TBT 2018 Championship Game Preview: Overseas Elite vs Eberlein Drive

 

By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine


One team will walk away with $2 million on Friday night

It’s up to Eberlein Drive to take down TBT’s Goliath.

Ranked by Sports Illustrated as the worst team back in TBT’s inaugural tournament back in 2014, Eberlein Drive is now within one win of its first title.

The loaded West Region champions will have their hands full with South Region champion Overseas Elite, winners of 24 consecutive games, three straight TBT titles and $5 million in career prize winnings.

Eberlein Drive General Manager Jacob Hirschmann named his Eberlein Drive team after his suburban Detroit neighborhood and was forced to actually play himself in the first TBT after several of his recruited players didn’t show up. Hirschmann wound up in the hospital after he was dunked on by former NBA guard “Smush” Parker. 

Four years later, Hirschmann and co-General Manager Matt Mitchell have assembled a roster loaded with talent.

Strong guard play has been critical to Eberlein Drive’s success. Jerome Randle (23.2 ppg) and Donald Sloan (23.0 ppg) have handled the bulk of the scoring load, and Osiris Eldridge is a solid two-way player. 

Eberlein Drive boasts a strong inside presence as well. Veteran NBA big men Lou Amundson and Jeremy Evans can each score, rebound and defend, and power forward James Michael McAdoo can score in bunches.

Opponents are still looking for the magic formula to beat Overseas Elite.

Shooting guard Kyle Fogg, TBT’s MVP each of the past two summers who poured in a game-high 38 points in the semi-final victory over the Golden Eagles, can score from almost anywhere. 

Small forward D.J. Kennedy and guards Errick McCollum and Fogg are the top three scorers, respectively, in TBT history. Kennedy, who is also TBT’s all-time leading rebounder, can score from both inside and outside. McCollum controls the game in transition.

The threats don’t stop there. Power forward Justin Burrell is an imposing presence on the defensive end and can score when needed. Jeremy Pargo contributes in the backcourt, and forward DeAndre Kane and guard Paris Horne are each solid two-way players.

 

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