Coppin State University Congratulates TBT Winner Thanks Carmelo Anthony for Hometown Focus

Published Monday, August 07th, 2017

Overseas Elite wins their third straight TBT title

Baltimore, MD – Coppin State University (CSU) was proud to serve as the event site of The Basketball Tournament (TBT) for 2017. The $2 Million Winner-Take-All Tournament Semi-Finals and Championship games took place in the campus’s Physical Education Complex. Dr. Maria Thompson, president of Coppin State University, congratulated Overseas Elite on winning their third straight TBT title and extended appreciation to 10-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony for helping to bring TBT to his hometown and particularly to Coppin State University.

“We were so proud to hold this highly-competitive and community focused tournament at Coppin,” said Dr. Thompson. “TBT is one of the highest stakes basketball contests played anywhere in the world, and it happened at Coppin!  We were also very pleased to welcome 50+ corporations and agencies for the jobs fair and hiring event that TBT organizers, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and City leaders wrapped around the tournament, with a focus on community transformation.”

TBT featured 64 teams of top professional, college alumni, and international basketball players competing in a single-elimination 5-on-5 tournament for the $2 million prize. Nine teams from each region of the country competed, leading up to the semi-finals and finals. On August 1, Coppin initially welcomed TBT fans for the semi-finals, which yielded tonight’s championship match-up between Team Challenge ALS and the two-time defending champs, Overseas Elite. The games were also broadcasts live on ESPN networks and the championship event included a Day of Giving for the Baltimore community focused on health and wellness, jobs and entrepreneurship.

“I’m especially thrilled that so many people were able to experience our campus and to see the quality resources we have and that we utilize to advance the civic purpose,” Dr. Thompson continued. “Thanks to Carmelo Anthony and TBT CEO and Founder Jon Mugar, we can now count the TBT event as another success yielding more Coppin pride in West Baltimore. We appreciate the entire effort to help move Baltimore forward.”