Meet the Four Teams Playing for $1,000,000

 

93 teams are out. 4 teams remain. The competition for $1,000,000 continues this weekend at Fordham's historic Rose Hill Gym in New York City. Live on ESPN
 

TBT crowned four regional champions on Saturday at DePaul's McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago, leaving the Ants AlumniOverseas EliteTeam City of Gods and Team 23 each two wins away from taking home $1,000,000. The Semifinals (Saturday August 1) and the $1,000,000 Championship Game (Sunday August 2) are set for Fordham's historic Rose Hill Gym, with all three games televised live on ESPN. Mark JonesFran Fraschilla and Jeff Goodman will be on the call for ESPN.

Schedule
 

August 1

Ants Alumni vs. Team 23, 2 p.m. EST (ESPN/WatchESPN)

Overseas Elite vs. Team City of Gods, 4 p.m. EST (ESPN/WatchESPN)

August 2

$1,000,000 Championship Game, 3 p.m. EST (ESPN/WatchESPN)

Meet the teams playing for $1,000,000:
 

Ants Alumni - Midwest Regional Champions
 

Members of the 2013-14 Fort Wayne Mad Ants team who won the NBA D-League title have reunited in TBT with a mission to claim another championship. Despite having only five players available for the Midwest Region, the Ants Alumni was able to punch their ticket to the Super 17, benefiting from a first round popularity bye. Controlling the pace in wins over BG Taksforce and Houston Live, the Ants Alumni used their familiarity and playing background to survive the first weekend.  

In the Super 17, the Ants Alumni received reinforcements from Ron Howard, Trey McKinney Jones, Tommy Smith and Stephen Graham. Their championship pedigree was on full display in a Super 17 overtime win over TBT's reigning champion, the Notre Dame Fighting Alumni. After the Fighting Alumni forced an extra four minutes with a late-game rally, the Ants regrouped, scoring the first five points of overtime en route to an 89-84 win. The following night, the Ants Alumni held off Armored Athlete's comeback attempt to advance to New York City.

Projected Starters

GAnthony Harris
GRoderick Wilmont
FSadiel Rojas
FChris Porter
FWill Frisby

GMGarrett Martz
Coach: Dylan Murphy
Assistant Coach: Kevin Bloom

Round 1: First round bye
Round 2: 89-63 vs. BG Taskforce (Box Score)
Round 3: 92-81 vs. Houston Live (Box Score)
Super 17: 89-84 (OT) vs. Notre Dame Fighting Alumni (Box Score)
Midwest Regional Championship: 76-72 vs. Armored Athlete (Box Score)

Stats
 

PPG: Harris & Rojas (18.3), Graham (17.0)
RPG: Rojas (11.0), Frisby (7.3)
APG: Harris (3.8)

 

Overseas Elite - South Regional Champions
 

Overseas Elite mixed and matched players and positions in the South Region and Super 17, but expect to have a full roster for the semifinals on August 1. Despite never having more than six players available, Overseas Elite came out of the South Region unscathed, with an average margin of victory of fewer than six points.

Overseas Elite's road to the Semifinals is one paved with a sense of improvisation. For their first round matchup in the South Region, Overseas Elite had only five players, but forward Jhondre Jefferson joined the team for the second and third rounds. In the Super 17, both Jefferson and 7'0" Todd O'Brien were out, leaving DJ Kennedy as the team's tallest player at 6'6". Kennedy and Kyle Fogg, had both missed the South Region, but made their debuts in the Super 17. Kennedy and Fogg proved to be two solid additions, with Fogg averaging 15.0 points per game off the bench, and Kennedy posting a double-double in both Super 17 wins, including a 24-point, 18-board performance in the South Regional Championship Game against Dirty South.

Projected Starters

G - Myck Kabongo
G - Errick McCollum
G - Paris Horne
F - Jhondre Jefferson
C - Todd O'Brien

GM: Matt Morrison
Coach: Drew Morrison

Round 1: 89-83 vs. Underdogs (Box Score)
Round 2: 77-73 vs. Team Charlotte Elite (Box Score)
Round 3: 73-68 vs. Trained To Go (Box Score)
Super 17: 76-67 vs. Sean Bell All Stars (Box Score)
South Regional Championship: 77-72 vs. Dirty South (Box Score)

Stats
 

PPG: McCollum (20.8), Kennedy (17.5), Kabongo (15.2)
RPG: Kennedy (15.0), O'Brien (9.7)
APG: Kabongo (2.6)

Team City of Gods - Northeast Regional Champions
 

Joe Connelly III assembled Team City of Gods by calling upon all his connections in the game. A former NBA assistant coach (player development) with the Wizards, Connelly's younger brother, Tim, is the GM of the Nuggets, and another younger brother, Pat, is the assistant GM of the Phoenix Suns. With team construction clearly running in the family, Connelly has assembled a deep roster that includes five guys with NBA experience: Mike Sweetney, DerMarr Johnson, Xavier Silas, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Hamady Ndiaye.

NBA experience or not, everyone on the City of Gods roster is an accomplished professional, with seasoned players each working towards the team goals. In each of its first four games, City of Gods has had a different leading scorer. In the Northeast Regional Championship Game against top-seeded Boeheim's Army, Mike Sweetney played a team-low eight minutes, but contributed his knowledge of the Syracuse 2-3 zone (gained during his time as a Georgetown Hoya) and helped key City of Gods to 13 3-pointers. 

Projected Starters

G - Phil Goss
G - Xavier Silas
F - DerMarr Johnson
F - Pops Mensah-Bonsu
C - Hamady N'Diaye

GM: Lafonte Johnson
Coach: Joe Connelly III
Assistant Coach: Evan Monroe

Round 1: 88-69 vs. Team Pup N' Suds (Box Score)
Round 2: 115-50 vs. Lynchburg College Club (Box Score)
Round 3: 96-84 vs. Free Bands (Box Score)
Super 17: 91-78 vs. Sideline Cancer (Box Score)
Northeast Regional Championship: 80-76 vs. Boeheim's Army (Box Score)

Stats
 

PPG: D. Sweetney (13.6), Silas (13.4) Mensah-Bonsu & Johnson (12.8)
RPG: Mensah-Bonsu (8.4)
APG: Goss (5.4) & Smart (4.0)
BPG: N'Diaye (2.0)

Team 23 - West Regional Champions
 

Team 23 is the only double-digit seed to reach the semifinals, but it is also the only team to defeat each opponent by double figures. GM Mike Illiano, who runs the Valley of the Sun Pro Am in Phoenix, has constructed a team that features some of Arizona’s top talent with the length to match up with any team in the field defensively. Holding teams to 64.2 points per game in the West Region and Super 17, Team 23's consistency on the defensive end and the limited number of turnovers (8.8 turnovers per game) has made them a challenge for opponents even when the offense isn't hitting shots from the outside.

Team 23's defensive prowess was on display in the Super 17 with two lopsided victories. Against a shorthanded, but talented LAUNFD in the West Regional Championship Game, Team 23 forced 24 turnovers and held the Drew League powerhouse to under 60 points. In a matchup against 7outz a day earlier, Team 23 held Drew Lavender and Paul Marigney to 17 points combined, off 5-of-19 shooting, all the more impressive given that Marigney had led the West Region in scoring with 27.3 points per game and Lavender had averaged 19.0 points a contest.

Davin White has been one of the breakout stars of TBT, averaging 22.4 points and 5.0 assists per game (did not commit a turnover in the Super 17.

Projected Starters

G - Davin White
G - Gabriel Sandoval
F - Larry Owens
F - Travis Gabbidon
C - Zach Andrews 

GM: Mike Illiano
Coach: Ron Katich

Round 1: 91-67 vs. West Coast Ronin (Box Score)
Round 2: 78-62 vs. Colorado (Box Score)
Round 3: 86-72 vs. Team Bball Breakdown (Box Score)
Super 17: 105-64 vs. 7outz (Box Score)
West Regional Championship: 77-56 vs. LAUNFD (Box Score)

Stats
 

PPG: White (22.4) & Owens (15.2)
RPG: Okosun (7.4) & Owns (6.4)
APG: White (4.0)
BPG: Okosun (1.4)

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Championship Weekend (SAT 8/1, SUN 8/2)

August 1-2, 2015, New York City Tickets (Fordham University; Rose Hill Gym) Bronx, NY  Directions

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