Best Game-Winners from TBT2017

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


#5. Steve Burtt’s Goes Coast-to-Coast For the Win

In a first round Northeast matchup with City of Gods, Steve Burtt made sure City of Gods streak to the TBT semifinals was going to stop at two. With 8.7 seconds left and the score tied at 86-86, Burtt grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw and immediately turned on the jets. After crossing half court, Burtt found himself taking on two defenders, but he slashed through the lane and finished an acrobatic left-handed layup to give GaelNation an 88-86 lead with 2.8 seconds left. City of Gods last second three-pointer was off and GaelNation moved on to the second round.

 

#4. Josh Selby Keeps BDB Alive in the Jamboree

It came down to a legit “next bucket wins” scenario in the first round of the Jamboree as Josh Selby took possession of the ball for Brothers Dat Ball, down 75-74 with an Elam Ending target score of 76. The former Kansas star and Big 12 Freshman of the Year drove left from the top of the key, took contact at the left elbow and drained a fade away jumper to complete the comeback put BDB just one win away from TBT2017.

For the most part, Selby struggled – connecting on just two of his first 22 shots. But you know what they say… shooters shoot – and the best players show up when their team’s need them most. Selby kept shooting, and knocked down his last three shots to lift BDB to the win.

Selby was drafted with the 49th overall pick in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He spent two seasons with Memphis and has since spent time in the G-League and playing professionally overseas. Selby is currently playing with the Incheon ET Elephants in the Korean Basketball League.

 

#3. Tim Drisdom Downs Team Fredette

How about a brother-to-brother connection to advance out of the first round? That’s what happened in the first round of the West regional when Team Utah took on Team Fredette. The score was tied 97-97 and Team Utah was inbounding the ball on their side of half court with 4.4 seconds on the clock. Tim Drisdom got the ball in to his brother Terrence, who passed right back to Tim. A pump fake gave him just enough space to take one dribble and rise up for a contested three that he buried with 0.8 seconds left to seal the win.

Drisdom played at his college ball at Utah from 2002-2006 and spent a couple years playing professional ball before hanging up his sneakers to follow his other passion – music. Since, Drisdom has had a successful music career as a gospel artist.

 

#2. Jamie Skeen Sinks Showtime

Looking back on TBT2017, it’s wild to think that ram nation almost didn’t make it out of the first round. Four-time TBT participant Showtime gave them everything they could handle in the opening round of the South regional, jumping out to an 11-point halftime lead. But Ram Nation came charging back in the second half, thanks in large part to the play of big man Jamie Skeen. Three free throws from Showtime tied things up at 80-80 and Ram Nation inbounded the ball with 4.6 seconds left. Skeen caught the inbounds pass near half court, took a few dribbles and drilled a pull-up jumper from the free throw line with 0.2 seconds left to give Ram Nation the 82-80 win.

The game-winner capped a 25 point (10-12 FG), seven rebound performance from Skeen. He played his first two years of college ball at Wake Forest before transferring to VCU for his final two seasons. As a senior, Skeen averaged 15.7 points and 7.3 rebounds for the Rams in 39 games. He has played professionally in the G-League, Italy, France, Israel and currently plays for the Finnish club Kouvot of the Korisliiga.

 

#1. The Bank is Always Open For Dominique Jones

The South regional in Charlotte featured dramatic ending after dramatic ending, and none was better than the game between the Tampa Bulls and Kentucky Kings. The Kings came out hot in the first half, shooting 55.6% from the field and knocking down seven of their 11 three-point chances (63.6%) to take a 48-43 lead into halftime. The Bulls fought back in the second half, as the two teams went back and forth trading the lead. It all came down to one final play. With his team trailing by two and just five second left, Tampa Bulls guard Dominique Jones inbounded the ball, got it right back and shook free from Kings defender Jeremy Evans. Jones launched with two seconds left and banked home a three as time expired to send the Bulls to the Super 16. 

Jones was a standout at USF for three years, averaging 17.1, 18.1 and 21.4 respectively. His junior season he was named first team All-Big East and was taken with the 25th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies before Memphis traded his draft rights to the Dallas Mavericks. Jones split time between the Mavs and the G-League Texas Legends before transitioning over to China in 2013. He was a member of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks. 

 

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