Despite a strong start and another heroic performance from Marcus Hall, Team Colorado came up just short in the TBT Championship, losing to the defending champions 77-72.
Marcus Hall did everything he could to carry the Buffs to a TBT Title, but in the end it just wasn’t enough.
Team Colorado wasted no time taking the initiative and getting out to a hot start against Overseas Elite, jumping out to an early 7-0 start before Elite was able to get on the board. Marcus Hall was once again leading the charge for the former Buffs, leading the team before he had to take a seat in the first half due to foul trouble. With 7:52 left in the first half, Colorado had a 20 point lead. With Hall out of the game and Shannon Sharpe running the point, Overseas Elite steadily chipped into the lead, cutting it to ten before the half.
At the beginning of the second half, Elite continued to carry their momentum thanks to stifling defense and a sudden hot hand on the offensive end, eventually tying up the game with 12 minutes left in the game. From there, the game was about as back and forth as they come. Overseas Elite’s largest lead of the game was the five points they won by. In the last 30 seconds of the game, with Elite up 73-70 they called a timeout to draw up a defensive possession. In order to advance the ball, Team Colorado coach Dwight Throne called his last timeout. Off the inbound, Hall drove to the rack and layed the ball in, with the lead cut to three and the former Buffs in the full-court press, Marcus Relphorde managed to steal the in-bounds pass, he passed to Levi Knutson, who was immediately double teamed, and dished to Coleman, who when he drew the defender off, passed it right back to Knutson, who couldn’t handle the ball and turned it over to Overseas Elite who sunk two free throws to seal the victory.
It was a heartbreaking loss, but Team Colorado still put in a performance for the ages and made Buff Nation proud. Congrats to everyone involved with putting the team together.