CHARLESTON, W. Va. – (July 17, 2021) — In the opening round of the TBT tournament, No. 2 seed Best Virginia finishes off No. 15 WoCo Showtime after almost an infamous collapse, winning 70-67.
Best Virginia struggled out of the gates, trailing 10-4. Fairmont State’s own Jamel Morris—who was a late addition to the WVU alumni team—gave the team a spark, scoring six points towards the end of the first quarter.
Morris finished the game with nine points in the win.
Following gaining the lead back, former WVU forward John Flowers scored six points, shooting 3-of-4 in the second quarter. After a back-and-forth second quarter between the two teams, Best Virginia headed into the half ahead 30-29.
The basketball alumni team did not waste any time coming out of the gates in the second half, going on a 12-0 run. Back-to-back baskets by Tarik Phillip extended the lead to 13. Best Virginia headed into the fourth leading 48-43.
In The Basketball Tournament, the rules to ending a game are a little different than the typical game of basketball. With four minutes left in every game, the clock turns off. A target score is set in place, whoever is leading, their score is added by eight and that is the target score for both teams.
With four minutes to go in the game, Best Virginia led 61-48. The target score was set to 69. Enter ‘Stress Virginia.’
Wofford’s alumni team—led by the NCAA’s 3-point record holder Fletcher Magee—proceeded to go on a 19-7 run. WoCo Showtime was able to take the deficit down to one as Best Virginia missed five shots in-a-row.
Finally, after a long scoring drought, Best Virginia was able to commit a steal and start a fast break opportunity. The once All-American Kevin Jones was found and dumped in the lay-up to give Best Virginia the edge over WoCo Showtime, 70-67.
“I was just trying for something easy,” Jones said. “We only needed one point and we were trying to take tough shots.”
Jones led the West Virginia alumni team with 18 points on 9-of-18 shooting from the field. Jones recorded a double-double in the win, adding 13 rebounds to his name.
The dancing legend, Flowers, finished with 15 points, showing off his range from 15 feet out. Flowers—the general manager of Best Virginia—shot 7-of-12 from the field.
The No. 2 seed Best Virginia will await their opponent between No. 7 D2 and No. 10 Bleed Virginia. The Mountaineer alumni will play their next game at 9 p.m. on Monday. The game will be televised on ESPN.
(Top Photo: Ben Soloman)