Surviving a near-blown lead during the Elam Ending. A heart-stopping finish. In the end, the result was the same.
Jeremy Pargo hit a free throw to reach the Target Score and push Overseas Elite to an 87-86 victory over Louisiana United. The win was the 22nd straight for Overseas Elite, the three-time TBT champions and winners of $5 million who are now on to a fourth straight South Region title game.
Errick McCollum tied a game high with 24 points, and D.J. Kennedy added 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Overseas Elite, which answered a 17-0 Louisiana United run by closing the first half on a 12-0 run of its own to break open a tie game and take a lead which it never relinquished.
“It’s a game of runs,” said Overseas Elite coach Marc Hughes. “The game goes back and forth, and you’ve got to continue to work the game.”
Bryon Allen, whose back-to-back three-pointers closed the deficit for the scrappy Louisiana United squad during the Elam Ending, had 24 points to tie a game high.
When asked if his team has lost a bit of its edge after so many victories, McCollum’s response was quick and direct.
“No one gets tired of winning,” said McCollum. “We understand that everybody wants to beat us.”
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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