In the TBT Quarterfinals on Friday night, it was a back-and-forth affair between Best Virginia and Red Scare. Ultimately though, it would be the Red Scare who would prevail, ending the game on a 10-3 run, and beating Best Virginia 67-60.

In the first quarter on Friday, things did not look right for Best Virginia. The West Virginia University alumni team made a three-pointer from John Flowers to take an early 3-2 lead, but would struggle for the majority of the first quarter. Red Scare, comprised of alumni from the University of Dayton, would be close with Best Virginia early, before they went on a 9-0 run late in the first quarter, taking a 16-8 lead.

In the second quarter however, it was almost the exact opposite. Best Virginia would surrender the first points of the quarter, giving up a layup, but went on a 13-0 run — turning their defense into offense. Best Virginia would hold a 25-21 lead with 3:32 to play in the first half, but Red Scare would close the half on a 6-0 run for themselves, sending things into the break with Red Scare leading 27-25.

In the third quarter, Flowers would again get the scoring started for Best Virginia with a three-pointer. Red Scare would respond with a three of their own, with Best Virginia tying things at 35-35, with 6:41 to play. Red Scare would go on a 6-0 run following a Flowers free throw, to take an eight-point lead. Red Scare would lead by seven with under four minutes to play in the third, but once again, Best Virginia would go on a run of their own.

A Teyvon Myers layup cut the deficit to five, before a Ryan Mikesell three-pointer would push Red Scare’s lead back to eight. Then with 2:20 to play in the quarter, Best Virginia would go on another run, this time scoring eight straight points, to send things to the fourth quarter tied at 49-49.

Then, in the fourth, it would be all Scoochie Smith for Red Scare. Smith, scored 17 on the night, with 10 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Smith would score the first eight points for Red Scare in the quarter, giving them a 57-53 lead. Best Virginia would battle back though, with Jamel Morris scoring the next four points to tie things at 57-57. Two more free throws for Smith would give Red Scare a 59-57 lead, heading to the Elam Ending.

In the Elam Ending, Best Virginia turned the ball over on their first two possessions. Red Scare would not be able to take advantage though. Jermaine Haley would miss a three-pointer, and then a foul on Juwan Staten would send Red Scare to the line, and they would get possession. Smith would miss the free throw attempt, but Jordan Sibert would connect on a three-pointer, while getting fouled by Flowers, making it a four-point-play, and giving Red Scare a 62-57 lead.

Red Scare would then find success at the free throw line, before hitting another three-pointer, putting them one point away from victory.

Needing a 10-0 run, Best Virginia head coach James Long called a timeout, which ultimately led to a three-pointer from Jaysean Paige. Then, on the defensive end, Staten would foul a driving Mikesell, who would then make his first free throw, and give Red Scare the victory.

Turnovers and Rebounds

Best Virginia turned the ball over 13 times leading to 11 Red Scare points. The Mountaineer alumni team, also got out-rebounded and Red Scare had 22 second-chance points, compared to just nine for Best Virginia.

Flowers leads all Best Virginia scorers

John Flowers led all scorers for Best Virginia with 12 points. Seven of Best Virginia’s 10 players scored at least five points in the loss.

Photo by Ben Solomon, TBT