TBT Semifinals Preview

 

By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine


The TBT Semifinals tip-off Sunday morning live on ESPN

The TBT Semifinals tip-off on Sunday at 11 am CDT/12 pm EDT live on ESPN! Here's what to watch out for.

(1) Overseas Elite vs (1) Carmen's Crew, 11am CDT/12pm EDT, ESPN

Two of TBT’s most successful teams have never met. That will change in Sunday’s semi-finals.

Carmen’s Crew, host of the Columbus Regional, swept through the first weekend with relative ease before surviving a late scare from Eberlein Drive in the quarterfinals.

The Ohio State alumni squad relies on a balanced scoring load and strong team defense. William Buford leads the way at 19.5 points per game. Demetri McCamey, whose 16 points paced the offense in the quarterfinal victory, averages 16.0 ppg. David Lighty, who is averaging 14.3 ppg and a team-high 4.3 assists per game, is dangerous whenever the ball is in his hands. Standout defender Aaron Craft has helped out on the offensive end as well, averaging 11.0 ppg on 67% shooting. Jeff Gibbs brings guile and physicality around the basket, averaging 9.5 points and a team-high six rebounds.

Overseas Elite won its 29th consecutive game by coming from behind to defeat Loyalty is Love in a testy quarterfinal matchup. The only undefeated team in professional basketball history looks to continue its record streak, and it will be a tall task to send Overseas Elite home.

Jeremy Pargo (16.0 ppg) can slash through the lane and also has the ability to connect from well beyond the arc., while mainstay D.J. Kennedy (16.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg) is always a threat. Justin Burrell (13.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg) recorded double-doubles in each of the team’s first four games. DeAndre Kane, a defensive whiz who seems to get his hands on every loose ball, has contributed on the offensive end as well and led Overseas Elite with 18 points in the quarterfinal win.

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(1) Golden Eagles vs (1) Team Hines, 1pm CDT/2pm EDT, ESPN

The Golden Eagles look to avenge a loss to Overseas Elite in last year’s semi-finals. Team Hines is a first-year entrant looking to make a statement in its TBT debut.

The Golden Eagles, Marquette University’s alumni team, ran away from the upstart Jackson TN Underdawgs in the quarterfinals. Dwight Buycks (25.8 ppg) is the leading scorer among all remaining players, while Jamil Wilson provides a solid scoring complement at 24.0 ppg. Elgin Cook (14.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg) is a key role player who does many things to help his team. 

Team Hines is one of TBT’s more well-balanced teams, with five players averaging in double-figures. Darius Adams leads the way at 19.0 ppg, while former NBA guard Mike James (18.3 ppg) is always a threat from beyond the arc. Matt Lojeski (15.3 ppg), Ricky Ledo (11.3 ppg) and Kyle Hines (11.3 ppg) can all fill it up.

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