Quick Hits

Bid: Popularity (2017)

Notable Players: Josh Boone, Manny Quezada, Ty Nash

Number of Active Pros: 6

TBT History: Lost in the second round in 2016. Lost in the first round in 2017.

Nutshell: Back for their third year, the Talladega Knights will look to avenge a pair of close losses and finally advance to the Super 16.


What to Know

  • The team's name is a tribute to the famous Will Ferrell movie.
  • Once opponents in the 2014 TBT Championship Game, Josh Boone and Tyrone Nash team up on the Talladega Knights.
  • Carl Elliott scored 23 points in the team's lone game last summer.
  • GM Ray Chang is the CEO of The Motorsport Lab, a Ferrari and Lamborghini Experience company.


How They Fared in TBT 2017

Round 1: Paul Champions hold on to beat Talladega Knights

The #9 Paul Champions overcame a six point halftime deficit to defeat #8 Talladega Knights, 78-74, in Round 1 of the Northeast Regional. Paul Champions will play at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. Paul Champions, who advanced via the Jamboree, were led by Earl Boykins’ 25 points and five assists. Freeman Taylor and Mandell Thomas each posted 13 points and Rashad Bell chipped in with 11 points. They forced Talladega into 15 turnovers, while outscoring the Knights 39-29 in the second half. The Knights were led by Carl Elliott’s 23 points, on 9-12 shooting from the field, including 4-6 from three-point range. Josh Boone had 17 points while Manny Quezada added 16 points. 


How they Fared in TBT 2016

Round 2: Johnson carries City of Gods again in defeat of Talladega Knights

DerMarr Johnson sank 6-of-11 3-point attempts and scored 27 points to lift City of Gods to a 94-85 victory over Talladega Knights on Sunday, propelling his team to the Super 16. After trailing by 10 points at the half, Talladega Knights made things interesting with a strong push in the second half's first 10 minutes to bring the game to a virtual gridlock. But the City of Gods balanced attack––five players scored in double figures, and the team went 13-of-29 from beyond the arc––proved too strong to overcome. Chris Wright added 17 points, five assists, and five rebounds for the victors. Manny Quezada scored 27 points for Talladega Knights.


Round 1: Quezada leads Talladega Knights past Team Fancy 

Talladega Knights sank seven of its eight free throw attempts with less than a minute remaining to hold on for a 108-105 victory over Team Fancy on Saturday in Philadelphia. Team Fancy's Shane Gibson, who finished with 28 points and seven 3-pointers, hit a triple from the left corner to cut the deficit to one, 101-100, with exactly 60 seconds left on the clock. But, trailing 106-104 with 7.7 ticks to go, he split a pair of free throws that could have knotted the score. Manny Quezada of Talladega Knights made all seven of his 3-point attempts and finished with 32 points and five assists, both game highs. Kevin Parrom paced Team Fancy with 30 points, including 18 from beyond the arc.


In Their Own Words