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Best Virginia Knocked Out of TBT Tournament by Red Scare 67-60

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DAYTON, OHIO — In the quarterfinals of the TBT tournament during championship week, No. 3 Red Scare defeated No. 1 Best Virginia 67-60 in front of a passionate Flyer crowd at UD Arena.

Best Virginia and Red Scare, a Dayton alumni team, went back-and-forth all night on Friday. It was a dogfight for majority of the game as both teams played great defense. Best Virginia shot 43 percent from the field.

John Flowers opened up the game with a three-pointer. Flowers has been shooting the lights out during the TBT tournament, shooting 60 percent through the first three games. The former Mountaineer forward finished with a team-high 12 points and shot 2-of-5 from three.

Best Virginia faced a tough true road game as the Flyer faithful showed up for the quarterfinal matchup. Red Scare won the Dayton regional this week as Best Virginia won their Charleston regional. Every time former Flyer Juwan Staten touched the ball, the crowd erupted in boos. Red Scare’s crowd didn’t let up throughout the entire game.

With four minutes remaining in the game, the clock was turned off with Red Scare up 59-57 to begin the Elam Ending. The Elam Ending is the TBT’s way of finishing off a game. The clock turns off and the only way to win is to hit the target score. The target score is the leading team’s score, plus eight points.

The target score was 67. Jamel Morris went on a 4-0 self run to put Best Virginia in a solid position for the Elam Ending.

Red Scare went on a 9-1 run mid-way through the third quarter. Their biggest lead during that stretch was eight. Best Virginia countered their run and tied the game up at 49 a piece heading into the fourth quarter.

Red Scare will take on Blue Collar U, a Buffalo alumni team, on Saturday in the semi-finals of TBT Championship Week. The game is set to tip-off at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and Sling.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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