Phase 1 Complete
Step one of “the process” was fulfilled this past Saturday in Charlotte, as the Washington Generals returned from a three-year hiatus to compete in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 64-team event with a winner-take-all $2 million dollar prize on the line.
The Generals, guided by veteran Head Coach Sam Worthen, faced the Matadors – a team comprised of former standouts from Texas Tech University’s men’s basketball team, in the first round of the South Region.
The contest featured eight lead changes, and the score was tied seven times throughout the 40-minute game. A huge three-pointer by John Roberson put the Matadors up by four points with under 30 seconds to play, however the Generals couldn’t close the gap, dropping its TBT opener, 76-72.
Generals guard Sundiata Gaines, a former star for the University of Georgia, led all scorers with 22 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor. Deandre Medlock and Malik Boothe added 15 and 13 points respectively in a losing cause. Medlock grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Roberson, who led Texas Tech in scoring as a senior in 2011, paced the winners with 17 points.
Despite the loss, the Generals and Worthen remained optimistic on their comeback efforts. They continue to keep their eye on the prize: a future date with the Harlem Globetrotters.
“It was good to get a game under our belts after a long layoff against a very competitive team,” said Worthen, who was a college All-American at Marquette University and a former NBA player. “We have a process on rebuilding the franchise and becoming a major force. We are now tournament-tested and ready to take the next step in our process of knocking off the Harlem Globetrotters.”