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NIKE EYBL Atlanta: Team Takeover vs. The Renaissance

By Alec Kinsky, 05/16/18, 2:15PM EDT


For the second time this season, Team Takeover was pushed to overtime.

For the second time, Takeover responded to adversity, leaving victorious while maintaining their perfect record. Led by Terrance Williams (20 points, 12 rebounds), Takeover held off the Renaissance 85-78 in a back-and forth affair. The game was tied at 36 at halftime, and tied at 72 at the end of regulation.

Operating as the No. 1 team the country is no easy task, but the Keith Stevens-led squad hasn’t batted an eyelash. Team Takeover is consistently receiving their opponent’s best effort, as a win over the DC-based program would be a huge resume-builder.

The Renaissance gave it their best effort, forcing TTO into overtime while leading the majority of the game. Jalen Lecque put up 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds, while big man Kofi Cockburn added 23 points and 12 boards. Lecque played arguably his best game of the season, while sharpshooter Tyler Bertram buried four triples.

Ultimately, Takeover’s depth was too much to handle fo the Rens. Guards Jeremy Roach, Justin Moore, Casey Morsell and Anthony Harris combined for 44 points, while big men Armando Bacot and Hunter Dickinson both added eight. Their reserves are just as talented as their starters, so when they hit you with their second wave, there is no drop-off in production.

Team Takeover needed to dig deep in order to hold off such a strong effort from a highly-talented Renaissance team. Team Takeover has clearly distanced themselves from the pack as the best team in the country, and overcoming this type of late-game adversity only solidifies that standing.

Make sure to check out Team Takeover at EYBL Hampton, as they look to continue their undefeated 2018 campaign. They’ll match up against Team Final, LV Prospects, NY Lightning and Expressions Elite.

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