Building for Baltimore: South Region

 

By: Josh Goldfine & Josh Brown


Overseas Elite rolls on to Brooklyn as the South's team to beat once again.

Three TBT entrances. Three straight trips to the Super 16. Overseas Elite overcame first-half struggles in its first two games to once again advance to TBT’s second weekend. Errick McCollum’s 20 points led the way past the scrappy Chattanooga Trenches, 84-74, in Round 1, and D.J. Kennedy picked up right where he left off from TBT 2016 with a 25-point performance in a comeback win over the Matadors in Round 2.

Facing the tall task of dethroning Overseas Elite, the back-to-back TBT champions and winners of a combined $3 million over the past two tournaments will be the Tampa Bulls, who advanced to Brooklyn courtesy of a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Dominique Jones in a thrilling, 88-87 victory. Jones also paced the University of South Florida alumni squad’s scoring attack with 30 points in an opening-round win over Seven City Grain.

NC Prodigal Sons will arrive in Brooklyn looking for redemption against a Ram Nation squad that roared back from a 20-point, first-half deficit to down the Prodigal Sons in 2016. The 14th-seeded Prodigal Sons, who are playing for a Charlotte-based non-profit, held off a late rally by Ole Hotty Toddy in Round 1 and withstood a late run by Golden Boot Dynasty to punch a ticket to Brooklyn. Damier Pitts has been the Prodigal Sons’ top scorer in TBT, averaging 18 points per game.

Ram Nation started slowly in front of a raucous crowd in Charlotte but got better as the weekend progressed to return to the Super 16 for a second straight summer. Jamie Skeen hit a jumper with one second remaining in the opening-round game against Showtime to cap off a rally from an 11-point first-half deficit en route to avoiding what would have been the biggest upset on opening weekend. In Round 2, NBA veteran Eric Maynor nearly singlehandedly ensured that Ram Nation would return to the Super 16 by dropping a game-high 28 points (9-for-15 from the field, including 7-for-11 from beyond the arc) in a 98-82 victory over Primetime Players.

NC Prodigal Sons and Ram Nation will tip off at 7:00 PM EDT on Friday, July 21 in Brooklyn, New York. Overseas Elite and the Tampa Bulls will follow at 9:00 PM EDT.  Both games will be televised live on ESPN2. The winners will meet on Sunday, July 23 live on ESPN for the right to advance to the semifinals.