Team Colorado inched a little closer to the money round on Sunday. And the group of Colorado Buffaloes basketball alums will add a critical reinforcement when they hit the floor again in pursuit of the $2 million winner-take-all payoff at stake in The Basketball Tournament.
Team Colorado capped a solid weekend showing in Las Vegas on Sunday by dispatching Broad Street Brawlers 111-95 in a second-round showdown. The defending tournament runner-up advanced to the Super 16 next weekend in Brooklyn, where Team Colorado will battle Armored Athlete, a club featuring former Division I players from a wide range of programs, at 2 p.m. MDT Saturday afternoon on ESPN.
The winner of that Super 16 battle will advance to the quarterfinals on July 23.
It was the second consecutive 100-point outing for Team Colorado, which defeated Kimchi Express 100-71 Saturday in its tournament opener. By the time Team Colorado reconvenes in New York they will add the services of 6-foot-10 Josh Scott, a first team All-Pac-12 Conference performer for the Buffs in 2016 who has been completing a stint with the NBA Summer League team of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Team Colorado clung to a narrow 51-49 lead at halftime but quickly asserted control after the break, reeling off a 28-16 run to extend the lead to 14 points nearly halfway through the second frame.
Unlike Saturday’s opener, when the former Buffs featured six players who scored between 10 and 26 points, Sunday’s victory was led largely by Marcus Hall and Chris Copeland, both of whom topped 30 points while combining to go 10-for-15 from 3-point range.
Copeland tallied a game-high 31 points while going 11-for-18 from the field, adding a team-leading seven rebounds and three assists. Hall scored 30 points and also recorded five assists and five rebounds. Guard Dominique Coleman paced the former Buffs with eight assists while also going 5-for-8 from the floor and scoring 14 points.
While Broad Street Brawlers shot .507 overall, outscored Team Colorado 20-8 at the free throw line, and also outrebounded Team Colorado 40-32, the prowess from 3-point range displayed by the former CU stars made the difference. Team Colorado finished 15-for-29 from the 3-point arc, while Broad Street Brawlers went 5-for-22.
Team Colorado finished with a .564 mark (44-for-78) from the field.
Scott’s run through the NBA Summer League postseason will end in the championship game on Monday after Portland knocked off Memphis 87-82 in the semifinals Sunday afternoon. Scott came off the bench to play 13 minutes, going 2-for-3 from the field with four points, two rebounds, and a blocked shot…Spencer Dinwiddie’s Summer League run with the Brooklyn Nets came to an end with a Saturday night loss against the Los Angeles Lakers, but the former CU guard made a memorable final impression. Dinwiddie finished with 22 points, going 6-for-11 from the field while compiling five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one blocked shot, and no turnovers in 29 minutes.