Roberts, Belbey Talk Boeheim's Army

I spoke with the former Syracuse standout and current Boeheim’s Army forward about their two victories in Philadelphia, and what’s next in Chicago. Here’s what he had to say.

In yesterday’s overtime thriller, Roberts scored 8 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. On Saturday, he had 7 points and 6 boards. Despite not playing in a Syracuse uniform in years, Terrence hasn’t lost a bit of passion. “It felt like an old big east road game,” he told CuseNation.com. “It felt like Pittsburgh or Notre Dame. Very hostile, but fun.”

Boeheim’s Army handled the NYCSuperstars on Saturday, 91-73, but had a much closer game on Sunday. It took overtime for the Army to advance to Chicago.

“Collectively, I think we played very well," Roberts said. "I also think we have a little room for improvement, especially on the defensive end.

“We all understand the game very well and we are giving all we have to try and win this thing. At the end of the day, we have the talent to do so. But I still don’t think you have seen our best game, and when you do, it’s going to shock some people.”

Player/coach Lawrence Moten switched from Syracuse’s famous 2-3 zone to man-to-man in the second half of Sunday’s overtime win. “I love Coach Boeheim, but I’m not a zone guy,” Moten said according to the Post-Standard following the win.

In midst of the craziness, his former SU teammate Eric Devendorf was ejected. In a late tie-up in overtime, Devendorf and 20th & Olney’s Steven Smith exchanged words and were both ejected.

“He’s a lot like me. We’re both very fiery players and sometimes your emotions get the best of you. It happens to the best of us,” Roberts said of the ejection. “I didn’t actually see what happened for him to get ejected, so I don’t really have much of an opinion.”

Despite not seeing the ejection, the 6-foot-9 forward was quick to defend his teammate,

“Whatever it was, I’m sure it didn’t warrant an ejection," Roberts said. "I think the refs were a little on edge during last nights game because it was so physical.”

Roberts also informed CuseNation.com that both Rick Jackson and Donte Greene will be with the team next weekend in Chicago.

“Rick is a big help on the boards and scoring on the low block,” he said. “Donte adds more depth, scoring and length to an already big lineup. Defensively, it’s a big upgrade.”

General manager Kevin Belbey told CuseNation.com, “We are expecting both of them to be there.”

When asked about what the additions would mean to Boeheim’s Army, Belbey said “Our bigs really set the tone this past weekend, so we expect Donte and Rick to do the same. Both are really looking forward to being apart of what we have going on and getting us four more wins.”

“Both Donte and Rick are looking forward to being apart of what we have going on and getting us four more wins,” the founder of the Army added.

During an interview with ESPN Syracuse this afternoon, Belbey shot down the reports that leading scorer Demetris Nichols would miss a potential Saturday night game due to a friends wedding. If the team wins on Friday night, Nichols will be available on Saturday with a chance to advance into the third weekend.

Boeheim’s Army tips off with the Liberty Ballers on Friday night at 6:45 p.m. ET. The game will be live-streamed on the Tournament’s website. If they win, Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPNU.


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