(Game highlights courtesy of TBT/ESPN)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Herd That gave Overseas Elite all they could handle for a half before the four-time TBT champions pulled away for a 93-76 win in the tournament quarterfinals.
The Marshall alumni team trailed 47-41 at halftime and trimmed the deficit to three points midway through the third quarter. However, Overseas Elite closed the third on a 13-4 run and they held a double digit lead the rest of the way.
7-ime NBA All-Star Joe Johnson scored a TBT-best 35 points in just 28 minutes. Jon Elmore led Herd That with 23 points. 20 of those were scored in the first half. Chris Cokley scored 17 points and Ryan Luther added 11.
The No. 23 seed Herd That defeated the Peoria All-Stars 80-65 and The Money Team 102-99 to advance to the quarterfinals in their first appearance as the official Marshall alumni team.
“We had a great group so that’s what really makes it special,” said Herd That guard Ot Elmore. “Unfortunately, we ran into Joe Johnson and company. There’s not a whole lot of people that have ever been part of the basketball world that have had an answer for him.”
“I would have stayed in that hotel for another month if we could keep playing with this group and keep playing in this tournament,” said Herd That guard Jon Elmore. “The overall experience rivals our NCAA Tournament when we won a game. That is how special TBT is.”
Herd That quarterfinal press conference