By Ross Kelly
The Basketball Tournament (TBT) held its championship match on Sunday and Overseas Elite were the victors over Team 23 by a score of 67-65. The action went right down to the end as Team 23 was unable to get off a potentially game-tying shot as the buzzer sounded.
If unfamiliar with TBT, here are the basics. It debuted in 2014 and this year’s event had 97 teams vying for the million dollar prize. It is a single-elimination tournament consisting of former NBA players, former NCAA players, D-league players, international players, and average joes like you and me. Aspiring teams sign up on the TBT website and those with the most registered fans are entered into the tournament into one of four regions. Then the top four teams from each region, plus the defending champion, then advanced to the Super 17. Those 17 teams were then whittled to the final four teams and the semifinals were played on Saturday with the championship on Sunday.
This is a winner-takes-all tournament so despite advancing all the way to the finals, Team 23 walks away with nothing.
Overseas Elite came from the south region and their team consists of mostly D-league players and international players. Their most notable players are Myck Kabongo, a 2011 McDonald’s All-American who played two years at Texas, and Travis Bader, who is in the D-league and left Oakland University in 2014 as the NCAA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made.
Below is a (partially obstructed) view of the final moments of the title game from Overseas Elite’s bench: