It’s been three years since The Basketball Tournament was created by Jon Mugar, and Overseas Elite is still riding a perfect record.
After an 81-77 victory against the third seeded Boeheim’s Army team, Overseas Elite is one win away from the two-million-dollar cash prize awarded to the champions.
Overseas Elite has been led all tournament by D.J. Kennedy and Errick McCollum II, and both continued their strong tournaments on Tuesday night. McCollum II had a team high 18 points, and Kennedy chipped in 11 points, six rebounds, and seven assists.
After a strong start from the team of Syracuse alumni, Overseas Elite went on a 13-0 run to take control, and never surrendered the lead.
Paris Horne had his best offensive game so far in the semi-finals, pouring in nine points. Justin Burrell, who has quietly had a very productive and efficient tournament, also scored nine points and grabbed six boards.
Kyle Fogg, who has been an offensive force at times in this tournament, had 11 points along with four rebounds.
Eric Devendorf finished his strong tournament with a game high 24 points. Trevor Cooney, Brandon Triche, and C.J. Fair all scored in double-figures, but overall Boeheim’s Army struggled to shoot. The team only shot 33% from behind-the-arc. With sharpshooters like Cooney and Triche, the longball was a huge part of Boeheim’s Army’s offensive attack.
A David versus Goliath matchup is now set up for the championship game, with the sixth-seeded Team Challenge ALS completing their underdog run to the finals with a double-overtime 88-83 win over the third-seeded Scarlet and Gray on Wednesday night. If Team Challenge ALS beats Overseas Elite, they vowed to donate $250,000 of the cash prize to ALS research.
“It’s not just a tournament for us,” said Casper Ware, point guard for Team Challenge ALS, and former Big West player of the year at Long Beach State University.
The final is slated for tomorrow, August 3rd, at 7:00 P.M. in Baltimore. It can be seen on ESPN and also streamed on the ESPN app.