June 6, 2014 - The Basketball Tournament: Notre Dame Fighting Alumni

The Basketball Tournament: 32 teams in a single elimination bracket with the winning team getting $500,000. The best part? Any team could sign up and become eligible by receiving enough votes. Former Notre Dame basketball walk-on, Kieran Piller, heard about the Tournament and started calling up former players he had stayed in contact with. Before long, an All-Star Team of former Mike Brey players had signed on and the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni were formed. The roster was made up of:

  • Jordan Cornette '05
  • Chris Thomas '05
  • Torin Francis '06
  • Russell Carter '07
  • Colin Falls '07
  • Kieran Piller '07, '10 J.D. (Coach)
  • Rob Kurz '08
  • Ryan Ayers '09
  • Zach Hillesland '09
  • Tory Jackson '10
  • Tyrone Nash '11
  • Paul Gause - Seton Hall (a close friend of Carter's)

The opening round game saw the 10th seeded Notre Dame Fighting Alumni opposite the #23 NYC Super Stars. The game was played at Philadelphia University with modified college rules (18 min. halves, 4 timeouts per game, 35 sec shot clock, and so forth). The beauty of the NDFA team was quickly realized - despite the players being at Notre Dame over a span of 10 years and only a few playing together at one time, everyone had played in the same system under Mike Brey. The unselfish, team oriented style quickly returned and the squad was a cohesive group.

Round of 32
            1  2  F
#23 NYCSS  30 36 66
#10 NDFA   35 43 78

Ryan Ayers led all scorers with 22 points and the NDFA outrebounded the Super Stars 34 to 26. As a team, the shot 23 of 45 which included 9-18 from three - the staple of the "Breyfense" (the Brey offense, we're coining it). Ayers alone was 5-8 from three. As a team they also shot 23 of 30 from the free throw line, led by Thomas and Carter both going 8-8 from the line.

With the victory, the Fighting Alumni survived to move on to the Sweet 16.

Keywords: tbt, mens basketball, the basketball tournament, chris thomas, torin francis, russell carter, colin falls, kieran piller, rob kurz, ryan ayers, zach hillesland, tory jackson, tyrone nash, mike brey, notre dame fighting alumni

Posted On: 2015-06-06 06:17:56 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2015-06-06 06:46:33 by IrishTrpt07


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