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Two-Time defending champion Overseas Elite progress in TBT

Defense wins first rounds

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Despite only leading by two points at halftime, two-time defending champion Overseas Elite used a second half surge to down the #16 seed Chattanooga 84-74 Saturday afternoon in Charlotte.

Overseas Elite used defense in the second half to pull away, holding Chattanooga to a minuscule 27% from the field in the second half, and 8% from behind the arc.

Former Red Storm players had mixed afternoons, with D.J. Kennedy scoring 14 points in 28 minutes, while Paris Horne was held scoreless and failed to dish out a single assist in 18 minutes.

The team was led by Errick McCollum II, brother of Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum, who scored 20 points and collected 7 rebounds.

The game was a defensive battle, with both teams accumulating over 15 turnovers each. The defensive intensity especially picked up in the second half, with Chattanooga only scoring 25 points compared to Overseas Elite’s 33 points.

Brandon Suttles led the way for Chattanooga with a double-double and Fred Sturdivant chipped in 13 points.

Overseas Elite moves on in the South Region of the tournament and is set to play the #8 seed Matadors, a team made up of Texas Tech alumni, who beat Malik Boothe and the Washington Generals on Saturday.

The game is set for July 9th at 12:45 PM.