Sometimes you know when it's just not your day. Team Colorado experienced that sort of moment Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn.
While attempting to rally late in the Super 16 of The Basketball Tournament, the group of former Colorado Buffaloes basketball stars faced a six-point deficit with under two minutes remaining. Needing a defensive stop, the shot clock was winding down when Armored Athlete's David Dudzinski launched a 3-pointer.
Just as Team Colorado needed, the ball clanged off the rim. Then, improbably, it banked off the glass and through the net.
The bucket all but sealed Team Colorado's fate in the $2 million winner-take-all TBT, as Armored Athlete claimed a nine-point lead in what soon became an 84-75 loss. One year after reaching the title game, a slightly revamped Team Colorado roster that seemingly boasted more firepower was unable to advance out of the Super 16.
Experiencing uncharacteristic shooting woes alongside a slew of ill-timed mistakes, Team Colorado never seemed to get on track despite using a 12-0 to take an early lead on the way to a 39-36 advantage at halftime.
However, the shooting spark that carried the former Buffs through the first two rounds never resurfaced in Brooklyn. Team Colorado shot at least 55 percent in each of the first two games in TBT, but the club struggled to a .403 mark on Saturday. The early TBT prowess included a 15-for-29 mark from 3-point range in a second-round win against Broad Street Brawlers, but the former CU stars went just 8-for-31 from long range against Armored Athlete.
A 3-pointer from Chris Copeland with just under 11 minutes remaining gave Team Colorado a 59-57 lead, but Armored Athlete soon unleashed a 12-2 run and never looked back.
Team Colorado featured six players with at least 10 points in its opening-round win and received 30-point games from Copeland and Marcus Hall in round two, but the club was unable to generate much offense beyond Hall on Saturday. The former CU guard scored a game-high 29 points, going 11-for-19 from the field, but the remainder of the team shot just .333 (16-for-48).
Team Colorado was victimized on the boards, getting outrebounded 46-35 overall and 17-13 on the offensive glass. Armored Athlete took full advantage of their offensive rebounds, posting a 21-6 advantage on second-chance points.
Armored Athlete committed 12 turnovers against just eight for Team Colorado, but Armored Athlete once again did a far better job of taking advantage of its opportunities, recording a 16-12 edge in points off turnovers despite committing four more than the former Buffs. Team Colorado also missed a handful of point-blank layups.
Saturday's contest also marked the Team Colorado debut of 2016 CU graduate Josh Scott, but the 6-foot-10 former first team All-Pac-12 Player was unable to turn Team Colorado's fortunes on the glass, going 4-for-11 from the field before finishing with 11 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes.
Dudzinski paced Armored Athlete with 17 points, with Julian Gamble adding 15 and Jon Octeus adding 14. While Armored Athlete shot a .449 overall, those three players combined to go 17-for-24 (.708).