Former Siena Saints Seek To Team Up In Big Money Tourney



Former Siena Saints Kenny Hasbouck, Ronald Moore and Ryan Rossiter have teamed up to participate in The Basketball Tournament (TBT), an 32-team single elimination winner-take-all event scheduled for this summer. Grand Prize for the winning team is $500,000!

“I’m looking forward to playing against some of the best players in the nation,” said Hasbrouck. “There will be guys from the top levels of basketball, NBA and college guys so that will be fun. And, no doubt I’m playing to win it all!”

Although the roster is not finalized due to pending playoffs both in the NBA and overseas, other players on Team Hittas include J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks, Tony Durant (Towson) the older brother of Kevin Durant and Mike Beers (Siena ’07) who along with Hasbrouck will serve as team coaches.

Twenty-four teams will be selected on the basis of popularity, in addition to 8 other teams to be chosen by TBT. This is where Siena fans come in. The guys need your help.

In order to qualify, teams need to have a minimum of 100 fans registered on The Tournament website. But, it doesn’t stop there. The teams with the top 24 number of fans will automatically qualify. So, Siena fans can make this happen by joining and then spreading the word. Fans who register are also eligible to win as well including a Grand Prize of $25,000 and $25k in other prizes including a trip for 10 to Vegas, and lots of other prizes.

Siena fans once registered, can choose Kenny, Ronald and Ryan’s team by visiting The Hittas team page.

Rounds 1-4 are on June 6th, 7th, and 8th at Philadelphia University. The $500,000 game is on June 28th at a location chosen by the Fans. After the final 2 teams are determined, Fans will vote on which team will host the final game. Home court advantage is most advantageous in basketball.  This is your chance to bring TBT into the community and provide a great atmosphere. Imagine a winner-take-all game for a half a million dollars at the TUC!

“For all the Siena fans, if we get enough votes not only will we be able to enter the tournament and compete with the best, we also will have a chance to make a push to get the championship game played in Albany,” Hasbrouck said. “It’s a win-win situation for all of us.”

We got in touch with Dan Friel, one of the event’s organizers to learn more about The Tournament and the backing behind the $500,000 winner-take-all prize.

“It’s privately financed by a group in Boston, led by our founder Jon Mugar, said Friel. “His family has been prominent in Boston’s philanthropic efforts over the last 50 years. The money is there.

“Jon’s been one of my best friends since the 7th grade. This is an idea we hatched over email about 4 1/2 years ago and it’s now come to fruition and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Friel explains the tremendous amount of effort and commitment being put into making this a top-notch event.

“I’m a federal prosecutor specializing in public corruption in New Orleans. I’m on leave from my job to start TBT. I’d never associate myself with anything other than a first class, legitimate operation and I’d expect nothing less from Jon and our team. A tremendous amount of resources have been poured into TBT in terms of time, talent, and treasure.”

This certainly should prove to be an exciting event, and hopefully with the full support of Siena fans, the former Saints will be a part of it.

“Our goal is to create an open tournament that is unique, fun, and compelling for players and fans,” Friel said. “If Siena fans and alums can give Kenny and his squad the support they need to make it in, I’m confident that we’ll reach our goal and everyone will be excited to see what the future holds for TBT.”

To register and support support Team Hittas: CLICK HERE

To learn more, visit the TBT’s interview with Kenny here: Kenny Hasbrouck: TBT “the most challenging tournament of the summer”

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