The Kentucky Travelers split two games Sunday and will go into the final day of the Nike EYBL regular season needing one more victory — or a little help — to make the Peach Jam finals in July.
The Travelers (8-9) are in fifth place in their division, one game ahead of Southern Stampede (7-10). A Travelers’ victory over CIA Bounce (6-11) or a Stampede loss to Mac Irvin Fire (10-7) would be enough to send the Kentucky team to Peach Jam, which consists of the top 24 squads in the 40-team EYBL. Both games will be played Monday morning in Minneapolis.
The Travelers got off to a rough start in the final session of EYBL play. They lost their opener to Seattle Rotary, 80-68, on Saturday before a 72-67 defeat to the Tyus Jones-led Howard Pulley Panthers later in the day. Lafayette star Jackson Davis led the Travelers with 16 points and eight rebounds in the game against Howard Pulley.
Sunday’s schedule started out with an 82-59 victory over Team United. Knott Central’s Camron Justice had 13 points and four other Travelers scored in double figures in that win. Later Sunday, All Ohio Red beat the Travelers 72-69 in what amounted to a win-and-you’re-in contest.
Each 1 Teach 1 (13-4), Howard Pulley (11-6), Mac Irvin (10-7) and All Ohio Red (10-7) have already advanced to Peach Jam out of Division D. Five teams from each division and four wild cards make it to the final tournament, but the Travelers are not in contention for one of the four wild-card spots.
Their Monday foe — CIA Bounce — has lost all four games this weekend in Minneapolis, and three of those have been by double digits. The Toronto-based program made it to the Peach Jam championship game last year behind Kansas signee Andrew Wiggins.
Southern Stampede faces Mac Irvin Fire, who are led by 2014 big men Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander. Okafor reinjured his ankle earlier in the weekend and likely won’t play Monday.
Southern Stampede defeated the Travelers 65-62 earlier this month in Dallas.
The Peach Jam will be played July 10-14 in North Augusta, S.C.