Jacob Young leads Team Always Us over Jackson Underdogs in first round of TBT

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It’s not the NBA. It’s not Division I basketball. But it’s exciting nonetheless.

Oregon’s alumni team Always Us managed to defeat the Jackson Underdogs 79-78 in the first round of The Basketball Tournament with the eventual champion taking home $1 million.

Always Us, the 4-seed in their region, will now take on the 1-seed Gutter Cat Gang on Sunday at 3 p.m. PST.

Newcomer to the team Jacob Young led the way with 27 points, including 15 points in the third quarter to help the former Ducks erase a nine-point halftime deficit.

The game went back and forth for the entire fourth quarter until the game went into the Elam Ending, a very different way to finish out a basketball game. The goal is to have the game end on a made basket and have a set score total a team has to reach and in this case, it was 79.

Always Us was down 78-77 and had to get a defensive stand, which they got. Garrett Sim eventually found himself open for three, but he was fouled. The Portland native drained the first two free throws to send the Underdogs packing.

Every game of TBT can be seen on ESPN3.

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