Hot 2nd half pushes #3 Golden Eagles into quarterfinals


By: TBT Staff @thetournament

Keep shooting. That was the mindset for the Golden Eagles, and eventually, it paid off with a second straight trip to the Regional Championship game.

Jamil Wilson connected on back-to-back three-pointers in the Elam Ending, the second of which got the Golden Eagles to the Target Score, in a 73-66 victory over the Talladega Knights. Wilson finished with a game-high 24 points and was 7-for-12 from beyond the arc.

Golden Eagles coach Joe Chapman focused on getting Wilson into the right spots to make big plays.

“He’s an unbelievable talent,” said Chapman of Wilson, who spent part of this past season with the Los Angeles Clippers. “We’re trying to get him where he’s supposed to be.”

Jerel McNeal had 16 points for the Golden Eagles, and Elgin Cook contributed 12 points. The Marquette University alumni squad saved itself in the second half by making 10 of 17 three-point attempts after going 4-for-22 from beyond the arc in the first half.

“We’ve been here three straight years, and we kept our composure,” said Chapman. “We have guys that understood that they need to play together. We did all the intangible things as a team.”

Samme Givens recorded a double-double for the Knights, posting team highs with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Talladega, a #15 seed, had been the lowest-seeded team in TBT history to reach the Super 16.



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