Basketball: Schenley alums get ready for TBT semifinals

Written by Brad Everett on .

History indicates that Overseas Elite will win the championship of The Basketball Tournament next week.

After all, the team has never lost a game in the tournament -- they're 17-0 all-time -- and are the two-time defending champions.

But this year's field is the best the tournament has seen in its four years of existence, and Overseas Elite even getting past its semifinal opponent will be a tall task.

Led by its trio of former Schenley stars, Overseas Elite will take on Boeheim's Army in the TBT semifinals Tuesday at Coppin State University in Baltimore. The game is scheduled for 9 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN. The winner will advance to play the Scarlet & Grey-Challenge ALS winner in Thursday's championship with a $2 million prize on the line.

D.J. Kennedy, DeJuan Blair and DeAndre Kane helped lead Schenley to a PIAA title in 2007, and the three have been big contributors for another team 10 years later. In four tournament games, Kennedy is averaging 15.2 points per game, Kane 9.2 and Blair 8.5. Kennedy has scored in double figures in all four games. All three scored in double figures in an 86-79 quarterfinal win against Ram Nation.

Overseas Elite's semifinal opponent, Boeheim's Army, is made up of former Syracuse players. The team had a comeback for the ages in the quarterfinals, rallying from 25 points down in the second half to stun Team FOE, 72-67. Boeheim's Army features the likes of James Southerland, Brandon Triche, Eric Devendorf and C.J. Fair. Southerland had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the quarterfinal victory.