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Star struck: OSU alumni team falls to TBT veteran in first round

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Le'Bryan Nash

Former OSU player Le'Bryan Nash will be one of many former athletes participating in the TBT tournament.

A small roster and inconsistent offense proved too costly for the Stillwater Stars in this year’s The Basketball Tournament.

The Stars fell to Brotherly Love 87-71 in the first round of the TBT.

Former Oklahoma State star Le’Bryan Nash started hot from the get-go and despite a slow second quarter remained a leader for the Stars throughout finishing with 30 points to lead all scorers.

Despite a strong first quarter, the Stars struggled to keep up with a more experienced Brotherly Love team. Brotherly Love is in its third year competing in the TBT. Brotherly love outscored the Stars 22-11 and 28-14 in the second and third quarters respectively.

The Stars struggled from the field and from the free-throw line throughout the game. Brotherly Love’s physical play began to tear down the Stars’ small lineup.

Carrying only one center on the roster, the Stars couldn’t keep up down low. James Banks III couldn’t keep up alone down low against a big team.

The Stars brought only seven players into the bubble in Columbus despite at one point having one of the most loaded rosters in the tournament. Former Rockets and Nets guard Markel Brown backed out due to an ankle injury and three unnamed roster members tested positive for COVID-19 prior to entering the bubble.

Brotherly Love moves on to face No. 5 seed Eberlein Drive. The Stars will have to wait until next year to fight for the $1 million grand prize.

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