Overseas Elite's Road To Rose Hill

 


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Despite not fielding a full lineup through the first five games of TBT, Overseas Elite is just two wins away from taking home $1,000,000.

Overseas Elite has won each game by single digits -- an average margin of victory of six points -- during the South Regional and Super 17. Errick McCollum II leads the shorthanded three-seed in the South Region with 26.0 points per game, including 32 points in a comeback win over (6) Trained to Go, which punched the team's ticket to Chicago for the Super 17.

Todd O’Brien and Johndre Jefferson were unavailable for the Super 17. However, Kyle Fogg and D.J. Kennedy both made their debuts in TBT with Kennedy serving as the team's tallest player at 6'6". Fogg averaged 15.0 points off the bench, while Kennedy made a major impact, posting back-to-back double-doubles, including a 24-point, 18-rebound effort against Dirty South in the South Regional Championship.

Overseas Elite will face Team City of Gods, the Northeast Regional Champions, on Saturday, August 1 at 4 p.m. live on ESPN. Overseas Elite is expecting to be at full strength for the Semifinals.

South Region First Round: 89-83 win over (22) Underdogs | BOX SCORE
 

Errick McCollum II tallied a game-high 28 points, Paris Horne and Travis Bader combined to shoot 6-for-7 from behind the arc, as Overseas Elite used a balanced attack against the Underdogs, holding on for an 89-83 victory. Jarrett Stokes (22 points) and Daquan Brooks (20 points) paced the attack in the losing effort for the Underdogs.

South Region Second Round: 77-74 win over (14) Team Charlotte Elite | BOX SCORE
 

Errick McCollum II , whose 28 points powered Overseas Elite in an opening-round win on Friday night, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite to a hard-fought, 77-74 victory over Team Charlotte Elite. Corey Evans had 22 points to lead Team Charlotte Elite, which was undone by 15% (3-for-20) shooting from behind the arc. Myck Kabongo contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four steals in the win for Overseas Elite.

South Region Third Round: 73-68 win over (6) Trained To Go | BOX SCORE
 

Errick McCollum II led the comeback effort for Overseas Elite and finished with 32 points in a 73-68 triumph over Trained to Go. Myck Kabongo (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Todd O’Brien (10 rebounds) supplemented McCollum II, who had averaged 23 points per game over the first two tournament contests. Paris Horne also chipped in with 10 points for Overseas Elite, which overcame a six-point halftime deficit to advance to the Super 17. Jamario Moon, who had a double-double in an opening-round win on Friday, led the way with 25 points in the loss for Trained to Go.

Super 17: 76-57 win over (9) Sean Bell All Stars | BOX SCORE
 

Overseas Elite doesn’t have great size, hasn’t played many games together, and doesn’t have a deep bench.  What they do have are at least 36 more minutes to prove that they are worthy of a trip to New York City for a berth in TBT's Semifinals.

Myck Kabongo, who had scored 35 points over the past two games in leading Overseas Elite to the Super 17, tallied a team-high 18 points as Overseas Elite downed the Sean Bell All Stars, 76-67.

“Everyone here is a competitor,” Kabongo said of his squad, which won despite having only six players.  “We don’t really think about getting tired.  Everyone showed great will.”

Guard Errick McCollum II, the star of the team’s run through the Atlanta Regional, agreed that having a short bench wasn’t necessarily a disadvantage for Overseas Elite.

“Everybody gets to get into a rhythm, a flow,” said McCollum II, who had 13 points.  “It’s easy on the players when you know every day what your role is.  We’ve been using [the short bench] as an advantage.” 

William McFarlan had 13 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort for the Sean Bell All Stars.

“I am disappointed with the loss because I do feel we’re a better team than we showed,” said McFarlan.  “But, they came out and played hard.  They played a good game.”

Once again, Overseas Elite relied on a group effort to win.

“We don’t have any egos on the team,” said guard Kyle Fogg, who scored 13 points. “We’re going to really gel, and our best is yet to come.

South Regional Championship Game: 77-72 win over (21) Dirty South | BOX SCORE
 

Once again, Overseas Elite played with a short bench.  Once again, it didn’t matter.

DJ Kennedy registered game highs with 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite into the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament with a 77-72 victory over Dirty South.

Kyle Fogg added 17 points, and Errick McCollum II went 13-for-15 from the free throw line for the victors, who won despite having only six players and shooting only 41% from the field. 

“We fought through adversity,” said guard Myck Kabongo.  “Everyone stepped up big-time.”

Brandon Robinson (19 points) Langston Nolley (18 points) once again led the way for Dirty South.

“Getting to [the South Regional Championship Game] is a great accomplishment for our team,” said Robinson.  “We’ll be back next year and plan on getting even further.”

For now, the honor of advancing goes to Overseas Elite.

“We’ll be at full strength in New York,” said Kabongo, “And, we’ll be ready to go.”

D.J. Kennedy's post-game interview with ESPNU

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