Eurobasket Select Can't Recover from Slow Start against Vfl AstroStars Bochum - September 4, 2017
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The Eurobasket Select Team once again got itself in a deep hole to come back from, unfortunately, in tonight's game against the VfL AstroStars Bochum they couldn't pull out a win in the end. Bochum took a 25-11 lead at the end of the first quarter behind strong performances from Michael Haucke (210-C-85), Felix Engel (191-G-91), and David Stachanczyk (193-G/F-93). But the 2nd unit of Eurobasket Select lead by Zach Gordon (203-F-93, college: Cal Poly - SLO) and Kenny Bellinger (185-G-92, college: Armstr.Atlantic) went on a run in the 2nd quarter to bring them back to a 38-38 tie at halftime. Gordon subbed in and in the first two possessions put put back dunk and a three pointer to start the comeback. Bellinger, who provided an emotional spark for most of the night through spirited play knocked down 3 three pointers en route to a 13 point and 3 steal performance.

Bochum, however, a talented team coached by first year coach Gary Johnson showed resilience to calm the storm and put together an impressive second half. They lead by 5 points at the end of the third quarter and pushed the lead to as high as 13 points in the 4th quarter. 'Last year we played Bochum in our first game of the tour and pulled out a narrow win. Luckily for us their two top Americans didn't play, so we knew this year was going to be a tough test for I us,' Eurobasket Select Head Coach Allen Mkrtychyan said. 'I really liked Michael Haucke. He played well against us last year and again this year. I think they will have a pretty successful year in the Pro B.'

For tonight's game Eurobasket started four players making their tour debuts in Jordan Stotts (203-F-93, college: Sioux Falls), Grant Prusator (183-PG-94, college: Arkansas Tech), Arvel Atwater (196-F), and Kris Bell (206-F/C, college: Ft.Valley St.) alongside Marquis Marshall (196-F-93, college: Alvernia, PA). Marshall lead the starting unit with a team high 14 points, while Stotts added a team high 7 rebounds and Prusator a team high 4 steals. 'Last night was our first game and we had a lot of our guys get the jitters out of playing at this level in Europe. I think we got off to a slower start again because 4 of our starters were in their first game. I expect us to rebound well and get back to our winning ways now that everybody has seen the floor,' ESL Tour Director Dustin Simcox said.

Gordon and Killven Samuel (188-G-89, college: Northeastern St.) performed well off the bench for a second straight night. Gordon eclipsed 10 points and 5 rebounds while Samuel had 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. The 28th will be a schedule off day for ESL before traveling to Vechta to play against Vechta II on the 29th. The team roster, schedule, and tour statistics are now available at the bottom of each article moving forward for each game played. Nick Trisko (203-C, college: Spalding), Ryan Burnett (196-G/F-92, college: Columbus St.), Luke Cochran (208-C), and Isaiah Butler (188-G-92) had their scheduled off days today.

Box Score for ESL:

#1 Grant Prusator: 5 pts, 3 ast, 4 stl
#15 Arvel Atwater: 7 pts, 2 reb, 1 ast 1 stl
#23 Marquis Marshall: 14 pts, 5 reb, 2 ast, 1 stl
#35 Jordan Stotts: 6 pts, 8 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
#50 Kris Bell: 2 pts, 3 reb

#31 Zach Gordon: 10 pts, 5 reb, 1 stl
#55 Drew Sears (213-G): 4 pts, 5 reb, 1 ast, 2 stl, 1 blk
#9 Quaderrick Shaw (191-G-93, college: Florida St.): 7 pts, 2 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl
#3 Killven Samuel: 8 pts, 6 reb, 3 ast, 1 stl
#7 Kenny Bellinger: 13 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast, 3 stl
#45 Luke Cochran: DNP (Rest)
#33 Nick Trisko: DNP (Rest)
#30 Ryan Burnett: DNP (Rest)
#12 Isaiah Butler: DNP (Rest)

German Tour Roster

#PlayerHeightPositionLast Team
1Grant Prusator6'0GArkansas Tech
7Kenny Bellinger6'1GMaccabi Haifa/Israel
3Killven Samuel6'2GNortheastern State
12Isaiah Butler6'2GMississippi State
9Quaderrick Shaw6'4GFlorida State
23Marquis Marshall6'5G/FAlvernia
30Ryan Burnett6'5G/FColumbus State
15Arvel Atwater6'5G/FAllen
33Nick Trisko6'8FSpalding
35Jordan Stotts6'8FMoncton/Canada
31Zach Gordon6'8FCal Poly
50Kris Bell6'10F/CFort Valley State
55Drew Sears6'10F/CWhitworth
45Luke Cochran6'10F/CSonoma State

2017 German Tour Statistics
1Grant Prusator150140
3Killven Samuel28.53330
7Kenny Bellinger212.
9Quaderrick Shaw28.520.52.50
12Isaiah Butler143131
15Arvel Atwater172010
23Marquis Marshall2133.520.50
30Ryan Burnett1142120
31Zach Gordon29.5703.50
33Nick Trisko165001
35Jordan Stotts167011
45Luke Cochran1123212
50Kris Bell123000
55Drew Sears253.501.50.5


Aug 26: vs Salzkotten W 94-84

Aug 27: vs Bochum L 82-74

Aug 29: vs Vechta II

Aug 30: vs Artland Dragons

Aug 30: vs Dusseldorf

Aug 31: vs Iserlohn

Sept 1: vs Itzehoe

Sept 2: v Cuxhaven

Sept 2: v Stade

Sept 3: v GSV (Netherlands)

Sept 5: v Meppel (Netherlands)


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