Cincinnati alumni team Nasty Nati clinched a spot in TBT second round after an 88-76 win over The Money Team at the Cintas Center tonight!
Jarron Cumberland compiled 28 points and nine rebounds to lead Nasty Nati, highlighted by a game-sealing triple to cap off the victory.
Nasty Nati trailed 48-42 at halftime before starting the third quarter on an 11-0 run to regain the lead and take control of the momentum.
The Money Team remained within striking distance until Jacob Evans knocked down a pair of 3-pointers to push the lead to double digits.
Cincinnati Basketball: Nasty Nati clinches a spot in TBT second round following 88-76 win
Bearcats product Mamoudou Diarra scored the first eight points including a two-handed dunk to help Nasty Nati jump out to an early lead.
Despite trailing 48-42 going into the locker room at halftime, Cumberland came up with a clutch steal and 3-pointer to beat the buzzer!
Evans posted 24 points and eight rebounds on 8/16 shooting from the field, while Diarra totaled 13 points and five rebounds in the win.
Nasty Nati advanced to the second round on Saturday night and will take on Xavier’s alumni team Zip Em Up or the Georgia Kingz.
Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats alumni team attempts to go on a run in annual TBT event
After falling to the Fort Wayne Champs in the first round last summer, Nasty Nati is hoping to prove it can compete for a championship!
Stay tuned for the most recent roster changes and updates as Nasty Nati attempts to stay alive in the annual single elimination tournament.
The Xavier Regional will resume on Saturday evening at the Cintas Center, followed by the $1 million championship game next month.
With an opportunity to secure a berth in the third round, Nasty Nati must continue to create quality shots and defend at a high level.