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TEAM SIDELINE CANCER UPDATE

The Sideline Cancer TBT Basketball Team advanced all the way to the title game in this year’s tournament, but sadly, lost in the final game to the Golden Eagles, 78-73. Along the way, though, they won against Team Hines on July 5th, Team Challenge ALS on July 7th, Boeheims Army on July 11th, and Overseas Elite on July 12th.

Sideline Cancer prevails in the round of 24 by a score of 93-91 over Team Hines. Marcus Keene scored 29 PTS to lead all scorers including the game winning Elam Ending shot! Sideline Cancer who trailed 75-70 at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Marcus Keene was strong early for Sideline Cancer as score the first 5 points for the purple. Team Hines began the game with hot shooting in the first quarter leading 16-12 at the media timeout. Team Hines continued its solid play building a 24-17 lead after one.

In the second quarter Sideline Cancer came out fast with Remy Abell scoring 5 points. As Sideline Cancer hit their stride tying the game with a Marcus Keene three pointer and then a Jamel Artis lay up to take the lead 37-35. The teams battled back and forth to halftime as Team Hines took a 47-46 lead at the half! Diamond Stone stepped up scoring 15 first half points including 3 of 6 from the three point line for Sideline Cancer.

Mo Creek began the third quarter with a three pointer to give Sideline Cancer the lead 49-47 however Team Hines made a strong run a lead with a 13-2 run! Sideline Cancer battled right back with shots by Dion Wright, Remy Abell, and Marcus Keene to cut the lead to 7, 65-58 Team Hines. Sideline Cancer continued to scrap and trade baskets with Team Hines trailing by 5 at the end of the third quarter.

In the Fourth quarter, Marcus Keene was at his best as he started the scoring with a three pointer followed by a lay up by Remy Abell to cut the Team Hines to 80-78 before a Keene lay up tied the game at 80.

Sideline Cancer was able to take control securing an 84-82 to set the Elam Ending score of 92. A Keene lay up followed by Jamel Artis and Eric Thompson helped extend a Sideline Cancer lead to 89-86 before a Sideline Cancer turnover allowed Team Hines to get back in the game. With the score tied Thompson found an open lay up to take the lead 91-89 before Ethan Happ tied with a lay up of his own for Team Hines. On the next possession Marcus Keene came off a ball screen near the top of the key to hit a jumper to seal the win for Sideline Cancer.

For Sideline Cancer Keene scored 29 pts with 6 Assists, followed by Stone who had 19 pts, while Remy Abell scored 17 pts off the bench. Thompson had 10 rebounds and 3 blocks for the purple. For Team Hines former Illinois standout Brandon Paul had 23 pts and former Wisconsin star Ethan Happ had 20 pts.

Sideline Cancer took on Team Challenge ALS in the Sweet 16 of “The Basketball Tournament”. Jamel Artis got Sideline Cancer on the board with a 3 pointer and a Marcus Keene lay up put the purple ahead 10-9. A 7-0 run by Team Challenge ALS put them ahead 16-10, offensive put backs by Eric Thompson and Duane Johnson cut the lead to 16-14. A Team Challenge ALS basket put them ahead 18-14 after one quarter.

Sideline Cancer went on a 7-0 run to begin the 2nd quarter capped by a Remy Abel 3 pointer to take a lead 21-18. A Marcus Keene three pointer put Sideline Cancer ahead 27-24 though a strong run by Team Challenge ALS put them ahead 40-33 at the half.

Sideline Cancer’s Mo Creek started the 2nd half with a three pointer before two Tyrese Rice 3 pointers extended the lead to 46-38. Sideline Cancer went on a 7-2 run of their own cutting the lead to 48-45 on an Eric Thompson put back dunk. A Team Challenge ALS run allowed them to take a 57-52 lead into the 4th quarter.

Eric Thompson started the 4th quarter with a layup and then Jamel Artis finished a old fashion three point play. A Marcus Keene lay up them put Sideline Cancer 62-60 and they never looked back. The Elam Ending Target score was set at 74 at the 4:00 mark and then Sideline Cancer made another run with Mo Creek scoring 5 consecutive points. Sideline Cancer’s Remy Abell then made a game clinching three pointer to seal the win 76-66!

Sideline Cancer had 4 players score in double figures with Remy Abell leading the way with 17 pts, Marcus Keene had 16 pts, Eric Thompson added 15 pts and 13 rebs, while Mo Creek chipped in 13 pts. Tyrese Rice was the leading scorer for Team Challenge ALS with 19 pts.

Sideline Cancer has punched their ticket to the Final Four of The Basketball Tournament with a 65-48 win over Boeheim’s Army, a team made up of Syracuse alumni.

Sideline Cancer began the scoring with an Eric Thompson put back finish. Dion Wright found an opening behind the zone to make the score 6-2 on a dunk. A Mo Creek three pointer built an early lead 9-2 forcing Boeheim’s Army to call a timeout. They rallied to finish the first quarter on an 8-1 run to finish the quarter tied 10-10.

Sideline Cancer built an early 2nd quarter 16-15 lead scoring on several hustle plays. A Mo Creek layup built an 18-15 lead and Remy Abell gave the purple their biggest lead scoring to give them a 24-19 lead. A Malachi Richardson three pointer cut the Sideline Cancer’s lead to 2 before a late bucket tied the score at the half 24-24.

Sideline Cancer broke the game open in the 3rd quarter by our scoring Boeheim’s Army 24-10 in the quarter fueled by Marcus Keene, Remy Abell, and Mo Creek. The Sideline Cancer Defense held Boeheim’s Army scoreless for the last 6 minutes to build a 48-34 advantage at the end of the 3rd quarter finishing on a 15-2 run.

Eric Thompson started off the 4th quarter with two free throws after being fouled. Remy Abell then scored the next four points to extend the lead to 54-34. A Marcus Keene three pointer built the purple’s lead at 57-34. Sideline Cancer entered the Elam Ending with a 57-38 advantage. A Marcus Keene three pointer sealed the victory leading Sideline Cancer to a 65-48 win.

Maurice Creek scored 22 points and added 8 rebounds, Marcus Keene had 13 points, and Remy Abell scored 12 points while Eric Thompson collected a game high 18 rebounds. Former Syracuse standout Eric Devendorf scored 14 points to lead Boeheim’s Army.

Sideline Cancer advanced to the championship game of The Basketball Tournament with a thrilling 67-65 win against Overseas Elite! Maurice Creek hit a game winning three point shot from the right wing to seal the victory.

Sideline Cancer began the first quarter on a 6-0 run as Eric Thompson made two lay ups and Marcus Keene added another. Overseas Elite got on the board with a Pooh Jeter 3 pointer and then a Remy Abell three pointer gave Sideline Cancer a 13-10 lead. Overseas Elite went on 9-2 run to finish the first quarter with a 19-15 edge over Sideline Cancer.

Overseas Elite went on a 7-0 run to start the 2nd quarter and built a 26-15 lead. Remy Abell then answered with 5 points to cut the lead to 26-20. Overseas Elite continued its strong play and extended its lead to 37-27 at the half.

Sideline Cancer showed life early in the 3rd quarter and a Marcus Keene three pointer cut the lead to 41-36. He followed that with another three pointer to cut the lead to 41-39. Overseas Elite then went on a run to build a 54-47 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter.

Marcus Keene started the 4th quarter with a jumper and to cut the lead to 5 and a Mo Creek three pointer cut the lead to 57-54. Marcus Keene then answered with another three pointer to tie the game at 57. An Eric Thompson layup tied the game at 59 before the clock stopped with the Elam Ending.

Remy Abell started the scoring with a layup and the Overseas Elite’s Dakari Tucker hit a three pointer to take a 62-61. A Marcus Keene three pointer built the lead to 64-62. Overseas Elite answered former NBA 7 time all-star Joe Johnson scoring a layup and drawing the foul. Johnson added a free throw to give Overseas Elite a 65-64 advantage. On the next possession Keene missed a three pointer and Overseas Elite called a time out to set up a play.

A Sideline Cancer defensive stop gave a transition opportunity and as Marcus Keene drove up the middle and kicked to Maurice Creek, who dribbled left, stepped back, and made the game winning three point shot.

The win puts Sideline Cancer into the championship game set for Tuesday night vs Golden Eagles, a team made up of Marquette Alumni. Marcus Keene scored 22 points for the purple, Eric Thompson had 16 points with 10 rebounds, Remy Abell added 14 points, and Maurice Creek chipped in with 10 points. Overseas Elite, which has won the TBT championship 4 times, got 18 points from Joe Johnson to lead them in scoring.

Sideline Cancer fell in the championship game of The Basketball Tournament 78-73 to the Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni team, on Tuesday Night in Columbus, Ohio.

Sideline Cancer got off to a slow start as the Golden Eagles began with an 8-0 start forcing the purple to call a time out. Jamel Artis put the purple of the board with a layup and Eric Thompson followed with 2 FT’s to cut the lead to 8-4. A Maurice Creek layup cut the lead to 12-11 and a Darius Johnson-Odom 3 pointer extended the lead to 17-13. Sideline Cancer finished the quarter strong with Dion Wright scoring back to back baskets before two Mo Creek free throws gave the purple their first lead 23-22 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Sideline Cancer got off to a good start in 2nd quarter when Remy Abell drove for a layup. Mo Creek followed with a three pointer to build a 28-25 three pointer. Golden Eagles then went on a 10-0 run to build a 35-28 lead. Sideline Cancer then went on a 9-2 run themselves to tie the game at 37 all. Remy Abell then scored the next 5 points building a 42-40 lead before Golden Eagles Jamil Wilson answered with a three pointer. Maurice Creek then scored an outbound of bounds to end the half giving the purple a 44-43 advantage.

The Golden Eagles started off the 3rd quarter by making a run before a Maurice Creek layup cut the lead to 49-48, followed by a Jamel Artis jumper and another Maurice Creek drive to build a 50-49 lead. A Maurice Creek three pointer extended the lead to 53-49. The Golden Eagles battled back and fit the lead before a Jamel Artis shot put Sideline Cancer ahead 61-58. Darius Johnson- Odom made a jumper to cut the lead 61-60 going into the 4th quarter.

Sideline Cancer got on the board first in the 4th with a jumper by Jamel Artis. A 5-0 run by Marquette built a 68-66 lead before a Sideline Cancer 4-2 run tied the game at 70 all going into the Elam Ending. The Golden Eagles got on the board first with a layup by Jamil Wilson to make the score 72-70. Sideline Cancer answered right back with a Marcus Keene three pointer to take a 73-72 lead. The Golden Eagles then got a three pointer from Wilson to make the score 75-73. Sideline Cancer was not able to answer and the Golden Eagles won the game on a Travis Diener three pointer.

Sideline Cancer finished their run in TBT 2020 by advancing to the championship game for the first time. They appreciate all the support from the Sideline Cancer family and were able to raise awareness all over the world.

ABOUT TEAM SIDELINE CANCER

Pancreatic cancer is one of the world’s deadliest cancers with a 5 year survival rate of 9%. It is also projected to become the #2 cancer killer by the year 2022. Sideline Cancer plays for those who are fighting pancreatic cancer currently, those who are no longer with us, and their families.

We are a member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition and spread awareness for Alex Trebek, 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.

We are excited to return as 1 of 24 teams for another run in the “Quarantined” TBT on Saturday July 4th-14th, 2020, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The tournament will be broadcast on ESPN. It will be first professional tournament of any top four sport to be played since the COVID-19 pandemic.

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]

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

Sideline Cancer 2020 Team Roster

*RETURNING*

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

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: George Washington University

Height: 6’ 5”

Position: Shooting Guard

Twitter Handle: @mo_creek

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Prometey Kamianske – Ukraine

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

*RETURNING*

Alma Mater: East Stroudsburg University

Height: 6’ 7”

Position: Small Forward

Twitter Handle: @wayno12

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Black Star Mersch

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

*RETURNING*

Alma Mater: Central Michigan

Height: 5’ 9”

Position: Point Guard

Twitter Handle: @marcus3keene

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Yulon Luxgen Dinos

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

Alma Mater: Rhode Island/Towson

Height: 6’ 2”

Position: Shooting Guard

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Murica

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

Alma Mater: Maryland

Height: 7’ 0”

Position: Center

Highest Level Played: Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2019

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Alma Mater: University of the Pacific

Height: 6’ 9”

Position: Center

Twitter Handle: @e_lova32

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Hapoel Eilat

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

Alma Mater: St. Bonaventure

Height: 6’ 7”

Position: Small Forward

Highest Level Played: Overseas Professional

Highest Level Team Name: Cherkasy

Last Year Played at Highest Level: 2020

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!!

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.

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!

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In 2019, the Sideline Cancer basketball team made it through two rounds in “The Basketball Tournament.” Although the Sideline Cancer team was unable to make it to the finals this year, they were successful in reaching a wide audience because their efforts and message of hope.

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About The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation

To date, the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation has given $295,000 to support the Pancreatic Cancer research of Dr. A James Moser, Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Donations to our organization also help fund the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Pancreatic Disease Registry and Biorepository

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The Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania.

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