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Jamel Artis, Sideline Cancer Advance to TBT Quarterfinals

Jamel Artis, Sideline Cancer Advance to TBT Quarterfinals

Pitt alum Jamel Artis and Sideline Cancer advanced to the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament with a 76-66 win over Challenge ALS in Columbus, Ohio.

Sideline Cancer, a Hollidaysburg, Pa.-based team, now has two upset victories as the No. 22-seeded team in the 24-team tournament.

Artis started and played 27 minutes for Sideline Cancer, scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. The 6-foot-7 wing, who spent the 2019-20 season with Metropolitans 92 in France, was 2 for 5 from 3-point range.

Former Indiana and Xavier guard Remy Abell led the squad with 17 points and hit the game-winning shot. Marcus Keene (Youngstown State/Central Michigan) had 16. Former Pacific forward Eric Thompson had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Sideline Cancer will face No. 3 seed Boeheim’s Army, a team of Syracuse alumni. In his final three seasons at Pitt, Artis averaged 17.7 points per game against Syracuse and became something of a specialist against the Orange’s 2-3 zone defense.

Fellow Pitt alum Ryan Luther is also still in the tournament. Playing for  No. 23 Herd That, Luther will take on No. 7 The Money Team on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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