UCLA Basketball: Sons of Westwood begin play in the Super 16

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Isaac Hamilton
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Isaac Hamilton /

The UCLA basketball alumni-based team, Sons of Westwood, continue their journey in The Tournament as they are set to face Team Challenge ALS, which has a UCLA connection of their own.

Two weeks ago Sons of Westwood, the team composed of several former UCLA basketball players, made their debut in The Tournament and used two straight wins to advance to the Super 16.

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The team that was led by Jordan Adams, Malcolm Lee and Isaac Hamilton took out Team D3 and Albuquerque Hoops in two consecutive games which were played at Cal State Los Angeles. In both games, the Bruin alums needed second-half comebacks to claim the wins.

Now the Sons of Westwood are in Atlanta in the Super 16 to continue their charge through The Tournament, which is “the most intense basketball competition in the world” The winning team takes home a $2 million prize.

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Today, the Sons will be taking on Team Challenge ALS at 12 noon for a chance to move on to the final eight. The game will be televised on ESPN and can be streamed on the ESPN App.

Though this game will be intense in its own right, it gets knocked up a notch considering what Team Challenge ALS brings. Not only were they the runner-up in The Tournament last season, but they have a connection to UCLA.

Former UCLA and current Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison is the Head Coach for Team Challenge ALS, so either way, a Bruin is moving on in this competition.

Lucky the Sons of Westwood have reinforcements. Two weeks ago it was announced that team members Lorenzo Mata and Matt Barnes would not participate due to injury, though it was expected that Barnes would recover in time for this game in Atlanta. Currently, we expect him to be a game-time decision. Luckily, the Bruins have added three honorary members.

Garrett Nevels, Markus Kennedy, and Alex Stephenson are bringing some much-needed depth to the team and will be with the Sons for the extent of The Tournament.

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Hopefully, this will give the UCLA alumni the boost they need to make a run for the grand prize and put the name “Sons of Westwood” on the map. Go Bruins and friends!