OVERSEAS ELITE COMPLETES THE 3-PEAT, DEFEAT TEAM CHALLENGE ALS 86-83

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


 

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.”