ESL Select Rallies from 16 Down in 4th to Beat RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf - September 4, 2016
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With their unbeaten record on the line Eurobasket Select made a huge 4th quarter push to advance to 9-0 on the German Tour 82-79. It was the 4th quarter lineup of Maurice Cole (182-PG-90, college: Dixie St.), Jack Montague (183-PG, college: Yale), Ethan Murray (188-G-93, college: Coll.of the Ozarks), Zack Leeper (193-G), and Darvin Ham (196-F-92, college: Northwood) that brought them back on a 17-2 run in 3 minutes to bring them back. 'We challenged our guys tonight. We went small almost the entire game and let our runners run. We told the guys in a timeout its now or never and the guys responded well,' Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. 'Those five guys that started the 4th really set the tone for us.'

RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf who was well coached by Thomas Roijakkers picked apart the Eurobasket defense all night with their offensive sets. Josh Adeyeye (195-F-93, college: Jacksonville) struggled from the inside only going 1/10 from two point range but made a game high six threes. Nico Schumann, Joey Ney (198-SG-92), and Quinton Marshall (196-F/G-93, college: Citadel) all reached double figures scoring 13, 12, and 11 respectively.

RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf came ready to play as they jumped on Eurobasket early taking a 25-14 1st quarter lead behind three of Adeyeye's three point field goals. It was the lowest scoring output in any quarter for Eurobasket in the entire German tour. Murray and Cole kept Eurobasket alive by contributing 11 of those 14 points. The 2nd quarter was played pretty evenly as RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf went in the locker room up 9. 'We went into halftime and just demanded more from our guys. We are all here in Germany looking for jobs. Every last one of us. We cant have off nights and get beat by teams we are trying to impress. We made sure they knew this was a game we had to have,' Mkrtychyan said.

Every time Eurobasket would try to go on a run, RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf would answer. Entering the 4th quarter down 14 points, all signs were pointing to Eurobasket being handed their first loss of the trip after 8 consecutive wins. However, the Eurobasket players had different ideas. To start the 4th Eurobasket went into a full court press not allowing RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf to get into their offensive sets. Cole, Montague, and Ham took the responsibilities of taking the Americans out of the game on the defensive end making the German players answer the bell. The 17-2 run was sparked by Cole ripping Schumann at half court for the easy layup followed to two transition threes by Murray. Roijakkers called a quick timeout to try and regroup his young players but the momentum had switched teams.

Reinforcements came in at the 6 minute mark when Eurobasket took a 71-70 lead. Derrick Tony Seldon (196-F/C-93, college: W.Connecticut), Josiah Coleman (196-F-94, college: N.Dakota), Josh Biber (196-G/F-91, college: Brown), and Don Quarles (193-F/G-92, college: Paine) joined Cole (and later Montague) to close out the game. 'The way we play and substitute our guys on the tour made it difficult to pull that opening lineup. I made sure that unit knew they had to keep the momentum going to stay in the game. I felt they responded well and brought it home for us,' ESL Tour Manager Dustin Simcox said. 'I thought Biber was instrumental in the final 6 minutes. With a five guard lineup he was forced to man the middle on the defensive end. He got multiple defensive stops on the block and crashed the boards hard to secure extra possessions for us.'

Murray, Cole, and Montague were the only Eurobasket players to reach double figures in scoring. Murray led both teams 22, as Cole finished with 11, and Montague 13. Montague and Cole each had plus 17 (+/-) ratio in the second half. Ham was the leading rebounding for both teams with 9. Eurobasket moves on to play Pro B SSV Lokomotive Bernau on Sunday afternoon looking to go for their 10th consecutive win.

ESL Box Score:

#2 Maurice Cole: 11 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl
#50 Ethan Murray: 22 pts, 6 reb
#21 Josiah Coleman: 7 pts, 7 reb
#6 Zack Leeper: 2 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast
#23 Darvin Ham: 6 pts, 9 reb, 1 ast

#4 Jack Montague: 13 pts, 6 ast, 1 stl
#66 Derrick Tony Seldon: 8 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk
#25 Don Quarles: 8 pts, 5 reb, 1 blk
#60 Josh Biber: 4 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
#69 Dayton Mickens (203-F-91, college: Ark.-Monticello): 2 pts, 2 reb, 1 stl, 2 blk
#74 Bruce Marshall (208-C-94): 2 pts, 2 reb
#26 Jeremiah Dunnings (183-PG, college: William Carey): DNP (rest)
#68 Ajani Santos (201-F/C-94): DNP (rest)
#65 William Wise (206-F): DNP (rest)

ESL Tour Statistics through 9 games (all players average 18 minutes per game)
# Player Ht Pos Previous Team GP Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk
2 Maurice Cole 6'0 G New Castle (England) 7 8.3 1.1 3.3 1.7 0.0
4 Jack Montague 6'0 G Yale (NCAA I) 7 9.9 1.6 3.6 1.1 0.0
6 Zack Leeper 6'5 G Northwestern (NAIA) 7 8.4 4.6 1.3 1.3 0.0
66 Derrick Tony Seldon 6'6 G/F Western Connecticut (NCAA II) 7 7.6 3.9 2.6 2.1 0.7
74 Bruce Marshall 6'10 F/C Missouri Southern State (NCAA II) 7 3.6 3.7 1.1 0.7 0.4
65 William Wise 6'9 F Dominican (NCAA II) 7 5.7 4.7 0.9 0.3 1.0
68 Ajani Santos 6'7 F Hamilton (NCAA III) 7 1.0 5.0 0.4 1.1 0.4
21 Josiah Coleman 6'5 G North Dakota (NCAA I) 7 7.9 5.6 1.9 0.9 0.4
26 Jeremiah Dunnings 6'0 G William Carey (NAIA) 7 12.6 3.0 2.3 1.4 0.1
50 Ethan Murray 6'2 G Ozarks (NAIA) 8 14.5 3.1 1.6 1.1 0.1
23 Darvin Ham 6'6 G/F Northwood (NCAA II) 7 8.6 5.1 0.9 0.9 0.4
60 Josh Biber 6'6 G/F Brown (NCAA I) 7 6.6 5.7 1.0 0.9 0.3
25 Don Quarles 6'4 G Paine (NAIA) 7 8.3 5.3 1.7 1.1 0.1
69 Dayton Mickens 6'8 F UA-Monticello (NCAA II) 7 11.0 7.1 1.6 0.9 1.9

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