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Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:20 pm

Fort Wayne native's TBT team into finals

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Matt Mitchell’s team in The Basketball Tournament is one victory away from the $2-million payday.

Mitchell, a Blackhawk Christian graduate and general manager of Eberlein Drive, watched as his team defeated Team Fredette 80-76 in a nationally televised semifinal game from Baltimore on Friday night.

Eberlein Drive, a No. 7 seed that has been in all five years of the TBT, took down the No. 2-seeded Jimmer Fredette-led team that had knocked out the Fort Wayne Champs, a team made up mostly of former Mad Ants players, earlier in the single-elimination tournament.

Jimmer Fredette had a chance to tie it at 78 with but missed a layup and James Michael McAdoo then dunked it to cement the victory.

In the other semifinal game, Overseas Elite defeated the Golden Eagles 85-60. The Overseas Elite, a No. 1 seed, are looking for their fourth straight TBT title. They got 38 points from Kyle Fogg in defeating the team of Marquette Alumni.

The TBT championship game will be Friday at 9 p.m. in Baltimore on ESPN.

jcohn@jg.net