The Tennessee Travelers nearly shocked the Southern California All-Stars during the waning moments of regulation in their quarterfinals matchup.
With the score 51-51 and three second remaining, Michael Collins launched a Hail Mary pass into the Riverview Park Activity Center's stratosphere. With the precision of a heat-seeking missile, the ball somehow avoided mammoth rafters and landed in David Harrison's soft hands.
Seemingly dumbfounded that the ball reached him, Harrison's two-foot layup clanged off the rim. The 7-foot center snared retrieved the ball and pushed another wayward attempt at the cylinder.
It too was off, as was the entire Tennessee team in overtime, losing 55-51. Josh Childress hit a baseline-jumper 12 seconds into the extra frame to provide Southern California with all the offense it would need to advance into the semifinals.
Tyson Chandler scored seven points against Tennessee on a twisted left ankle. Despite the chaotic ending, the 7-footer was pleased with his team's play in the closing moments.
"It's about poise," Chandler said. "We're used to these situations. (The inbounds play) was crazy. We definitely thought it was going to hit something."
Tennessee went scoreless in the three-minute overtime period.
and fell 55-51.
A pair prized recruits had the full attention of two of college basketball's most prominent coaches. UCLA coach Steve Lavin attended Southern California's games on Wednesday to ensure Tyson Chandler and the rest of the extremely talented squad knew he craves their services.
Newly appointed North Carolina coach Matt Dougherty was present at Bloomington Red's contest with the Southern California All-Stars Wednesday morning to watch Chris Thomas. Thomas orally committed to Notre Dame before Dougherty accepted the job at his alma mater. No doubt, Dougherty would like to see Thomas in Carolina blue.
There was a five-team tie atop Pool C's standings on Wednesday. Only two teams from each pool advanced to the eight-team playoffs. Riverside Church and Boo Williams won the tie-breaker decided by point differential.
Boo Williams was plus-20, Riverside Church was plus-18, St. Louis was even, Shreveport Bossier Select was plus-1 while Team Texas was plus-12. Each team finished pool play with identical 3-2 records.
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