CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Behind Kevin Jones’ 18 points, No. 1 Best Virginia cruised past No. 8 Virginia Dream 75-45 in the first round of the TBT tournament.
Jones began the second quarter with a 6-0 self run to give the Mountaineer alumni a 6-point advantage. The WVU Sports Hall of Famer got some needed baskets in the first half as the Mountaineers struggled to score. Along with his 18 points, Jones recorded eight rebounds.
Out of halftime, Best Virginia started to get it rolling going on a 12-0 run in the beginning of the third quarter. The run was capped off by two Jermaine Haley free-throws. Best Virginia out-scored Virginia Dream 25-6 in the third frame.
With four minutes remaining in the game, the clock was turned off with Best Virginia up 67-41 to being 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 75 after a basket by Teyvon Myers.
Virginia Dream started out on a fast pace opening the game on an 8-2 run. Best Virginia struggled to shoot the ball well early.
Jamel Morris connected on a three-pointer towards the top of the key as the time expired in the first quarter. Morris’ three gave Best Virginia a 16-13 lead after fighting to control early-on. The Fairmont State graduate finished with 11 points.
Off the bench, Haley gave the Mountaineer alumni team a boost shooting 4-of-7 on Sunday night.
Current Mountaineers Erik Stevenson and Josiah Harris were in attendance in Charleston to watch the alumni team.
Best Virginia will take on Herd That, Marshall’s alumni team, on Tuesday night. Tip-off for that game is set at 8 p.m. on ESPN3 or Sling. Herd That won their first round matchup on Sunday 77-71 over No. 5 Founding Fathers.