Former Killdeer standout powers Team Colorado to national tourney final

Colorado at Bracket

Former Killdeer High School standout Austin Dufault scored 16 points and pulled down six rebounds for Team Colorado in the finals of nationally renowned The Basketball Tournament in New York City on Tuesday.

However, it wasn’t enough to lead his team to the title as Overseas Elite rallied in the second half to win the title 77-72 in a game televised on ESPN. It was the second year in a row the Overseas Elite won the title.

The Basketball Tournament pits teams from across the country against each other in a single-elimination tournament. This year, the players played for part of the $2 million prize to be divided between the players.

Dufault, an all-state player and North Dakota High School Mr. Basketball during his prep days at Killdeer, was among alumni from the University of Colorado to make up Team Colorado. He played four years at Colorado.

Team Colorado entered the 64-team tournament as the fifth seed in the West Region and rolled to five consecutive victories to make the final against the defending champion Overseas Elite.

Team Colorado started its run by defeating Shaare Zedek 78-73 in the first round, followed by a 94-85 upset victory against fourth-seeded Skinner’s Frate Train.

In the round of 16, Team Colorado scored another upset by downing top-seeded Team 23, 78-73.

Then, in the regional finals, Team Colorado defeated Team Utah 83-78. Team Colorado qualified for the finals by holding off Always a Brave 78-70.

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