The Golden Eagles live and die by the three. After Sunday’s dramatic win, they are alive and well and headed to Baltimore.
Travis Diener hit a 25-foot three pointer to hit the Target Score as the Golden Eagles defeated Boeheim’s Army, 90-86, to win their first-ever Regional championship. Diener (17 points) took a pass near midcourt and drilled his fifth three-pointer to send the delirious Marquette University alumni squad on to the semi-finals.
Golden Eagles coach Joe Chapman was clear on the team’s strategy in the final moments of the Elam Ending, when his squad needed a three-pointer to win it.
“We’ve got a lot of three-point shooters,” said Chapman. “We believe in everybody.”
Mo Acker led the Golden Eagles with 22 points, and Elgin Cook contributed 18 points for the victors, who shot 54% from three-point range.
Chapman, who at the conclusion of timeouts writes the amount of money that his players could win this Friday night in Baltimore, praised his team’s effort.
“That was a gutty, gritty performance by us,” said Chapman. “Everyone stepped to the plate.”
Hakim Warrick tallied a game-high 24 points on 8-for-9 shooting in the loss for Boeheim’s Army, which made just 26% of its three-pointers.
TBT features 72 teams of top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament for a winner-take-all $2 Million prize. All 72 games will air on ESPN networks beginning Friday, June 29, culminating with the championship game on Friday, August 3 live at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN. Regional competitions will be hosted in Richmond (July 13-15), Los Angeles (July 13-15), Brooklyn (July 20-22) and Columbus (July 20-22), with the semifinals and championship game in Baltimore (August 2-3).
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