Despite “Press Virginia” appearance, Best Virginia falls to Overseas Elite in second round

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Four-time defending champions Overseas Elite will be moving on to the Richmond Regional Finals of The Basketball Tournament after knocking Best Virginia off 80-68. This win marks the 27th in a row for the Elite.

Overseas Elite would lead for the majority of the game, with Best Virginia clawing back to tie or take the lead several times. The Elite lead would get as high as 11 in the third quarter before Best Virginia would come back to tie it, but the victors pulled away in the fourth for the win.

Best Virginia’s most glaring woes came from their shooting. Despite taking 21 more shots than the Elite (71 to 50), they only made 22 of them. Overseas Elite, however, sunk 27 of theirs for a 54 percent clip.

Jeremy Pargo made his presence known throughout the game, chipping in 22 points for the Elite, tying with Kevin Jones for the game high. Pargo would also grab 5 boards and dish 6 assists.

While Pargo brought the brunt of the scoring, much of their offense was spread out across the team with six of their eight players logging double figures.

Jaysean Paige, who was arguably Best Virginia’s MVP in their first contest, struggled mightily, making just 3 of his 15 attempted shots for 11 points. On top of Jones’s 20 points, he would also pull down 8 rebounds. Devin Williams chipped in 14 points and 16 rebounds, a game high.

Best Virginia head coach Jarrod West brought with him a bag of tricks to try out on the floor, but they weren’t enough to take down the Elite. Switching between zone and man-to-man defense for much of the second half, he switched his squad into the patented full-court press hoping to ramp up the game tempo and force turnovers.

They would succeed at both but they struggled to convert on the other end, only creating 14 points off of their 20 forced turnovers.

Overseas Elite awaits the victor of The Web and Team DRC.

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