The Pitt alumni Zoo Crew team returned to The Basketball Tournament this year but suffered an early exit. The team lost to Sideline Cancer, a group playing to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer, falling 100-87.
The Basketball Tournament is a five-on-five event with the winning team taking home $2 million in prize money.
It was an upset of sorts as The Zoo Crew was a No. 5 seed and Sideline Cancer was a No. 12 seed. The Zoo Crew played a solid game and were led by Levance Fields, who poured in 35 points, easily leading all scorers. Other former Panthers on the team didn't fare quite as well, though. Ronald Ramon, Keith Benjamin, and John DeGroat were all pretty cold and combined to shoot only 6-27 from the field for 15 points.
Last year's team made quite a lot of noise, you might remember. That team made it to the final eight before bowing out. But they also had more talent, such as Chevy Troutman, Brad Wanamaker, Gary McGhee, Gilbert Brown, and Jermaine Dixon. This year's team was supposed to include Ashton Gibbs, Levon Kendall, and Troutman later but they weren't available this weekend, leaving them a bit shorthanded.