A look back at the top Elam Ending moments of TBT 2019


By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31

What was your favorite Elam Ending moment of TBT 2019?

From backdor cuts to game-winning dunks, 2019 was filled with unforgettable Elam Ending moments. Before the calendar flips to 2020, let's take a look back at some of our panel's favorites!

5. The Web Goes Backdoor For The Win: Let us set the scene: A pair of Virginia rivals playing in Richmond. $2 million on the line. Next bucket wins. In a game that was always destined to come down to the last possession, The Web's T.J. Cline and ShawnDre' Jones got the last laugh. Needing just two points to reach the target score, the University of Richmond alumni connected on a perfectly executed backdoor cut to down the Green Machine (George Mason alumni) and advance to the second round.

4. Carmen's Crew Makes TBT History: Of all the great Elam Ending moments we've seen the last couple years, this was by far the most historic. Needing just one bucket to do the impossible, David Lighty recovered a loose ball and laid it in over the outstreched arms of DeAndre Kane. Just like that, Overseas Elite's 29-game win streak was history and Carmen's Crew was on to the TBT Championship Game. The Ohio State alumni went on to win the TBT title and $2 million.

3.  Father Time Has Nothing On Travis Diener: Anyone catching a case of deja vu? As Marquette fans well remember, one of the most epic moments of TBT 2018 was Travis Diener's game-winning three against Boeheim's Army to send the Golden Eagles to the Semifinals. The 37-year old had a flair for the dramatics again last summer, knocking down another deep three to down Team Hines and advance to the TBT Championship Game. As we all heard on ESPN, he celebrated the win the best way possible, with a couple (six to be exact) Miller Lites.

2. PJ Hairston Sends Greensboro Into A Frenzy: When Tampa 20/20 went up 18 points in the third quarter of a first round matchup in Greensboro, it looked like it would be a short homecoming for the host Team CP3. Then we saw one of the greatest comebacks in TBT history. Team CP3 came roaring back, eventually tying the game at 76 with an Elam Ending target score of 79 on the board. Greensboro native PJ Hairston proceeded to send the crowd into a frenzy. His stepback three not only secured the win for Team CP3, but as he emotionally explained after the game, was a personal milestone after spending the last two years trying to get back into the professional ranks.

1. Devin Oliver With The Walk-Off Slam: Not only did Nick Elam began dreaming up this innovative concept in a Dayton dorm room in 2004, but he's a rabid Flyers fan who attends almost every home game. That's why it's so cool that fifteen years later fellow Dayton alum Devin Oliver gave us perhaps the best Elam Ending moment in TBT history. With both his Red Scare and Mid-American Unity two points away from the target score, Oliver came out of nowhere to slam home a missed Kyle Davis layup and send his squad to the Columbus Regional Championship Game. Dayton fans went insane inside The Capital Center. And while the always impartial Elam was able to keep a straight face in the stands, don't be fooled, this was a moment he will remember forever.