Eurobasket Select Team Wins German Tour Opener in Overtime against Salzkotten! - September 1, 2017
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The Eurobasket Select Team came from behind to get the win in overtime in the first game of the 2017 German Tour against TV 1864 Salzkotten. 'This was the first time these guys had a chance to play with each other and coming off of the long trip to Europe yesterday, I was proud how we came together as one unit to get the win,' Eurobasket Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. Eurobasket trailed for most of the game including trailing by 5 at halftime, by 9 mid way through the third, and 5 again to start the 4th quarter.

Spirited efforts by the second unit in Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO), Luke Cochran (208-C), Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA), Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.), and Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic) pulled the team back to 78-76 lead with 20 seconds remaining in the game. TV 1864 Salzkotten Head Coach Stefan Schettke drew up a perfect play out of a timeout to get a layup and send the game to overtime. However, Eurobasket would use a Bellinger three pointer, Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) three pointer, and two separate steals from Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.) that transitioned into points. The final score ended in a double figure win for Eurobasket but the score does not do justice to the effort put forth by TV 1864 Salzkotten.

ESL marched out Isaiah Butler (188-G-92), Shaw, Burnett, Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding), and Drew Sears (213-G) to start the tour. 'I felt the first few minutes took some time to find our rhythm. We took a lot of quick shots and honestly just had a lot of nervous energy to get out. This is the first time most of these players have played in a professional European game,' Mkrtychyan said. Burnett finished with a team high 14 points to go along with 2 rebounds and a pair of steals. Shaw added 10 points and three steals while Sears and Trisko each contributed valuable minutes in the overtime to seal the win.

'I felt that our second unit had the benefit of absorbing the flow of the game in the first few minutes from the bench, and they really came on strong for us not only in the first half but to close the end of regulation,' ESL Director Dustin Simcox said. 'Gordon and Samuel each had 6 steals for us tonight and really got us active that helped accumulate 22 total steals in the game. With the amount of turnovers we had in on offense that was really the difference between winning and losing tonight.' Gordon had the most impressive stat line across the board for ESL with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and the 6 steals. Other contributions off the Eurobasket bench consisted of Marshall's 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists and Cochran's all around performance on the block getting 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech), Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.), and Arvel Atwater (196-F) all had their scheduled off days against TV 1864 Salzkotten and will make their debuts tomorrow as ESL will take on VfL AstroStars Bochum at 6 pm in Bochum. Stay tuned for those results.

Box Score for ESL:

#12 Isaiah Butler: 4 pts, 3 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw: 10 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 5 stl (2 3pt FGs)
#30 Ryan Burnett: 14 pts, 2 reb, 3 ast, 3 stl
#33 Nick Trisko: 6 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 blk
#55 Drew Sears: 6 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl

#45 Luke Cochran: 12 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl, 2 blk
#23 Marquis Marshall: 12 pts, 3 reb, 4 ast
#31 Zach Gordon: 9 pts, 11 reb, 6 stl
#3 Killven Samuel: 9 pts, 4 reb, 4 ast, 6 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 11 pts, 3 ast, 1 stl (3 3pt FG)
#1 Grant Prusator: DNP (Rest)
#50 Kris Bell: DNP (Rest)
#15 Arvel Atwater: DNP (Rest)
#35 Jordan Stotts: DNP (Rest)

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