Overseas Elite wins 3rd Straight TBT Championship
[BALTIMORE] Overseas Elite cashes in for the third straight year, claiming the $2 million dollar award after defeating Challenge ALS, 86-83.
Kyle Fogg finished with a game-high 29 points, while the team went 24-25 from the free throw line.
Overseas Elite didn't start the game on fire. Challenge ALS jumped out to a 22-9 lead that was led by Austin Daye. Daye scored the first seven points and was the assist man for the ninth point. He finished with 11 points.
Fogg hit a three to start an 18-5 run to put Overseas Elite within three points of Challenge ALS. Fogg hit two more trey balls, one of which was a four-point play, that helped give Overseas Elite their first lead of the game.
"I'm just coming in the game trying to give my team some energy," Fogg said about his MVP performance. "I'm coming off the bench, so if I can knock down a shot or get a rebound, I know that gives them energy. Once I get going, these guys notice it and starting feeding me...just getting me open looks."
Fogg was upset he was the player to miss the only free throw, going 9-10 at the line.
In the second half, Overseas Elite fought to keep the lead they battled to get. Their largest lead was five points when Fogg knocked down two free throws with less than thirty seconds remaining, putting Overseas Elite up 84-79.
Ivan Aska knocked down a three-pointer on the ensuing possession that kept the game interesting. After coming out of a timeout, Overseas Elite turned the ball over on an inbound play that was designed to get Justin Burrell the ball. Instead, they gave Challenge ALS one last chance to tie or win the ball game.
"Oliver [Lafayette] has to throw the ball a little harder," head coach Colin Curtain said about the inbound. "We won so all don't even matter."
Sean Marshall was fouled with four seconds remaining and an opportunity to tie the ball game. He missed the first free throw and made the second.
Overseas Elite has now claimed $5 million dollars over the last three summers. Curtain said that he jokes with his team about having nothing else to prove. A four-peat does not seem to be on their minds as Fogg and Curtain both admitted that it was time to retire.
"We play professionally 10 months out the year," Erick McCollum said about the grind of playing in this tournament. "We sacrifice a lot...so to come here it takes a lot of our time but that's just the brotherhood we have here. Jordan retired after the three-peat so unless they up the ante, we might just retire and walk away."
Overseas Elite made sure the TBT committee knows the only way they'll return is if they up the ante. McCollumn thinks $4 million would be a good amount to "get them off the couch" but the consensus seems to be that they will walk out on top.