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DeMarcus Cousins’ squad wins their first game of The Basketball Tournament

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins’ debut as a general manager was a massive success.

To tip off The Basketball Tournament at Frederick Douglass High School, Cousins’ Loyalty is Love squad defeated the Illinois Hoopville Warriors by a final score of 107-98.

Former Baylor standout Pierre Jackson led Loyalty is Love with 26 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists, followed by former Marquette star Darius Johnson-Odom with 24 points, four rebounds, and one assist.

Jackson was joined by fellow Baylor standouts Isaiah Austin and Quincy Miller, who finished with 14 and 13 points, respectively. This was the first time Austin has played an official game on American soil since he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome in 2014, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. At the time of the diagnosis, Austin said he was no longer allowed to play basketball at a competitive level since there was a high risk of his aorta rupturing if he continued to play.

As for Miller, you may recall that he was once a serious Kentucky basketball target in the class of 2011, with many considering him a near-lock to end up in Lexington. Instead, the former five-star forward signed with Baylor.

Former Kentucky center Daniel Orton also put up 11 points on 3-5 shooting to go with two rebounds and one blocked shot in his first game back in Lexington.

Loyalty is Love will take on the winner of KBC and the Peoria Allstars tomorrow afternoon.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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