Florida TNT, a team composed of mostly Florida-based players including three former UCF Knights — Keith Clanton, Matt WIlliams and Tristan Spurlock — have won their first three games to get to the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament.
Their latest victory was a dramatic 74-67 comeback over Eberlein Drive, the top-seeded team in the tournament’s Wichita Regional, on Tuesday night on ESPN2:
Spurlock was unable to join the team until just prior to the game. He drove ten hours to get to Wichita to join his teammates:
Tristan Spurlock drove 10 HOURS to help @FloridaTnt shock Eberlein Drive, but said he would gladly drive another 10 for a moment like this. ✊ @TristanUCF1 is the ultimate team guy pic.twitter.com/XOSogC1KB5— TBT (@thetournament) July 21, 2021
Spurlock played 19 minutes on Tuesday, pulling down four rebounds.
Clanton has been key for TNT so far in the tournament. Tuesday was his best game, going 6/7 from the floor for 14 points and three rebounds, out-doing his performance the night before against the L.A. Cheaters (6/8, 12 points, 11 rebounds). For the tournament, he’s averaging 10 points on 70% shooting and five rebounds per game.
Williams was his classic self in an 83-59 first round win against Kimchi Express, hitting three of seven threes for 9 points and 6 rebounds. He hit one three on Tuesday and is shooting 44% from the arc in TNT’s three games. He’s also become a tournament icon with his shades:
Next Up: On to Dayton
TNT has 11 days off until their next game, which will take place at noon Eastern on July 31st in Dayton, Ohio against either Team Challenge ALS or the Aftershocks (a team composed of former Wichita State players). The game will be televised on ESPN.
A reminder: The winning team from the single-elimination tournament takes home one million dollars.