TBT 2018 Semifinals preview: Overseas Elite vs Golden Eagles

 

By: Josh Goldfine | @jgoldfine


Golden Eagles look to take down three-time TBT champs Overseas Elite

Twenty-three straight wins. $5 million in career prize winnings. Three straight TBT titles.

Overseas Elite has met every challenge over four summers, and the three-time champions look to continue the unprecedented run in a semi-final matchup against the Golden Eagles on Thursday, August 2nd at 7:00 PM live on ESPN.

Opponents are still looking for the kryptonite in Overseas Elite, which can win games in nearly every conceivable way.

D.J. Kennedy, Errick McCollum and Kyle Fogg are the top three scorers, respectively, in TBT history. Kennedy (14.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg), also TBT’s all-time leading rebounder, can score from both inside and outside. Fogg, who scored 42 points in a semi-final win back in 2016, is a threat from the outside, and McCollum (12.8 ppg) controls the game in transition.

The threats don’t stop there. Power forward Justin Burrell, who was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field in the team’s opening-round win, is shooting 72% and is an imposing presence on the defensive end. Jeremy Pargo contributes in the backcourt, and forward DeAndre Kane (63% shooting) and guard Paris Horne are each solid two-way players. 

The Golden Eagles, who soared to Baltimore by way of veteran guard Travis Diener’s long-distance three-pointer that closed out Boeheim’s Army, look to shoot the long ball as much as any team.

The Marquette University alumni squad, which made 20-of-37 three-pointers in the win over Boeheim’s Army, has connected on 65 three-pointers, 23 more than any other team.

Small forward Jamil Wilson, who scored all seven Elam Ending points in the Super 16 victory over the Talladega Knights, leads the way at 21.5 points per game, and speedy guard Mo Acker (16.5 ppg) is a threat anytime he has the ball in his hands. Wilson and Acker have combined to hit 54% of their shots from beyond the arc. 

The 36-year-old Diener, who recently came out of retirement to once again play professionally overseas, has proven that he can still deliver with the game on the line. Diener finished with 17 points in the win over Boeheim’s Army and is averaging 10.0 points per game. Small forward Elgin Cook (13.5 ppg) and shooting guard Jerel McNeal (13.3 ppg) are both scoring threats. 

 

 

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