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With forward Romeo Travis getting married this weekend, Ram Nation needed another big man for its round of 16 game in The Basketball Tournament.
Adding a player for this round costs $3,000, according to tournament rules. Ram Nation raised the money through donations in less than 24 hours and brought aboard 6-foot-9 Justin Tuoyo.
Tuoyo, who spent one season at VCU before transferring to Chattanooga, just finished his career with the Mocs as a three-time defensive player of the year in the Southern Conference.
“We needed another person to defend the paint and rebound,” said Ram Nation guard Brandon Rozzell.
Ram Nation, a group of mostly VCU alumni, has had a few changes since putting together its roster for the tournament, which features a $2 million prize for the winner.
Former James Madison big man Denzel Bowles didn’t show for the first two games in Charlotte and has been dropped from the roster. Former VCU forward Juvonte Reddic pulled out early because of a knee issue.
Reddic was replaced by former VCU and NBA center Larry Sanders as Ram Nation advanced by beating Showtime 82-80 and Primetime Players 96-82.
Former VCU guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa, who had been playing in Puerto Rico, missed the first two games after this flight was delayed. He’s expected to be on hand when Ram Nation plays N.C. Prodigal Sons on Friday at 7 p.m. at Long Island University in New York. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
The single-elimination tournament is heavy on overseas pros and former NBA and college players. Ram Nation has three players with significant NBA experience: Sanders, point guard Eric Maynor (VCU) and forward Reggie Williams (VMI, Prince George).
Forward Jamie Skeen had 25 points and hit a last-second jumper in the first game. Williams had 19 points and Rozzell 16.
Maynor had 28 points, eight assists and nine rebounds in the second game. Rozzell had 19 points and Skeen added 14. The 6-11 Sanders scored 8 points and blocked nine shots in 29 minutes combined in the two games. He and Tuoyo give Ram Nation two top shot-blockers.
Ram Nation trailed N.C. Prodigal Sons by 15 at halftime in the opening round last year. It came back to win 85-80.
“We know they’re going to come out Gary Sanchez Youth Jersey pumped up,” said Rozzell. “It’s going to be a good game for us. It’s going to be physical. I think if we come out and stay focused and do what we do, we’ll be fine.”
If it wins, Ram Nation may get another shot at two-time defending champion Overseas Elite, which has never been beaten (15-0).
Elite plays Tampa Bulls on the other side of the South Region bracket. If Ram Nation and Elite win, they will play on Sunday. Elite eliminated Ram Nation 91-80 last year in the round of 16.

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