The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team had a good showing at the ESPN Events Invitational in Orlando over the weekend. Of course, they would love to forget the championship game loss to Florida Atlantic, 84-50, but winning games over Boise State and Iowa State are two wins that should look very good in mid-March if the Hokies are a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament.
Virginia Tech looked good in their wins over the Broncos and Cyclones and had several players step up. One Hokie was rewarded for their effort over the Holiday weekend in Central Florida.
Hunter Cattoor was named to the All-Tournament team
Senior guard Hunter Cattoor had a homecoming he won’t forget. He grew up about 30 minutes from Disney where the tournament was held and got to play three games in front of a lot of family and friends. He played so well that he earned All-Tournament honors.
He earned the honors after breaking the school’s all-time record for 3-point field goals in a career against Boise State Thanksgiving night in the 82-75 victory. He dropped 19 points on the Broncos, then had a team-high 18 against the Cyclones. In the championship game against FAU, he struggled, like the rest of his teammates, shooting the ball and had just 11 points.
Sean Pedulla also had a very good tournament and his second-half efforts against Boise State and Iowa State were a reason the Hokies were able to get two wins. He hit a pair of 3-pointers late in the game against the Cyclones to seal the win and keep them from mounting a big second-half comeback.
The Hokies return to the court Wednesday night in the first ACC/SEC Challenge. They will be at Auburn to face a Tigers team that is athletic and can shoot. At 5-2, this is another opportunity for coach Mike Young and his team to earn an impressive win in November.