He had been quiet for the first four rounds of the Tournament. Not on Thursday night.
Kyle Fogg scored 10 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,” summed up coach March Hughes.
TBT features 72 teams of top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament for a winner-take-all $2 Million prize. All 72 games will air on ESPN networks beginning Friday, June 29, culminating with the championship game on Friday, August 3 live at 9:00 pm ET on ESPN. Regional competitions will be hosted in Richmond (July 13-15), Los Angeles (July 13-15), Brooklyn (July 20-22) and Columbus (July 20-22), with the semifinals and championship game in Baltimore (August 2-3).
The highly-competitive tournament has attracted some of the best basketball players in the world. In 2017, Overseas Elite won for the third year in a row. Teams compete for spots in the tournament by soliciting votes from fans and supporters via social media. Applicants must be 18 or older and willing to forego their amateur status. For more information, visit www.TheTournament.com.
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