Meet Eberlein Drive, the lost cause of The Basketball Tournament

Monday June 9th, 2014
The unlikely squad featured ex-college players Velton Jones (No. 2) and Nick Christian (No. 25) plus friends Joe Oster, Craigen Oster, Jacob Hirschmann and would-be mascot Aeneas Koosis (left to right).
The Basketball Tournament
Luke Bonner and Big Apple Basketball cruised to a 42-point win over Eberlein.
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Jacob Hirschmann's swollen elbow was a painful reminder of how overmatched Eberlein was.
Courtesy of Luke Winn

It was a development that, for them, was simultaneously awesome and difficult to grasp. Prior to their appearance in TBT, no one had heard of their street name. Soon they would be making the long trip back, winless but with jerseys and T-shirts and box-score evidence and a ridiculous story to tell. Eberlein Drive, if you find it on a map, is actually a one-block dead-end -- or if you're being nice, a cul-de-sac. There's enough pavement in front of the Osters' house for a car to turn around. "When we come back next year, if we can get Corey [Maggette] and a few other guys," Hirschmann said, undaunted, "I really think we'll have a shot."

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