It didn’t quite go according to script, but the two-time defending TBT champions Overseas Elite found a way to overcome a 13-point first half deficit to down the sixth-seeded Team Challenge ALS 86-83 in the championship game Thursday night in Baltimore.
Kevinn Pinkney’s shot to tie the game at the buzzer fell short, giving Overseas Elite the title.
Behind 29 points from the sharpshooting Kyle Fogg, 18 of which came within a ten-minute span in the first half, and 18 points from D.J. Kennedy, Overseas Elite was able to increase their all-time record in the tournament to 19-0. Fogg was named MVP for the second consecutive year.
“We’ve been down so many times in this tournament, we know how to handle it,” Kennedy said after the game.
Overseas Elite successfully got Team Challenge ALS into foul trouble, and made them pay for it. The defending champions shot 24-25 from the charity stripe.
After winning their third straight title, Overseas Elite has now collected over $5 million in prize money.
DeAndre Kane also had a nice game, tallying 12 points and seven rebounds. Justin Burrell scored eight and grabbed six rebounds, and Paris Horne knocked down one 3-pointer in ten minutes of action.
Casper Ware and Ivan Aska led the way for the underdog, scoring 22 and 18, respectively, but a weak offensive performance in the second half saw their lead slip away. The team only shot 27% from behind the arc in the second half, down from 52% in the first half.
Marvelle Harvis and Austin Daye also scored in double figures from Team Challenge ALS. Sean Marshall, who was named to the all-tournament team, was held in check, as Overseas Elite held him to only nine points.
After the game, both Fogg and Kennedy told tournament representatives that they plan to donate some of their winnings to ALS research, as Team Challenge ALS planned to do had they won the championship.
Kennedy, Fogg, and Ware were all named to the all-tournament team after the championship game. Colin Curtain, who coached Overseas Elite, was named Coach of the Tournament.