Overtime shines with roster of local stars at Holy Cross Men's Open
KAUKAUNA - In 50 years of competitive basketball at the Holy Cross Men's Open, Carl Giordiana Gym never feasted its' eyes on a team this talented.
"We know each other's tendencies, it's just a matter of putting it all together, that's what we did the past two days so it was fun." Oshkosh North senior Tyrese Haliburton said.
A new addition to this year's tournament was Team Overtime, compiled of some of the state's top basketball players such as Kaukauna's Jordan McCabe (Mr. Basketball), Haliburton (Iowa State commit, teammate Quincy Anderson, Steven's Point's Drew Blair and Madison East's Keshawn Justice.
Anchoring the team was former Green Bay men's basketball standout Khalil Small, the only collegiate player on the roster.
"It's how we always play, typically it's against each other not with each other, so it's cool," McCabe said.
In a field of veteran teams, several of which included former college stars in their late 20s, the lineup of youthfully skilled stars held their own against the best in the Midwest.
"When you've got that many guys out there that don't like to lose, you don't lose a lot," McCabe said.
Team Overtime won their first three games of the tournament and battled to a 103-95 loss to Team Pilotfish in the championship game. Despite being heavy underdogs, the high school heavy squad proved themselves to be quite the contender over the weekend.
"I didn't think they'd get this far and I'm glad they did," Tournament Director Lee Vander Sanden said. "They were very competitive, I can't believe how well they played together and brought an energy to the gym we haven't seen in many years."
"One thing I said at halftime is that they're grown men but we're grown men too," Anderson said.
With long college and hopefully professional careers ahead it could be a decade before members of this "super squad" would suit up again in Kaukana. However, the basketball lifers wouldn't shy away from a reunion down the road if given the opportunity.
"Tyrese was saying one of us should join the league so when we're washed up in 10 years we can come back and play," McCabe joked. "We'll see what happens."
For one weekend in April, foes became friends, enemies turned to allies and fans were treated a glimpse of some pretty bright futures.