Armored Athlete bows out of TBT

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COLUMBUS — Armored Athlete's The Basketball Tournament (TBT) run, and their shot at the million-dollar prize, came to an end of Thursday afternoon, falling 76-70 to the four-time champion Overseas Elite squad.

Armored Athlete, and local general manger AJ Mahar, battled tough as a 15-seed versus the No. 2 Overseas Elite team, but came up just short.

After one quarter, Overseas Elite jumped out to a 29-16 lead. Armored Athlete was able to chip away over the second quarter, and were trailing by a manageable 5 points, 41-36, at the half.

With the clock turned off with four minutes left in the game, the "Elam ending" which makes TBT different from a typical basketball game, Armored Athlete was within a single point.

Overseas Elite held a 68-67 lead at that point. Per the rules of TBT, the winning score was set at 76 - Eight points above the leading teams score when the clock is turned off.

Overseas Elite, powered by seven-time NBA All Star Joe Johnson and 13 year NBA veteran Jarrett Jack, outscored Armored Athlete 8-3 during the Elam Ending, and secured their spot in the quarterfinals.

Coty Clarke, who spent time with the Boston Celtics in 2015-2016, was the player of the game for Armored Athlete. The former Arkansas Razorback scored 20 of Armored Athlete's 70 points in the game, and added eight rebounds.

Armored Athlete advanced to the second round after defeating Power of the Paw, a Clemson University based alumni team 98-91 on July 5.

Armored Athlete has been a staple in the TBT world for years. They are one of the longest standing teams in the tournament and rank top-five all time in wins.

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