How did Overseas Elite win TBT 2018?


By: Josh Brown & Josh Goldfine

Overseas Elite has pocketed $7 million in four years

It's been just under a week since Overseas Elite hoisted the $2 million check at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Let's look back and see how the TBT dynasty was able to win its fourth consecutive title.

Round 1 (Richmond, VA): #1 Overseas Elite 78, #17 Team ABC2 62

Justin Burrell was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and led the way with a game-high 24 points as Overseas Elite cruised to a 78-62 victory over Team ABC2. Burrell also pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory for the three-time TBT champions, who shot 60% from the field in extending their winning streak to 20 straight games dating back to 2015. Tabari Perry paced the Team ABC2 offense, scoring 15 points in the losing effort.


Round 2 (Richmond, VA): #1 Overseas Elite 71, #8 Monarch Nation 61

D.J. Kennedy posted a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds)  to lead Overseas Elite past Monarch Nation, 71-61. Errick McCollum (15 points) and Kyle Fogg (14 points) also reached double figures in the win for the three-time TBT champs, who ran their four-year TBT record to 21-0. Franklin Hassell recorded a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) for Monarch Nation, which was undone by its 3-for-19 shooting from three-point range.

Super 16 (Atlanta, GA): #1 Overseas Elite 87, #4 Louisiana United 86

Surviving a near-blown lead during the Elam Ending. A heart-stopping finish. In the end, the result was the same.

Jeremy Pargo hit a free throw to reach the Target Score and push Overseas Elite to an 87-86 victory over Louisiana United. The win was the 22nd straight for Overseas Elite, the three-time TBT champions and winners of $5 million who are now on to a fourth straight South Region title game.

Errick McCollum tied a game high with 24 points, and D.J. Kennedy added 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite, which answered a 17-0 Louisiana United run by closing the first half on a 12-0 run of its own to break open a tie game and take a lead which it never relinquished.

“It’s a game of runs,” said Overseas Elite coach Marc Hughes. “The game goes back and forth, and you’ve got to continue to work the game.”

Bryon Allen, whose back-to-back three-pointers closed the deficit for the scrappy Louisiana United squad during the Elam Ending, had 24 points to tie a game high.

When asked if his team has lost a bit of its edge after so many victories, McCollum’s response was quick and direct.

“No one gets tired of winning,” said McCollum. “We understand that everybody wants to beat us.”


South Regional Championship: (Atlanta, GA) #1 Overseas Elite 72, #2 Ram Nation 60

Still perfect.

Justin Burrell posted a game-high 15 points as Overseas Elite won its fourth Straight South Regional Championship by defeating Ram Nation, 72-60.

Overseas Elite, the three-time TBT champions, has now won 23 consecutive games over four summers.

Kyle Fogg (13 points) and D.J. Kennedy (11 points, 8 rebounds) each reached double figures for Overseas Elite, which led the whole way.

“When this team is locked in, it’s just a different beast,” said Overseas Elite coach Marc Hughes of his squad, which held Ram Nation to just 36% shooting.

Reggie Williams had a team-high 15 points in the loss for Ram Nation.

Overseas Elite has eliminated Ram Nation each of the past three years and is moving on to Baltimore to chase a fourth straight title and another $2 million.

“As long as we lock in, it’s going to be really tough to beat this group,” said Hughes.


Semifinals (Baltimore, MD): #1 Overseas Elite 85, #3 Golden Eagles 60

He had been quiet for the first four rounds of the Tournament. Not on Thursday night.

Kyle Fogg scored 10 of his 38 points to key a 26-4 game-opening run, and three-time TBT champion Overseas Elite jumped all over the Golden Eagles early and cruised to an 85-60 victory.

“It was about time that I made a shot or two,” said Fogg. “I got some good work in this week. I was able to go stay with (point guard) Errick (McCollum), and he got me prepared for the games. Coach believed in me, and I was able to knock down a couple of shots. Guys kept getting me the ball, so I was able to stay hot.”

McCollum knew that the hot start was crucial in establishing Overseas Elite’s dominance right from the tip.

“We’ve made the mistake many times of getting down early and having to battle back and having to exert so much energy,” said McCollum. “We just knew that, today, and every year in this Tournament, we’ve got to bring it even more because the target is on our back. As the champion, if you take away their heart early, they start to lay down.”

D.J. Kennedy contributed 14 points in the win for Overseas Elite, which never trailed in advancing to its fourth straight title game.

Overseas Elite has now won 24 consecutive games over four summers, and only one final game stands between this group and yet another TBT title.

“It’s going to be a tough group to beat,” said Overseas Elite coach Marc Hughes.

Championship (Baltimore, MD): #1 Overseas Elite 70, #7 Eberlein Drive 58

Errick McCollum had a family vacation planned.

But, McCollum’s agent, Drew Morrison, had other ideas and was begging his client to play in The Basketball Tournament, then in its second year of existence. Morrison’s team, Overseas Elite, needed a fifth player for the opening game, and he needed McCollum. The point guard reluctantly agreed to play.

Twenty-five consecutive wins later, McCollum is glad he bypassed the vacation.

That Saturday afternoon at Clayton State University, a dynasty was born, and it continued on Friday night with Overseas Elite’s fourth consecutive TBT title.

Justin Burrell scored 15 points, including the final one on a free throw that hit the Target Score, sending Overseas Elite past Eberlein Drive, 70-58.

“He finishes inside,” said McCollum of Burrell. “He’s the first guy we had that could post up inside. He just changes the game. He’s a beast.”

Tournament MVP D.J. Kennedy and McCollum scored 14 points apiece for the winners, who outscored Eberlein Drive, 18-8, in the fourth quarter.

“This is group of champions,” said coach Marc Hughes. “Guys who have championship attitudes first, not just championship talent-championship character.”

McCollum was asked to sum up the historic nature of his team’s run.

“People don’t give us the respect that we deserve because it’s not the NBA or even the EuroLeague,” he said. “But, this is open competition-the best players in the world outside the NBA. Everyone knows who we are, and they’re stacking up to beat us….We just come out and do our job...and we’ll leave it for all of you to debate. It’s got to be something that’s historic and something that will never be repeated again.”

Jerome Randle and Donald Sloan tallied 14 points apiece in the losing effort for Eberlein Drive, which was undone by 22% three-point shooting and 53% free-throw shooting.


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