By: TBT Staff | @thetournament

Another early deficit? No problem for the four-time champs.

DeAndre Kane led all scorers with 18 points to lead Overseas Elite back from a double-digit deficit in an 86-73 victory over Loyalty is Love. Justin Burrell had a double-double (10 points, game-high 12 rebounds), and both Jeremy Pargo and DJ Kennedy had 15 points apiece in the victory for Overseas Elite, which battled back from an 11-2 first-quarter deficit to win its 29th consecutive game over five summers. 

“It was a grind,” said Kennedy, who scored all but two of his points in the second half. “It was an ugly game for us. We came out sluggish. But, we were never nervous. We picked up our confidence on defense. I felt like we wanted it more in the second half.” Kane made seven of his 11 field-goal attempts - including four of six from beyond the arc - in the win for Overseas Elite, which advances to the semi-finals for the fifth straight summer. “He played huge,” said Kennedy of the usually defensive-minded Kane. “He made some big-time threes. Give him a lot of credit.” Chicago native Jeremy Pargo had 15 points, including the walk-off three-pointer, in his homecoming.

Pierre Jackson had 13 points to pace the offense in the losing effort for Loyalty is Love, which opened the game on a 13-2 run but was unable to hold the lead in a game that got testy at times. Kennedy downplayed the chippiness of the contest. “Every game should be chippy,” said Kennedy. “But, there is $2 million on the line. If it’s not chippy, you shouldn’t be playing.”