Seven players scored in double figures and the Syracuse zone stifled throughout as Boeheim's Army dominated Basketball City 87-59 on Saturday to advance to the second round of The Basketball Tournament.
Eric Devendorf finished with a game high 14 points on 6-10 shooting as the team made up primarily of former Orange stars started the tournament with a $2 million prize with a bang. Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair scored 13 a piece, Hakim Warrick and Baye Keita added 11 points, while Darryl Watkins and Willie Deane each contributed 10 points.
Boeheim's Army shot 48.5% from the field while an active zone filled with size and length held Basketball City NYC to just 33.8% from the floor. The Army also made eight of their 18 three-point attempts.
Warrick got the former Syracuse players off to a fast start with an early three-pointer and an all too familiar monster dunk. Warrick drove baseline, rose, hung and slammed the ball home over his defender. That play gave Boeheim's Army a 10-2 advantage.
Basketball City hung around, trimming the lead to just five at intermission. A 5-0 second half run cut the lead to just three. Triche answered with a three and Warrick followed it up with a layup to push the advantage to eight.
Boeheim's Army never looked back.
Two nifty layups in traffic by Devendorf were followed by a Terrence Roberts triple to put the game away midway through the second half.
Boeheim's Army's next game will be Sunday at 4:15pm Eastern against the Broad Street Bullies.