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The Basketball Tournament 2019 Results: Armored Athlete Among Friday's Winners

Megan ArmstrongCorrespondent IIIJuly 26, 2019

Chalon's US John Roberson celebrates at the end of the Pro A basketball game 5 of the final match between Chalon (ELC) and Strasbourg (SIG) on June 23, 2016 in Chalon-sur-Saône, eastern France.  / AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES        (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP/Getty Images)
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Regional play at The Basketball Tournament 2019 is wrapping up this weekend across the country, and teams fought it out Friday to see who would advance toward the $2 million winner-take-all prize. 

Action took place in the Salt Lake City (Utah), Wichita (Kansas), Syracuse (New York) and Richmond (Virginia). Among teams playing Friday were made up of alumni players from Kansas State, Wichita State, Syracuse and VCU.

The Hilltop Dawgs are made up of UMBC alumni and have found themselves in position to knock off another No. 1 seed just as the Retrievers did as a No. 16 seed against No. 1 Virginia in the 2018 NCAA tournament. However, Overseas Elite was too dominant as the four-time TBT champions improved their undefeated all-time record to 26-0.

Another No. 8 came much closer to upsetting a No. 1, however, and some lower seeds were able to pull off upsets.

Below is an overview of the schedule and results from Friday's regional play. 

     

Friday Scores

Syracuse Regional

(3) Brotherly Love def. (6) Jimmy V 80-67

(2) Armored Athlete def. (7) Team Draddy 96-69

(5) Gael Nation def. (4) Team Fancy 99-93

(1) Boeheim's Army def. (8) We Are D3 68-65

Richmond Regional

(4) Best Virginia def. Seven City Royalty 79-63

(1) Overseas Elite def. (8) Hilltop Dawgs 104-76

(6) The Web def. (3) Green Machine 94-93

(7) DRC def. (2) Ram Nation 73-64

Salt Lake City Regional

(1) Eberlein Drive def. (5) L.A. Cheaters 86-84

(2) Challenge ALS def. (3) Team Fredette 83-80

Wichita Regional

(1) Golden Eagles Alumni def. (8) Ft. Hood 89-72

(4) Team Colorado def. (5) Purple & Black 96-93

View the weekend's full schedule at TheTournament.com

       

Recaps

The Web 94, Green Machine 93

"Rich-what? Rich-mond!" 

The Web squeaked out an upset before their hometown Richmond crowd in a game that included at least 11 lead changes and seven ties. The final change in lead came when T.J. Cline found Shawndre' Jones for a backdoor lay-in.

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BACKDOOR FOR THE WIN!!! @TheWEB_TBT #TBT2019 https://t.co/VxQxAS4nQQ

Cline finished with a team-high 24 points paired with 10 rebounds and four assists, while Jones' game-winner brought his total to 23 points.

The game's leading scorer was Green Machine's point guard Bryon Allen with 25 points. Between both squads, seven players scored in double digits. 

The Web will face either Ram Nation or DRC Saturday at 7 p.m. ET in the Richmond region's second round.

Boeheim's Army 68, We Are D3 65

Prior to the game, ESPN's Seth Greenberg said Boeheim's Army "may be the most talented team in the TBT." That talent drew out a predominantly Orange crowd Friday night.

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The @BoeheimsArmy / @Cuse_MBB packed the house out! #TBT2019 https://t.co/FAY2GGLTVG

But We Are D3, a team made up of solely former Division III players, almost took the Syracuse alumni out. The underdogs held a 26-15 lead after the opening quarter and were still slightly ahead 37-35 at the half but couldn't hold on. 

Boeheim's Army separated themselves by shooting 50 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range in the third quarter.

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.@WeAreD3TBT comes out firing and forces an early Boeheim's Army timeout! #TBT2019 https://t.co/GGauDUtUms

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.@BoeheimsArmy takes the lead on the DEEP three! #TBT2019 https://t.co/ZWcLEThzwH

D3's Arik Smith led all scorers with 20 points to go along with seven rebounds and five assists. Johnny McCarthy followed Smith with 17 points.

Three players scored in double digits for Boeheim's Army with former NBA player Jordan Crawford at the forefront with 17 points. Hakim Warrick was next with 13 points, eight rebounds and an assist. 

Boeheim's Army moves on to face Gael Nation at noon ET Saturday in the Syracuse region's second round.

Best Virginia 79, Seven City Royalty 63

The home crowd went wild when former West Virginia point guard Jaysean Paige punctuated Best Virginia's win Friday with an emphatic alley-oop dunk. 

Regardless of this being Best Virginia's TBT debut, the game wasn't in doubt. 

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Win and sing!!! @WVUhoops #TBT2019 https://t.co/ayblZjDhpf

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#4 Best Virginia SHOWED OUT in their TBT debut and blew the roof off the gym with this HUGE game-winning alley-oop! #MoneyMoment #TBT2019 https://t.co/HtoWypTE2l

Paige finished the game tied with teammate Kevin Jones with 17 points to lead all scorers. John Flowers had 16 points, while Devin Williams contributed a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Seven City Royalty, comprised of Old Dominion alumni, were led by Randy Haynes' 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. 

Best Virginia will next face defending champions Overseas Elite, the top seed, Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

   

Armored Athlete 96, Team Draddy 69

John Roberson shot 39.2 percent from three-point range for Texas Tech from 2007-11, and the guard brought an even better level of efficiency to the court as Armored Athlete's leading scorer Friday afternoon. 

Roberson drained five of six three-pointers and finished with 15 points. He chatted about his squad after the win:

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After leading @ArmoredAthlete with 15 points and knocking down 5-of-6 from three, John Roberson talks about his team's victory. #TBT2019 https://t.co/KcN7gIn93k

Eight players, including University of North Carolina alum JP Tokoto, scored for Armored Athlete heading into halftime. However, Team Draddy had kept it close at 39-31. It took outscoring Team Draddy 28-19 in the third quarter for Armored Athlete to finally pull away.

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Former @UNC_Basketball player JP Tokoto puts it on the spin cycle! #TBT2019 | @ArmoredAthlete https://t.co/mriay1pfZw

Armored Athlete will next take on third-seeded Brotherly Love at 2 p.m. ET Saturday in the second round of regional play.

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