20 moments to remember from TBT 2018

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


From four-peats to crazy home crowds to intense Elam Endings, #TBT2018 had it all. Let's take a trip down memory lane and look back at some of the top moments of the summer. 

Author's note: These are listed in no particular order

1. Overseas Elite completes the four-peat

What more can be said about Overseas Elite? Although it was far from easy, the most dominating dynasty in sports added a trophy and another $2 million to its name in TBT 2018. While many are already speculating whether they will return next summer or not, let's take a moment to celebrate greatness. Whether you like them or hate them, Overseas Elite has forever changed the landscape of TBT, and has done it with selflessness and poise. "To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless." - Mike Krzyzewski.

 

2. Travis Diener sends Golden Eagles to Baltimore

Without the likes of Dwight Buycks, Darius Johnson-Odom and Davante Garnder, many thought that the Golden Eagles had no shot of making a deep run in TBT 2018. To say the doubters were wrong would be an understatement. The team's memorable summer was capped off when 36-year old Travis Diener - who retired from professional basketball for three years before returning last season - hit the Elam Ending game winner against Boeheim's Army in the Northeast Regional Championship. The shot captivated the Marquette faithful, most notably former college teammate Dwyane Wade. 

 

3. PrimeTime pulls off insane Elam Ending comeback

Down 59-50 when the Elam Ending came into effect (target score = 66), the 12th-seeded PrimeTime Players needed to go on a 16-6 run to dispatch the five-seed and complete an 18-point comeback. The team of "average Joe's" did just that. Not only did PrimeTime score the last 11 points of the game, but after Always A Brave reached 63 points, they prevented them from getting to the target score for eight consecutive possessions. While they are more known for their run-and-gun offense, PrimeTime showed that good defense trumps all in TBT.

 

4. Jimmer drops 41 against Fort Wayne Champs

Even though Overseas Elite won the $2 million prize, this was unquestionably the summer of Jimmer. Of players who competed in more than one game, Fredette led all scorers with 31 ppg. His best performance came against the Fort Wayne Champs in the Super 16, where he dropped 41 points in front of a mesmerized crowd. Although Team Fredette ultimately fell to Eberlein Drive in the semifinals, Jimmer's #TBT2018 performance will forever live on in the history books.

 

5. Scarlet & Gray brings the house down with Elam Ending alley-oop

The TBT 2018 Midwest Regional in Columbus was a massive homecoming for some of the best Buckeyes in program history. So, it's only right that the team's last play in front of the sold out crowd was an electrifying alley-oop from William Buford to David Lighty. Although the team ultimately fell in the Midwest Regional Championship Game in Atlanta, Buckeye fans will remember this weekend for a long time.

 

6. Marcus Lewis wins Puma Hoops Dunk Contest with posterizing slam

One dunk. $40,000. Sure, Marcus Lewis impressed the celebrity judge panel of Terry Rozier, God Shammgod, Dominique Wilkins and @Dunk with his opening round slams in the inaugural Puma Hoops Dunk Contest. But, the moment everyone was waiting for came in the final round, when the two remaining players were forced to try and posterize their competitor. After preventing Team Fredette's Derek Cooke Jr. from dunking over him, Lewis brought the house down with his slam over the 6-foot-9 forward. 

 

7. Greg Oden makes triumphant return to the basketball court

To put it simply, this was a special moment for the whole Ohio State community. Although he missed the team's games in Columbus, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft was on a basketball court for the first time since 2016 in Scarlet & Gray's Super 16 win over the PrimeTime Players. Oden poured in 11 points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of work, which was especially critical since fellow big man Jared Sullinger was gone at his wedding. 

 

8. Demetris Nichols nails game-winner against Fancy

Team Fancy had been waiting all year for a rematch with Boeheim's Army. After falling to the Syracuse alumni squad, 65-61 in the TBT 2017 Super 16, Team Fancy was out for revenge. Demetris Nichols had other plans. With Boeheim's Army needing just three points to reach the target score and Team Fancy needing five, Nichols found himself open in the right corner and knocked down a triple to send Syracuse fans into a frenzy.

 

9. Brewer and Harris tag team for epic alley-oop

You see your fair share of alley-oops in TBT. What you don't see too often is two players slamming home the same lob. After collecting a steal at midcourt, Jabril Durham threw up a perfect pass which both Ronnie Brewer and Alandise Harris got some skin on. For those keeping track at home, Harris got credit for the bucket.

 

10. Jamil Wilson dominates Elam Ending against Talladega Knights

Sure, the Elam Ending might still be in its infant stages, but Jamil Wilson put on an all-time great performance in the Golden Eagles' Super 16 win over the Talladega Knights. All knotted up at 66 with a target score of 73, Wilson connected on a three despite getting fouled, made the free throw, recorded a block on the defensive end, and then hit another deep three to end the game. Dominating.

 

11. Hakim Warrick throws down monster jam

Not much of a description is needed. This slam was vintage Hakim Warrick. Between Diener and Warrick, who says that 36-year olds can't ball with the best of them?

 

12. Jamel Morris completes big game with Elam Ending game-winner

79-79. Target score of 80. It does not get more dramatic than this. Luckily for fourth-seeded Big X - a group of Big 10 alumni from various schools in the conference- Jamel Morris ended his hot day (32 points) with an insane layup to help the team avoid the upset against 13-seeded Chattanooga Trenches.

 

13. Ira Brown flushes the right hand hammer

Brown has won the B.League Dunk Contest in Japan the past two years. When you see this slam against Team Utah, you'll know why.

 

14. Showtime/Kimchi Express get first TBT win

Heading into TBT 2018, Showtime and Kimchi Express had a combined record of 0-6 and were both desperately seeking their first win. Showtime, a five-year TBT participant, came painfully close to knocking off Overseas Elite and Ram Nation in 2016 and 2017, respectively, but fell just short. Kimchi Express played their first two years with mostly childhood friends and decided to overhaul the squad with former D1 players. For both loveable teams, their patience paid off.

 

15. Eberlein Drive makes run to Baltimore

In 2014, Sports Illustrated dubbed Eberlein Drive the "lost cause of The Basketball Tournament" after Jacob Hirschmann and his childhood friends got embarrassed by Smush Parker and Big Apple Basketball. Since then, Hirschmann and co-GM Matt Mitchell have steadily built a force to be reckoned with. That patience and desire for greatness finally paid off this summer, as Eberlein came with unquestionably their deepest squad yet, including NBA talent such as Donald Sloan, James Michael McAdoo, Lou Amundon, Jeremy Evans and overseas star Jerome Randle. Although they lost in the title game to Overseas Elite, Eberlein Drive is looking like a contender for years to come.

 

16. Darius Washington Jr. hits game-winner against alma mater

If this was just a normal Elam Ending game-winner, it would be one of the most memorable moments of #TBT2018 considering both teams were within one possession of the target score. When you factor in that Washington Jr. played his college ball at Memphis and was playing against a Memphis alumni team, it makes it even better. After the game, Washington called the shot "poetic justice."

 

17. Stevie Browning breaks ankles

Whenever you get compared to Jason "White Chocolate" Williams, you know you are doing something right.

 

18. Ram Nation/Scarlet & Gray/Golden Eagles play in front of massive home crowds

What a homecoming it was for three historic college basketball programs!

 

19. Thad Matta and Tom Crean support former players

We're not crying, you're crying!

 

 

20. Armored Athlete and GaelNation play epic Elam Ending

Despite trailing by 17 points in the third quarter, Armored Athlete rallied to take a 68-64 lead heading into the Elam Ending (target score = 75). Although Armored Athlete was up by as many as five points on two separate occasions, GaelNation responded to cut the deficit to 74-73. Next basket wins. After drawing a foul from Sean Armand, big man Julian Gamble avenged two missed free throws earlier in the contest by sinking the game-winner.

 

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