By: Matthew Ryan
Game three of the Rumph Classic’s opener was undoubtedly the headliner of the night. And it didn’t disappoint, with the defending champions Rex6 topping Family Over Everything in a thriller, 74-73.
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Rex6 got off to a hot start early, led by Neumann-Goretti product Quade Green. Green, who played at Kentucky and then Washington, led a highlight sequence that ended the first quarter with Rex6 up 26-15. But FOE came alive in the second quarter, outscoring Rex6 24-8 to put them up by five at the half.
FOE remained in control until around midway through the fourth quarter when Rex6 flipped the switch. Trailing by just two, Green was fouled on a three-point attempt with one second left. Green stepped to the line and knocked down all three free throws, not even hitting the rim, to put Rex6 up by one.
NBA veteran forward Markieff Morris inbounded the ball to his twin brother, Marcus in the corner, but his jumper at the buzzer rattled out, securing the win for Rex6. The twins combined for 28 points, Marcus scoring 17 and Markieff finishing with 11. Vincent Simpson joined them in double figures with 14 points.
Green finished the contest with a game-high 25 points, earning Player of the Game honors. Jamir Hanner scored 21 points for Rex6, and 2021 Rumph Classic MVP Wali Hepburn added 11 points.