How did Overseas Elite win $2 million?

 

By: Josh Brown, Josh Goldfine and Patrick Ronan


Overseas Elite has pocketed $5 million in three years

It's been just over a week since Overseas Elite hoisted the $2 million check at Coppin State University in Baltimore. Let's look back and see how the TBT dynasty was able to win its third consecutive title.

 

Round 1 (Charlotte, NC): #1 Overseas Elite 84, #16 Chattanooga Trenches 74

Two-time defending champion Overseas Elite survived a scare and defeated the Chattanooga Trenches, 84-74, to advance to the Round of 32. Chattanooga, the #16-seed, stayed close as they only trailed by two points at halftime. But the #1 Elite clamped down in the second half, holding the Trenches to just 27% shooting and nine total field goals.

Overseas Elite were led by Errick McCollum II, who racked up 20 points. Kyle Fogg had 15 points while D.J. Kennedy and Justin Burrell each added 14 points. Chattanooga was paced by Brandon Suttles, who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fred Sturdivant was close behind with 13 points and eight rebounds. 

 

Round 2 (Charlotte, NC): #1 Overseas Elite 78, #8 Matadors 67

We’ve seen it time and time again from Overseas Elite – a slow start puts them in an early hole, you look away for a minute or get up to grab a drink, and by the time you get back they’re up a dozen.

Such was the case Sunday, as the Matadors came out swinging. Their first-half lead grew into the teens, and the Texas Tech alumni squad just looked like the better team. But towards the end of the first half, Overseas Elite started creeping back in it and by the time the first half horn sounded, the lead for Matadors was just two.

It didn’t take long for Overseas to take control in the second half, using a 26-10 run to turn a 40-38 deficit into a 64-50 lead. They stayed in control from that point forward, keeping the Matadors out of striking distance and picking up a hard-fought 78-67 win.

The deep ball was a big part of the defending champs’ run, knocking down six of their nine second half attempts from downtown. D.J. Kennedy shined for Overseas, putting up a game-high 25 points (7-14 FG) while adding six rebound and four assists.

 

Super 16 (Brooklyn, NY): #1 Overseas Elite 84, #5 Tampa Bulls 76

Every time you think they just might crack, South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite is there to show you why they remain the only undefeated team in TBT history.

The back-to-back TBT champions used an 11-4 run midway through the second half to break open a three-point game and pull away from the #5 seed Tampa Bulls in an 84-76 victory.

Kyle Fogg led five players in double figures for Overseas Elite, which jumped out to a 14-point lead halftime lead behind 67% shooting from the field and improved to 16-0 all-time in the winner-take-all tournament.

Dominique Jones, who sent the Bulls to Brooklyn with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Round 2, completed an impressive first run in TBT, finishing with a game-high 26 points.

 

South Regional Championship (Brooklyn, NY): #1 Overseas Elite 86, #2 Ram Nation 79

Another double-digit deficit. No problem.

Kyle Fogg scored a game-high 26 points, and Overseas Elite, the South Region’s #1 seed, rallied from double-digit deficits in both halves to defeat #2 seed Ram Nation, 86-79.

D.J. Kennedy had a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), and six different players scored in double figures for Overseas Elite, the back-to-back TBT champions and winners of $3 million over the past two summers.

With the comeback victory, Overseas Elite improves to 17-0 all-time in TBT.

Brandon Rozzell hit seven 3-pointers in the loss for Ram Nation, whose bench was outscored by Overseas Elite’s, 43-13.

 

Semifinals (Baltimore, MD): #1 Overseas Elite 81, #3 Boeheim's Army 77

Overseas Elite has played from behind several times late in games in TBT this summer. In the semi-finals, the back-to-back champions used an 18-point performance from Errick McCollum and controlled the play throughout most of the game in an 81-77 victory over Boeheim’s Army.

D.J. Kennedy had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the victory for South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite, which used an 18-5 run in the first half to neutralize a strong start from Northeast Region #3 seed Boeheim’s Army.

“We made it an effort to get it to D.J. in the middle of that zone, and we have a lot of confidence in him to make a play, whether he’s shooting it, driving or passing it,” said Overseas Elite coach Colin Curtin, “And, I think he did an exceptional job with that.”

“We all know how to play the game,” said Overseas Elite forward  DeAndre Kane. “What we’re doing is not easy. Give all of these teams credit. They fight hard for 36 minutes.”

“We are in situations overseas where we have major minutes and situations which groom us for these situations,” said Justin Burrell, who is new to Overseas Elite in 2017 and will become the first player in TBT history to appear in championship games with two different teams.

Curtin reflected on Overseas Elite’s three-year, 18-0 journey to this point and looked ahead to Thursday night’s attempt at a three-peat.

“Once you get to the [Super] 16, you’re not really running away from anyone,” said the third-year coach. “We’re going to play a really good [Challenge] ALS team. They are going to do some things that are going to give us trouble. But, at the same time, you can’t just say that it’s a regular game, because it’s not. There is $2 million on the line.”

 

TBT Championship (Baltimore, MD): #1 Overseas Elite 86, #6 Team Challenge ALS 83

Over his three summers competing in TBT, Kyle Fogg has shown that he is more than comfortable on the big stage. It showed once again in the championship game on Thursday night in front of a packed crowd at Baltimore’s Coppin State University.

Fogg scored 18 points in a 10-minute span in the first half and finished with a game-high 29 points as South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite held on in the final seconds to defeat West Region #6 seed Team Challenge ALS, 86-83, to win its third straight TBT title.

“If I can just knock down a shot, get a rebound…that gets [my teammates] going,” said Fogg, whose 26-point performance led Overseas Elite past Ram Nation in the South Regional final last month. “They can feed off my energy. Once I get going, those guys can start feeding me and getting me open looks.”

Casper Ware had 22 points, and Ivan Aska made eight of his 10 field goals and finished with 18 points in the devastating loss for Team Challenge ALS, which had pledged to donate $250,000 of the $2 million prize money to offset the medical expenses for GM/forward Sean Marshall's ALS-stricken Boston College roommate Pete Frates. 

Marshall, the team’s emotional leader, missed a free throw with three seconds remaining that would have tied the score.

D.J. Kennedy overcame a slow start to finish with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting for Overseas Elite, which made 24 of its 25 free throws to improve to a staggering 19-0 all-time in TBT.

Head coach Colin Curtin reflected on his team’s third straight championship by discussing the difficult road that Overseas Elite faced en route to another $2 million prize while also looking ahead to the future.

“From Round 1 to now, it felt like a dog fight,” said Curtin. “I don’t know what more we have to accomplish. We have everything to lose now. It gets to the point where ALS is building a team to mirror us. South Florida (Tampa Bulls) is building a team to mirror us. We took everyone’s best shot.”