Carmen's Crew Ends Overseas Elite's Undefeated Streak
Updated: Aug 6, 2019
Chicago, Illinois -- Carmen's Crew, comprised of Ohio State alums, took down the four time reigning champion Overseas Elite (OSE) by a final score of 71-66 on Sunday, August 3rd.
The game ended after a Dave Lighty made basket that reached the Elam score threshold for victory. The victory signified new heights for Carmen's Crew and double as the end of an era for Overseas Elite, who saw their 29-0 winning streak snapped.
The first quarter saw the Crew putting their foot on the gas as they got out to a strong 17-9 lead by the first media timeout in the first quarter. The opening period ended with a back and forth that saw a Dominique Archie three-pointer answered by a buzzer beating three by Jon Diebler.
The second quarter was more of the same after the lead had grown to 11 with 5:30 left in the half, but the champions would mount their comeback. Jeremy Pargo caught fire and had the gap as low as two points before another Diebler three-pointer sent Carmen's Crew into the half with a five point lead.
Headed into the fourth quarter, the lead remained virtually the same as OSE trailed by six points. It's always better when the champs ready for their push towards trying to win and Justin Burrell trimmed the lead to a single point with eight minutes left in the game.
After a Jonathon Simmons pull up jumper plus the foul, Overseas Elite gained their first lead of a game that they only lead for 28 seconds. After the Elam Ending was implemented, Carmen's Crew went on a quick 6-0 run and then ended the champs' run.
Carmen's Crew was led in points by Lighty's 18. Jeremy Pargo led Overseas Elite with 17. Aaron Craft registered a game-high 7 steals.
Postgame With The Crew
“These guys played hard. You have to give Overseas credit. They showed their championship pedigree. We got them down early and they kept fighting back. I thought we monitored DJ Kennedy and Justin Burrell. Those two guys were their go to people. As long as we slowed those two down, I thought we did great.”
- Jared Sullinger on defeating Overseas Elite
“With [Jeremy] Pargo being as dynamic as he is: we had to corral him. We matched their energy and I thought we did a great job overall and we came out with the win.”
- Sullinger on the defensive gameplan going into the game
“I got my legs going. Got a flow, got a good rhythm after that. My guys telling me to keep playing, keep shooting. You know, get a couple free throws in and get a little confidence going and luckily they started dropping when we needed them.”
- Dave Lighty on his 15 second half points
“Everybody is a little more locked in than in years past. I think it's something that we took it upon ourselves. LIke Craft said We really came here to get the job done and we let stuff slip away a couple years ago. We had a taste of almost getting to the finals. Now getting here it’s about finishing it off.”
- Dave Lighty on the focus of this year’s team
“I think what we did was great. Obviously they're a great team. They just play so hard and they have a lot of great guys that play well and guys that stepped up, but our goal is not to beat Overseas Elite. Our goal is to win on Tuesday. At the end of the day our job is not done. We didn’t come here just to end their winning streak.”
- Aaron Craft on the significance of ending the streak