Tampa Bulls’ run at the $2 million prize at The Basketball Tournament ended with an 84-76 loss to top-seeded Overseas Elite in the Super 16 in Brooklyn on Friday night. Overseas Elite, the two-time defending TBT champions, have never lost in this tournament.
Former Arizona guard Kyle Fogg led Overseas Elite with 19 points off the bench. Errick McCollum II, holder of the Chinese league’s single-game scoring record, added 14. Justin Burrell and D.J. Kennedy, who both played against USF while at St. John’s, each scored 11.
Dominique Jones again led all scorers with 26 points for Tampa Bulls. Will McDonald had his best game yet with 16 points and nine rebounds. Corey Allen Jr. chipped in 11 points.
Overseas Elite rode hot first-half shooting to a big early advantage. They shot 66.7% in the first 20 minutes and led 46-32 at the break. The Bulls scrapped back to cut the lead down to three, but Overseas Elite hit the accelerator again, running their lead as high as 17 points and cruising to victory.
Overall it was a very good showing for Tampa Bulls in their first TBT appearance. They made a nice run in the tournament, acquitted themselves well against the clear title favorites, and gave USF fans a memorable moment with Jones’ buzzer-beater in the second round. Now that they’ve established themselves as a competitive team in this tournament, we look forward to seeing what happens next year. How far can they go? Are there other former Bulls we might see brought in for another run at the cash? Hopefully we’ll find out.