Abell, Creek fall in TBT title game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mo Creek and Remy Abell were two possessions away from a share of $1 million Tuesday night.

Thanks to Travis Diener, they walked away with nothing.

Diener hit a 3 from the right corner to give Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni team, a 78-73 win over the former Hoosiers and Sideline Cancer in the winner-take-all championship game of The Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena.

It was the finale of a 24-team tournament over the course of 10 days with fourth-seeded Golden Eagles holding off the Cinderella No. 22 seed Sideline Cancer in a thrilling final.

Creek had 11 of his team-high 20 points and Abell 10 of his 14 points in the first half, as Sideline Cancer erased an early 12-4 deficit and took a 44-43 lead at halftime.

The advantage remained one at 61-60 after a seesaw third quarter.

Golden Eagles appeared on the verge of riding Darius Johnson-Odom to a comfortable lead as the teams headed to the Elam Ending, a format that adds eight points to the leading team’s score at the first stoppage in play under four minutes and makes that the target score.

But Abell was fouled on a runout and split a pair of free throws before delivering a rainbow 3 to tie the game at 70 and set up a race to 78.

Sideline Cancer took a 73-72 lead on Marcus Keene’s 3-pointer, but Golden Eagles responded with back to back 3s from Jamil Wilson and Diener to take home the big prize after falling in the title game a year ago.