What to Know About City of Gods & Overseas Elite

 

By: TBT Staff | @thetournament


The matchups are set. The band is warming up.

Here’s what to know about City of Gods and Overseas Elite, who will play Saturday in The Bronx, New York at Fordham’s historic Rose Hill Gymnasium, one of the oldest (and coolest) arenas in the country. (TICKETS)

When to Watch

Saturday July 30 7pm ET | ESPN | WatchESPN | TICKETS

City of Gods

Who are they?

Northeast Champion. #1 seed in the Northeast Region. Stacked with former NBA players or players who should be in the NBA. Lost to Overseas Elite in the semifinals in 2016. Been awaiting this rematch for a year. Xavier Silas is one of the best players in the world. Dominated NBA Summer League last week.

Who did they beat?

Regional Championship: (1) City of Gods 86 (3) The Untouchables 79

Super 16: (1) City of Gods 99 (5) FOE 83

Round 2: (1) City of Gods 94 (8) Talladega Knights 85

Round 1: (1) City of Gods 99 (16) DuBois Dream 86

Read More about their trip to the Semifinals HERE.

Who should I keep my eyes on?

Xavier Silas, Omar Strong, Dermarr Johnson Silas is a stud. Deadly from outside. Can guard 3 position and a flat out scorer. Strong is a pugnacious point guard and a great outside shooter. He’ll capture your attention whenever he’s on the court. Johnson is one of the most skilled 6’9” guys you’ll ever see. A former lottery pick whose career was derailed by injuries sustained in a car accident, Johnson was “Kevin Durant before Kevin Durant.” 

What to expect

The really amazing thing about City of Gods is that there isn’t one guy who you look at and say, that guy has to play well for them to win. There are so many veterans on this team and so much experience that on any given night nearly anyone on the roster will carry them. And the best part? They play hard. This is a team on a mission.

 

Overseas Elite 

Who are they?

TBT 2015 Champions. South Champion. #2 seed in the South Region. They’ve never lost in TBT. 11-0. They’re dominant, athletic, tested, and a potential dynasty in the making. They score points in bunches because of their propensity to create turnovers and their ability to capitalize on their opponents mistakes in transition. They are building something very special. So many weapons on offense.

Who did they beat?

Regional Championship: (2) Overseas Elite 74 (8) Trained to Go 66

Super 16: (2) Overseas Elite 91 (4) Ram Nation 80

Round 2: (2) Overseas Elite 91 HBC (84)

Round 1: (2) Overseas Elite 97 (15) Showtime 75

Read More about their trip to the Semifinals HERE.

Who should I keep my eyes on?

DJ Kennedy, Kyle Fogg, and Myck Kabongo Kennedy might be the most complete player in the tournament. Does everything for this team. Kyle Fogg led Germany in scoring this year and has picked up right where he left off, averaging 18 per game in TBT 2016. Kabongo might be one of the fastest men on a basketball court anywhere in the world this weekend.

What to expect

Overseas Elite has a swagger to them that is fascinating to watch. A real champion. They’ve trailed in games, but it never seems like they’re down. A team of real pros, they’re calm under pressure, able to take a punch, and score a ton of points in transition. They’ll be going up against a team bent on vengeance in City of Gods, but expect Overseas Elite to deal with the pressure and handle the intensity. If they get into trouble, it’ll be because they’re not buckling down on D or relying too much on individual scoring ability.