The Category 5 team made of primarily University of Miami Basketball alums have advanced to the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament. Tenth-seeded Category 5 earned their second straight upset with a 76-69 victory over second-seeded Red Scare. Red Scare was primarily made up of Dayton alumni.
University of Miami Basketball Team Heading to the Quarterfinals
Davon Reed bounced back from a five-point outing on Saturday to lead Category 5 with 21 on Sunday. Rion Brown scored 18 and Zach Johnson scored 10 each as the other Category 5 players on double figures. Category 5 won their first-round game over Wolf Blood a North Carolina State alumni team.
Another strong defensive performance keyed the victory for Category 5. Category 5 held Red scare to 40 percent from the floor. Category 5 shot 57 percent from the floor and 9-20 three-point attempts. Darryl Davis led Red Scare with 29 points. Devin Oliver was the only other player for Red Scare in double figures with 10.
Miami has a team full of experienced players with deep tournament runs. Reed and Kamari Murphy were on the 2016 Hurricanes that reached the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. Brown played for Miami in 2013 when the Hurricanes won the ACC regular season and tournament championships.
Miami also reached the regional semifinals in 2013. Brown has been outstanding for Category 5 leading them in scoring through the first two games. In their 74-65 victory over Wolf Blood, Brown led Category 5 with a matching 18 points to his Sunday output. Miami will need Brown and Reed to continue their scoring prowess.
The win sends Category 5, the No. 10 seed in the Columbus Regional, into the third round against 6-seed Blue Collar U featuring Buffalo Alums on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.
Category 5 has been an underdog in every game they have played seed-wise and will still be in this matchup against Blue Collar U.
Category 5 is a team that loves going on runs throughout the games they have played. Starting the game on a 21-10 run and then having an 8-0 run towards the end of the game to end the win with a confident win.
Davon Reed will be the most important player for Miami, the 32nd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is showing why he was an early 2nd round pick throughout the 2nd game versus Red Scare and mainly in the first quarter and hitting 4 three pointers in the game.