Paige slams in Best Virginia’s first TBT win

WVU Men's Basketball

Best Virginia shot and slammed their way into the second round of The Basketball Tournament with a 79-63 win over Seven City Royalty.

The 2010 Final Four team made their presence known early as Kevin Jones and Da’Sean Butler put the first 9 points on the board for Best Virginia. They weren’t able to pull away, though, with Royalty sticking close behind and going nearly shot-for-shot.

With the exception of a Juwan Staten step-back, all of Best Virginia’s buckets came from a member of the 2010 team — Jones, Butler and John Flowers.

Jaysean Paige would start flexing his scoring muscle in the second quarter, putting 12 points on the board. His quarter total would match the 12-point Best Virginia lead going into halftime — 39-27. He finished with 17 points, which tied the team’s lead with Kevin Jones. Flowers would add 16 points.

Royalty would claw back into the game in the beginning of the second half. While the Best Virginia lead got as high as 15 before the third quarter, Royalty would get within 4. That would be as close as they’d get, however, with Best Virginia able to take back control of the contest in the third.

Devin Williams would bring his size in the third, logging a double-double to the stat sheet.

The fourth quarter was all Best Virginia as they were able to outscore their opponents 25-15. The Mountaineers would make sure to end it with an explanation point, with the game point coming from a Truck Bryant lob slammed home by Paige.

Heading into the second matchup, there is one glaring question mark, though: what is the status of Juwan Staten? The point guard was fouled on a fast break in the fourth quarter, causing him to hit the floor hard. It took him some time to get off the floor, after which he was favoring one of his hands. After taking his free throw, he would head to the locker room.

Best Virginia is currently awaiting the finish of the Overseas Elite vs. Hilltop Dawgs matchup, and they will play the winner of that matchup on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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