WHO ARE: OVERSEAS ELITE TBT 2018

 

Quick Hits

Bid: 2017 TBT Champions

Notable Players: DeJuan Blair, D.J. Kennedy, Errick McCollum, DeAndre Kane, Kyle Fogg

Number of Active Pros: 10

TBT History: 2015, 2016 & 2017 Champions and winners of $5 million total

Nutshell: 19-0. Never been beaten. DeJuan Blair, D.J. Kennedy and DeAndre Kane all went to the same high school in Pittsburgh. Looking to raise their total winnings to $7 million.

What to know

  • ​Overseas Elite has won the last three TBT championships, taking home $5 million in the process.
  • Overseas Elite is 19-0 all-time in TBT.
  • Returnees D.J. Kennedy (15 ppg, 6.5 rpg) and Kyle Fogg (17.8 ppg) were members of the TBT 2017 All-Tournament Team.
  • Kyle Fogg has taken home TBT MVP honors the past two summers.
  • The team played with just five players in their first-round game in 2015, and never eclipsed more than six until the Super 17.
  • Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, the brother of Overseas Elite point guard Errick McCollum II, is a team booster.

 

How They Won TBT 2017

Championship: Overseas Elite completes the 3-peat, defeat Team Challenge ALS 86-83

Over his three summers competing in TBT, Kyle Fogg has shown that he is more than comfortable on the big stage. It showed once again in the championship game on Thursday night in front of a packed crowd at Baltimore’s Coppin State University.

Fogg scored 18 points in a 10-minute span in the first half and finished with a game-high 29 points as South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite held on in the final seconds to defeat West Region #6 seed Team Challenge ALS, 86-83, to win its third straight TBT title.

“If I can just knock down a shot, get a rebound…that gets [my teammates] going,” said Fogg, whose 26-point performance led Overseas Elite past Ram Nation in the South Regional final last month. “They can feed off my energy. Once I get going, those guys can start feeding me and getting me open looks.”

Casper Ware had 22 points, and Ivan Aska made eight of his 10 field goals and finished with 18 points in the devastating loss for Team Challenge ALS, which had pledged to donate $250,000 of the $2 million prize money to offset the medical expenses for GM/forward Sean Marshall's ALS-stricken Boston College roommate Pete Frates. 

Marshall, the team’s emotional leader, missed a free throw with three seconds remaining that would have tied the score.

D.J. Kennedy overcame a slow start to finish with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting for Overseas Elite, which made 24 of its 25 free throws to improve to a staggering 19-0 all-time in TBT.

Head coach Colin Curtin reflected on his team’s third straight championship by discussing the difficult road that Overseas Elite faced en route to another $2 million prize while also looking ahead to the future.

“From Round 1 to now, it felt like a dog fight,” said Curtin. “I don’t know what more we have to accomplish. We have everything to lose now. It gets to the point where ALS is building a team to mirror us. South Florida (Tampa Bulls) is building a team to mirror us. We took everyone’s best shot.”

 

Semifinals: #1 Overseas Elite Outlasts #3 Boeheim's Army 81-77​

Overseas Elite has played from behind several times late in games in TBT this summer. In the semi-finals, the back-to-back champions used an 18-point performance from Errick McCollum and controlled the play throughout most of the game in an 81-77 victory over Boeheim’s Army.

D.J. Kennedy had 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the victory for South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite, which used an 18-5 run in the first half to neutralize a strong start from Northeast Region #3 seed Boeheim’s Army.

“We made it an effort to get it to D.J. in the middle of that zone, and we have a lot of confidence in him to make a play, whether he’s shooting it, driving or passing it,” said Overseas Elite coach Colin Curtin, “And, I think he did an exceptional job with that.”

“We all know how to play the game,” said Overseas Elite forward  DeAndre Kane. “What we’re doing is not easy. Give all of these teams credit. They fight hard for 36 minutes.”

“We are in situations overseas where we have major minutes and situations which groom us for these situations,” said Justin Burrell, who is new to Overseas Elite in 2017 and will become the first player in TBT history to appear in championship games with two different teams.

Curtin reflected on Overseas Elite’s three-year, 18-0 journey to this point and looked ahead to Thursday night’s attempt at a three-peat.

“Once you get to the [Super] 16, you’re not really running away from anyone,” said the third-year coach. “We’re going to play a really good [Challenge] ALS team. They are going to do some things that are going to give us trouble. But, at the same time, you can’t just say that it’s a regular game, because it’s not. There is $2 million on the line.”

 

Regional Championship: #1 Overseas Elite Downs #2 Ram Nation 86-79

Another double-digit deficit. No problem.

Kyle Fogg scored a game-high 26 points, and Overseas Elite, the South Region’s #1 seed, rallied from double-digit deficits in both halves to defeat #2 seed Ram Nation, 86-79.

D.J. Kennedy had a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds), and six different players scored in double figures for Overseas Elite, the back-to-back TBT champions and winners of $3 million over the past two summers.

With the comeback victory, Overseas Elite improves to 17-0 all-time in TBT.

Brandon Rozzell hit seven 3-pointers in the loss for Ram Nation, whose bench was outscored by Overseas Elite’s, 43-13.

 

Super 16: #1 Overseas Elite Tops #5 Tampa Bulls 84-76

Every time you think they just might crack, South Region #1 seed Overseas Elite is there to show you why they remain the only undefeated team in TBT history.

The back-to-back TBT champions used an 11-4 run midway through the second half to break open a three-point game and pull away from the #5 seed Tampa Bulls in an 84-76 victory.

Kyle Fogg led five players in double figures for Overseas Elite, which jumped out to a 14-point lead halftime lead behind 67% shooting from the field and improved to 16-0 all-time in the winner-take-all tournament.

Dominique Jones, who sent the Bulls to Brooklyn with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in Round 2, completed an impressive first run in TBT, finishing with a game-high 26 points.

 

Round 2: Overseas Elite Overtakes Matadors In Second Half

We’ve seen it time and time again from Overseas Elite – a slow start puts them in an early hole, you look away for a minute or get up to grab a drink, and by the time you get back they’re up a dozen.

Such was the case Sunday, as the Matadors came out swinging. Their first-half lead grew into the teens, and the Texas Tech alumni squad just looked like the better team. But towards the end of the first half, Overseas Elite started creeping back in it and by the time the first half horn sounded, the lead for Matadors was just two.

It didn’t take long for Overseas to take control in the second half, using a 26-10 run to turn a 40-38 deficit into a 64-50 lead. They stayed in control from that point forward, keeping the Matadors out of striking distance and picking up a hard-fought 78-67 win.

The deep ball was a big part of the defending champs’ run, knocking down six of their nine second half attempts from downtown. D.J. Kennedy shined for Overseas, putting up a game-high 25 points (7-14 FG) while adding six rebound and four assists.

 

Round 1: #1 Overseas Elite Survives Scare vs. Chattanooga

Two-time defending champion Overseas Elite survived a scare and defeated the Chattanooga Trenches, 84-74, to advance to the Round of 32. Chattanooga, the #16-seed, stayed close as they only trailed by two points at halftime. But the #1 Elite clamped down in the second half, holding the Trenches to just 27% shooting and nine total field goals.

Overseas Elite were led by Errick McCollum II, who racked up 20 points. Kyle Fogg had 15 points while D.J. Kennedy and Justin Burrell each added 14 points. Chattanooga was paced by Brandon Suttles, who posted a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Fred Sturdivant was close behind with 13 points and eight rebounds. 

 

How They Won TBT 2016

Championship: Overseas Elite Goes Back to Back

TBT 2016's Championship Game, the last of 63 single-elimination games in this year's tournament, delivered everything a sports fan could ask for. The underdog, Team Colorado, came out of the gates with a frenzy of hot shooting, led by an incredible performance by point guard Marcus Hall. The defending champs, Overseas Elite, looked overmatched in the opening minutes, at one point trailing by an almost inconceivable 17 points. The capacity crowd at Rose Hill Gymnasium alternated between elation and frustration as Team Colorado repeatedly punched Overseas Elite in the mouth in the first half. The champs looked dizzied. 

But, champions aren't champions because they have glass jaws, and despite being down 10 at the half, Overseas Elite came roaring back in the second half, outscoring Team Colorado, 41-26, in the latter period. DJ Kennedy and tournament MVP Kyle Fogg showed their world-class quality, scoring 18 and 17 points, respectively, with Kennedy adding eight clutch rebounds and an unbelievable block on a Marcus Hall fast-break layup that was a no-brainer SportsCenter Top 10 play. 

As is the case with TBT Championship Games, however, this one came down to the wire. Trailing by five points with seconds remaining, Marcus Hall hit a layup in traffic to cut Overseas Elite's lead to just three points. Marcus Relphorde stole Paris Horne's inbounds pass after the bucket and got the ball to Hall, whose three-point attempt rimmed out as the crowd gasped. Even more, Team Colorado collected the rebound off Hall's miss and looked to have another opportunity to tie the game as the seconds ticked off the clock, but Kyle Fogg stripped Levi Knutson of the ball, negating the opportunity to tie. After fouling Fogg, Team Colorado found itself down by five points once again, and the game was over. Overseas Elite had won $3,000,000 and back-to-back TBT Championships in 365 days. 

Marcus Hall led all scorers with 24 points and looked by all accounts to be among the most clutch and dynamic scorers in the entire tournament. Austin Dufault added 16 in a losing effort. 

 

Semifinals: Kyle Fogg’s 42 Points Puts Overseas Elite 1 Win Away From Going Back to Back

Overseas Elite defeated City of Gods for the second semifinal in a row in a matchup that lived up to the advanced billing. Kyle Fogg led the way for the defending champs with 42 points on 12-16 shooting, including 7-for-8 from 3 as Overseas Elite moved one win away from going back to back in TBT. The game was tied at the half, but Overseas Elite’s transition defense and Fogg’s lights out shooting resulted in a 42-12 run, which proved to be too much for City of Gods. Despite a furious comeback late in the game that cut the lead to seven points with under two minutes to play and 22 points from Lasan Kromah, City of Gods fell short again.

 

Regional Championship: Kennedy leads Overseas Elite past Trained to Go, onto Fordham for second straight year

A rematch from last summer's third round, defending champion Overseas Elite was able to narrowly edge Trained to Go, 74-66, landing themselves in the semifinals at Fordham. As they have so often in their 11 career tournament games, all of which have resulted in wins, Overseas Elite was led by St. John's product DJ Kennedy, who poured in 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Errick McCollum was the only other Overseas Elite player to land in double figures, finishing the day with 14 points. Trained to Go got 15 points from Brandon Robinson in the losing effort.

 

Super 16: Kennedy, Fogg hold off late Ram Nation rally to send Overseas Elite to quarterfinals

Overseas Elite improved to 10-0 all time with the win over the VCU alumni squad. After jumping out to a 42-34 halftime lead, Ram Nation came roaring back in the second half, knotting the game up with just minutes to play. From there, DJ Kennedy (22 points, 14 rebounds) and Kyle Fogg (19 points) did what Overseas Elite does best, close the game out and secure the win. Ram Nation was paced by 21 points from Darius Theus and 18 from B.A. Walker.

 

Round 2: Fogg paces Overseas Elite past HBC in tight matchup 

Kyle Fogg made 16-of-18 free throws and scored 27 points to lead Overseas Elite to a 91-84 victory over HBC on Sunday in Charlotte. With the win, the defending champions advance to the Super 16. Overseas Elite built a seven-point lead by halftime and played HBC to a stalemate after the break. D.J. Kennedy added 23 points and nine rebounds for Overseas Elite. Anthony Hilliard led HBC with 18 points and eight rebounds.

 

Round 1: Big second half paces Overseas Elite to victory over Showtime

It was a tale of two halves for defending champs Overseas Elite, who rattled off 62 second-half points against Showtime to capture a 97-75 first-round victory. Overseas Elite missed all 11 of its 3-point attempts in the first period, but staunch defense allowed it to hold onto a narrow 35-33 lead heading into the break. Led by D.J. Kennedy, who finished with 14 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and a pair of swipes, Overseas Elite shot 52.8 percent from the floor in the second half and held Showtime to 37.8 percent. Showtime's Dillon Sneed scored a game-high 21 points and snared 11 rebounds.

 

How They Won TBT 2015  

Championship: Overseas Elite wins TBT, takes home $1,000,000

D.J. Kennedy originally chose to attend St. John’s University because he liked the university’s location in New York City.  On Sunday afternoon, in the $1 million championship game of The Basketball Tournament, Kennedy proved that he still felt right at home in the Big Apple, scoring a team-high 24 points as Overseas Elite held on in the final seconds to defeat Team 23, 67-65.

“We’ve got a group of unselfish guys,” said Overseas Elite coach Colin Curtin after watching his team hold on for the victory.  “Tonight, D.J. was our guy.  He was a warrior.”

Kennedy finished 8-for-15 from the field and tied for a team high with four steals. 

“There was $1,000,000 on the line,” said Kennedy. “We knew they weren’t going to back down, and we weren’t going to back down, either.”

Errick McCollum II completed a strong tournament by scoring 15 points in the win for Overseas Elite, which nearly missed out on this year’s tournament due to a shortage of players at the first round in Atlanta last month.

“It’s a special moment,” reflected McCollum after the win. 

Davin White capped off his outstanding tournament with a game-high 34 points in the losing effort for Team 23.

 

Semifinals: Overseas Elite uses a different formula once again on way to victory

Travis Bader left the Orlando Summer League, hopped on a plane and landed in Atlanta just 40 minutes prior to Overseas Elite’s first round game in South Regional on July 10, ensuring that his team would have five players to open The Basketball Tournament.  And, since the opening tip of the tournament, Overseas Elite has been winning in unconventional ways, a trend that continued on Saturday afternoon.

Paris Horne and Myck Kabongo had 16 points apiece, and Errick McCollum II chipped in with 15 points of his own to lead Overseas Elite into the $1,000,00 championship game with an 84-71 victory over Team City of GodsOverseas Elite, which started the South Region as the three-seed, shot 69% (9-for-13) from three-point land in the first half and led by as many as 18 points en route to the victory.

“The big difference was having our big [guys],” said McCollum II of his team’s quick start.  “We were able to run the pick-and-roll a lot, and take their big men out of the game.  Today was more of a team game.  The ball was always moving, and that was the biggest difference.”

Last weekend in the Super 17, Overseas Elite was without Jhondre JeffersonTodd O'Brien and Shane Lawal, leaving D.J. Kennedy, who missed the first three games, as the de facto center at 6'6". The small-ball lineup suited a team built around quick guards, as Overseas Elite knocked off the Sean Bell All Stars and Dirty South to claim the South Regional title.

Xavier Silas finished his strong tournament for City of Gods, scoring a game-high 22 points in the losing effort.

 

Regional Championship: Kennedy's big day leads Overseas Elite past Dirty South

Once again, Overseas Elite played with a short bench.  Once again, it didn’t matter.

DJ Kennedy registered game highs with 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite into the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament with a 77-72 victory over Dirty South.

Kyle Fogg added 17 points, and Errick McCollum II went 13-for-15 from the free throw line for the victors, who won despite having only six players and shooting only 41% from the field. 

“We fought through adversity,” said guard Myck Kabongo.  “Everyone stepped up big-time.”

Brandon Robinson (19 points) Langston Nolley (18 points) once again led the way for Dirty South.

 

Super 17: Kabongo sparks Overseas Elite past Sean Bell All Stars

Overseas Elite doesn’t have great size, hasn’t played many games together, and doesn’t have a deep bench.  What they do have are at least 36 more minutes to prove that they are worthy of a trip to New York City for a berth in the semi-finals of The Basketball Tournament.

Myck Kabongo, who had scored 35 points over the past two games in leading Overseas Elite to the Super 17, tallied a team-high 18 points as Overseas Elite downed the Sean Bell All Stars, 76-67.

“Everyone here is a competitor,” Kabongo said of his squad, which won despite having only six players.  “We don’t really think about getting tired.  Everyone showed great will.”

Guard Errick McCollum II, the star of the team’s run through the Atlanta Regional, agreed that having a short bench wasn’t necessarily a disadvantage for Overseas Elite.

“Everybody gets to get into a rhythm, a flow,” said McCollum II, who had 13 points.  “It’s easy on the players when you know every day what your role is.  We’ve been using [the short bench] as an advantage.” 

William McFarlan had 13 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort for the Sean Bell All Stars.

 

Round 3: McCollum II leads Overseas Elite over Trained To Go in hard-fought battle

Errick McCollum II led the comeback effort for Overseas Elite and finished with 32 points in a 73-68 triumph over Trained to GoMyck Kabongo (16 points, 11 rebounds) and Todd O’Brien (10 rebounds) supplemented McCollum II, who had averaged 23 points per game over the first two tournament contests. Paris Horne also chipped in with 10 points for Overseas Elite, which overcame a six-point halftime deficit to advance to the Super 17 matchup against the Sean Bell AllstarsJamario Moon, who had a double-double in an opening-round win on Friday, led the way with 25 points in the loss for Trained to Go. 

 

Round 2: McCollum II leads the way again as Overseas Elite edges Team Charlotte Elite

Errick McCollum II, whose 28 points powered Overseas Elite in an opening-round win on Friday night, had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite to a hard-fought, 77-74 victory over Team Charlotte EliteCorey Evans had 22 points to lead Team Charlotte Elite, which was undone by 15% (3-for-20) shooting from behind the arc. Myck Kabongo contributed 19 points, nine rebounds and a game-high four steals in the win for Overseas Elite, which advances to play Trained to Go in the third round on Sunday, July 12th at 11:00 AM ET.   

 

Round 1: McCollum II’s 28 points leads Overseas Elite over Underdogs

Errick McCollum II tallied a game-high 28 points, Paris Horne and Travis Bader combined to shoot 6-for-7 from behind the arc, and Overseas Elite used a balanced attack and held on for an 89-83 victory over the UnderdogsJarrett Stokes (22 points) and Daquan Brooks (20 points) paced the attack in the losing effort for the Underdogs.  Overseas Elite will move on to face Team Charlotte Elite in a Round 2 game on Saturday, July 11th at 10:45 AM EST.

 

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