Worst to first? Eberlein Drive is just one win away.
Ranked by Sports Illustrated as TBT’s worst team back in 2014, Eberlein Drive eliminated Team Fredette to move to within one game of winning its first-ever TBT title.
Donald Sloan scored a team-high 20 points, Jerome Randle had 16 points and James Michael McAdoo added 15 points for Eberlein Drive, which held off a late rally from Team Fredette in an 80-76 victory.
Containing Team Fredette’s star guard, Jimmer Fredette, was crucial to Eberlein Drive’s victory.
“We threw a lot of guys at him,” said Sloan of the plan to contain Fredette. “When you go at a guy that’s as good as he is, it can’t be just one person.”
After advancing to the championship game, Eberlein Drive was asked about the tall task of facing Overseas Elite, the three-time TBT champs that have never lost in 24 Tournament games.
“Obviously, they’re very good, and I like our chances, too,” said coach David Nurse. “We have great pieces, and we all play together. The best thing about us is that we don’t care who scores. I couldn’t even tell you who has the most points for us right now…We’re just in it together as one out there.”
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).
The highly-competitive tournament has attracted some of the best basketball players in the world. In 2017, Overseas Elite won for the third year in a row. Teams compete for spots in the tournament by soliciting votes from fans and supporters via social media. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to forego their amateur status. For more information, visit www.TheTournament.com.
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