The Basketball Tournament 2017: Challenge ALS, Overseas Elite Advance to Final

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 2, 2017

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12:  Casper Ware of United drives to the basket during the round 19 NBL match between Melbourne United and the Perth Wildcats at Hisense Arena on February 12, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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The Basketball Tournament has pared its field from 64 to two, as semifinal action took place in Baltimore on Tuesday.

Challenge ALS and Scarlet & Gray got things underway with the first game, a back-and-forth thrill ride that featured multiple overtimes and last-second shots. That paved the way for defending champion Overseas Elite and Boeheim's Army to compete for the remaining spot in the final.

Here is a look at how the games played out, along with viewing information for Thursday night's championship matchup.

    

Championship Game

Challenge ALS vs. Overseas Elite (7 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 3, ESPN)

    

Challenge ALS 88, Scarlet & Gray 83

One overtime wasn't enough to get it done, but Challenge ALS moved to the final after two. Led by a 28-point outburst from Casper Ware, the team donning Ice Bucket Challenge creator Pete Frates' name on its jerseys earned an 88-83 win over Scarlet & Gray in double overtime.

Ware knocked down six threes while adding six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Austin Daye, an NBA first-round pick in 2009, added 22 points and six rebounds, and Sean Marshall came through with 21 points off the bench. The Ware-Daye-Marshall trio did nearly all the offensive work for Challenge ALS, which shot 58.3 percent in the overtime periods.

Scarlet & Gray, a group of former Ohio State standouts, was led by a 26-point, 10-rebound effort from Jared Sullinger. The former Boston Celtic and Toronto Raptor dominated inside and got to the free-throw line 15 times, representing half of Scarlet & Gray's total.

Leon Rodgers also turned in a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double, and William Buford came off the bench to add 17.

There was minimal separation between the two teams throughout the contest. The lead changed hands 11 times, and the two sides were tied on 15 occasions. Both regulation and the first overtime included blown last-second opportunities, with Scarlet & Gray getting a shot near the rim that should have won it in regulation.

    

Overseas Elite 81, Boeheim's Army 77

Overseas Elite will play for its third straight Basketball Tournament championship Thursday, as Errick McCollum II scored a team-high 18 points to lead the squad to an 81-77 win over Boeheim's Army.

McCollum knocked down five threes and shot 6-of-11 from the floor overall. DJ Kennedy finished with 11 points, seven assists and six rebounds in a strong all-around performance. Kyle Fogg came off the bench to add 11 and round out the double-digit scorers.

Eric Devendorf netted a game-high 24 points for Boeheim's Army, a group of former Syracuse players who came together for the $2 million tournament. Brandon Triche (12 points), CJ Fair (10 points) and Trevor Cooney (10 points) also finished in double figures.

The game was always close, but Overseas Elite held firm command of the lead for nearly the entirety of the contest. The score was tied just twice, and there was only one lead change. Overseas Elite led for more than 42 minutes.

It moved on to face Challenge ALS for what it hopes will be a third straight championship. Much of last year's team came back for this go-around, most notably McCollum and Kennedy.

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