The Champions...Again!

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


Overseas Elite Goes Back to Back

TBT 2016's Championship Game, the last of 63 single elimination games in this year's tournament, delivered everything a sports fan could ask for. The underdog, Team Colorado, came out of the gates with a frenzy of hot shooting, led by an incredible performance by point guard Marcus Hall. The defending champs, Overseas Elite, looked overmatched in the opening minutes, at one point trailing by an almost inconceivable 17 points. The capacity crowd at Rose Hill Gymnasium alternated between elation and frustration as Team Colorado repeatedly punched Overseas Elite in the mouth in the first half. The champs looked dizzied. 

But, champions aren't champions because they have glass jaws and despite being down 10 at the half, Overseas Elite came roaring back in the second, outscoring Team Colorado 41-26 in the latter period. DJ Kennedy and tournament MVP Kyle Fogg showed their world-class quality, scoring 18 and 17 points respectively, with Kennedy adding 8 clutch rebounds and an unbelievable block on a Marcus Hall fast-break layup that was a no-brainer SportsCenter Top 10 play. 

As is the case with TBT Championship Games, however, this one came down to the wire. Down 5 with seconds remaining, a Marcus Hall layup in traffic cut Overseas Elite's lead to 3. Marcus Relphorde stole Paris Horne's in-bound pass after the bucket and got the ball to Hall, whose 3 point attempt rimmed out as the crowd gasped. Even more, Team Colorado collected the rebound off Hall's miss and looked to have another opportunity to tie the game as the seconds ticked off the clock, but Kyle Fogg stripped Levi Knutson of the ball, negating the opportunity to tie. After fouling Fogg, Team Colorado found itself down 5 and the game was over. Overseas Elite had won $3,000,000 and 2 TBT Championships in 365 days. 

Marcus Hall led all scorers with 24 points and looked by all accounts to be among the most clutch and dynamic scorers in the entire tournament. Austin Dufault added 16 in a losing effort.