On to the semifinals!
After 23 hours of rigorous debate and voting, the first round of The Herald’s Imaginary All-Time Big South Conference 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament concluded. Winthrop, UNC Asheville, Radford and High Point advanced.
Same rules as before: fan voting determines which teams advance. Voting for the semifinals ends Thursday, Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. Thanks to those that have participated already.
1. Winthrop vs. 4. High Point
The Eagles breezed into the semifinals, pulling 69 percent of the votes in their matchup with Charleston Southern. Bucs coach Barclay Radebaugh doesn’t fare well against Winthrop, the school where he used to be an assistant coach, and that’s true even in imaginary 3-on-3 basketball tournaments. Gotta’ think that Torrell Martin did his thing, scoring at will against Charleston Southern, while Tyson Waterman (probably would have) harassed Saah Nimley, throwing a wrench in the Bucs’ offense.
High Point’s John Brown had terrible luck with late-season injuries that ruled him out of Big South Conference tournaments, but this is an imaginary event... so he’s good to go. The bouncy Brown and Arizona Reid unquestionably would have given the smaller Liberty lineup major headaches around the rim. Seth Curry must not have caught fire in the Imaginary 3-on-3 tournament. Instead, he exits quickly, kind of like when he left Liberty for Duke after one season.
Oh, and High Point got 60 percent of the (real) votes.
As for this Winthrop-High Point semifinal, it’s a (fairly) young man’s game, save for Gene Littles. Maybe he has some tricks stashed down his candy-striped knee-high socks.
Tyson Waterman; Craig Bradshaw; Torrell Martin; (Bench) Tyrone Walker.
John Brown; Gene Littles; Arizona Reid; (Bench) Nick Barbour.
2. UNC Asheville vs. No. 3 Radford
I knew this would happen, absolutely knew it. Radford beat Gardner-Webb, which would have never happened if their 3-on-3 teams were playing in reality. In fact, nobody would have beaten Gardner-Webb, with its four former pros.
Alas, the votes spoke. Fifty-six percent of them went to the Highlanders, who slayed the Runnin’ Bulldogs.
Oh, and I told you 7-foot-7 Kenny George would be a problem. He surely must have been for Longwood in the two teams’ imaginary first round game. I just hope nobody tried to dunk on him, like this. In real life, Asheville got 64 percent of the vote to stiff-arm Longwood’s second straight upset attempt.
Art Parakhouski and Kenny George missed each other in real life by just a few years. Thank goodness we have imaginary tournaments to make these mouthwatering matchups happen.
Kenny George; J.P. Primm; Matt Dickey; (Bench) Ahmad Thomas.
Art Parakhouski; Doug Day; Javonte Green; (Bench) Anthony Walker.