Selby's Game-Winner Lifts BDB Over ATL

 

By: Patrick Ronan | @pk_ronan


Josh Selby's Red-Hot Elam Ending Downs ATL

We knew it was going to happen at some point. There were a handful of respectable comebacks in the first four games of the Jamboree, but no team that was losing at the start of the Elam Ending had been able to use the innovative finish to come from behind and win.

Until Brothers Dat Ball.

In the most exciting game we’ve seen today, BDB came back from being down 69-65 at the start of Elam Ending to knock off ATL Hoops4Hunger 76-75.

It came down to a legit “next bucket wins” scenario as Josh Selby took possession of the ball for BDB, down 75-74 with a target score of 76. The former Kansas star and Big 12 Freshman of the Year drove left from the top of the key, took contact at the left elbow and drained a fade away jumper to complete the comeback put BDB just one win away from TBT2017.

For the most part, Selby struggled – connecting on just two of his first 22 shots. But you know what they say… shooters shoot – and the best players show up when their team’s need them most. Selby kept shooting, and knocked down his last three shots to lift BDB to the win.

As a team, BDB was night and day from first half to second, improving their field goal percentage from 25.6% (10-39) in the first half to 51.3% (20-39) in the second half. Florida alumni and All-SEC First Team point guard Kenny Boynton was led the way for BDB with 23 points, six rebound and three assists. He and Selby both played the entire game.

This one will probably linger a little for ATL Hoops4Hunger, who led most of the way in a game that featured nine lead changes and six ties. When BDB got hot, ATL went cold. Their first half shooting of 48.4% fell to 35.1% in the second half.

Langston Nolley, Amin Stevens and Adamu Saaka went for 16, 15 and 13 points, but no other ATL player scored more than six. Points off turnovers and fast break points were uphill battles for ATL. BDB scored 20 points off ATL turnovers and had 12 fast break points compared to ATL’s four.

BDB and Citi team tip-off at 2:30 p.m. on WatchESPN with the last spot in TBT2017’s South region on the line. 

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