Alaskans on collision course in $1 million winner-take-all event

July 24, 2021

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

Derrick Wilson

Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Derrick Wilson are on a collision course to face off in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament, which has a winner-take-all $1 million grand prize.

Both players saw their teams win first-round games in the Illinois Regional.

Now they need to win Monday and again in Wednesday’s sweet 16 to advance to the elite eight of the open men’s tournament featuring former NBA, college and international stars.

Abdul-Bassit, of East High fame, plays for a team called Always Us, which is comprised of University of Oregon alumni. The former NBA G League player bagged three points and a rebound in his team’s 79-73 victory over the Peoria All-Stars.

Wilson, of East High fame, plays for the Golden Eagles squad, which is made up of former Marquette University players. The veteran international player contributed three points, one rebound and one assist.

Wilson’s team won the tournament title last year.