Shorthanded Best Virginia Falls To Overseas Elite In TBT
An injury and a frustratingly familiar bugaboo doomed Best Virginia to an 80-68 loss to four-time defending champion Overseas Elite in The Basketball Tournament on Saturday afternoon in Richmond, Virginia.
Playing without point guard Juwan Staten, who injured his wrist in the final moments of Friday’s win over Seven City Royalty, the Mountaineer alumni nevertheless mounted a valiant effort, battling back and forth and matching runs throughout most of three quarters. The final Overseas Elite run, consisting of a 17-7 sprint at the end of the third quarter, put Best Virginia on the short end of a 65-54 score, one which it was unable to shave down while heading to the Elam Ending at the four-minute mark of the final period. Best Virginia trailed 72-63 at that point, and couldn’t make up the gap, falling 80-68.
In addition to the absence of Staten, Best Virginia was also hurt mightily by an inability to convert on shots in the lane and at the rim. Seventeen misses from that distance contributed to a shooting percentage of just 35% from two-point range, and accounted for a ten-point deficit on points in the paint. As the game wore on, the misses spread to the outside, as the Mountaineer alums hit just six of their 26 attempts from 3-point range (23%). Conversely, Overseas Elite shot 66% from 2-point range and 54% overall.
The first two quarters were a series of runs, with Overseas Elite building a pair of advantages, only to see Best Virginia rally. Overseas Elite ran out to a 10-point halftime lead on the strength of a 13-1 run in the final 2:47 of the first half after Best Virginia had taken the lead at 33-31 on Teyvon Myers’ 3-pointer with 3:34 to play. Three missed 3-pointers, intermingled with three turnovers, allowed the four-time champions to rally.
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Best Virginia utilized several different pressure looks, including both half and full court presses and an extended 1-3-1 to force 20 Overseas Elite turnovers, but could not capitalize on them consistently. In fact, that turned out to be an advantage for Overseas Elite, which scored 24 points off 12 Best Virginia miscues, while the Mountaineer alums manged only 14. Best Virginia got 21 more shots from the field than its opponent, but OE’s good shooting allowed it to make five more buckets (27-22) in the contest.
Kevin Jones led Best Virginia with 20 points, while Devin Williams had his second double-double of the tournament with 14 points and 16 rebounds. Jaysean Paige added 11.
For Overseas Elite countered wth balanced scoring, putting six players in double figures, led by Jeremy Pargo’s 20. D.J Kennedy, JAmarr Sanders and Bobby Brown each added 12.