Semifinals Preview: Boeheim's Army looks to dethrone Overseas Elite


By: Josh Goldfine & Josh Brown

Boeheim's Army, Overseas Elite overcome adversity in Brooklyn to reach TBT's semifinals

Boeheim’s Army, the Northeast Region’s #3 seed and playing in its third consecutive TBT, has finally reached the semifinals. Awaiting the Syracuse University alumni squad will be South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite, the only top seed remaining in the tournament.

Back-to-back champions. Winners of $3 million in prize money over the past two summers. The only undefeated team in professional sports history. The accolades just keep on coming for Overseas Elite, a combined 17-0 over three seasons of play in TBT.

Opponents still haven’t found the kryptonite for Overseas Elite. Three different players have led the team in scoring this summer, and these talented overseas hoopsters consistently find ways to win games in a variety of ways. Shooting guard Kyle Fogg (16.8 ppg), who scored a game-high 26 points in the comeback win over #2 seed Ram Nation in the Round of 8, is a dynamic scoring threat who poured in 42 points in the semifinals last summer. Small forward D.J. Kennedy (15.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3 apg) can score from anywhere, and guard Errick McCollum (15.5 ppg) can do it all on both ends of the floor. The talent doesn’t end there, as power forwards Justin Burrell (9.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Dejuan Blair (8.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg) contribute solid minutes, and small forward Deandre Kane (9.3 ppg) provides versatility.

Boeheim’s Army has had one the strangest journeys of any team in the field. After blowing a 20-point lead against GaelNation and needing two overtimes to defeat the Iona College alumni squad to even reach the Super 16, Boeheim’s Army advanced to Baltimore by rallying from 25 points down over the final 12 minutes to shock Team FOE.

Shooting guard and emotional leader Eric Devendorf (18 ppg), who has played on each of Boeheim’s Army’s three TBT entrants, has been instrumental in each of the team’s four wins this summer and remains a fan favorite for his hard-nosed style of play. Point guard Brandon Triche (11 ppg, 6 apg, 4.8 rpg) was instrumental in both wins in Brooklyn, and small forward James Southerland’s (14 ppg, 7.5 rpg) 23 points led the way in the improbable comeback against Team FOE. Small forward Donte Green (17.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg) can help on both ends of the floor, and center Dashonte Riley may not fill up a stat sheet offensively but is an intimidating presence on the defensive end.

Overseas Elite and Boeheim’s Army will tip off on Tuesday, August 1st at 9:00 PM ET, live on ESPN. The winning team will advance to the $2 million, winner-take-all championship game on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:00 PM ET, live on ESPN.