#1 CARMEN'S CREW 71, #1 OVERSEAS ELITE 66

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


For the first time in five years, there will be a new TBT champion. David Lighty scored 15 of his game-high 18 points in the second half, and Carmen’s Crew handed Overseas Elite its first-ever TBT loss, 71-66. Lighty made a layup for the win to send Carmen’s Crew to its first-ever TBT title game.

“I got my legs going [in the second half],” said Lighty. “I got into a flow after that.” William Buford contributed 15 points, and Jeff Gibbs celebrated his 39th birthday with a gritty 12-point performance on 5-for-8 shooting in the win for Carmen’s Crew, which broke Overseas Elite’s 29-game winning streak. “Give Overseas Elite credit,” said Carmen’s Crew coach Jared Sullinger. “They showed their championship pedigree. We had them down early. They kept fighting back. I thought we did a great job of handling their energy and their pressure.”

Overseas Elite’s unprecedented winning streak comes to an end, one game short of playing for a fifth straight TBT title. Forward DJ Kennedy, a four-time All-TBT Team honoree and two-time MVP who was held to just eight points on 3-for-7 shooting, reflected on the loss. “I don’t think we played great basketball,” said Kennedy. “And, it came back to bite us today. Give them credit. Every time we made a run, they made some plays. They just wanted it more today. That was unlike us.” Kennedy reflected on the last four summers, in which he and his teammates have won a collective $7 million in TBT. “It’s just been one great run,” said the former St. John’s University star. “I don’t think it’s really hit us right now. That’s something that we can look back and be proud of.” Jeremy Pargo’s 17 points led the way in the losing effort for Overseas Elite, which was undone by its 57% foul shooting (13-for-23).

Aaron Craft had a game-high seven steals in the win for Carmen’s Crew. But, despite the thrilling victory, Craft and his teammates remain focused on TBT’s ultimate prize. “I think [beating Overseas Elite] was great,” said the former Buckeye defensive wiz. “They just play so hard. But, our goal wasn’t to beat Overseas Elite. Our goal was to win [the TBT title] on Tuesday. We want to win this tournament.” They will now have that chance on Tuesday night.