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OSU alumni team out of TBT in blowout fashion

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In his junior college days Trevelin Queen said he once beat a team 114-14.

It wasn’t quite that lopsided a victory Sunday in The Basketball Tournament for Queen and top-seeded Eberlein Drive, but it was still quite a large margin. Eberlein Drive defeated the Stillwater Stars, a team composed of many former Oklahoma State players, 119-67.

The Stars, led on the floor by former OSU Cowboys Jeffrey Carroll, Brandon Averette and from the sideline by former Cowboy Doug Gottlieb, were hit immediately by an Eberlein Drive offensive surge. Eberlein made its first five shots of the game and didn’t look back.

The Stars found themselves down 25 after the first quarter.

The Stars rallied to overcome a 23-point deficit Saturday in the first round of the Wichita regional.

“(Stillwater) did a great job in that previous game,” Eberlein coach Cody Toppert said. “That comeback was obviously epic, and we wanted to make sure we snuffed that out early.”

Eberlein repeatedly doused whatever small spark of a comeback the Stars could muster. Eberlein registered 18 dunks and shot nearly 70% from three. The deficit grew wider after each quarter and reached a high of 57.

“We preach, ‘assault the rim,”’ Toppert said. “We want to be a paint to great team so our guys getting to the basket, assaulting the rim, getting those dunks…loosens up the rotations over there and our guys rotate (and open up) the corner three.”

The Stars were led in points by Arkansas product Michael Qualls with 20. Former Cowboy Markel Brown was the Stars most efficient shooter and finished with 11 points.

“(The Stars) kept fighting,” Eberlein forward Devin Robinson said. “They kept pounding away and didn’t give up and you can tell when a team gives up. I credit those guys to keep fighting…they didn’t even look at the score. I felt like it was the same game all the way through.”

The Stars run in the single-elimination tournament concludes to a skilled team operating at top form.

“We were just playing our game, having fun, sharing the ball and just doing our principles,” Robinson said. “If we’re just having fun (and) sharing the ball that’s going to be the outcome.”