10 moments to remember from TBT 2017

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


From three-peats to buzzer beaters, TBT 2017 had it all

Missing TBT already? So are we! Let's reminisce a little bit and take a look at ten unforgettable moments from TBT 2017.

1. Overseas Elite goes back-to-back-to-back

The first NCAA Tournament took place in 1939. In the 78 tournaments that have followed, just one team has managed to perfect the art of the three-peat (UCLA won seven in a row from 1967-1973). So while UCLA technically managed to do it twice, it's been 44 years since any team has hoisted the trophy three years in a row. It took Overseas Elite four years to accomplish the first three-peat in TBT history. Whether it's a come-from-behind victory or a grind-it-out, nail-biter, Overseas Elite has beaten all 19 opponents in its way since 2015. Only time will tell if they can challenge UCLA's seven. 

 

2. Boeheim's Army mounts 25-point comeback against Team FOE

Down 25 points with just 11:54 remaining against the Marcus and Markieff Morris-led Team FOE, it appeared as if Boeheim's Army would once again just miss out on a much-coveted Northeast Regional Championship crown. For the first 24 minutes of the game, Team FOE not only solved the Orange's famous 2-3 zone defense, but made it look totally ineffective. For most teams in this situation, the final couple of minutes would just be a formality. But Boeheim's Army is not your average team. With a sea of orange jerseys cheering them on, James Southerland (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Boeheim's Army reeled off the biggest comeback in TBT history to punch their ticket to Baltimore. 

 

3. Jared Sullinger shows up to Super 16 in "Unemployed" shirt...leads Scarlet & Gray to Super 16

From doubting if he would ever step foot on a basketball court again to leading Scarlet & Gray to the semifinals, TBT 2017 was quite a ride for Jared Sullinger. And while the loveable 6-foot-9 forward was quite literally playing for a job, he still took time to have some fun along the way. Sullinger showed up to the team's Super 16 game against Always A Brave sporting a pink shirt with the word "unemployed" splattered across the chest. He then did his best to make sure he would never have to wear that shirt again. Sullinger dropped 21 points and grabbed 9 rebounds against Always A Brave, and another 15 points and 8 rebounds against the Golden Eagles the following day to lead Scarlet & Gray to the semifinals. Despite falling to Team Challenge ALS in Baltimore, the big man was named to the TBT 2017 All-Tournament Team after averaging 16.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in five games.

 

 

4. Casper Ware gets a friendly roll to seal 2OT win over Scarlet & Gray

Team Challenge ALS and Scarlet & Gray played one of the most memorable games in TBT history in the semifinals at Coppin State University. The back-and-forth affair featured two overtimes, a four-point play, a missed game-winning layup and one of the best individual performances of the summer from Casper Ware (28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists). To cap off Ware's spectacular night, he hit a crucial jump shot with 15.9 seconds left in 2OT that undoubtedly received a little magic touch from the Basketball Gods. After bouncing on the rim three times, Ware's shot sailed through the hoop and Team Challenge ALS went on to win 88-83.

 

5. Boeheim's Army defeats GaelNation in 2OT thriller

While their 25-point comeback in the Northeast Regional Championship Game will be remebered for years to come, don't forget that Boeheim's Army was almost victim to a nearly identical fate as Team FOE in the second round at Philadelphia University. Up 20 against GaelNation in the first half and 15 at halftime, the Iona alumni squad outscored Boeheim's Army 48-33 in the second half to force overtime. And then after the teams matched buckets in OT, they headed to a second overtime with a berth in the Super 16 on the line. Behind Donte Greene (32 points, 6 rebounds) and Eric Devendorf (23 points, 10 rebounds), Boeheim's Army eventually pulled out the win. But not before providing TBT fans with one of the most memorable games of the summer.

 

6. Jalen Reynolds crazy alley-oop

The game may have been out of hand, but Armored Athlete forward Jalen Reynolds did his best to make sure the fans were still getting their money's worth. Up 88-50 against The Pearl 31's in a first-round game in Vegas, the Xavier grad threw down a monster slam off of an underhand dish from Garrett Sim. Armored Athlete ended up advancing to the West Regional Championship Game.

 

7. Brandon Rozzell hits four consecutive threes in 1:57 against Overseas Elite

Many were calling the South Regional Championship Game between Overseas Elite and Ram Nation the "most anticipated game in TBT history." And while the game certainly lived up to the hype, the result was not favorable for Ram Nation guard Brandon Rozzell. Still, the 2011 VCU grad put on a clinic, hitting four consecutive three-point shots in under two minutes to give his squad a first-half lead and sending the Ram Nation fans into a frenzy. Rozzell finished with 23 points on the night. 

 

8. Dominique Jones hits insane buzzer beater to down Kentucky Kings

Dominique Jones shot just 3-for-13 from three-point land against the Kentucky Kings in a second round game down in Charlotte. But despite struggling from three for most of the game, he ultimately made the one that mattered most. Down 87-85 with 5.3 seconds remaining, the 6-foot-4 point guard banked an off-balance three from way downtown to send his team to the Super 16. Jones averaged 28.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in three TBT games.

 

9. C.J. McCollum hops on the mic with ESPN

Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum is no stranger to the cameras. Not only does he play on television every night, but the four-year vet has often proclaimed his passion for journalism/broadcasting. So when he was in attendance for his brother Errick's game against the Matadors down in Charlotte, it was only right that C.J. hopped on the mic and gave his analysis for all to hear. "Baby food!"

 

10. Josh Selby leads BDB to first-ever Elam Ending comeback victory

The Elam Ending was on full display during the first-ever TBT Jamboree at Philadelphia University. And while each game was edge-of-your-seat basketball due to the revolutionary idea, Josh Selby and Team BDB etched their names into the TBT history books. Trailing 69-65 when the clock shut off and a target score of 76 was established, BDB became the first team to ever comeback and win a game  when trailing heading into the Elam Ending.