.”
Marcus Keene led the scoring for Sideline Cancer with 24 points (making 9 of 13 field goals) and 9 assists. Other top scorers include Terry Larrier adding 15 points and Jamel Artis with 12 points (going 5-9 on field goals). Fort Wayne Champs top scorer was Tayler Persons with 25 points.

General Manager Billy Clapper gives major credit to Head Coach Charlie Parker for Sideline Cancer’s performance today. “Coach Charlie Parker put together a great game plan and our team executed! Our ability to pull away in the 3rd quarter put us in a great position going into the 4th.”

The win puts Sideline Cancer into the West Virginia Regional Semifinals. The game is set to play on Wednesday at 7PM on ESPN3. The team will be playing against the #12 Bucketneers (East Tennessee State University Alumni).

Sideline Cancer plays in honor of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation which raises awareness for pancreatic cancer.

The following are the splits for Sideline Cancer vs Fort Wayne Champs
1st: 23-25 Fort Wayne Champs
2nd: 46-43 Sideline Cancer
3rd: 69-52 Sideline Cancer
4th: 92-71 Sideline Cancer

#1 SIDELINE CANCER DEFEATS #12 BUCKETNEERS IN THE SWEET 16 IN TBT 2021 58-57

Sideline Cancer advances to the Final 8 of The Basketball Tournament with a thrilling 58-57 win against the Bucketneers, East Tennessee State University Alumni. Sideline Cancer was down 49-50 going into the Elam Ending and down 55-57 with a target score of 58. Trey Lewis tipped a missed shot to Marcus Keene who took the ball the length of the floor and pulled up from approximately 30 feet for the Elam Ending game winning 3 point shot.

This win secures a bid to the Final 8 in Dayton, Ohio starting Saturday July, 31. Sideline Cancer will play the winner of the Team 23 and Best Virginia game (at the time of this press release the game had not yet ended) in Dayton, Ohio. Sideline Cancer’s top scorers included Jamel Artis with 19 points going 9-12 for field goals and Marcus Keene with 13 points and 5 assists. Eric Thompson led the team with 10 rebounds. Desonta Bradford led the Bucketneers with 16 points.

Sideline Cancer’s next game will be aired on Saturday July 31st at 7:00PM ET on ESPN2. The game will be played in Dayton, Ohio. The team is excited to continue on in the tournament after a physical game against the Bucketneers.

Sideline Cancer plays in honor of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation which raises awareness for pancreatic cancer.

The following are the splits for Sideline Cancer vs Bucketneers
1st: 13-11 Sideline Cancer
2nd: 28-29 Bucketneers
3rd: 41-42 Bucketneers
4th: 58-57 Sideline Cancer

#6 TEAM 23 DEFEATS #1 SIDELINE CANCER IN QUARTERFINALS OF TBT 2021 78-71

Sideline Cancer was defeated in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament by Team 23, the runner-up of TBT 2015. While trailing 38-29 going into the half, Sideline Cancer had a thrilling second half with the teams exchanging the lead for most of the half. The team came up just short of moving onto the semifinals.

Marcus Keene led Sideline Cancer in scoring with 19 points. Jamel Artis and Trey Lewis each added 12 points to the final score. Eric Thompson led the team with 7 rebounds. Eric Washington led Team 23 with 16 points.

Cathy Griffith reflects on the game saying “Sideline Cancer will always and forever be a part of The Basketball Tournament. We have created a family with the players, fans at each location, and worldwide. We can’t wait until 2022.”

Sideline Cancer is very appreciative for all of the fan and sponsorship support this year.

Sideline Cancer plays in honor of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation which raises awareness for pancreatic cancer.

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Sideline Cancer TBT 2021 Team Roster

We are very blessed to have such remarkable players making such a remarkable effort to raise awareness on behalf of Sideline Cancer®.

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Alma Mater: Dodge City CC & Middle Tennessee

Height: 6’ 3”

Position: Guard

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: BC Kyiv (Ukraine)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

chris-c

Alma Mater: Virginia Tech & Texas Tech

Height: 6’ 6”

Position: Small Forward

Twitter Handle: @Chris_Clarkee

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Lahiti Basketball (Finland)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Southeastern Louisiana

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Power Forward

Twitter Handle: @ZwencU3

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Pallacanestro Trieste (Italy)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: University of the Pacific

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Center

Twitter Handle: @E_Thompson12

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Hapoel Be’er Sheva B.C. (Israel)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Pittsburgh

Height: 6’ 7”

Position: Small Forward

Twitter Handle: @melartis1

Highest Level Played: NBA

Highest Level Team Name: Orlando Magic

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2018

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Alma Mater: Youngstown State & Central Michigan

Height: 5’ 9”

Position: Point Guard

Twitter Handle: @Marcus3Keene

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Kalev/Cramo (Estonia)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Indiana & George Washington

Height: 6’ 5”

Position: Shooting Guard

Twitter Handle: @Mo_Creek

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Steaua Bucuresti (Romania)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

maxie-2

Alma Mater: UMASS

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Power Forward

Twitter Handle: @thE_Show1

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Z Mobile Prishtina (Pristina)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Santa Clara

Height: 6’ 3”

Position: Guard

Twitter Handle: @RCIII18

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: PGE Spojnia Stargard (Poland)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Xavier University

Height: 6’ 4”

Position: Guard

Twitter Handle: @23abell

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Oroszlany – Hungary

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

Terry Larrier

Alma Mater: VCU & UCONN

Height: 6’ 8”

Position: Small Forward

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Norrkoping Dolphins (Sweden)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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Alma Mater: Penn State, Cleveland State & Louisville

Height: 6’ 2”

Position: Point Guard

Twitter Handle: @Treylew3

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Maccabi Rishon LeZion (Israel)

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

billy-c

Alma Mater: Youngstown State

Location: Bradenton, Florida

Position: GM

Twitter Handle: @BillyClapper

Bio: Billy Clapper returns for his 6th season with Sideline Cancer as General Manager. He is a basketball coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and a ten year veteran of the college coaching ranks with stops at Penn State Altoona, Pitt Johnstown, and Indiana State. The former Youngstown State Penguins player will team up with professional basketball players to play in honor of “The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation” which is one of the leaders nationally in raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer research. The GFF embraces the phrase “Sideline Cancer” to inspire hope to find a cure! Believe Always!

charlie-p

Alma Mater: Millersville University

Location: Dover, Pennsylvania

Bio: Division 2 All American 2008 NBA D-League 2008-2009 Professional in Iceland (Keflavik) 2011-12 Professional in Denmark (Bakken) 2012-13.

jordan-g

Alma Mater: Pennsylvania State University

Bio: I am participating in “The Basketball Tournament” to promote Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, which will be the 2nd leading cause of death by cancer by 2022. Together WE CAN Sideline Cancer!!

You can support pancreatic cancer research by

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If you have a donation you would like to mail to us,
please make your check payable to

“Sideline Cancer”
and mail it to:
The Griffith Family Foundation
P.O. Box 28
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648

If you’re experiencing any difficulty with this donation form, please call Cathy Griffith at (814) 937-1082.

The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania. Click on the GuideStar logo to learn more about our Platinum rating.

About The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation

Through events like the TBT and campaigns like the Sideline Cancer® initiative, the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation has been able to raise and donate more than $300,000 to support pancreatic cancer patients and research.

A Big Shout-out to Our Sideline Cancer TBT Superfans!

Purple Fever Hoops is a highly competitive basketball organization that was established in 2019 as a 501(c)3 non-profit. This basketball organization serves girls and boys in the West-Central area of Pennsylvania. In 2021, they plan on becoming a member of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

They are also teaching our young men and women about the value of community service. Through their partnership with the Griffith Family Foundation/Sideline Cancer, the teams’ members will be given the opportunity to work on community service projects with the rest of the foundation’s members.

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