Team Colorado comes up just short

Team Colorado made basketball in July and early August fun for Buffaloes fans. The end result, though, was heartbreak.

In the single elimination “The Basketball Tournament,” Team Colorado won five straight games to reach the championship game, which was aired live on ESPN. Current head coach Tad Boyle, as well as former Buffs Nate Tomlinson, Andre Roberson and Cory Higgins, flew out to New York to support the group in their quest for the title.

The winner of Tuesday's championship game received $2 million. The loser received nothing.

Led again by Marcus Hall's superb play, Team Colorado came out of the gates hot making 13 of its first 19 field-goal attempts. They led by as many as 20 points in the first half, but with both Hall and Dominique Coleman in foul trouble early on, their opponent Overseas Elite cut the lead to 10 points right before halftime.

Overseas Elite continued to get to the charity stripe in the second half, and over the course of the game, they shot 21 more free throws than Team Colorado.

After falling behind by two points mid-way through the second half, Hall sparked a 9-0 run that put Team Colorado back up 63-56 with about six minutes left. Overseas Elite responded with another run of their own.

Later, Hall briefly gave Team Colorado the lead back at 68-65 with a step-back 3-pointer, but Overseas Elite again found their way back at the line and a clutch shot by D.J. Kennedy gave the defending "TBT" champs a 75-70 lead with 20 seconds left.

Hall quickly cut to lead to three with a layup and then they had a chance to tie it up. Team Colorado stole the inbounds pass, with enough time for Hall to get a good look at what would have been his fifth 3-pointer, but it rimmed out. Team Colorado grabbed the offensive board, but couldn't get another good look, as Overseas Elite stole the ball and iced the game with a pair of Kyle Fogg free throws.

Overseas Elite won, 77-72, taking the big check home with them.

Hall finished with 24 points, Austin Dufault had 16 points and Levi Knutson scored 10 off the bench for Team Colorado. More than a dozen former Buffs, stretching three coaching eras, participated in the tournament.

Finishing second in a 64 team tournament is something Team Colorado has to be extremely proud of. But finishing six points short of $2 million is a tough pill to swallow.

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