#1 Overseas Elite Outlasts #3 Boeheim's Army 81-77

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


Overseas Elite has played from behind several times late in games in TBT this summer. In the semi-finals, the back-to-back champions used an 18-point performance from Errick McCollum and controlled the play throughout most of the game in an 81-77 victory over Boeheim’s Army.

D.J. Kennedy had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the victory for South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite, which used an 18-5 run in the first half to neutralize a strong start from Northeast Region #3 seed Boeheim’s Army.

“We made it an effort to get it to D.J. in the middle of that zone, and we have a lot of confidence in him to make a play, whether he’s shooting it, driving or passing it,” said Overseas Elite coach Colin Curtin, “And, I think he did an exceptional job with that.”

“We all know how to play the game,” said Overseas Elite forward  DeAndre Kane. “What we’re doing is not easy. Give all of these teams credit. They fight hard for 36 minutes.”

“We are in situations overseas where we have major minutes and situations which groom us for these situations,” said Justin Burrell, who is new to Overseas Elite in 2017 and will become the first player in TBT history to appear in championship games with two different teams.

Curtin reflected on Overseas Elite’s three-year, 18-0 journey to this point and looked ahead to Thursday night’s attempt at a three-peat.

“Once you get to the [Super] 16, you’re not really running away from anyone,” said the third-year coach. “We’re going to play a really good [Challenge] ALS team. They are going to do some things that are going to give us trouble. But, at the same time, you can’t just say that it’s a regular game, because it’s not. There is $2 million on the line.”